Grandma’s Flower Garden Update…and other quilting

I’ve been working on a few quilting projects off and on, two are hand-pieced quilts ~ Grandma’s Flower Garden and the Farmer’s Wife.

Thought I’d show the progression of the Grandma’s Flower Garden that I’m doing using the English Paper Piecing method…making 1″ hexagons.

When I first started ~

Back in November~

All the flowers I made when I was held hostage at a craft fair ~

From yesterday when I got home from work (I’ve added two more flowers since then) ~

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I was PRAYING that we’d get more snow than the 5″ that dropped last night…as I wanted to start sewing on the Bricks and Sticks quilt! I have Kate Spain’s Terrain all cut out…but no, am here at work, enjoying watching the crazy drivers sliding all over the place.

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! 🙂

Start of a Batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt

Not sure how big I’m going to get this…it’s now 12″x18″ in size. I find I like hand-stitching these guys using the English Paper Piecing method…until my CT kicks in and my hand goes numb. LOL! I thought I was using 1″ hexies, but looks to be 2″ from tip to tip (1.75″ from flat side to flat side).

Ok…I’m addicted to Hexagons

Hi…my name is Michelle, and I’m addicted to hexagons. Boy! It sure didn’t take long either! I took to hexies faster than to a Hostess Ding Dong! 🙂

I cut out 2.5″ squares of some 1930’s repo fabric that I hadn’t packed away yet, just to play around with. Wasn’t too sure I’d like making them. Not sure what I was going to make, either. Still don’t, actually. But I do know I’m going to be pulling out some of my batik scraps and play with them! I really like hand-stitching them.

The whites look a bit pink because they still have the paper hexagons in them.

Thursday’s Rambles ~ 04 August 2011

* T-Minus 8 Days for the START OF MOVING!

* I’ll probably maim or kill my husband before that. 🙂 Men…I swear.

* On a whim I found a 1″ Hexagon template and printed out about 10 sheets on heavier card stock paper (not sure why we had it at work here, I’ve been here almost 10 years and we’ve never used it). Watched the English Paper Piecing video on Connecting Threads…So THAT’S HOW THEY DO THAT!

I cut out some 2.5″ squares of my 1930’s reproduction fabrics to give it a whirl…I’m officially on the path of destruction now.

* Jen at Musings from Main Street had a photo contest and I was a winner! LOL! Two of us won $25 gift cards at Amazon. Spent a long time trying to figure out what I wanted. I’m saving my money for a Barnes & Noble 1st Edition Nook (sorry Amazon Kindle)…so I couldn’t buy any ebooks, couldn’t decide on any music or real book, then I stumbled onto fabric! They sell fabric on Amazon! I’ve been on a fabric diet since my husband lost his job. Guess what I got?! THREE YARDS OF FABRIC! From Fabric.com’s amazon storefront

I got one yard each of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern Martini Green, Midwest Modern Garden Maze Green, and Daisy Chain Kaleidoscope Dots Olive.

Thank you Jen!

* I so want to make some pickles! But will have to wait until we move. I’ve packed my canning supplies. Waaaaaaaaaahhhh!

* Going to have to hook up with Beth so we can float the Truckee River. It’s been really hot (not has hot as the rest of the country…but hot enough for me).

* Do you all remember the MASH episode where Radar, Hawkeye, Trapper, and Margaret did their version of My Blue Heaven? With Henry conducting?

Well…while working on the Hexies last night…I had to get up and belt out the song like Margaret! WHEN WHIP-POOR-WILLS CAAAAAALLLL AND EV’NING IS NIGH! (Gotta get those dance moves in too!) Come on…you can DO IT! 🙂

* Then I cried while singing with John Denver ~ I’m Sorry. Then sobbed when Vince Gill & Ricky Skaggs (video with Alison Krauss, LOVE HER!) sang Go Rest High On That Mountain. Good grief. I turned off the music and switched it to Hong Kong Phooey on Boomerang. 🙂

* Another picture of one of my favorite valleys….Sierra Valley. Looking WSW between Chilcoot and Frenchman’s Lake. Haying time.

* To Dean Heller: WTF were you thinking you ARSEHOLE?! Just remember elections are coming up and I can’t wait to vote your arse out of office! Have a nice day! 🙂