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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Lifetime Quilt....

A few weeks ago I posted a picture from a Traditional American Arts book.... a quilt that I would love to have.... a Grandmother's Flower Garden....


Well, this quilt keeps haunting me....I found one 'not for sale' at an antique shop....one of my student's brought in a beautiful sample made by her grandma....then I found it again in this old book of mine....
So, I am taking this as a sign....and I started working on this quilt as a 'lifetime project'.  Hopefully, it won't really take a lifetime, but it just may.  This beauty is all hand pieced.  I have seen different versions of this quilt, but I am in LOVE with the one from the book....


I have seen hexagons floating around on the blogs for some time now...I am a little late on that bandwagon.... but these are fun to make and a bit addicting!


There will be 3 more rows added to this one....I quickly figured out how to do them so they fit together a little better than this one....it is a bit goopy in the corner....BTW don't you love that fabric in the background?  


This will be a late night/early morning project.....
Now back to work on the NYB....and then the QAL.....and then the Eloise Quilt.....geesh, I really need another project!!!!
mary

18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!! These are lovely!! I really heart the second one :) Best wishes with this hand pieced project!!

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  2. I started a few years ago. I love doing it I just have to keep it with me so when I'm sitting somewhere I can work on it in my spare time. Lol! You can see some of it on my blog if you wanna shoot over and look...it's pretty...although I'm a mite prejudiced. I'm making it for my granddaughter Willow who just turned one. It's on my September 25, 2009 post. Love reading your blog. aNa

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  3. The Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt is the reason I started quilting! I have one I have been working on for over ten years and it still isn't finished, so I know it will be my lifetime project, but that's okay...

    Good luck with yours, it's beautiful so far!

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  4. The Grandmas Flower Garden tugs at my heart too. I started a large multi hexagon (was going to be a quilt,but now will turn into a table runner...smile). I would love to make the flowers though and piece the hexagons that way.
    Your flowers are precious and yes, I do love that background fabric! :o) Too cute.
    Have a nice week Mary. :o) Trish

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  5. Hey those are cute but I have just finished two handsewn tops and am not looking for another yet - but some day...some day I will. I look forward to seeing your progress!

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  6. Welcome to the bandwagon, Mary! You might be riding for awhile, but it will be worth it, I'm sure. It already looks pretty!

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  7. I finished a hand pieced king size hexagon quilt top last year, and I was so surpriised that it only took me about 6 months to hand sew the entire thing! Hand quilting it is taking another 6 months, of course...

    i think I'm going to make a flower garden quilt as my next hexagon quilt - such a great portable project! And so cute in modern fabrics.

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  8. I've been working on a Grandmothers Flower garden for about 10 years. When I tire of what I'm working on I pull it out and make a flower. Lifetime quilts are fun to do. Hugs

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  9. Very Pretty. I love you guys that can hand quilt. Alas I never get to the sewing machine to stitch do a machine quilt, lol...

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  10. Grandmother's Flower Garden is the all time favorite in my world. Yours will be beautiful. I found a wonderful hand pieced top at a thrift store. I just need to figure out how to finish it. (Or have it finished...)?

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  11. The lifetime quilt will be a cherished treasure for sure!! Great take along project!!
    Mary

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  12. Beautiful! I started a hexy table runner last summer, thinking it would be a lifetime project. It turned into a full-sized quilt top by the fall! You might be surprised...you might have a lot of gorgeous "lifetimes" done in your life time!

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  13. I started a GMFG quilt last year and have loved working on it in the evenings. So calming. Welcome to the club!

    You can check out pics of it here:

    http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2010/11/ultimate-work-in-progress.html

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  14. I'm going to cheer you on, the quilt in the photo is the exact rendition that I fell for ages ago and filed in the brain. I think it's the wee diamonds between the flowers that I love. Have fun!

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  15. I love this project! I shared about a link on my blog today ... thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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  16. It will be a special project, Molly!
    I am working on a quilt like this. Like you, I thought it will take me forever to complete it so I asked for help! I will make the quilt for my mother and my three sisters help me!
    Here are our hexy flowers:
    http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com/2011/04/hexy-flowers-report-ii.html

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  17. I so love the grandmother's flower garden quilt. I have been trying to talk my mom into making all the little hexagons instead of sitting and crocheting all day. But, she's not going to do it so I guess I will have to. I know what you mean about a lifetime quilt, but oh, it will be so worth it when it is finished.

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