Grandmothers Flower Garden

Although the ‘elemental quilt‘ is calling me to finish it, and I have been working the embroidery in my quiet moments, I enjoyed the first installment of my block project so much that I’ve launched straight into the next quilt block.

Still working with the very simple blocks at the beginning of the book, so it’s a traditional and straightforward ‘Grandmother’s Flower Garden’ hexagon block.

It’s pretty straightforward to draft – if you don’t have a hexagon template, then you can use a set of compasses (the geometrical kind rather than the navigational kind šŸ˜‰ to create your hexagons. This little WIKI shows you how it’s done … because I had a pretty small block – it’s going to be another 30cm x 30cm cushion cover – I drafted the whole thing, resting on a cutting mat to secure the point of the compasses. The one thing you need to remember if you’re doing this is that ALL your circles MUST intersect through each of the points, otherwise you’re going to end up with wonky hexagons (which is really not a good look). When you’re finished, each hexagon will have a little flower shape in its centre … I had to really fight myself to stick to the brief and not piece based on the flowers! (That will doubtless be another project, later šŸ˜‰

You have two options for the edges – you can either go all the way to the edge, and have the cut-off hexagon shapes around the edge as I have done, or you can stop at the outermost ring of complete hexagons and applique the finished piece onto a backing.

I’m still feeling warm with my colour choices at the moment, but these are a bit more muted than the last block, predominantly creams and golds, with coppery and red accents … these are all pieces of fabric that I had on hand, reclaimed and recycled.

Cut out your hexagon shapes, pin on the fabric, and cut the fabric, leaving approximately 1/2 – 1 cm seam allowance, depending on how thick the fabric is and how much it will fray. Fold it around the paper, remembering to do the nice mitreing in the corner …

And then sew the basted pieces right side together, with an overcast. The overcast wants to be pretty small, around 12 stitches to the inch ….

And keep on going, round and round … because it’s quite a simple block, it comes together quickly …. This block is a bit heavier than the last one, which was mostly light cottons and silks – here I’m using heavier curtain fabric, which I think works well with the bolder block pattern.

I am seriously loving the combination of colours and textures here!Ā  I should have this finished up pretty soon ….

What’s your latest block? Do share ……

8 responses to “Grandmothers Flower Garden

  1. Love doing hexagon patchwork – I have just started a set of table place mats as I want to enjoy them every day!!! (30 patches in a mat) Patchwork and quilting on my things to do list when I retire!!!!!

    • mmm, the hexgon place mats sound wonderful šŸ™‚ I hope you get to finish them *before* you retire, and that you get a lot of enjoyment out of them

  2. I’ve begun piecuing a quilt like this using my daughters old summer dresses. I love making the flowers, they come together quite quickly despite sewing by hand.

    • That’s wonderful … it’d be great if you could share a picture of it? I love working with children’s old clothes … all those memories tied up in them, and such wonderful patterned fabrics, too.

  3. Really like the subtle colour palette

  4. my favourite…hexagons!! and aren’t they addictive??or is that just me!

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