Quilting in the Garden favorites

As with many things, Quilting in the Garden has been cancelled for 2020. This event usually takes place the last weekend in September among the majestic oak trees at Alden Lane Nursery located in Livermore, California. I’ve attended the past four years in a row and have taken photos for three of those years. It’s a beautiful, outdoor quilt show that combines many of my favorite things: quilting, gardening and Fall.

Each year, Quilting in the Garden features a well-known quilter, a guest artist, special exhibits and classes.  Volunteers hang hundreds of quilts throughout the nursery and among enormous heritage oak trees.

My past Quilting in the Garden blog posts have been some of the most appreciated and popular. I thought I would give you a taste of this event by revisiting some of my Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2016, 2018 and 2019. So, grab a cup of tea or a pumpkin-spice latte and enjoy the show!

Quilting in the Garden favorites

In 2016, the featured artists were C&T Publishing and Jennifer Sampou.  Special guests included Alex Anderson and Freddy Moran, and there was a tribute to Yvonne Porcella. You can find the full Quilting in the Garden 2016 blog post here.

Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2016.  Photography by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2016.  Photography by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

The day I visited Quilting in the Garden in 2018 was a perfect fall day with sunshine and lots of my favorite things all in one spot. The featured artist for 2018 was the amazing Eleanor Burns.  She had more than 100 quilts on display! There were two guest artists at the show, Gail Sims and Leni Levenson Wiener, who had their own beautiful quilt exhibits. The full blog post for the 2018 show can be found here.

Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2018.  Photography by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2018.  Photography by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Last year at Alden Lane Nursery, the weather was cooler and the wind was blowing – a typical Fall day! Many of the quilts were waving in the wind as I took their pictures. For this event, volunteers work hard to hang over 250 beautiful quilts among the majestic oak trees. The featured artist was the wonderful Sue Rasmussen and the guest artist was Nancy Brown, known for her animal and family portraits. You can find the original blog post for Quilting in the Garden, 2019 here.

Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2019.  Photography by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Quilting in the Garden favorites from 2019.  Photography by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Thanks for visiting my Quilting in the Garden favorites! I hope you were inspired. I look forward to being at Alden Lane Nursery next year and in person (when things return to normal). Happy Fall!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the photos of the last few years of QITG. I’ve been able to go the last few years too, and I certainly do miss all the quilt shows this year! Can’t wait till things go back to normal!! Hugs, H

  2. What wonderful quilts!
    I was so thrilled to be visiting the Bay Area from Norway in September 2015 and experience the Quilts in the garden. Also a highlight of the visit was to chat with Alex Anderson whom I had followed on the Quilt Show. Not to mention meeting up with you in Sunnyvale Julie! Happy days

  3. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Really enjoyed seeing them since it’s something I wouldn’t be able to do in person.

  4. I truly enjoyed the walk back in time and I’m counting the days until we can all enjoy these things again. Thank you for the trip!

  5. Really enjoyed seeing the pictures. I missed going last year and had it marked for this year to finally go but reality got in the way. Hopefully I can go next year.

  6. I enjoy your newsletters very much. These are one of the few things in my email that I always make time for. This year has been disheartening to even those of us who haven’t suffered personal loss. We worry and lots of us are currently very easy to be moved to tears. I’ve gained a great respect for the things that make me happy enough to remember who I am and kick off the blue funk. Your stuff is in that category. Thank you very much for sharing who you are.

  7. Your photos are so lovely!

    Indoor classes would have to be taken off the agenda of course, but it’s a shame the whole show was cancelled. As an outdoor event I’d think it would be safe as long as masks and the 6 ft. separation were required. Limiting the number of people on the grounds at any one time would also make it safer.

    Oh well, let’s hope for better next year.

  8. Thanks for sharing about this event and these beautiful photos. I never knew about this event and can’t wait until next year to go!

  9. I love your photos of Quilting in the Garden. It is a spectacular event and I have gone with friends who don’t sew or quilt and they loved it as well.

  10. Thank you Julie for putting these wonderful photos up of the Livermore Nursery’s past shows. They’re absolutely beautiful!

  11. Thank you for sharing, made my morning. So many stunning quilts. Love all the garden plants and garden ideas. Hopefully next year.

  12. Thanks Julie, you made my day. We will all be so thankful when we can go to our favorite events in person again. In the mean time, this helps a lot.

  13. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. Quilts & beautiful gardens – nothing better to brighten the day!!

  14. Thanks!! I needed that!! I can only imagine how beautiful the nursery and quilts are in person. You gave me a great respite from my crazy day.

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