?Grandmother's flower garden

?Grandmother's flower garden

Post by Cindy Borodk » Wed, 27 Sep 1995 04:00:00



I watched part of a demonstration on paper piecing grandmother's flower
garden yesterday.  It looked so inviting I raced home and started in on my
own.  Well, one day into my project and I've got lots of questions.  Can
anyone help?

1)  Do you need to trim the seams after removing the paper?  
Instructions were to use 3/8" seams.  

2)  Does the grain of the fabric have to be the same on each hexagon
placed in the quilt?

3)  When doing the quilting what is the accepted quilting pattern?  Is it
stitch-in-the-ditch or outline or something else?

4)  How do you make the borders?  Are they straight - using half flowers
- or do they follow the line of the flower garden paths?

I love this pattern.  It feels *right*.  (Hard to explain!)

TIA!

 
 
 

?Grandmother's flower garden

Post by Cathy Jun » Wed, 27 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Even  though I have no answers to your questions, I know what you mean
about that pattern.  I have always liked it, but was afraid to try to
make it.  I didn't want to do it by hand, and I knew I couldn't get the
accuracy on the machine.  I took a quilt class a few weeks ago, and we
sewed everything by hand (it was just a 2 hr. class), I figured out that
hand sewing is a piece of cake, so I cut up some hexes and started sewing.
  I'm working with a template and have done 22 flowers already, so I'm a
long way from done yet, but it should be interesting when it is.
Hoope you find the answers to your questions.
Cathy

 
 
 

?Grandmother's flower garden

Post by Lesa » Thu, 28 Sep 1995 04:00:00


I've been working on one of these for "ages"  I'll try and help:

1)  Do you need to trim the seams after removing the paper?  
Instructions were to use 3/8" seams.  

No, unless you've got some seam lines showing through your hexagon.
You're not supposed to remove the papers until the block is sewn together.

2)  Does the grain of the fabric have to be the same on each hexagon
placed in the quilt?

No, because the paper stabilizes the hexagon.  See above re: removing
paper.

3)  When doing the quilting what is the accepted quilting pattern?  Is it
stitch-in-the-ditch or outline or something else?

The older quilts are quilted 1/4 inch inside each hexagon.  However, to me
this makes for a "flat" look.  I plan on quilting mine (if I EVER get it
finished) 1/4 inside every other row of hexagons.

4)  How do you make the borders?  Are they straight - using half flowers
- or do they follow the line of the flower garden paths?

Both methods are used -- depends on how much work you want to do (g).

I love this pattern.  It feels *right*.  (Hard to explain!)

Have fun and let us know your progress -- might help spur me on to finish
mine!

Lesa