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Grandmothers Flower Garden … part 2

So, with the piecing all finished and the basting removed, I’m pretty happy with my little hexagon block ๐Ÿ™‚

now for some quilting …. a nice thick sandwich of wadding, and the cream fabric I’ve used in the block as the backing, and it’s onto the machine.

I don’t often machine quilt, but for these blocks it seems a practical and natural way to go about it. I use safety pins to hold the layers together – much less likely to slip out, and much less likely to prong myself mid-stitching. I’ve kept the quilting simple again, just running around the outline of the rosette rings … using crimson thread, just for a flash of contrast colour in those neutral creams and golds and coppers …

but with a cream thread on the bobbin …. for those that like seeing what lies beneath ๐Ÿ™‚

and there’s the back of the finishedย  cushion … binding is done in a cream satin ribbon, and the backing is a double layer of the cream fabric I used in the block … I like to double up the fabric, partly because it takes a buttonhole much, much better on a double layer of fabric, and partly because I like the insides of my cushions to look as nice as the outside, so they’re lined.

And because this one ended up being sold before it was even finished (funny how serendipity works that way sometimes), I customised it with a little hand embroidery on the front ….

modern country cushion - hexagon patchwork

It looks so lovely and plump with its inner cushion pad inserted! Happy birthday Ann – I hope you enjoy this cushion as much as I enjoyed making it.

And …. if you want a cushion like this, then check what’s in stock over at my Etsy shop or for a bespoke cushion, please do get in touch

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!ย  I should have this finished up pretty soon ….

What’s your latest block? Do share ……