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    Smile Grandmothers Flower Garden

    I am reaching out to any QB member who has made a grandmothers flower garden quilt.

    I have finished my top and have some questions on how to finish the quilt.

    Look forward to a reply!

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    What are your questions?

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    many of us work on grandmother's flower garden projects all the time- what are your questions?
    and if you go to the picture section & search for them you will see many pictures of finished ones made by board members.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo View Post
    What are your questions?
    I am attaching a picture of my quilt top. The left side of the picture shows the sides of my quilt top. The bottom of the picture shows the top and bottom of the quilt. As you can see, there is a difference. My dilemma is that I would like to do a facing that would show the scallops but since the top and bottom are configured differently, I am stumped as how to face the quilt.
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    You can apply your facing around any shape at all. It doesn't have to be the same on the sides as it is on top/bottom. Follow the directions in the link I sent yesterday when you asked this question. The facing on the top/bottom will need to be wider than the facing on the sides since the measurement between the innermost and outermost points is larger.

    Here's an example of one. It's an antique quilt and doesn't say whether it's faced or not, but you can see the edges were preserved. http://www.johngouldantiques.com/cmp...?g2_itemId=347

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    Dunster,

    Thanks for this info. I guess I thought the facing should be the same size all around the quilt. I understand now that the size facings will be smaller than the top and bottom facing. This makes sense now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathyclark9511 View Post
    Dunster,

    Thanks for this info. I guess I thought the facing should be the same size all around the quilt. I understand now that the size facings will be smaller than the top and bottom facing. This makes sense now!
    Great! Be sure to post a picture when you get it finished. It's looking very pretty.

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    Google "Images Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilts" ~ you will see all kinds of ways that people have finished them off. Maybe that will give you inspiration. Here are 2 pictures that i have of how i finished off my aunt's quilt. I cut the sides straight and added the 3 borders. I did get the inspiration from looking at the pictures. BTW - it did about kill me to cut/straighten the edges, but i really like how the border came out. You'd never know it was added 50 yrs later.
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    Becca - your grandmother's flower garden is beautiful. I can understand how cutting the edge killed you, but the border looks great!

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    You have no idea Julie!! My aunt was so pleased when I gave it to her! I had no desire to do all the little points on the hexagons. I was going to snip those off and straighten the edges out to some point.

    Kathy - you have a "straight" edge on the one side - you can fill in w/ the hexagons to "straighten" the other sides.

    As I said - google the quilt and see all the different ways people have finished them off! But, it may make your head explode!!
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    Becca,

    Your quilt is beautiful! I like the borders you added. It looks great!

    Did you hand quilt your flowers?

    One of the ladies in our guild has a long arm. I am considering have her baste the quilt (every 5"). I am wondering if this would make hand quilting easier. What are your thoughts?

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    Becca,

    Your quilt is beautiful! I understand you not wanting to keep the points. It is going to be a lot of sewing and clipping. I like the facing idea and have watched the You Tube video on how to apply facing to quilt tops with scallops.

    I plan on hand quilting the top. I was wondering if I should have it machine basted 5" apart and whether this would benefit me in hand quilting. Any thoughts?

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    wow!!! I have tried three time to make one but quit...you guys make me try again..I have one question. how do you keep the stitches from showing on the front.. or do you just go with it....am jumping right back in... will post my progress.
    thank you so much for the inspiration.

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    my facing is made of hexies and then appliquied to backing....will post a photo when finished....LOL....been working on it as the 'hand' project for more than five years.

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    Yes, all the flowers are hand quilted around - I eventually figured out a way to quilt more in a straighter line, so it moved a bit quicker. I always baste my quilts before starting to hand-quilt them - it keeps the quilt from shifting and keeps my corners more square. It does take a bit of time, but nothing compared to all the hours quilting.

    You mentioned having a long-armer baste the quilt - how easy are those stitches to take out???? I use that Sharon Schamber method of hand basting. It also uses up the skads of embroidery floss from my days of cross-stitching!! I then remove the basting stitches as i quilt an area.
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    One other question - I have not looked up the facing method on the GFG - but would the back still be quilted?
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    I found a tutorial on finishing off a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt on Alicia's Attic. It preserves the beautiful edges of your flowers. I hope this helps.

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    I love what you did with your aunts quilt top. The borders and quilting are very complimentary.

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    Love your GFG. The edges are SWEET!
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    If you are talking about the quilting, I had a friend who did have a LA machine and she did one that her Mother had done by stitching in the ditch. Good luck.


    Quote Originally Posted by kathyclark9511 View Post
    I am reaching out to any QB member who has made a grandmothers flower garden quilt.

    I have finished my top and have some questions on how to finish the quilt.

    Look forward to a reply!

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    Becca: I love it!!!

    Kathy: great job so far, everyone has given you fabulous advice, just have fun and post a pic when your done.

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    I have always wanted to do hexies but have only done one individual flower for practice and I liked it. What is facing? I would like to try a baby quilt so start with but don't know anything about hexie quilts, so any advice would be appreciated.
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    Your border magic looks as if it belongs to the original quilt, so beautiful the quilt and your ingenuity.

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    Becca,

    Yes, the back is quilted. You hand quilt the whole top then apply the facing. I like the facing idea because it preserves the scalloped edge of the quilt. Check out this web site, it shows how to apply a facing to a grandmothers flower garden quilt by Marci Baker at Alicia's Attic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwPe_84GBfY

    I have watched it several times and have decided to do this for the facing of my quilt. Will send picture when it is completed.

    Happy sewing from Houston, Texas!

    Kathy

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