Pistils & Pollen
2020 Finished Quilts, Quilt Pattern

Pistils & Pollen {Morrison Park Fabric Tour, Pattern Release & Giveaway}

Welcome to my stop on Pat Sloan‘s Morrison Park Tour! If you are new to Quilting Jetgirl, I’m a former aerospace engineer (the highlight of my 15 year career was working on the small design, build, and test team for the prototype SpaceShipTwo) turned quilt pattern designer, teacher, and technical editor. I lean toward modern, graphic designs and have recently branched out from transparency quilts to explore curved piecing.

I have a lot to talk about today, so let’s dive in and take a look at some of the prints in Pat’s new Morrison Park line for Benartex.

Morrison Park Fabric

Morrison Park Fabric

I selected a subset of the prints from Morrison Park (affiliate link) to work with. Starting on the left at the bottom and working up / clockwise:

  • Benches in Red
  • Ponds in Rose
  • Ponds in Yellow
  • Benches in Green
  • The Meadow in Green
  • Benches in Blue
  • Ponds in Blue
  • Ponds in Cream

It is not pictured here, but I also used Master Garden in Navy for the binding. I was clearly attracted to the tone on tone prints in the Morrison Park line and I love how the flowers in the Ponds print reads like another polka dot to compliment the Benches print.

As my long time readers might remember me mentioning a few weeks ago, when Pat asked if there was anything I might want to consider making with Morrison Park, I was just starting my curve piecing exploration and I jumped at the opportunity to design something new to try. When the fabric arrived, I took a closer look at my design and realized it wasn’t something that could really be pieced using the methods I intended. Oops! I was able to change the design to still use the yardages I requested and in the end, the design is better for the refinement; instead of a 60″ square quilt, the design finishes at a great lap size of 60″ x 72″.

Pistils & Pollen

Pistils & Pollen

Pistils & Pollen continues my exploration of curve star blocks and inset curve stars (both of the links go to free online tutorials), which create beautiful curve stars from a single piece of fabric. The methods are perfect for highlighting favorite prints, and I really like how it allows Pat’s Morrison Park prints to shine.

The design reminded me of the center of a flower with its cluster of stamen around a pistil, and for the quilt / design name, I opted for the slightly more alliterative name of Pistils & Pollen.

Pistils and Pollen Detail

Pistils and Pollen Detail

The Master Garden in Navy print is a wonderful binding and frame for the quilt. In addition to framing the quilt nicely, I really like that it has touches of red in the print which you can see, along with other fun details, as you get closer.

Pistils & Pollen Detail

Pistils & Pollen Detail

I used 50wt Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand) for the piecing and quilting, which blends in perfectly with the background Ponds in Cream print. I quilted a meandering stipple with an occasional loop in the background to represent the pollinators necessary to get the pollen to the flower pistil. I used the same 50wt Aurifil 2000 thread to quilt each curve star with a 1″ echo, and then I added a star burst at the center of each star.

Bonus Quilt

Bonus Quilt

What’s even better than one quilt? Two! The curve star blocks and inset curve stars create scraps that are perfect for squaring up and creating drunkard’s path blocks, so I designed a second quilt using an additional background fabric to showcase how Morrison Park looks against a darker background.

Bonus Bouquet

Bonus Bouquet

The Bonus Bouquet quilt finishes at 50″ x 60″, and I’ll be sharing more details about that quilt tomorrow.

Many thanks to Pat Sloan and Benartex for supplying the fabric for Pistils & Pollen and asking me to participate in the Morrison Park Tour. To celebrate the Pistils & Pollen pattern release, which includes instructions for a baby (48″ x 48″) and lap (60″ x 72″) quilt along with the Bonus Bouquet pattern for each (40″ x 50″ or 50″ x 60″, respectively), the pattern will be on sale through October 5th.


Pat, Benartex, and Aurifil have teamed up to offer a daily giveaway for the Morrison Park Tour. If you are in the US, you will win a layer cake of Morrison Park and a Benartex Fat Quarterly club newsletter with a charm pack. If you are not in the US, you will win Pat Sloan’s curated Aurifil thread Perfect Box of Neutrals. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. By entering, you acknowledge that you are at least 18 years old. The giveaway is open through midnight Eastern on Monday, October 5th. A winner will be randomly selected, and you must reply via email with your mailing address within 48 hours to claim your prize. All prizes will be shipped on October 15th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pat Sloan‘s Morrison Park Tour

Be sure to visit all the other people participating in the Morrison Park Tour to see more of the fabric line and enter to win more giveaways!

September 28 – Cheryl Bricky Meadow Mist Designs
September 29 – Laura Pilan Slice of Pi Quilts
September 30 – Andy Knowlton A Bright Corner
October 1 – Amy Ellis Amy’s Creative Side
October 2 – Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl
October 3 – Pam Vieira-McGinnis Pam Kitty Morning
October 4 – Jen Shaffer Patterns by Jen
October 5 – Heather Valentine The Sewing Loft
October 6 – Annie Unrein By Annie
October 7 – Melissa Corry Happy Quilting Melissa
October 8 – Karen Pratt Cream Craft Goods
October 9 – Jane Davidson Quilt Jane
October 10 – Wendy Sheppard
October 11 – Pat Sloan
Pistils & Pollen Backing Outtake

Pistils & Pollen Backing Outtake

Outdoor photography of quilts can be a challenge. The air quality in our town has been poor for 5+ weeks, and while not a blue sky, this gray is the best we’ve had in weeks. Special thanks to my husband for his patience with the wind, but I do love how you can see the quilt backing nicely in this outtake photograph. The backing is from Pat’s Bonnie Lane line and is the Apron Prints in Blue which has a delightful metallic shimmer!

Linking up with Beauties Pageant 100, TGIFF, and Finished Friday.

215 thoughts on “Pistils & Pollen {Morrison Park Fabric Tour, Pattern Release & Giveaway}

  1. Laura Viaene says:

    Great quilt patterns. I made a few curved pieces items and now after seeing yours I think I need to do more!

  2. Charald Comeau says:

    Beautiful quilt!

  3. Cathy B. says:

    Have not done any curved piecing yet, but those new patterns are gorgeous. I especially like the bonus pattern. Anxious to try!

  4. Nancy Crivaro says:

    Never done curved piecing, love yours

  5. Liz says:

    Wow that is fantastic! I have shied away from anything with curves to date lol,

  6. Carol Love Rice says:

    Intriguing design

  7. Caryn S says:

    Those are beautiful patterns. It has been a while since I have done some curved piecing.

  8. Jeanne Brown says:

    Great pattern love the colors.

  9. Mary Ann Hentschell says:

    Like your quilt but have not made any curve piecing projects……..survivor972002@midco.net

  10. Beautiful quilt patterns–so fresh!

  11. Brenda McIntosh says:

    Beautiful quilt.

  12. Roxanne Gohrig says:

    I have done a little bit with curved pieces and once I get more comfortable with them I would love to use more of them in a quilt

  13. Kristina Wilkinson says:

    I love both quilts! The bonus one is just amazing! I love the dark background with the tulip designs! I have done orange peels as appliques but I have not really done any curved piecing. I have a drunkard’s path die but have yet to use it. 🙂 Now you are making me want to! Such wonderful creations. So glad you were willing to create with Pat’s fabric. Thanks for sharing. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

  14. Maureen says:

    Really like this design!

  15. SJ SANCHEZ says:

    gr8 design—so talented!!

  16. Robyn Williams says:

    Beautiful Quilt. I have done curves in the past but only in a small block.

  17. Wendy Jones says:

    I have never done curved piecing but love the way your patterns work.

  18. Elizabeth Eichelberger says:

    I have not used curved piecing before but look forward to doing sew. Your quilt is beautiful.

  19. Vickie says:

    So pretty! Have only sewn a few curved piece blocks so far.

  20. Sandi Scarlett says:

    I love your quilts and the Morrison Park fabric looks great in them.

  21. Gale Glassy says:

    Great pattern to show off the new material!

  22. Ginabeth says:

    Your pattern is a great one! It does show off Pat’s fabric!

  23. Tiffany Tur otte says:

    I don’t do curved piecing, too hard for me!

  24. Dawn says:

    I’m a new quilter and the curves are too intimidating for now!

  25. Elr says:

    I haven’t done a curve piecing. Going to take a look at your instructions, I am sure I will have to try them soon.

  26. Patricia Joanne Hanson says:

    I have only done one block with curved piecing on a sampler quilt. It turned out okay but I would need to do more practicing to get to where I wouldn’t mind making more curved blocks.

  27. Liz Pelletier says:

    Love your modern quilt designs and fabric selection!

  28. Kathy E. says:

    I really enjoy the curved piecing technique. It definitely gets easier with practice. Yes, I have made several projects with curves and love them all!
    duchick at gmail dot com

  29. Elaine S says:

    I have done 3 curved pieced items. They were wall hangings, 2 were small, one about 36″ square. I’m game to work on another piece.

  30. DR says:

    I have done curved piecing. It’s not the easiest piecing, but it is fun.

  31. Christine Johannesen says:

    I’m new to curved peicing. I like this pattern. I like the idea of a dark blue background too, mimick night sky maybe?

  32. Jane Hull says:

    I have never made a quilt with curved pieces before. It’s a bit scary for me but I love, love both of these quilts!

  33. Beth Beard says:

    I really like the dark background with Pat’s material. I think it just jumps right out there and “here i am”. I love both quilts, they are beautiful.

  34. cmportie says:

    Beautiful quilt

  35. Mom C says:

    I’ve done a bit of curved piecing and made a number of quilts. It’s not my favorite technique but I don’t have any issues with sewing curves. Love your design though, may have to rethink. Thanks.

  36. Twyla J. says:

    I Love the cathedral window look of your piecing.

  37. Rochelle Summers says:

    I;ve done several projects with curved piecing. To be accurate it takes time and patience so I need to be in the right frame of mind. Your quilting is so well done. I am assuming it is all free motion quilted. Oh, to be able to do it that well! Do you think there were things you learned from quilting on long-arm for several years that translated to a domestic machine?

  38. Ellee says:

    Tried curved piecing once. No idea if or when I might try it out again.

  39. Paula says:

    I love the look of curved piecing and have wanted to make a drunkards path quilt for decades. Seeing the modern curved quilts makes me want to make one even more. I love your quilt!

  40. love the way you showcase Pat’s fabric. Beautiful pattern and quilt!

  41. Lori Morton says:

    Absolutely LOVE your Quilt!! No…I have never made a curved block….. but think I’m feeling brave enough to try some curves 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too ;D

  42. TheGranChris says:

    I love your quilt. The quilting is outstanding. Curved piecing is one of my favorite piecing projects.

  43. Betty Meissner says:

    Hi from Oregon. I like to sew curved pieces and have sewn some curvy blocks. It’s fun to assemble the colors and shapes.

  44. Patty Adams says:

    I love your block!

  45. Dee says:

    I have not done any curved piecing yet. Your quilt with this is really beautiful.

  46. Kristy Y Rohm says:

    I hope to be able to do curves as nice as yours!

  47. Janey Cook says:

    I have never tried curved piecing. But I like your designs and I feel encouraged to try it. Thank you for participating with Pat in this adventure.

  48. Nancy Olson says:

    Very much enjoyed your choice of the fabrics in your curved piece quilt. Thanks for sharing

  49. Kriss says:

    Pistils & Pollens simple yet not (curves ) Lovely quilt

  50. Hi from a very windy / blustery North Devon, UK. It is the perfect day to spend quilting, no guilt about making the most of the weather – I just hope my back can take it, as I have lots of sewing plans for today. I have tried curved piecing before, both traditional and free cut curves. I try to be accurate, but am not so good at it, so the free cut curves really suit me, because I don’t pin, and trim the blocks to size afterwards. I’m keen to try new quilty ideas – and your quilts in this post are great – I love the detail in the quilting, and the Morrison Park fabrics on the darker background really stand out.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)