Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

I have started my next English Paper Piecing (EPP) project and I am excited to share with you today some photos of the progress of my quilt. After much consideration and browsing Pinterest and my rather extensive quilt book library I have finally settled on a very traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt made from all hexagons. And of course, I have chosen to use my fabric stash for a scrap happy quilt (I think you will recognize many of the fabrics that I have used to make these units).

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
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I have already made good progress on my quilt! I have spent countless hours cutting the many fabric scraps in my scrap bin into hexagons, and then wading through my fabric stash to cut more hexagons. Many of the fabrics were fussy cut to feature a novelty print/item. This busy fabric activity has actually made quite a mess of my stash for I while I excel at pulling fabric from stash, I am not so great at refolding and returning fabric to stash. And just when you think you have cut enough hexagons you realize you're not even half way done!

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

All fabric pieces have been glue basted onto 1" hexagons papers which in itself is also quite the task. Several long evenings in front of the TV and they're done though. I have since spent more evenings with the needle and thread and have completed enough units for a relatively large size hexagon quilt.

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

Pictured directly above is the planned layout of my Grandmother's Flower Garden units. I have pondered over what color to use for my background hexagons and although a solid white fabric was my instinctive choice (it's classic and so fresh), I am seriously considering using a pretty pastel pink solid fabric (Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Ballet Slipper) as pictured below.

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

QUILT DETAILS
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt
Quilt will measure approximately 60 inches x 70 inches.
50 Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Units.
8 part-units for the left and right hand side of the quilt.
TOOLS AND NOTIONS for English Paper Piecing:
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

Stitching together the Grandmother's Flower Garden units has been such fun and so relaxing.  Next I will be joining these units together, and this is where the hard part begins - but it is also where the magic begins! I LOVE watching the quilt come together and grow slowly right in front of my eyes.

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

I hope to have more to show you soon!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

RELEVANT LINKS:
More RPQ English Paper Pieced Quilts:
Mandolin Quilt - May 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - January 2018
Floral Hexagon Quilt - September 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - July 2017
The Daisy Chain Quilt


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13 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful! Very similar to one I inherited from my grandmother. My dream isito someday buy one of your quilts. I use aSizzix Big Shot Express to cut shapes. It goes so quickly at the press of a button. I'm working on a Dresden Plate using 10" squares of Simply Colors. The Sizzix cut fan blades from two squares folded in quarters at a time - so quick and easy!

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  2. I am trying my hand at hexies , also using your glue method- how do you get the papers out? All your work is beautiful and inspiring!!

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  3. Fun! I love making and using hexies. Your quilt is going to be fabulous.

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  4. You posted a couple of months back about glue basting for EPP so I tried it. Works like a charm and I'm never going back to thread basting. Thanks

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  5. Beautiful hexies. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous.

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  6. This is just lovely. I always thread baste just because I struggle getting the papers out when I have the tried using glue. x

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  7. I love EPP. Not a fan of the grandma's flower garden setting BUT the double hex is wonderful.... and the scrappy I am sure contributes to the wonderful. Must put it in my maybe pile.

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  8. I think the pastel pink would look gorgeous. I enjoy doing EPP also. I also enjoy reading your blog posts and seeing all the beautiful quilts you make.survivor972002@midco.net

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  9. This is so so beautiful, Rita. I can imagine this is relaxing.
    I am always thinking about you.
    Next week I am spending THREE hours at the dentist getting an implant installed. Just a stupid molar. It would be great if it were two fancy front teeth but I will just shut up right now.
    I am bringing some unsewing, embroidery pieces (labels of quilts a plenty) I think that will keep me busy.
    THREEEEE HOURS. I know this bc they told me, but also last year daddy got an implant (the same molar!!!) He is 94. I did a lot of unsewing that day sitting in the dental space with him, I even got a foot stool for my old legs haha
    I am excited to see this gorgeous quilt come together ❤️

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  10. It’s going to be another beauty!

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  11. I love the idea of the baby pink background. How will you attach. Sew directly to b background?or piece together with paper pieces? I’m in love with this quilt. Cindy at bahamacyn@gmail.com

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  12. I've been trying to decide what to do with a pile of 2.5" squares - this is IT! Thank you for always providing so much inspiration!

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