Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 1

Work in Progress.
A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

At last, another blog update! I know some of you have been wondering if I am still stitching. I am doing the best I can right now and stitching (in particular English Paper Piecing) is still a daily pastime, but I am very much enjoying the relaxed timeline. Having taken a step back I can see more clearly that the pressure (self-imposed!) to update my blog regularly was starting to impact the joy of making and sharing. I am slowly getting back on track - I sure spend a lot of time thinking about the quilts I want to make - but make no promises. The focus for now is on enjoying the process.

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt
A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt
A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

I had no business starting another English Paper Pieced (EPP) quilt for I have yet to baste and quilt  my B is for Blues Hexagon Quilt, but I so enjoy the slow sewing process that starting another EPP quilt was inevitable. This project is a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt; with a traditional layout, solid center flowers with a solid yellow center. (This is my second Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - see details of my Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt here - it includes instructions on how to prepare the "Flower Units" for easy row sewing).

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

QUILT DETAILS
Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt 
The finished quilt measures 72 inches x 80 inches.
Started: May 2019.
English Paper Pieced.
46 Hexagon Flowers.
1¼ inch hexagons.
A total of 1440 hexagons.
Background fabric:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Snow.

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt
A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
 1¼ Inch Hexagon Papers
1¼ Inch Hexagon Template with 3/8" seam allowance.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt
A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - 72 inches x 80 inches.
English Paper Pieced.
The fabrics used for this quilt are all from stash; some fabrics have been part of my stash for some time, some are more recent additions. My fabric selection for this quilt includes medium scale graphic prints (like stripes and gingham) which create striking movement, as well as medium and small scale floral prints, and stash basics (dots). Numerous fabric designs have been fussy cut to feature a design element or to create a graphic element. All fabrics used are quilting cottons, and all solid fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons.

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

I continue to glue baste my papers/fabrics for English Paper Piecing and have no trouble keeping the papers in place for as long as is required, nor do I have difficulty removing the papers. Many of the hexagon papers used for this quilt were previously used to piece my Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt. All the photos shown here are of the quilt top after the papers have been removed, except for along the very edges of the quilt top where papers were left in so that I had the option of making the quilt top bigger should I wish to do so (this now seems unlikely😄).

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

Thank you for your patience everyone! I really do appreciate that you continue to stop by to check in on what I have been up to.

Happy Stitching!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
More Red Pepper Quilts English Paper Pieced Quilts:
A Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - September 2018
Mandolin Quilt - May 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - January 2018
The Daisy Chain Quilt - November 2016
Stretched Hexies Quilt - April 2019


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12 comments:

  1. 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.' Sooooo true!! Absolutely sublime. Thanks for the pictures.

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  2. It’s another beauty! I recently picked up my hexie basket after it was shelved for awhile and am looking forward to some relaxing slow stitching. Nice to see you again! I also took a long blogging break.

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  3. This is so lovely! I think this quilt is on every quilters list of making!! I know it’s on mine!! Thanks for sharing!:)

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  4. REALLY beautiful, Rita.
    I am so happy to see what you are working on. I know it brings you joy. Blogging can be a task, it is like employment hahaha It is good to take breaks, and also remind yourself that there should not be pressure. Life is full enough.
    I love this quilt

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  5. Your quilts are so beautiful. I always love your color choices. 3 of the quilts I have from my Grandmother are flower garden, 2 twins and a baby quilt for my daughter. They are from the 60-70's. She hand pieced all of them. No paper piecing!

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  6. such a bright and cheerful quilt - thanks for sharing. I was doing an EPP hexie - Broderie Quilt pattern - and my hexie's kept coming apart. I tried three different threads, two difference needles but it was still happening. I ended up converting it to hand piecing. I've since tried more EPP and use Sue Daley's 'knicker knot' which seems to help.

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  7. So glad to hear from you once again. Your choice of fabrics is always inspiring. This quilt is particularly striking>

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  8. Another gorgeous quilt!! I must admit that when I see a blog post from you show up in my feed I cannot wait to read it and savor all the pictures. I would like to know if you would ever consider talking a little bit about how you come up with your fabric choices and maybe even a little peek into your fabric stash? Is it all random or do you have a specific plan for everything? Your quilts are inspiring me to look at fabrics and colors differently and to start choosing pieces that are outside of my narrow little comfort zone. I love how you mix vintage-like fabrics with more modern colors and designs.

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  9. J'aime votre jardin Rita, mais je crois que je suis encore plus en amour de votre jardin décousu !

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  10. Rita, this is beautiful . . . one of my all time favorites. It's so old fashioned and cheerful.

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  11. So beautiful Rita. The colors and large flowers just make me happy looking at them. Thank you for all the photos and details!

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