Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

This has to be one of the oldest UFO's ever. I just finished this Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. It was started over 40 years ago by my mother and meant for my younger sister. My sister asked for a pink quilt. When my mom was nearly done with all the piecing of this quilt (all by hand), my sister decided she would rather have a biscuit puff quilt! So mom made her the biscuit puff quilt and put this quilt away. Several years ago she gave this to me to finish, since I make quilts. I didn't know how I was going to finish it because Mom had already layered it and basted it and even hand quilted around a few of the blocks. The batting was a fluffy polyester batting and I didn't think it was so easy to hand quilt. So after my new sewing table was ready to use, I decided I would machine quilt this. I just wasn't sure what I was going to do about the edges with all those hexagon shapes. I didn't want to bind around all those! So I decided I would just follow that pink garden path fabric and cut off those points and bind it. That's why the short ends look the way they do. I could have taken the batting and backing off and appliqued it all onto another fabric, but ugh, I just wanted to finish it. So 40+ years later it's all done!

Mom was making me a blue & yellow sampler quilt around the same time as she was working on this and I never got it. She wanted me to finish that quilt too a few years ago, but my husband suggested that she finish it and give it to our daughter (Mom's only granddaughter), so she did minimal quilting on it and did give it to her.
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Grandmother's Flower Garden~ all hand pieced by my mother and machine quilted by me.
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51 comments:

  1. Your Mom, and you, did an outstanding job on this quilt! All that fussy cutting of fabric made the flowers really beautiful, and the stippling quilting you did is perfect for it! I like the finish on the edges too.....less fussy, more modern! Love it! Great job! And you're keeping it, right!?! :o)

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  2. What a gorgeous quilt!!! It's so nice that you finished it!! Now you will be able to share it and show it off!!

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  3. Beautiful.. Love this pattern I have one started that I need to finish.. Great job.

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  4. What a beautiful quilt!!! You did a great job finishing it.

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  5. This is such a beautiful quilt, Daryl, and a wonderful treasure & keepsake. I'm new to your blog through Karen's post. I am so glad she posted about you & now I'm a new follower. I follow so many blogs & know that I'm remiss in making comments because of following so many. I just try to plug through my list & jump around, trying to acknowledge each and everyone at least every few weeks. I think you have a wonderful blog with lots of great tutorials & information -- I've been snooping a bit this morning but have much more to see. We are in neighboring states. I live in AZ. Hope you have time to pop over for a visit sometime soon; the "Welcome" mat is out!
    CAS

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  6. Doesn't that top and bottom edge look good

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  7. I love handwork. I am already cutting hex papers out with a punch as I prepare to piece a hex quilt by hand. Granted, it will be forever from now..its on my Bucket List. ~lol~

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  8. How wonderful for a project to be finally completed! Now it can be enjoyed as the treasure it is. It is beautiful!

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  9. GFG quilts are my favorite vintage quilts. I love how your mom fussy cut so the roses would be in the center.

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  10. What a gorgeous heirloom quilt to have. Something made by your mother. It's just beautiful. A Hexie quilt is on my "to do" list, but I have so many other projects in the works right now, I think it will be a while before I get to it. I'm new to your blog via Sew Many Ways and like what I see, and I'm now following you. You have so many great tutorials and interesting information on your blog, I'm not sure why people are not commenting, but I'll certainly be coming back.

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  11. Love this quilt. I am working on a flower garden quilt with my daughter and I know how much work it requires. This one is precious, I love the colors.

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  12. So beautiful. Love all the colors on it!!
    (:(:Smiles:):)

    Robin

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  13. That's a beautiful quilt! I don't blame you about the binding. I would have done the same thing.

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  14. What a treasure! It really is beautiful. A GFG is on my list to do too!

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  15. I love your pink GMFGQ. It is very pretty. Your mum did great job of the flowers. I am lucky enough to have a quilt my late mother made for me.

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  16. This is a beautiful quilt and a great keepsake. I don't quilt but love to sew.Will be making a Prom Dress soon and will post it. I came from Sew Many Ways after reading her post. I was so impressed by the thoughtfulnes of Karen and decided to visit your Blog and glad I did. Thanks for some amazing inspiration.

    Have a great Day!
    Dee B

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  17. so lovely..., there's nothing more beautiful than a fussy cut GMG quilt :)

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  18. Good for you to have machine quilted it! So many people would feel guilty for not finishing it by hand, but as us FMQers know, machine quilting is faster. Besides, that fluffy poly batting would be reason enough not to hand quilt! I'm not a pink person, but I sure appreciate how pretty this quilt is! Well done, for being a finisher.

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  19. Just found your blog via Sew Many Ways. Wow you have an awesome blog. I will be coming back to see what's next. I'm following

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  20. So pretty! Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts are a real labour of love.

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  21. It's absolutely beautiful! I would never have the patience for a hex quilt. What a treasure! Florence

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  22. I just found your blog from Sew Many Ways. I was really surprised to find out you lived in Rio Rancho, NM. My parents live there. We love Rio Rancho. We live in Chicago, IL.
    Your crafts are just beautiful. You are a very talented artist.

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  23. I love hexies! Making my first handsewn diamond quilt out of hexies. Yours is beautiful!

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  24. a wonderful heirloom for your family!

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  25. That is truly the MOST beautiful grandmothers quilt I have ever seen! ! ! BEAUTIFUL ! ! !

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  26. That has to be one of the prettiest Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts I've seen and I love the top and bottom edges.
    Lillian
    lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

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  27. Oh, what a beautiful quilt. I love the grandma's flower garden pattern (though I don't think that I'd ever have enough patience to piece one) and the fabrics that she used! Pink and roses are two of my favorite things.

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  28. This is stunning I cannot sew for my life but I can admire others work , So lovely that you finished this.
    Hugs Elaine
    PS I am such a "pink" fan, I would have everything i pink if I could.

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  29. Beautiful quilt. I am not that talented but I have always love the different quilt patterns. I just wished I could make them lol. keep up the great work.
    Sarah
    craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com

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  30. Wow! This is amazing. Love the quilt colors squares you selected. Im a new follower. Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    Hugs,
    Patty
    creativediva98.blogspot.com

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  31. Beautiful! It was worth it to finish and show us. I just learnt from your blog from Sew many, which I also just found today, from a blog I follow from Spain. Congratulations and thank you!

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  32. ohhh so glad I found you!! Norma from Pink Bling Crafter did such a nice write up on her blog about you. Your quilts are amazing and if I could sew like you!! I am a paper crafter with cards and scrapbook pages. So any other craft that I don't dabble in is very inspiring! I just became your follower # 199. :-) Great blog Daryl!!
    Michele

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  33. Hi Daryl:) WOW! the quilt you and your mom finish is GORGEOUS!! Love the design and the color. Stunning. Thank you for sharing with us, have a fantastic day!!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  34. What a beautiful quilt. And even more so because both you and your mom were able to work on it.

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  35. Very pretty. I really like the pink!!

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  36. very beautiful! I am currently working on a Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt all hand stitched, but since it is for me it always seems to get put on the back burner. I cant wait to get it done!

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  37. Gorgeous quilt! Glad you could finish it for your mom. Love the old fabrics and quilt patterns. I have a few flower garden blocks my grandmother sewed that my grandfather gave to me when she passed. You have inspired me to get them out and use them. I am thinking applique as I am not as patient as you seem to be with the quilting:)

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  38. I LOVE this quilt, it reminds me of MY grandmother!

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  39. How beautiful! Glad to know that
    even the oldest of projects can still be finished...gives me hope for all the ones laying around my sewing room!!!

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  40. Beautiful quilt! I've never seen one in those colors. I am hand piecing a grandmother's flower garden quilt right now.

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  41. Absolutely stunning. I can see alot of work and love went into it.
    By the way you certainly have my vote.

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  42. Wow!! What a truly beautiful quilt <3 I will be honored to vote for it!

    Beth

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  44. I've never seen a GFG done in all pinks! It is magnificent :)

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  45. This quilt is just wonderful in all pink!! I love the fussy cut ones too!! Perfect post reshare under our hexigon theme this week!!

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