It was finally a clear day
here in Colorado.
My antique Grandmother's Flower Garden
was ready to be displayed.
Vintage 1940's Grandmother's Flower Garden
I was lucky to acquire
these 94 fabulous blocks about a
I spent a lot of time
carefully hand sewing the blocks together.
With each added row,
the top got more colorful and beautiful
The original quiltmaker was very skilled
and each hexagon was perfectly sewn to create
these fantastic flowers.
Many of them had the
designs fussy cut from the fabrics.
And we think we're so clever today.
After it was pieced together, I began the hand quilting.
That was the easy part.
Then it was decision making time.
What to do with the edge and binding.
Many ideas were considered.
I finally cut strips 7/8" wide and used
a Clover bias tape maker to create the narrow binding.
There was no way I could attach it by machine
or even hand stitch it through all the layers.
I appliqued one folded edge to the top of the quilt
going around and around each hexagon side.
Then did it all again.
Appliqueing the other folded edge of the binding
to the backing.
The binding ended up
being about 3/16" wide on each side.
It went perfectly around all those
If I had had more of the original fabrics,
I could have filled in some of that space on the outer edges,
but I worked with what I had or didn't have,
and love the finished look.
I took it to the Benson Sculpture Garden
in Loveland, Colorado to see what others might think
about this finished quilt.
"Perfect, my dear."
"It's just the way I would have done it."
"Say hey, Good Lookin'
What ya got cookin'?
How's about cookin' somethin' up
"Come away with me to
my fairy garden."
I brought along a second quilt I had
just finished as a charity donation
to Children's Hospital in Denver.
The children let it join in and play.
Everyone was having a good time.
Hey, bring that back!
It was a fun place to hang around.
Until Next Time-