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Thread: I do not love my Grandma's Flower Garden flowers!

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    A little history I went to my first big quilt show in Long Beach awhile back and bought the nifty little kit to make those cute little hexagons. Three trips to to the hospital for stays with DH from 5 days to 3 weeks and a couple of vacations later I have over 80 double rowed flower completed. Yippee I thought! I hummed and hahhed over what to do now. Bought three different fabrics to possibly applique the flowers to the material but realized this isn't quite the right approach. Decided I am sick of making hexagons and do not want to put a walk way between the flower. Now I decided, I would zig zag the flowers together did about 1/4th of the flowers and do not know if I like that either. I have considered doing a PIF or selling these blasted flowers but with so much time invested I am just betwixted and between with them. Any suggested to get me moving again on this project - it has sat for over 8 months now.

    Plus there is a whole bunch more flowers in a plastic bin
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    Since every flower-garden has a few weeds, why don't you think of this as Grandmother's Untamed Flower Garden? Honestly, I see nothing but lovely here. It would be a shame to let this go unfinished. :D I think it has already started to haunt you.

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    I used to think I had to finish every single thing I started but finally let go of some things I really didn't like and I've never looked back!
    For me it was a good experience and I was then able to focus on something that really gave me joy :)

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    I consider my Grandmother's Flower Garden a life project. I have it about half done and only work on it occasionally. I like yours very much. You could keep it around and work on it while your are waiting, Dr office etc. Finish it off where you are or pass it on. http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....+Garden&u=&s=5 This search will show you lots of options....Enjoy:)

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    Put a pathway between some of the flowers and make it tablerunner size to see if this makes you happy. You may have to bite the bullet and put the pathway between all of them. I love what you have done so far, but also like to have the pathway between mine!

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    I ran into the same exact problem. Once I got them all finished what do I do now to set them off? Mine has a yellow center with pink row then a blue row then another pink row. I think I am going to set them together with white since there are no whites in mine. But this may be 10 yrs down the road! It's not a fun project & I think you have to reallllllllly like hand work to do one of these! I think I have about 12 blocks finished. I looked at one yesterday in an antique shop & they set that one together with diamonds & not hegagons. I thought about that too but will have to decide when I get around to it. I just thought the white would set it off better.

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    I really like it! I think you should finish it, its pretty!

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    you are a collector of "flowers" I have my own ! hah!

    I did make one quilt top for a 2 year old. joined them with a white hexigone between. Swore I would make another one..

    unnnhhh... I can compair my collection with yours ! All hand sewn, top too. looking for the 15 or so ones I have for the "next quilt top." will photo them as I find where I 'stashed" them.. Hah! fun but oh my.. to finish.. not fun.. feel you pain !

    Hah! so sorry !
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Put a pathway between some of the flowers and make it tablerunner size to see if this makes you happy. You may have to bite the bullet and put the pathway between all of them. I love what you have done so far, but also like to have the pathway between mine!
    This is what I was going to suggest,pick a favorite color and outline them.I think you would be very pleased whit how thew will stand out.

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    Oh dear, I was thinking about starting a GFG this year, but now I'm hesitating after reading about putting it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Oh dear, I was thinking about starting a GFG this year, but now I'm hesitating after reading about putting it together.
    Go away from the light Jill ! hah!

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    I would finish it just as it is. I love the look of the diverse flowers all in a jumble. I think you might be surprised how beautiful it is when you get it all put together.

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    These are flowers. Get a green solid or like-solid for the
    grass to go around each flower (like grass). I made one
    like this several years ago & now love seeing it on th bed.
    Tell yourself no hurry. Keep all in carry along container &
    work on it once in a while. Time it takes doesn't matter.

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    take your time and enjoy making the flower garden

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    Someone beat me to it, too. A pathway between the flowers is needed to set them off instead of having them jumble together. I think it will be gorgeous!!!

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    Your blocks are beautiful. Here is a picture of the one my Grandmother made about 1930-40.
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    Yours look great, I have a stack made from awful 60's fabrics. I bought the hexagons from my stepson many years ago, I think he found them dumpster diving. There are some truly garish fabrics in there but I figure, hey, it's what was available at the time. Every once in a while I pull them out just to look at them and marvel at how our fabrics are so much nicer now, not only the colors and prints, but the overall quality.
    One of these years I may put them all together, or, maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    I really like it! I think you should finish it, its pretty!
    I like it too,...... finish it.

    It's very pretty, but use your pathways or spacers to separate your colors.

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    I think you should just finish it up as you have started it. I have a GFG top that was put together without a pathway for a jumbled look, and it looks great! Yours will too, especially after it gets quilted. If you really don't want it, put it up for sale here on the board. You can put the money towards new fabric for a new project!

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    I say finish it..but then I am not one to give advise...I probably have 20 of so UFO's waiting to get finished *L* I think the flowers are pretty..do you have kids or grandkids? Maybe you could use them to make a tablerunner or pillows? Stitch them onto a bag? OR you could donate them to someone who makes charity quilts. Some little child would love to snuggle up under a quilt made from them....good luck..hope to see you post a finished project with them some day. Happy Stitchin' crafty_linda_b

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    I am kind of where you are, only I have had mine part way done for at least 20 years. Now I look at the colors and think yuk, what was I thinking. My daughter recently asked me if I had finished that quilt, she said she would love to have it, she remembers helping me arrange the pieces, and pick out the colors. The pattern I used, had you sew the hex's together in rows, rather than in flowers, so the path is done as you go. As far as finishing it goes....I really love the english paper piecing method so that is not the reason I don't want to finish mine...I just don't like the fabrics I used ('80's colors) and since it is done in rows, if I suddenly started with new fabrics there would be an obvious line of old and new. All that to say that I think I have come up with a solution. I am going to finish to a point of having a center of "flowers" then start adding borders, my pattern has a border that looks like a picket fence, I found a large floral that will match to add another border. I won't have wasted all that time just to let it sit unfinished, but I won't have to do too many more flowers to get it to a point of finishing. Knowing my daughter wants it will make it easier to finish. All this rambling probably doesn't help you a bit.

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    Continue to sew enough of your flowers together with the zigzag until it is couch size and quilt it. Use the rest of your flowers to do another quilt. Find a background fabric you like and APPLIQUE them to the fabric. I know it will feel like cheating but sometimes done is better than perfect.

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    I am working on these flowers as well. I have mine in a candy box and carry it whenever I know I will have a wait (doctor, hospital, etc) and work on it. It is such an easy take along project. I love making them. It might take forever to get a top made, but I am having fun making them.

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    Lovely, take a break and go back and finish it. You will be thrilled when it is complete and... give it away, NO WAY!!! I have my grandmother's quilt and you have made it more prescious to me than it was before. After a breather, go back and work on it again. You may have to take several breathers...that is okay. It is lovely so far.

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    I've made many hand pieced items by sentencing myself to twenty minutes a day. This could be your project. Quite possibly they remind you of that time in the hospital which your subconscience would as soon forget.

    P.S. I always get excited as the end nears and end up spending hours a day till its finished. Love the jumbled look.

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