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Old 12-29-2008, 10:14 PM
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I am new to this site and new to quilting as well. I have an old quilt top that is ready to be quilted and need help with some decisions.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:07 AM
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Oops no pictures, we would all love to see it :D
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:58 AM
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Welcome from NE CA. I'm sure someone will be able to help you. What are your questions?
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:00 AM
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Welcome to the board..just post a pic of what you are working on, ask away and you'll get tons of answers :lol:
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:56 AM
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I'm working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden....or should I say I should be? LOL. We'll all be happy to post ideas if you are able to provide pix. Best of luck with your project.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:11 AM
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Thank you for all the replies. I have included the requested pictures of my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top that was purchased at an estate auction in Kansas. I was purchased in an unfinished condition so I have filled in some gaps to make it even. I used some vintage looking fabric that I dyed with tea to achieve matching seasoned coloring. Some of my concerns are as follows:

It seems that the seamstress intended for the top and bottom edges to be straight because they have been cut down the middle of the flowers. The problem lies in the uneven sides leaving no additional fabric for turning under. I was hoping to have 1/2 of the flower exposed. Do I just fold it under as much as I need to achieve a straight side regardles of where the edge hits on the flower, or do I add more hex shapes to the edges?

The next problem is that with the staggered placement of the flowers, the scalloped sides end differently, one side with a 1/2 scallop and the other with a full scallop. I do not see any way to alter that with this pattern. Is this correct?

Finally, how should I finish this top. Do I want to work with the scalloped hexagons? Would that be a nightmare? Or, do I want to give it all a straight edge?

I will appreciate all input.

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Top - Uneven Edges
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Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Top - 1/2 Scalloped Edge
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Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Top
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:41 AM
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Welcome from Southern California. Not sure what best to do with you quilt, but welcome to the board
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:50 PM
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WOW! It's beautiful!!!
Here's my 2 cents...I was worried about dealing with odd hexagon shapes at the edges to try and bind...it sounded like a real pain. I was also worried about having whole flowers and then filling in with solids to try and keep the flowers intact....long story short I'm planning to do enough flowers to have halves to complete the top with a somewhat straight edge. Then I'm cutting it straight and adding a border. Dealing with the sawtooth edges is something else!! :shock:
In any case, you came to the right place because the people here are very sharing and experienced.
HAPPY SEWING! :D
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:17 PM
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Thank you for taking the time to offer me your opinion.
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:32 PM
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Welcome from the Ozarks :D Sounds like Retro gave you about the easiest finish and it should be very pretty done that way. You have a beautiful top, you may get some better ideas yet :D Have a friend doing that pattern now, she is worried about the finishing also.
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