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    Okay.. so I'll probably be looking for a little hand sewing project to work on over my lunch hours at work when the weather gets cool and then cold and wintery. I have seen a few of you post GORGEOUS Grandmother's Garden quilts here.

    I know that the majority of you hand stitched these and that is fine with me too and know it won't be done overnight... I would love to make one myself. Are there any pattern links to these patterns here online? Can anyone give me any advice besides lots of patience and a bottle of red wine while I'm making it???

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    I Agree I to would love to make one myself but they always look complicated to make ...I have a feeling theres probably a secret to making all those hexigons fit so perfectly...so I agree with Quilting Aggi if anyone knows of a good pattern that won't send me off to the nut house attempting to make one I sure would like to try this one myself....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Cat
    I Agree I to would love to make one myself but they always look complicated to make ...I have a feeling theres probably a secret to making all those hexigons fit so perfectly...so I agree with Quilting Aggi if anyone knows of a good pattern that won't send me off to the nut house attempting to make one I sure would like to try this one myself....
    Granny Cat.. once we do get a pattern, we should probably keep ourselves motivated and encourage one another from tearing our hair out and searching for another bottle of wine!!! LOL

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    absolutly ...kind of an accountabilty thing...haha...but yes it seems like we are going to need all the encouragment we can get once we get our hands on a pattern...good luck to us...haha

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    Good luck! I love that pattern. But don't forget the chocolate! :lol: :lol:

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    thansk for the reminder...we need a dessert wine then.. :wink:

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/3419.page

    Ther you go........it's for machine stitching the hexagons but you could adapt it to hand stitching it easily enough.

    Linda D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Cat
    thansk for the reminder...we need a dessert wine then.. :wink:
    hmm I wonder if you can get a chocolate wine???? LOL

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    forget the quilting lets just look for that chocolate wine and call it good...hahaha

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    http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/c...wer_garden.htm

    The above link gives some history of the block, plus there are a few links that take you to different sites.

    http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslin..._tech_epp.html

    The above link is for english paper piecing the quilt.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...rdenBlock.html
    the above link gives instructions on how to put it together, and cut out the hexagons

    http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...owergarden.pdf

    The above link tells how to do it by machine!

    Enjoy the process adn keep us up to date with pictures!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/3419.page

    Ther you go........it's for machine stitching the hexagons but you could adapt it to hand stitching it easily enough.

    Linda D.
    Thanks so much!!! I just read the tutorial over... What Are we getting ourselves into Granny Cat!!! LOL

    now to figure out how much fabric of each colour to get????

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    ooh thanks so much mamatobugboo!!! I think we are about on our way to get started on this little darling. I have lots of old file folders that will be GREAT to use for this. I will definetely be going the English Paper Piece route me thinks....
    I will read over those links a bit more and then decide my fabrics and how I will need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Cat
    forget the quilting lets just look for that chocolate wine and call it good...hahaha
    hee he works for me!

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    just remember, slow and easy, lots of wine and chocolate and of course pictures!

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    By hand? You are brave! Here's one method you might want to look at

    http://sunshinescreations.wordpress....lower-garden-/

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    That is the way I plan to make mine. I made pin cushions using that method years ago and they turned out great.. My first one lasted close to 10 years or more. I only made a new one a couple years ago to replace it. They are great when you have such long quilting pins and I made a big one to hold lots of those pins!


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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki reno
    just remember, slow and easy, lots of wine and chocolate and of course pictures!
    Absolutely!!!

    So Granny Cat are ya with me! You gonna do one too??? huh huh???? I'll bring the wine, you bring the chocolate!

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    I made a queen size GFG using pre cut hexagon shapes I purchased. Do not have the addy where I got them but it was a lot easier than cutting them myself. And you can reuse them over and over, It is a wonderful project to take along to Dr appt. , kids sports games etc. Very easy to do by hand but also very time consuming. then I hand quilted it. Only took me5-6 yrs. ACK!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    I made a queen size GFG using pre cut hexagon shapes I purchased. Do not have the addy where I got them but it was a lot easier than cutting them myself. And you can reuse them over and over, It is a wonderful project to take along to Dr appt. , kids sports games etc. Very easy to do by hand but also very time consuming. then I hand quilted it. Only took me5-6 yrs. ACK!!!!
    and you hand quilted it too!! geez and here I thought I was a sucker for punishment LOL...
    So have you a picture of this beauty?

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    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

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    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.

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    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethr...r-piecing.html

    This is a very good tutorial on english paper piecing for the GFG. I to am in the process of doing a GFG, and used the english paper piecing method. It is very accurate. I think someone here on this board used the plastic "patties" but I cut my hex's from paper. (Okay, I'm cheep!) I copied them from a site I found on the internet. It is a great take along project. Hope you have fun with it.

    Phyllis











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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    Okay.. so I'll probably be looking for a little hand sewing project to work on over my lunch hours at work when the weather gets cool and then cold and wintery. I have seen a few of you post GORGEOUS Grandmother's Garden quilts here.

    I know that the majority of you hand stitched these and that is fine with me too and know it won't be done overnight... I would love to make one myself. Are there any pattern links to these patterns here online? Can anyone give me any advice besides lots of patience and a bottle of red wine while I'm making it???

    The grandmothers flower garden is the ideal project for you. One of my favorite quilts that I made was one for my grand daughter's wedding present that I hand pieced and quilted.

    Sarah's Sunbonnet Sue and Sam and Grandmother's Garden.
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