Friday 12 June 2015

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

An English paper pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt has always been on my sewing bucket list. So I decided 17 weeks ago (thanks Instagram!) I would start a proper one. 

I sprained my ankle quite badly a few months back so I was completely laid up for a few days, so what better way to pass the time than a new EPP project! I've made tons of other hexagon flower blocks and different projects but I've not had a plan with them so they most often just end up stacked in my sewing room somewhere. Though with these flowers, I've had a plan

That plan being to simply use 1" Hexagons English paper piecesKona Solids for the outer ring, a matching print for the inner ring and a yellow centre. A truely classic quilt. My favourite kind. 

I'm 25 down, which is pretty good going considering I haven't worked on this for weeks and weeks as I've been working on a bunch of other English paper pieced projects. I'm not sure about the 'garden path' which will join the hexagon flower blocks, White? Snow? Perhaps another ring in a soft green, like this one on the right? I'm also considering mixing up different colour solid and printed fabrics within each flower block, as the one on the left (which you might remember seeing from my English Paper Piecing Basics series last summer - because I'm head over heels in love with it!).


This is taking a backseat at the moment whilst I prepare for Festival Of Quilts this August, yikes did someone say it's less than two months away now! Deep breaths... I'm at stand F5 remember ;-) But this relaxing project will be right back up the list once I'm back on track. For now, it's a start. 

Also thank you SO much to all my wonderful readers who left such nice comments on my previous blog post about my new venture. It means so much, really. I apologise I haven't got round to replying to you all individually. xo


  1. Lovely blocks so far... nice to have a longer term project to keep returning to. And I do love the additional calm green ring

  2. your flowers are gorgeous. and i agree with @mrsrobinson the additional green ring looks great

  3. MMMMMM, perfect deliciousness. Please share progress. Love your fowers to date. GFG is on my to-do list, but probably win run out of tim!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous. I rather liked the idea of a green jointing fabric. I am very slowly making my own using Liberty fabrics, I keep coming back to it every few weeks and doing a few more flowers knowing that one day it will finally get finished. x

  5. Ive got 3 hexi covers on the go ( and the New Hexagon Millefiori BOM too but that's another story lol facebook group page worth looking at!)
    But I have wondered if what the rusult might be if, in a deisgn like yours is, I could meander a changed coloured path, or might it look too irregular?
    Like from pale green through to a darker green, or in pockets of darker green 'foliage' around some flowers for example?
    This is where you need a fancy software prog to show what you end up with I guess. I may yet try it with half inch hexis to get an idea though.
    Your flowers look delightful, look forward to seeing what colour path you opt for!

  6. Your blocks look so lovely, a real 1920's/30's feel!

  7. absolutely beautiful!! i have some EPP flowers too and no plan, so i am excited to see what you do!!


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