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    OH Barb that is so much work. I really like your idea of sqauaring off the quilt.. I do feel guilty. Think of all those ladies in the 20 patient enough to bind them as they are..

    Wonderful quilt gift. A treasure!

    Ellen

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairjogger
    OH Barb that is so much work. I really like your idea of sqauaring off the quilt.. I do feel guilty. Think of all those ladies in the 20 patient enough to bind them as they are..

    Wonderful quilt gift. A treasure!

    Ellen


    My grandmother made one of those for me. I loved it.

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    sorry I don't have a camera that I can use to put pictures on the internet and I don't know how to do it anyway. Computor illiterate is the word LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairjogger
    quilting aggie,
    I am NOT a vendor. I am a person with parkinson's.. I go to as many quilt shows for vendors. I ran across a vendor that has thick plastic one half the size of game playing cards, hexigon size, can deflect a hand sewing needle cheat for the "Grandmother's garden" style quilting. I will post a site. I have 3 sepparate quilts now.. I did find I need to square off the design. The sawtooth edging in the picture is very difficult for me to bind.

    Quilt Patis by a woman in the German Villiage area of Columbus Ohio. She has multiple size. I used one and one half inch side dimension for the quilt example. If you are doing one for a bed or throw, I suggest that size. they come 40 at cost of 17 or 18 dollars and is it suggested to by two packs.. try it. then but another is you like. Google and she is there.

    Good luck.. I Swear by these for my shaking hands !!
    Ellen
    Chairjogger thanks for the tip!!! looks like those hexagons worked very well for you. Your quilt is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think though I might stick to printing off the hexagons here online and past them to some old file folders I have here in my office. I will be recycling at the same time!! :) Right now I am also saving saving saving as this may be a very busy and pricey few months ahead of me. Between making and buying Christmas gifts and possibly buying a house!!! Not to mention Trevor and I are hoping to take a little long weekend getaway this month or next to the west coast of the island... Thanks for your suggestion all the same!!! :)

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    Barbsbus.. your granddaughter's quilt is GORGEOUS!!!

    I am getting anxious to start mine now. I think I might pull my fabrics this evening. Our Thursday night Stitchin' group is starting up for a new year again tonight and I plan to work on my mystery quilt I did here early this summer. I'll take a little break from that during the night to pull my colours. I'll post them once I decide. I think I want to go with controlled colours rather than various colours for this one. I am working on a scrappy quilt now with making lots and lots of crumb blocks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    If you go to this site and find graph papers, you can print off hexagons by the sheet in pdf..choose your size and print or save to file....

    http://www.incompetech.com

    happy paper piecing!! :D
    Izy I found the graph paper but dont' know how to create hexagons from it :( This would be very easy and cut down on time if I didn't have to draw so many hexagons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abacus
    Hey Girls

    May I make a suggestion? I am in the process of making the grandmother's flower garden right now. I have seminars that I must sit through (ugh) and having something to do with my hands makes the time fly by.

    Get you some fat quarters (or actually a 1/4 yard of off-the-bolt fabric would work just as well. Pick colors that go together. Make a few
    "blossoms". That will give a feel for the project without putting too much into it. Then you can get the "pavement" or "sidewalk" fabric when you are ready to put them together. The only fabrics that need to be the same are the 'pathway' and the centers; and even the centers would not have to be the exact fabric.

    In my pattern, the pathways are joined point to point with dark green diamond shapes in between. Sorta looks like grass growing throught the cracks in the sidewalk!

    I spent my time watching the Olympics and cutting hexagons, marking hexagons, cutting fabric, and sewing blossoms together. Its amazing how much you can get done with just a few minutes here, and a few minutes there.

    Above all -- Have fun!!!

    PS I am using a template that I cut from plastic. (Not as expense laden as using individual paper templates). If you do that, it is extremely important to mark the dots, so that you sew from one dot to the next. Believe me!!

    Another place I would suggest you check out is www.brandysquiltpatterns.com She has a tutorial on GFG that I think you would find interesting.
    I like your pavement and grass idea between the flowers!!! How far along are you on your project?

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    I have about 6 flowers done.

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    I just got caught back up with the post work got in the way yesterday...yes yes yes I'm in I really want to make one of these one of these days...right now I have a new grandbaby coming in early march so I'm starting his/her quilt first off...then I can concentrate on making one of these quilts...right now all I can think about is baby quilt....Thanks to all the gals that gave such good ideas and patterns....

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    I've made two grandmother's flower garden and they are fun. I also have about ?? a box of yoyo's to sew together.
    I also like making origomi puffs to add to quilts.
    You could make a bisquit quilt an stuff them during lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marieg
    I've made two grandmother's flower garden and they are fun. I also have about ?? a box of yoyo's to sew together.
    I also like making origomi puffs to add to quilts.
    You could make a bisquit quilt an stuff them during lunch.
    I was never too keen on the biscuit quilts....some of the biscuit quilts I've seen are quite pretty, but I like ones I can do quilting afterwards.. I'm not sure, but can you quilt those biscuit quilts???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    If you go to this site and find graph papers, you can print off hexagons by the sheet in pdf..choose your size and print or save to file....

    http://www.incompetech.com

    happy paper piecing!! :D
    Izy I found the graph paper but dont' know how to create hexagons from it :( This would be very easy and cut down on time if I didn't have to draw so many hexagons.
    Aggi...go back to the site and scroll further down, it looks like you at at the end when there are alot more further down, there are pre-printed hexagons, triangles octagons..to name a few, select hexagons, they you type in the size of each size 1.5" for instance then it will print make a pdf file for you :D

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    Well Aggi...I had a play, and here is a pdf for hexagons with 1.5" sides so you can see what you can do at this site!!
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    I saw EB make one a couple weeks ago from her book Egg Money Quilts. It was a cheaters way, just 3 parts. It was soooooooo pretty when she was done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    Well Aggi...I had a play, and here is a pdf for hexagons with 1.5" sides so you can see what you can do at this site!!
    Izy.. I swear if my head wasn't attached I would be useless like t-ts on a bull!!! LOL see when I first read your initial message to check out that link it was about 8:30am this morning and still didn't have my morning cup of java... so I blame it on not being awake and fully functional!! LOL

    After reading this message to me, I went back to the site.. and lo and behold!! looky what I found!!! LOL so I put in the size I wanted, and then copied off 40 pages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL now to chooose my fabrics!!!

    I think I will add the white around each garden, but I like how Abacus added a green garden path around her flowers... I think I will like to do that too!!! hmmm now I wonder how many I would need to make for a queen size quilt!!!! and my queen has a very big thick mattress..
    note to self.--- oooh Aggi What are getting yourself in to???? Granny Cat.. you got any of that wine or chocolate over there!!! I havent' started yet and already I'm wondering what I got myself into!!

    Granny Cat.. get that other quilt done pronto girl!!! We are gonna need support through this one!!! :P :lol: :shock: :roll:

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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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