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Thread: Grandmother's Garden Quilt

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    this looks like a huge project to me...I'm already over whelmed how about you Aggi?...it looks like one of those kinds of quilts that I would work on in between my other projects like maybe a winter time project only because it looks like alot of hand work to me.... :shock:

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    Quilting Aggie:

    The size of my hexagons are quite small. If I ever do another one, I am going to make them bigger. The pattern that I have had pieces that I just traced. One side of the hex is approximately 3/4 inch finished size. With the 1/4 seam allowance, approximately 1 1/16 inch. This pattern calls for 102 flowers for a double bed size. Whatever size you make, it would not be difficult to make a diamond piece for the 'grass' (Some of the pieces will need to be triangles). I am also going to square off the edges, using half flowers. I'm not sure I'm up to binding around the hexagons.

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    Granny Cat

    It IS a lot of work, and it does take a lot of time. However, when I am at home I piece with my machine. Unless I want to see something on TV. But the flower garden is small enough pieces that I can take it with me in a snack-size baggie. Tuck it in my purse, and I have something to work on when I find myself waiting, or just chatting with a group. I take it to my bible study fellowship, and instead of just talking, I can work on the flowers. I can still participate in the discussion, AND I'm getting something done on the quilt. I'm in no hurry, and this really fits the bill for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Cat
    this looks like a huge project to me...I'm already over whelmed how about you Aggi?...it looks like one of those kinds of quilts that I would work on in between my other projects like maybe a winter time project only because it looks like alot of hand work to me.... :shock:
    Nope not overwhelmed at all... I read over all the links everyone here shared and chose the best pattern to go with. I have my hexagons already printed off. I will cut them out over the weekend and get them pasted to old file folders I have lying around in my office. I pulled the fabrics from my stash last night I want to use in this quilt. I just need to prewash them and have them ready. I am going to take a little run down to Michaels this evening after work as I want to pick up one of those clear plastic 12 x 12 containers used with scrapbookers (I'm one of those too )!! That container will be my garden quilt. I chose a beautiful black fabric with tiny soft rose coloured flowers. I am going to call mine "The Victorian Garden" as the colours I chose I feel have a real Victorian feel to it. I will add a small journal to my container to see how many hours I clock into this project for however long it takes me!!! I can't WAIT to start!

    I'll be able to take this project with me to classes when I teach. While my students are working away on their projects, I have a little hand project to work on!!! I teach twice a week, so that's 6 hours a week there to be working on them!!!

    oooh and did I mention I have two bottles of red wine at home!!! hee hee.. I'll pick me up some chocolate along the way and then I'll be all set!!! :)

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    Have you tried my Hexagon cutting and sewing techniques. They speed up the cutting and sewing process by eliminating all slow-downs, like seam ripping.
    The inside corners are always perfect because the seams are anchored (sewn all the way from one edge to the next). Forget the horror stories and the old fashioned techniques.
    FREE tip sheets are on www.kayewood.com

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    Aggi,
    I have a GFG in progress and I'll continue mine right along with you and hopefully, motivate myself to keep it going. I'm going for a queen size.
    Ellena

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    Hexagons are easy to cut; no hexagon templates are necessary; no papers are needed. It is way easier than that.
    There is a FREE Hexagon Cutting Tip Sheet on www.kayewood.com.

    Sewing them together is easy when you know the tricks. No marking the seamlines; just machine sew all the way from one edge to the next UNLESS there is a previous seamline—don't sew over a previous seam. Your inside points will be perfect; no need to take out or put in one or more stitches.

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    Hexagons are easy to cut; no hexagon templates are necessary; no papers are needed. It is way easier than that.
    There is a FREE Hexagon Cutting Tip Sheet on www.kayewood.com.

    Sewing them together is easy when you know the tricks. No marking the seamlines; just machine sew all the way from one edge to the next UNLESS there is a previous seamline—don't sew over a previous seam. Your inside points will be perfect; no need to take out or put in one or more stitches.

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    Kay, thank you for your tip. I tried it without the papers, and was not happy with the results. But sense my quilt is completed..........less the appliqued flowers on the border, I guess I need not be concerned. Where were you last Nov. when I needed you? :-) By the way, I watched you make beautiful stars on TV this morning! You make it look so easy.
    Phyllis

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    Did you use strips and the Starmaker 6. The hexagons cut this way are always accurate and so much easier.

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