Grandmother's Flower Garden

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Post by bquiltin' » Tue, 20 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Thanks for asking this question Kathy!!  I am also sewing a GFG by hand and
loving it!!   I said I would NEVER sew a quilt by hand.  so now i have a new
motto,  never say never!!!
I'll be waiting for more answers to your question.
I did see an antique GFG at a quilt show Sat.  The quilter just put binding
around the irregular edges.  must have taken a really long time to do that!!
barb-bquiltin

Quote:
>I am trying my first Grandmother's Flower Garden doing it by hand and
loving it
>as a hand project.   My question is how do you put a backing on something
like
>that with such irregular edges?   I'd love to hear hints and ways of doing
>it!!!   I'm sure I could buy a book on it but thought some of you experts
could
>help also.   Thanks

>Kathy


 
 
 

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Post by TEXASFRE » Wed, 21 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I am trying my first Grandmother's Flower Garden doing it by hand and loving it
as a hand project.   My question is how do you put a backing on something like
that with such irregular edges?   I'd love to hear hints and ways of doing
it!!!   I'm sure I could buy a book on it but thought some of you experts could
help also.   Thanks

Kathy


 
 
 

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Post by KatQuil » Wed, 21 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Dear  Kathy:

I resolved the problem of irregular borders by squaring my GFG off.  What I did
was applique the GFG top to additional border strips...turned outt very well.

Kathy in Holbrook, NY

 
 
 

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Post by Gius » Wed, 21 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi All,
        well, I hope this will arrive on the NG, it's strange, I haven't seen
my mex on the NG, but I received your RE:, I still have problems with my
provider, ok, Girls I'm in Italy and as you know, here things never go
well :O)
By the way, my questions are:
When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
contrary?
I'm not getting crazy, :) I have a new project on my mind, I started to
sew a lot of 9" blocks this past week-end, and I'm thinking on a new
quilt, but I don't know how it will be, of course, it will be a Sampler
I know that, but I didn't know what kind of colors I have used for it
until this morning; This afternoon I went to my local fabric shop and I
bought 6 fat quarter, red plaids; green, blue, yellow calico's fabric;
sunflower's fabric and white on white for appliqued blocks background,
I'm not very satisfy with my fabrics, but I have to content, because
here we haven't the choose of fabric you have in America, I'm very sad
for this, I can't express myself in that way! Think that, here aren't
solids, Bali's fabric, wathercolors, etc. etc. My fabric shop has only
30 pieces of different american fabric, but there I have never find 3 or
4 fabric that stay well together and satisfield me! GRR, sorry to share
this with you, but I have to say you that you are very lucky to live
there, and soon or later I wish to come there and buy, buy, buy! LOL :)
To not speack about the costs! Oh, I payd $50 to buy the 6 fat quarter
of American fabric at the shop I mentioned above.
By the way, I don't want be long, I'm proud to be a quilter and I'll
never give up patchwork and quilting. :)
Ciao, Giusy in sunny Italy.
--

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Quilting and patchwork came into my life like a hurricane,
I'm always working at a project...  my sewing machine is getting tired,
but I keep telling her: "Please, keep going a little more, a little
more,
baby!"
My boyfriend is restless, but I ask him: "Please, baby, just a little
more!"
I hope he won't desert me!>
http://users.iol.it/giodibi/index.html

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Post by Charli » Wed, 21 Apr 1999 04:00:00


When I made one, I just sort of chopped off the extra bits to make it
square - That way I had alternate half hexagons round the edge.

I'm not sure if this is the way to do it, but it worked fine for me!  I
haven't made a full size quilt this way - just cushions.  I haven't got the
patiance to hand piece an entire quilt top!

Charlie


Quote:
> I am trying my first Grandmother's Flower Garden doing it by hand and
loving it
> as a hand project.   My question is how do you put a backing on something
like
> that with such irregular edges?   I'd love to hear hints and ways of doing
> it!!!   I'm sure I could buy a book on it but thought some of you experts
could
> help also.   Thanks

> Kathy


 
 
 

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Post by Janic » Wed, 21 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>I did see an antique GFG at a quilt show Sat.  The quilter just put binding
>around the irregular edges.  must have taken a really long time to do

that!!

Haven't done it with a GFG quilt, but it shouldn't be much different than
scalloped edges.  Just have to remember that the binding must be cut on the
bias.  Janice

 
 
 

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Post by Gius » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi All,
        well, I hope this will arrive on the NG, it's strange, I haven't seen
my mex on the NG, but I received your RE:, I still have problems with my
provider, ok, Girls I'm in Italy and as you know, here things never go
well :O)
By the way, my questions are:
When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
contrary?
I'm not getting crazy, :) I have a new project on my mind, I started to
sew a lot of 9" blocks this past week-end, and I'm thinking on a new
quilt, but I don't know how it will be, of course, it will be a Sampler
I know that, but I didn't know what kind of colors I have used for it
until this morning; This afternoon I went to my local fabric shop and I
bought 6 fat quarter, red plaids; green, blue, yellow calico's fabric;
sunflower's fabric and white on white for appliqued blocks background,
I'm not very satisfy with my fabrics, but I have to content, because
here we haven't the choose of fabric you have in America, I'm very sad
for this, I can't express myself in that way! Think that, here aren't
solids, Bali's fabric, wathercolors, etc. etc. My fabric shop has only
30 pieces of different american fabric, but there I have never find 3 or
4 fabric that stay well together and satisfield me! GRR, sorry to share
this with you, but I have to say you that you are very lucky to live
there, and soon or later I wish to come there and buy, buy, buy! LOL :)
To not speack about the costs! Oh, I payd $50 to buy the 6 fat quarter
of American fabric at the shop I mentioned above.
By the way, I don't want be long, I'm proud to be a quilter and I'll
never give up patchwork and quilting. :)
Ciao, Giusy in sunny Italy.
--

\|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/
Quilting and patchwork came into my life like a hurricane,
I'm always working at a project...  my sewing machine is getting tired,
but I keep telling her: "Please, keep going a little more, a little
more,
baby!"
My boyfriend is restless, but I ask him: "Please, baby, just a little
more!"
I hope he won't desert me!>
http://users.iol.it/giodibi/index.html

\|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/     \|/
 
 
 

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Post by Nbhilya » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi, Giusy, and welcome to the newsgroup!
      I quilt as the spirit moves me.  In order to be
ready when that happens I have a LOT of fabric and a LOT of patterns (in books
and magazines and from books and magazines--that is, articles I've photocopied
or cut out or that have been
sent by someone).  I stare at my fabric, then look
at the patterns, then stare at the fabric some more, look at patterns; then I
begin to pull various
fabrics from the shelves to see if they look good
together for what I have in mind.
       There are times when I need "a blue that's
a bit lighter," or "a country plaid in red" and
then I go to the store to buy some more fabric.
I also buy fabric by color when I'm participating
in a swap; or when there's a good sale; or if
I'm traveling and visit a local quilt shop.
       I'm sorry that you have to pay $50 for a
handful of fat quarters.  If you send me your
address I'll help you increase your stash!  Another
way you can add to your fabric stash is to save
your lire and visit the U.S.--what your boyfriend
would say to that, I don't know, but it's worth
a try!
           Happy stitching,
                  Nann
                  in Lindenhurst, Illinois
Quote:
>When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
>do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
>colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
>contrary?

 
 
 

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Post by robert » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I work about the same way as Nann. It's fun to be surprised. Don't always
know what the finished quilt will look like, I just let it grow until it's
done.
To help your stash problem, why not order from catalogues online? I buy from
Keepsake Quilting and Hancocks.
Fabric is just as expensive here in Denmark. We have a pretty good selection
of American fabric, though, so I frequently give in and buy from the local
store just because it's too beautiful to resist.
Roberta in DK


Quote:
> Hi, Giusy, and welcome to the newsgroup!
>       I quilt as the spirit moves me.  In order to be
> ready when that happens I have a LOT of fabric and a LOT of patterns (in
books
> and magazines and from books and magazines--that is, articles I've
photocopied
> or cut out or that have been
> sent by someone).  I stare at my fabric, then look
> at the patterns, then stare at the fabric some more, look at patterns;
then I
> begin to pull various
> fabrics from the shelves to see if they look good
> together for what I have in mind.
>        There are times when I need "a blue that's
> a bit lighter," or "a country plaid in red" and
> then I go to the store to buy some more fabric.
> I also buy fabric by color when I'm participating
> in a swap; or when there's a good sale; or if
> I'm traveling and visit a local quilt shop.
>        I'm sorry that you have to pay $50 for a
> handful of fat quarters.  If you send me your
> address I'll help you increase your stash!  Another
> way you can add to your fabric stash is to save
> your lire and visit the U.S.--what your boyfriend
> would say to that, I don't know, but it's worth
> a try!
>            Happy stitching,
>                   Nann
>                   in Lindenhurst, Illinois

> >When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
> >do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
> >colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
> >contrary?

 
 
 

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Post by Janic » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
>do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
>colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
>contrary?

Oh, I payd $50 to buy the 6 fat quarter

Well, Guisy, you have lots of question!  Start with the pattern, not the
fabric.  When I look at a pattern, I try to imagine it in colours I would
like.  Your stash is built with fabrics that jump off the shelves, into your
arms because you like them that much.  I would like to suggest that you join
a fat quarter exchange to get American fabrics.  Even in Canada, 6 FQ would
still cost under $20.  I'm sure there are many women who would love to have
a piece of Italian cotton for their stash.  Hope I have answered some of
your questions.  Janice

 
 
 

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Post by Janic » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I'm sorry that you have to pay $50 for a
handful of fat quarters.  If you send me your
address I'll help you increase your stash!

Sorry, can't reply to sender yet, but please share the address with me,
Roberta.  Just have a really hard time dealing with those prices.  Can you
just imagine the cost of a Queen size quilt?  Janice, who's stash is over
flowing.

 
 
 

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Post by Smegg » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>>When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
>>do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
>>colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
>>contrary?

I find that when I am making a quilt for me or the house, I start with the
fabric and find a pattern to go with it.  I love fabric so much that I want to
make sure I use my favorites.  But if I am making a quilt for someone else, I
start with a pattern then find fabrics that fit in.  I never realized this
until you asked this question.

Smeggey
(remove .queeg to reply)
http://members.aol.com/smeggey/page/index.htm

 
 
 

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Post by sarah curr » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi All,
>         well, I hope this will arrive on the NG, it's strange, I haven't seen
> my mex on the NG, but I received your RE:, I still have problems with my
> provider, ok, Girls I'm in Italy and as you know, here things never go
> well :O)

It's OK, Giusy (please tell me how to pronounce your name, and where in
Italy you are -- I'm the one with the Atlas) -- you've arrived, and
welcome!

Quote:
> By the way, my questions are:
> When you decide for a quilt top, how do you choose patterns for it? how
> do you decide for a fabric stash? what's the feeling that you have with
> colors and patterns? And you choose patterns before fabrics or on the
> contrary?

You don't sound crazy at all -- just fabric-challenged!  I suspect
you'll get as many opinions on this as you get responses.
        For me, it just depends.  Sometimes, I find a FABULOUS fabric, and a
quilt top pops into my head, full-grown (sorta like Venus on the
clamshell, if you will).  Sometimes, I just noodle around in my stash
(as a Yank, I KNOW I'm lucky), and something just happens, as I'm
there.  Sometimes (but not as often), I find a pattern first.
        I tend to like scrap-quilts (but yes, I have the stash to do that).

Quote:
> I'm not getting crazy, :) I have a new project on my mind, I started to
> sew a lot of 9" blocks this past week-end, and I'm thinking on a new
> quilt, but I don't know how it will be, of course, it will be a Sampler
> I know that, but I didn't know what kind of colors I have used for it
> until this morning; This afternoon I went to my local fabric shop and I
> bought 6 fat quarter, red plaids; green, blue, yellow calico's fabric;
> sunflower's fabric and white on white for appliqued blocks background,
> I'm not very satisfy with my fabrics, but I have to content, because
> here we haven't the choose of fabric you have in America, I'm very sad
> for this, I can't express myself in that way!

I thought you expressed it very well ... but you do NOT have to be
content!  Just send me your snail-mail address, and watch your mailbox!
I suspect this won't be the only offer you receive, either!  We Yanks
KNOW we've got it pretty good ... and we're a pretty generous lot, for
the most part ...

 Think that, here aren't

Quote:
> solids, Bali's fabric, wathercolors, etc. etc. My fabric shop has only
> 30 pieces of different american fabric, but there I have never find 3 or
> 4 fabric that stay well together and satisfield me! GRR, sorry to share
> this with you, but I have to say you that you are very lucky to live
> there, and soon or later I wish to come there and buy, buy, buy! LOL :)
> To not speack about the costs! Oh, I payd $50 to buy the 6 fat quarter
> of American fabric at the shop I mentioned above.
> By the way, I don't want be long, I'm proud to be a quilter and I'll
> never give up patchwork and quilting. :)

I know the cost, adn it both breaks my heart and really makes me ANGRY,
that you folks "across the pond" (both ponds) have to pay so MUCH, for
so LITTLE.  Again, send me your snail-mail address, and then just sit
and wait ... we'll have some FUN, I think!
        Good luck, and
        Happy Trails,
        Sarah in las Cruces, NM
 
 
 

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Post by Virginia Hugh » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00


  I bought a GFG quilt at an estate sale that had been hand-pieced in
the 30's, judging from the fabrics, and then layered and tied and
machine bound in the 50's, judging from the backing ( a sheet that I had
also had back then as a wedding present).  The original hand-piecer had
set the hexagon edges into a solid border strip, managing all those
set-in angled seams,  so that the sides are straight and didn't require
all that binding to go around the hexagon edging. Not really a very
economical trade-off , when you calculate the work expended versus that
saved, but the plain off-white border gave a good opportunity for
quilting to show up.
  ( I untied all the yarn and gave it new batting,  backing,  hand
quilting and new binding, the way the original quilter deserved to have
on her lovely work. I don't  hand piece, but admire those who do.)