Hello friends! Today I’m really excited to share a new quilt with you that is in the June 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting! This is one of those long-term works in progress that has a family story to go along with it…one I hope you’ll enjoy reading!
I first learned about English paper piecing hexagons from somewhere in the
blog world. I remember how excited I was to learn that I could wrap fabric around a template and get perfectly finished hand-stitched hexagons. At first I made my own templates, but after finding out about pre-made templates that came pre-packaged in a variety of sizes I was hooked! I also loved the fact that I could use scraps for these flowers…what could be better?
Early in my paper-pieced hexagon journey I corresponded with my great aunt via email and asked her if she knew of any family members who had worked on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. She did, in fact, know because she had created a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt with blocks made by her grandmother! I still have this email from my great aunt where she talked about her own journey with the hexagons! These blocks later inspired one of my first patterns, my hexagon tote bag. And her journey inspired my journey…the journeys were quite similar, and you can read more about this in the magazine!
I love the photography in the magazine, but when my quilt arrived home last week I just had to take some close up photos. In the lower left portion of the photo above you can see where my quilter, Val, quilted my name in the quilt! This was her wonderful idea, and she also quilted my grandmother’s name and my great-great grandmother’s name in the quilt as well!
I just love the swirls in the center hexagons, the design in the outer hexies, and, well, I just absolutely adore this quilting!
I thought that the text print from the Sew Mama Sew collection by Sweetwater would make the perfect backing for a quilt paying homage to my quilting roots! And this quilt was the first time I was brave enough to try a scalloped border! Boy was it scary cutting those curves and knowing there was no going back! I used this ruler, though, (Quilt in a Day Scallops, Vines and Waves Template) and it made it very easy to do the math and to mark my scallops for my quilter!
I’m not finished with hexagons…but I am grateful to have finished my first Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to teach my daughters or granddaughters how to make these fun blocks. But until them, I’ll keep making them. Because I have another long-term project in mind for these fun blocks!
The June 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting which has this quilt in it goes on sale on newsstands April 3rd–tomorrow! It’s a terrific issue with many wonderful projects (mine just arrived last week)!
Happy quilting…and thanks so much for stopping by!
PS…the Minis and More parade will be tomorrow!