Quilting in the Garden, 2019

This past weekend, I went to Livermore, California for the annual Quilting in the Garden Quilt Show at Alden Lane Nursery. Every year, I look forward to the 45 minute drive and the ensuing extravaganza of flowers, oak trees and quilts. I always bring my camera so I can share pictures with my blog readers; it’s one of my most popular blog posts of the year!

Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  All photos were taken by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

For this event, volunteers worked hard to hang over 250 beautiful quilts among the majestic oak trees that grace Alden Lane Nursery. It’s such a perfect backdrop for our quilted treasures! They also hosted a featured artist, Sue Rasmussen and guest artist, Nancy Brown.

And what would a quilt show be without some fabulous vendors? I was happy to see Fig Tree Quilts’ booth was there, especially since they won’t be at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) this year. I’m usually very shy and don’t ask “famous quilters” to take a picture with me, but I did ask to have my picture taken with Joanna Figueroa, the designer behind Fig Tree & Co. I just can’t help myself when I see her fabric and her patterns. They really speak to me (and therefor I keep adding to my Fig collection).

Fig Tree Quilt Booth
Joanna Figueroa & Julie Cefalu

The weather for last weekend turned out to be cooler than expected and the wind showed up in full force the first morning of the show. I mention this because the quilts were waving in the wind and some of the quilt identification numbers were flipped or missing, so I’m not able to properly give credit to all of the quilts in my photos. My apologies to the missing quilt artists.

Enjoy the following glimpse of Quilting in the Garden, 2019!

The Quilts

Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  All photos were taken by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
75 Donna Fay Bower, 230 Lynn Miller, 25 Terry Aske, 11 Vickie Moore
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
10 Wendy Pines
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
46 Anna Belle Horgan
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
110 Joey Connolly, 91 Paula Simms, 98 Charlotte McConkie
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
100 Debby Schnabel, 95 Cindy Delumen
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
17 Patricia Rutan
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
34 Martina de Man, 4 Lynne Crisafi, 50 Joanne Lenigan
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
56 Thera Papa
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
238 Karen McArdle
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
69 Eileen Hannigan
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
213 Sue Rasmussen, 90 Cheryl Mirth
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
23 Terry Aske, 13 Vickie Moore
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
106 Margaret Geiger
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
I spy Alex Anderson!
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
A peek at Jennifer Sampou’s booth and latest book, Ombre Quilts

Featured artist, Sue Rasmussen

Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
187 Crossing Life’s Bridges by Sue Rasmussen
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
214 Maple Leaves by Sue Rasmussen
Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  Photo tour by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
180 Wedding Ring Blues by Sue Rasmussen
Look at the bark on this tree!

Guest artist, Nancy Brown

The following quilts are all designed and made by Nancy Brown.


The Garden

Quilting in the Garden, 2019.  All photos were taken by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Thanks for joining me on my Quilting in the Garden 2019 tour! If you want to see last year’s photos of the show, click here. I hope you enjoyed the beauty of nature together with fabric!

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

45 thoughts on “Quilting in the Garden, 2019

  1. I’m a wanna be quilter. I haven’t learned the basics yet. I wanna be spending my days making beautiful art. I live in VA but my daughter lives in Oakland. Next year I’m coming to be inspired and motivated. Thank You so much for sharing. Loved it
    Lesa Smith

  2. thank you, that was very inspiring! What a lovely setting for a quilt show. I don’t think that would work in the north of England, where I am! xx

  3. What a wonderful day that must have been! Thank you for sharing your photos of this lovely quilt show. Hope you got some more Fig Tree Fabrics! I love them too!

  4. Your photos are absolutely beautiful – thank you for sharing them. What a marvelous location for a stunning quilt display!

  5. WOW! The pictures are just gorgeous. What a delightful location for a quilt show. I wish it was about 3,000 miles closer. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your photographs are outstanding, felt like I was right there walking through the Garden. Thank you for capturing the vibrancy in the breathtaking quilts and the brilliant colors in all the plants. Spectacular show, sorry I moved out of the area and was unable to attend. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thanks for all the great pictures! Miss going there since we moved to Nevada. Surprised when I saw a quilt made by someone I use to know. Barbara Crabtree

  8. Thanks for capturing the serenity and creativity of the day. We were out of town and I missed the show. I love to volunteer to help.

  9. Looks like a lovely show. Quilts shown outside are always so special because a natural garden environment makes everything better. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thanks for posting pictures of the garden/quilt show. I love Joanna’s booth with her beautiful quilts. This show will now be on my bucket list. Such inspiration!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your quilt show with us! Gorgeous pictures and quilts! Love the picture of you and Joanna Fig! I got my picture taken with Tula Pink a few years ago and treasure it 🙂
    What a lovely place for a quilt show! Those pots for flowers were all so pretty!

  12. Oh, Julie!!! What a joyful day for you!!! You said that you drove 45 minutes to attend. It would take me 45 HOURS to get there, but I’d be with you if it was only 45 minutes to join you!!!! Thanks for sharing, Julie. I would say, “oh, that’s my favorite,” until I would scroll a bit further and change my mind—did that all the way through! And thanks for including pictures of the flowers!!! I have never seen so many cyclamens in one place in my life!!!!!!

  13. Oh Julie, how much fun to see all those beautiful colors and quilts and flowers!! It truly made my morning just looking at such inspirational quilts. I loved so many of them but especially the 4 older ladies sitting on the porch in black and gray and white with a tiny bit of color. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

  14. Thank you for sharing so many lovely photos and what a great day you must have had. I also would have asked for a pic with Joanna and what a treat to meet her. Just love anything Figtree&co and hope you were able to pick up something new. Enjoyed all the quilts and flowers….great treat!

  15. What an amazing event to attend… all so beautiful…and a gorgeous setting. Thank you for sharing those amazing photos!

  16. So many amazing quilts! I would love to go to this event. Looks like a great way to spend a day. Too bad it is so far away. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I loved looking through all your photos of the quilt show… they, along with the quilts themselves, are amazing. I, too, wish I lived closer so that I could attend in person. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  18. thank you for sharing the show again. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite quilt, or a favorite pot—I love all the colors. 🙂

  19. Thanks so much for your pictures. I sure miss Quilting in the Garden since moving to Washington. I went for many years and so enjoyed it.

    1. Terri Costs, don’t know where in Washington, but Mukilteo Ga9 and Quilt Show is fabulous, too. Thanks, Julie, for sharing.

  20. So many inspiring and beautiful quilts!!! I loved Sue Rasmussen’s autumn themed quilts the best, especially “Maple Leaves”. The color combinations she used are gorgeous. Thanks for taking pictures for us to see.

  21. As usual thanks for all the great photos, and taking the time to share with us all. Beautiful quilts and wonderful Nursery. Thanks again, Patty B.

  22. Beautiful photos Julie. It looks like it was well worth the drive. The nursery looks beautiful and the quilts are amazing. Thank you for sharing

  23. Loved your photos and comments from the garden show. Magnificent quilts! So far from where I live in Maryland. Oh, well! Thanks again for sharing incredible photos, quilts, and gardens!

  24. Julie, Wow! These quilts are stunning, and the fall scenery is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve pinned a lot of these.

  25. Thank you Julie for sharing. Next best thing to being there! It really is enjoyable to scroll through your photos. Thanks again!

  26. I always look forward to your pictures from this Quilt Show. I would love to be able to attend this show sometime (I live in Virginia….need to plan this trip sometime). Such beauty; thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Hi Julie,
    What a great show! The quilts are amazing and your photos are outstanding.
    I think you will have to make a wall hanging of Cooper like the one Sue Rasmussen made of the yellow Lab.
    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures.
    Suzanne Mc

  28. Thank you so much for sharing, I couldnt pick my favourite quilt loved them all, so many clever people our there in quilt land.
    Happy days
    Gayle Z

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