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Block Eight: Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island Canada
Welcome to the third year of our exclusive Free Mystery Block of the Month by Pat Sloan! This year Pat's theme is 'The Secret Garden'. With Block 8 we head back to Canada and explore the Butchart Gardens. The past blocks and supply list are here.

Pat's Video Tutorial

Watch the Video as Pat gives us a super Useful Ruler Hack, you will be surprised! Then read below to learn a bit about the park.

Download Secret Garden BOM Materials List and This Month's Block Pattern!

Click Here to download the PDF of Pat's materials list for the BOM.  NOTE:  If the document doesn't display properly for you, there may be a problem with your browser's PDF viewer.  From the viewer window, there is a download button that will let you save the PDF to your computer, where you will be able to view and print it just fine.

Click Here to download the PDF of the pattern for Block Eight: Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island Canada

Find Previous Secret Garden BOM Here

PLEASE NOTE - Download the supply list here if you are using Colorway 1 fabrics. Pat switched the position of a few fabrics for that specific fabric collection for future blocks. If you are not using that fabric collection if does not affect you.

Visit Pat's page for a few additional fun insider tips and to share a photo of your block at her quilt show!

Pat Sloan on Block Eight

I love doing the blocks in two colorways so you can see how different fabric placements change up a block. This month's block gives weight to the layout with more color. And I had fun creating more contrast, or less contrast with the inner pinwheels.

If you are looking for kits for either colorway I'm doing, click on our list of shops to contact. Some have told me they have few kits left, lucky you!

With the nice large 16.5” x 16.5”, we will have a fun lap size quilt when done! Later this year you'll make extra blocks so we have a 3 x 4 structured block layout. The layout diagram is at the end of the pattern.

Please read on to learn a bit more...


I thought it would be super fine to ask my Facebook Classroom what their favorite secret gardens were. I got a super cool list of them! And this month I'm featuring the Butchart Garden because of the story behind it. Veronica T is the one that pointed me to this Garden as a hidden jewel!

A wonderful story makes this garden so exciting.. Here is a bit about it from their website.

“Robert Pim Butchart was a pioneer in the cement industry during the 1900's. In 1904, he developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island). His wife, Jennie Butchart became the company’s chemist. Close to the quarry, the Butcharts established the family home complete with sweet peas and rose bushes.

When he had exhausted the limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. From farmland nearby, she had tonnes of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.”
This spectacular start created an amazing garden which has been passed down through the family. The children came into the project and brought new ideas. You can learn more about the History of the garden at

Thank you Veronica for sharing your favorite Secret Garden!
Visting info at
Photos courtesy of the Garden

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