English Paper Piecing my Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt – How To

I’ve had a few people asking how I’ve been putting my batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt together…so here’s how I’m doing it!

I found a 1″ Hexagon pattern HERE…at moxyideas. I printed them out on card stock that I bought at Office Depot. I gathered a bunch of FQ’s in batiks and cut them into 2.5″ squares.

Take a square of fabric and place one of the hexies onto it. Fold over one corner and start a running stitch.

Keep going around until all sides are tacked down.

Once you get six of the petals finish and one middle, you place right sides together and start whip stitching them along one side.

Open them up and keep whip stitching the petals onto the middle, one side at a time until they are all on.

NOTE: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS open up after you’ve whipped stitched one side to see where next side should go. LOL! Believe me. I’ve got to talking or took my mind off what I was doing and stitched where I shouldn’t have…they look like wee origami. Those little stitches are buggers to get out too. :)

Cut the middle hexie’s running stitches out and pop the card stock hexagon out. You can pop the paper out after all sides have been stitched.

Now you can either stitch another layer of color fabric around the flower or, like me, just start adding the white hexagons.

I’m not really sure how I plan on finishing this…I still have a long way to go! :)

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I'm Michelle and live in Northern Nevada ~ beautiful mix of high desert and the Sierra. While I work at the University, I'd rather garden, cook, craft and make quilts. :)
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10 Responses to English Paper Piecing my Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt – How To

  1. digipicsphotography says:

    Doing all that by hand……I’d never get it done.

    Hope you are staying out of harms way with that fire going on around you.

  2. This seems like it get, well, addicting! Very fun…:D

    P.S. Love the new header photo!

  3. digipicsphotography says:

    What kind of backing are you going to use? And how would you bind that?

    • I haven’t thought that part through yet! LOL!

      Probably one batik for the back.

      I’m thinking maybe when I get the flowers to the size I want..then add a few borders and square it off. I don’t think I’m up to putting a binding on around all those little hexies.

  4. Well, I’ll disclose my sewing plans to you, since you have inspired me. I too have been working on a hexie quilt! I am doing a pattern like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/55642760@N07/5362501918/in/pool-quilts/, and have a looonnnngggg way to go! It’s teaching me a lesson in patience! :)

  5. digipicsphotography says:

    Blaze Danielle…that is an impressive quilt.

  6. wow, those are tiny hexies. I do love adding them together though!

  7. Liz says:

    I just started a hexagon project too… I may not make it into a quilt… don’t know if I have the patience.. I like your idea of using 2 1/2 inch squares and not having to cut them into hexagons! Beautiful fabric choice!

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