There are about 100 different varieties of Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt patterns. You can trust me, or you can google it. 🙂 I was asked to make one earlier this year and was sent a photo. My cousin in Kentucky wanted it for her sister for Christmas. She sent me a picture via cell phone and just asked that it look like that quilt. 🙂
Typically, this pattern is hand pieced in English Paper Piecing style, but knew from minute one that wasn’t about to happen. I told her I would try to figure out how to machine piece hexagons. Not for the faint of heart, let me tell you. I Googled and Youtubed, cut, sewed and ripped. They looked terrible, block after block.
Finally, I decided it was going to get done with half- hexis. That mean twice as many pieces per bock, but my Y-seams weren’t improving at all. I got to work on cutting abut 10,000 pieces. 🙂 I began making progress and it was looking good. Oh did I mention she wanted roughly a queen size.
I quilted it with a straight line, stitch in the ditch, pattern. I loved it actually. I may make myself one after a 5 or 10 year recovery period. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the back. It was a dark blue starry sky print and it was so pretty.
This quilt traveled from my basement to my bedroom and then into my living room. It was packed and unpacked for monthly sew ins at least 3 times and even went to a quilt retreat. It has already logged hundreds of miles. I shipped it off to KY just in time for Christmas.
On the back I was able to add snippets of their parents shirts to make it extra special. I know they will love it as much as I did.
I am a single dog mom of two and we happily reside in a small house in Ohio. We spend our days playing fetch, digging holes in the garden, and sewing, lots of sewing. We have high hopes of moving to the mountains someday. The dogs don’t really know that yet, but they will understand. I shamelessly hoard fabric and feel slightly sorry for whoever has to sort my stash when I am gone. I am employed full time in a industry that requires little of my creativity, but basically lets me wear whatever I want. So it works out.
I can usually be found behind one of my sewing machine avoiding human contact. I test a lot of clothing patterns and therefore always have a new outfit to share. You have most likely found my blog through some sort of sewing outlet and will quickly realize that I am sewing for a plus size body. For reference, I am 5'1 and wear a range from a 2-5x. Sizes change with every designer and you can't trust ready to wear sizing when you are making your own clothing. Your tape measure will become one of your most used tools and if you misplace them like I do, you should pick up several. I will be sharing the good, the bad, and the A-MA-ZING with you… So stay tuned. I will also try to teach you a few of my tricks along the way.
People always tells me they want to learn how to sew. My best advice is you have to start. Just do it! You are going to mess up, you will break needles, you will ruin the pretty fabric, you will stab your fingers, but you will learn. You will make something and you will wear it. Someone will say, “I like your shirt.” and you will smile and say, “Thanks, I made it.” You will race home and make something else. Pretty soon you have made more good things than bad and you will feel proud of yourself and you should. I will be proud of you too. :)
Ok, that is enough rambling, I have sewing to do. :) SequoiaLynn
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SUCH a feat of love. So much love interwoven into every stitch.
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