But, I don't have the fabric. I still need to go and do some shopping. Maybe this weekend or hopefully next weekend at the latest. So this one sits on the shelf for now and time to move forward on another UFO.
A very long time ago this wonderful and generous lady gave me a stack of quilt blocks. The pieces were cut out by drawing with a cardboard pattern and then hand stitched together. The pieces were not all the same size and the stitching was less than perfect. She thought maybe I could do something with them.
I took apart all the blocks and made a new template that would best fit all the fabric I was given. Then I started tracing, cutting and sewing together the new blocks as close to the original as I could. I even had to piece some small bits of fabric to have enough to complete a full block. Quite a few of the fabrics are truly old. I did need to add in some of my reproduction fabrics to help get the quilt top complete.
The quilt is quite long and narrow. I used all the fabric that was given to me. Each hexie piece is around 1 and 5/8 inch in size. They have all yellow centers for the flowers; followed by a circle of all solid color fabric and then finishing off with a circle of prints. I think the green fabric that surrounds the whole quilt could have been from a sheet at one time. These were pretty much the standard colors for Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilts.
Here are some close ups of some of the flower blocks.
I have completely sewn this quilt back together again all by hand. I am in the process of hand quilting as time permits. I always say I will try and do one block a day; but sadly it just doesn't always happen.
As the quilt gets closer to finishing; I will see if I still have the cardboard cutouts and the rest of what she shared with me so many years ago.
This wonderful lady spent all her time doing the most wonderful things for everyone. She sewed 100 baby quilts and donated them to the hospital (over time). She would go to the thrift store and buy discarded stuffed animal and take them home and wash them and turn them into puppets and go to the Senior Home and entertain the men and women. She was a teacher for her career life and then after retirement she spent time in her garden and doing for others.
When she finally came to the decision of not being able to sew anymore; she asked me to come to her house and take her fabric. Her only demand was that I could not pick through it. I had to take it all. I filled my car with so many wonderful piles of all kinds of different fabrics. They have kept me busy for a long time. I will always remember her with love in my heart. She has passed away now. Heaven has one special lady.
I still have more Grandmother Flower Garden Quilts to share at a later time. I guess this pattern quilt has always been a favorite with me.
I will get the quilt back on the hoop now and try and get one flower block finished for today.
Thank you for your visits.