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Thread: I'd appreciate some advice!

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    Junior Member Jory's Avatar
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    I have inherited several hand-pieced quilt tops from my Great-Grandmother. One of them is the "Grandmother's Flower Garden" pattern.

    The question is, what kind of "setting" would you use for the quilt? My GGM finished the edges with half-hexagons, so the quilt has straight sides. Would you add borders to it, as a kind of frame?

    One thing I thought about was using a border of the backing material and then bind it with something else: maybe a solid color from the backing material.

    Any suggestions?

    Jory

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    I have seen these bordered or just bound, both are beautiful. Which way speaks to you the most? :D:D:D

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    I'm such a newbie that I am tone deaf! lol

    She didn't separate the flowers with white backgrounds, as many do. Most of the triangular sections between the flowers are print fabrics, usually yellows and light orange.

    The old fabrics are so neat! And she even hand-pieced the piecings!

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    Would love to see pictures.

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    If it's large enough to use as is, I'd just bind it in a solid color picked up from a color in the quilt. I think that would look more authentic to the era of the quilt.

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    That's a good idea. The backing I've chosen -- while not a vintage fabric -- as small purple violets mixed with small yellow flowers. Nothing loud or crazy!

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    Usually they don't have borders but if want it bigger add a solid from color from quilt its yours I had a lady bring me antique ALL hand pieced thought would be easier to do straight edges and CUT them I wanted to cry but was hers.

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    I couldn't believe that GGM had actually pieced fabric together to make some of the hexagons. She was using every scrap of fabric, and when she ran out of a fabric, she substituted another piece of fabric in the same color group.

    And her stitches are as even and small as any machine sewing could be! Skipped 2 generations, but I guess I got the gene.

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    Pics Please??

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    Sure, I'll post some later (going out to dinner now).
    Jory

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    What a treasure to have! I think I'd just do the binding with no borders too if the quilt is big enough for what you want to use it for. Or with something this special by your GGM maybe it will just be displayed and not actually used so the size doesn't matter. Show us pictures when you're done, please?

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    you rarely see these flower garden quilts with borders. would be nice to look for some vintage-looking fabric for the back that would more closely match the top. And you are going to
    hand quilt it ??

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    Very pretty, I always like a few borders to frame a quilt, just me.

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    The size doesn't really matter to me: it's close enough to a twin size that I'm going to put it on the daybed in the guest room. And I'm going to hand-quilt it, with my name and date, and her name and (approx) date.
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    In my opinion, you would best honor your GGM by leaving her work intact, not adding to it, just batting (preferably with cotton), quilting, and binding it as is. It's very pretty!

    Jan in VA

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    Jory, you are soooooo lucky to have such an heirloom!!
    Can't wait to see it. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    In my opinion, you would best honor your GGM by leaving her work intact, not adding to it, just batting (preferably with cotton), quilting, and binding it as is. It's very pretty!

    Jan in VA
    I agree with Jan. I wouldn't border it. Just leave it plain, as GGM probably would have done.

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    If we could see some pictures we could help better.

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    My daughter also inherited one similar. It has the rounded edges because the blocks are rounded. We don't know how to finish it off. She asked me (she hand quilted it). (She's 18.)

    So how DO you finish off such a quilt?

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    I've seen them both straight edge (but not cut flowers!) or the edge follows the last row of flowers like a scalloped border.

    This is one of my grandmother's. It is hand pieced and quilted.
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    Thanks for the picture. I'll send it on to my daughter.

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    If you are going to add anything to it, make sure that it does not detract from the quilt itself. IMHO, I would focus on the beauty of the quilt and the wonderful handwork that it involves. Would love to see a picture of the quilt.

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    If I did anything I would add a small black border to frame all of the great work that she did, then layer, quilt as desired (LOL), and add a floral binding that will look great against the black.

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    I would try and find vintage fabric to make a small binding and then look for another vintage fabric to do the backing. You are so fortunate to have such a beautiful treasure of a quilt!

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    Adding pictures. . . first one taken on my cutting board (haven't got a person to hold the quilt at the moment).

    I have a picture showing the back of the pieced pieces, but am having trouble getting it posted. Some of the hexagons were made up of 3 smaller pieces!

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