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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

GRANDMOTHER'S FLOWER GARDEN - HELP!


Recently Sue of The House that Love Built had a post about her progress on her Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt.  I commented that I was working on one too, and it was currently in my UFO pile.  She mentioned that she would like to see it, and I told her I would post about it.  These blocks above are just a few of those I have finished.  I have 17 blocks completed (I was going to say "so far" but I think I'm done making blocks).

I don’t know what size Sue’s blocks are, but my blocks are made up of 2 ½-inch hexagons which make a 13-inch block.  I started this quilt years ago, when I first started quilting.  I had never done English Paper Piecing before and had no idea what I was doing.  Now I wish I had made all the centers the same color.  However, I am not taking these apart to make new centers.  We’ll just deal with what I have.
The challenge for me is putting them together. I had no instructions and just started making a white "path." However, I soon realized I needed to do some planning as not each hexagon will require a “path” attached to it. I think that was when I gave up and put this in my UFO pile. I’m not sure I like the white path either. I really don’t know what to do with these blocks and would be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe just appliqué them to a strip of fabric and make a table runner, or place mats. Any ideas?

If you like GrandMother’s Flower Garden Quilts, you might also like to look at the one that Rhonda has on Stash Manicure today.

Jane has a wonderful tutorial at Stash Manicure on what else you can do with that Dresden Plate ruler. I really like this block and can’t wait to give it a try.

Stay Positive!
Caroll

5 comments:

Terry said...

Your hexagons are beautiful! I appliqued mine to squares of white fabric and then used those blocks to make a little quilt! :0)

Mama Pea said...

I love hexies and grandma's flower garden quilts. You can always off-set them a little so they just interlock together. I like the idea of applqueing them, too. They look nice laid out on that quilt in the first photo!

Barb said...

I love your blocks....

The grandmother's garden is a lovely quilt!

Sue said...

Oh those are some beauties and I am so glad you posted them!!
To answer your question, mine are 1" hexies. I have seen the 'connecting round done in the solid green, pink, and yellow. Some folks even make another round of their fabrics before adding the connecting round. I think I would off-set them as well and just start connecting them.
Mine have the same number of rounds as yours and I am going to use some muslin to start connecting them but off-set them and then set on point. I believe the lovely blue one you've posted would be considered 'on-point'.
I like that you have used different centers. I've seen the GFG both ways and in the end, they are all so beautiful!
Thank you again for posting it. I love it!

Sue said...

If you go here to this link, you can get an idea of different layouts to consider:)

http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/colonial_revival/flower_garden.htm

Thought this might help!

Sue

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