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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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