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I worked on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden for 15 minutes this morning, according to my new plan.   I am feeling very enthusiastic and decided not to wait until 2011!  🙂

Some of these fabrics are so precious to me.  I feel very sentimental about the scraps that bring back lovely memories. ..a blouse that I made long ago for my best friend… my first English fabric… other treasures found up on various holiday travels.

I’m looking forward to my little “dates” with this project.  I’ve even written it into my weekly planner as an activity!

Please visit Judy’s blog to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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What bliss!  I’ve been sewing every single day this week!  I have now finished 58 patriotic blocks, and I made a second recycled bath mat.  I also did some mending, cut out a pair of pyjamas for my little girl and started basting a lap quilt that’s been waiting in my stack of UFO tops.

My Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks have also seen the light of day this week.  There are many more flowers than I remembered!

When I was playing with all the little flowers yesterday, I fell in love with this project all over again.  It really would be nice to finish it into something useful and/or decorative instead of smushing it back into that shoebox for another 14 years.  😉

I’ve been having difficulty doing hand sewing lately because of arthritis in my thumb, but I despair at abandoning this project, so I’ve come up with a plan!   If I work on it for 15 minutes at a time just a few days a week, I could probably make fairly good progress over the course of a year.  I’ll put this at the top of my Goals List for 2011.

For my Stash Report, here is some new fabric from America.  I bought this set of 7 hand-dyed fat quarters from my Internet friend Vicki.  Aren’t the colours pretty?

Here are my totals:

Bought this week:  1.75
Bought year-to-date:  24 yards
Gift fabric received:  30 yards
Total fabric in:  54 yards
Used this week:  .75 yards
Used year-to-date:  34.5 yards
Total (net):  -19.50

Please visit Judy’s blog to see how other quilters are getting along with their stashbusting this week.

Happy Quilting!

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This week, my step-daughter came over for dinner and told me about a quilt she has started making.  It’s her first large project, and I am really excited for her! This is the young woman who received the turquoise quilt for her birthday in March.

She prefers hand-sewing to using a sewing machine, so she is making a Grandmother’s Flower Garden by the English paper piecing method.  She found free hexagon templates and illustrated instructions at Cia’s Palette.

She wants to use all-plaid focus fabrics and asked me where she could find some.  We talked about recycling clothing, and then she chose 9 fat quarters out of my stash to take home with her.  That’s quick and easy stash-busting!  😉

I decided to keep the grey corduroy gift fabric in my Stash Report totals, as I’ve thought of a project for my personal use, as well as making donation gifts.   If I count gift fabric received, then surely I can count gift fabric given?  If so, that’s 2.25 yards out this week!  Here are my totals:

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric in year-to-date:  46 yards
Fabric out this week:  2.25 yards
Fabric out year-to-date:  26.75 yards
Used (net):  -19.25 yards

To see how other quilters are getting along with their stash busting this week, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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I found some excellent and informative links today with historical background and instructions for Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts and wanted to share with those quilters who would like to try this technique.  It’s a great way to use up small pieces of scrap fabric.  As shown in these links, there are several different methods of piecing this type of quilt — in individual flowers, as I did, or in complete rows as you go across.

http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/colonial_revival/flower_garden.htm

http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/mosaic.htm

http://www.doodle-head.com/quilt/gfg/

http://www.quilterscache.com/G/GrandmothersFlowerGardenBlock.html

Happy Quilting!  🙂

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My quilt in progress:  Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

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I read a while back that the quilt pattern mostly likely to be left unfinished and abandoned when the quilter has moved on to Quilting Heaven is…..the Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I can totally relate to this.  I have a GFG that is now about 14 years old.

Growing a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt
Growing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

Once upon a time in America, I belonged to a lovely quilt guild.  A speaker came to a meeting and taught us to do English Paper Piecing.  It was very nice and all, and when I got home from the meeting, I put my little hexagons in a nifty plastic shoebox which ended up at the back of the closet.

Fast forward a couple of years to my engagement to a lovely English man and an invitation to meet his family in England.   I always take handwork on trips, and I thought how wonderful it would be to bring an ENGLISH paper piecing project with me.  Cultural sensitivity!  I will fit right in with my new in-laws, I thought!  On the red-eye flight from Dallas to Manchester, I amazed and impressed a variety of British Airways flight attendants who had never heard of English paper piecing before but said they thought it was cool.  I think they were probably humouring me.  😉  I got a similar reaction from my new family members.

Over the years, the project has become very well-traveled.  It has gone to France, back to America, to Scotland, and to various points of interest in England.  I took it with me on our family holiday this year.  And if I put it on my blog, I think that will strengthen my commitment to finishing it because — if I don’t finish it, I will  1) be very embarrassed, or  2) have to delete this post and disavow any knowledge of it.  I think that’s probably cheating.

Anyway, I can tell I’m making progress now because my little quilt is definitely growing.  It’s getting harder and harder to get the lid back on that shoebox!

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