One of the quilt patterns that I have long admired is the Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Traditionally made with hundreds of tiny hexagons, I’ve only been able to admire the design, knowing that I’d never have the patience to stitch such a masterpiece. Then the thought came to me—super-size the block! With a few additional tweaks to the design, I was able to quickly stitch an updated design using straight seams and large half-hexagons. I share this fresh approach to patchwork in my newest TV episode, Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilts, Part 2.
Highlights of Ep. 2507 - Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilts, Part 2
Traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts feature a meadow of blooms. With my super-sizing technique, one bloom can make the entire quilt! Named after a dramatic flower, Grandmother’s Dahlia was made with 6” faux hexagons. Again, Y-seams are a thing of the past with straight stitching the only piecing option.
Here are some of the highlights of this Sewing With Nancy episode:
- Use the faux hexagon template from the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Grandmother’s One-Patch Collection.
- Cut strips of fabric the width printed on the template, then trace the edges, rotate the template, and trace some more. There are even finishing pieces to trace, squaring the traditional hexagon-shaped edges. Oh, it’s easy to sew!
- After cutting the shapes with a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, layout your design in columns.
- Pin the pieces within one column and stitch the straight seams.
- Press the seams and then stitch the columns. It’s fast!
During the TV episode, you’ll see many other design options. Plus, you’re able to download instructions for the quilt designs shown on TV.
The Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates – Grandmother’s One-Patch Collection is a versatile tool! Plus, you’ll receive the tumbler template as featured in last week’s blog!
Many of us have admired antique grandmother’s flower garden quilt patterns, only wishing the quilter had written down the story behind the quilt. Since we don’t have the history of Ida Kant’s quilt that you’ll see in the program, I can only guess on some of the background. A person that has made it her job to be a quilt detective was my guest in this program. Carol Butzke, a certified quilt appraiser and quilt historian, gave us some insight into one of her antique Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilts.
At www.nancyzieman.com you’ll find links to my Nancy’s Corner guest, you’ll be able to watch current Sewing with Nancy programs online, read my blog, and basically, you’ll be directed to all things Sewing with Nancy!
Bye for now,