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Block Seven: Oatlands Plantation, Virginia
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 7 Pat stays in her own state of Virginia where she discovers a Secret garden at an Old Plantation.  The past blocks and supply list are here.

Pat's Video Tutorial

Watch the Video as Pat gives explains the bonus block. It is a repeat of Block #1 with different color placement.

Now, learn a bit about the garden...

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

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Click Here to download the PDF of the pattern for Block Seven: Oatlands Plantation, VA

Find Previous Secret Garden BOM Here

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Pat Sloan on Block Seven and First of 2 Bonus Blocks

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...


Oatlands Plantation is west of where I live, in Virginia.

Some history from their website - In 1798 a young bachelor named George Carter inherited 3,408 acres of prime Loudoun County, Virginia farmland. Carter was a descendant of one of Virginia’s first families.
Nearly a century after George Carter began the construction of Oatlands, Mr. and Mrs.William Corcoran Eustis of Washington, D. C. purchased the property as their country home in 1903. In spite of the garden’s neglected state, Edith Eustis saw the garden ruin as a quiet, still, mysterious place harboring “old secrets” that inspired her to fill Carter’s terraces with boxwood-lined parterres full of fragrant and colorful flowers such as tulips, peonies, iris, and lilies. Romantic plant containers, statuary, and structures were added.
The bowling green and the reflecting pool share one long terrace with the teahouse acting as one terminus and the young fawn statuary as the other. The rose garden and a memorial to a daughter of Mrs. Eustis also became garden elements.

See… a place with secrets.. she put in lots of little twists and turns into that Garden!!

This plantation also has a very old greenhouse you can go into. It was built in 1810, and said to be the oldest standing greenhouse in the South (although we are quite far north to be considered the south…. wink!)

My Favorite find in this beautiful garden was this arbor and the Hydrangeas! The whole area was very lush and green. We went in early Sept so much of the flowers were done.

Learn more about Oatlands Plantation, they have a lot about the history of the owners.

Come over to my article to see where we went first.. it was DIVINE! And share a photo of your block at my quilt show!

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