The GFG is a wonderful pattern to work with because it is beautiful, is easy to
learn, is relaxing hand work, and is very portable. It is NOT, however,
something you should undertake if you are looking for instant gratification.
There are many pieces to cut, paper tempates to cut and hand sewing to do. One
block will take a day to do.
You might consider having another project going on at the same time, perhaps
some machine work, so you will feel like you are accomplishing something. The
GFG can be worked on in "found moments" like waiting in a Dr.'s office, talking
on the phone, watching TV in the evening, or on a car trip...provided you are
not the driver...<VGB>.
Go for it.....this is a very rewarding pattern to work with.
Kathy in Holbrook, NY.......who actually had a DATE last night... 8-)
He is nice. He can carry on a conversation with words of more than two
syllables. He knows how to laugh. He has a discernable pulse. He is
young...<VBG>. He likes quilts.....need I say more??
Kathy....keeping you all on pins and needles in Holbrook, NY...nanner nanner
The main question is, are you looking to hand piece, or machine piece? While
you *can*, theoretically, machine piece anything, hexes are easier to hand
piece. That does have the virtue, if your machine is off somewhere besides
where the TV is, of letting you piece while watching the idiot box (and you
can feel good about "I'm not off in my corner, I'm socializing with the
family" if it's in the evening and they're watching the box anyhow.<G>)
If you're looking for something quick and machiney, you might want to look
at doing a nine patch or one of the myriad designs that's nine patch based.
piglet (megan zurawicz)
> I have always manted to make a patchwork quilt. Is this Grandmother's
> flower garden a suitable project for a beginner? Suggestions please.
Any man who really wants to win my heart will have to accept and understand my
appetite for really great S.E.X. If not.......hit the highway.........LOL
I'll keep you all posted on this......
> > I have always manted to make a patchwork quilt. Is this Grandmother's
> > flower garden a suitable project for a beginner? Suggestions please.
> Sarah (nice name :-) ), this is the place to come with your
> questions. Welcome, and where are you? (I "pin" folks on my atlas, you
> If you're a beginner (and it sounds like you are), I'd counsel against
> a grandmother's flower garden (gfg) as your place-to-start. It's not an
> easy pattern (lots of little set-in seams, AND all those patches to cut
> out -- a daunting task, even with a rotary cutter) -- and yes, it's
> GORGEOUS (and most everyone's favorite to look at -- and remember from
> when they were little).
> I'd recommend that you first decide whether you want to hand-piece
> (sewing each patch onto the other by hand) or machine-piece (use that
> sewing machine -- you didn't mention whether you have one) -- or maybe
> try some applique (not "patchwork", but oh-so-lovely, and lots of fun,
> they tell me).
> First, hie yourself to your local quilt shop or your local library, and
> just immerse yourself in the quilt-books. You'll soon get a feel for
> what you like.
> Second, decide on a pattern (most of us who piece, rather than
> applique, strongly recommend a simple pattern, with straight seams --
> although I suspect the applique-ers also recommend starting with a
> relatively simple pattern).
> Third, head for the fabric store for some S.E.X. (that's Stash
> Enhancement eXperience, before someone asks) -- and the fabric to begin
> your quilt with.
> And then, take a class, join a guild (if those are available to you).
> Most of all, have FUN with this --
> and do keep us posted.
> Happy Trails,
> Sarah in Las Cruces, NM