Thursday, March 1, 2012

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

My Magnum Opus
1. A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
2. The greatest single work of an artist, writer, or composer.
[Latin : magnum, neuter of magnus, great + opus, work.]

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt
Part 1
It's a wedding quilt for my daughter. 

hand pieced 
with her grandmother's fabrics using the
English Paper Piecing method.  
It lacks maybe 1 1/2 more rows. 
 I've been working on it 2 years

 ....pant, pant, pant....

I've gone through 2 leather thimbles and lots of Tiger Balm and Advil for a sore neck and aching fingers and shoulders. 

Just a quick English Paper Piecing tip: 
Don't be frugal and think you're gonna go all "old fashioned" and use thin phone book pages, or print out your own pattern off the internet.  

***Face Palm*** 
(Not that I tried that or anything, it's just what I've "heard"). 

Spring the money at Paper Pieces and buy pre cut, firm, sturdy, card stock pieces which hold their shape and can be used and reused.  They make piecing more accurate. 

(In all seriousness, you can print or make your own template, but I suggest card stock, for sure...You'll get neater corners and seams)
You will thank me.  

This quilt is made using  1 1/2" Hexagon Bulk Pack, 600 pieces. 

Here is a nice tutorial, and there are a few on You Tube as well. 
English Paper Piecing at Sunshine's Creations

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Choose Joy. 

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing.

"Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might."  Eccl 9:10

Lee Lee the Cow Dog, says brush your teeth and pose upside down.  It's fun. 


Texan Zombie Goddess said...

I've missed seeing you on here! Your quilt is beautiful! BTW, guess who is coming to Florida the end of April :)?

Love you!!


Sweet Woodruff said...

NO WAY.......where will you be? Let's get together. :) I've missed y'all too. I decided to just start over and stop putting it off. I've only been thinking about it for a year. Oy vey.

Unknown said...

Hey! a fresh start seems good! That quilt turned out so PURDY!!!

Allie said...

Oh my goodness - you have my UTMOST admiration! This quilt is amazing! What an heirloom. I am so, so glad to see you blogging again!!!

Allie said...

BTW - I replied to your comment on my blog, but got a failure notice, it said that email account had been disabled....

BECKY said...

Hey AllyJo!

Great to see you blogging! OMG! I am absolutely loving your quilt!! What a masterpiece! I wanna be like you and do some big project!! I have a quilt all in squares in my bottom drawer that is like 24 years old! It was suppose to be for our third daughter! She's getting married in April. Maybe for her first baby? What can I say? I just prefer smaller projects that I can see the end of. :o)

I don't have hardly any time to visit my bloggy friends right now because of the weddings in April and May of our two middle daughters, but will pop in as I can! When is your daughter getting married? Our first one is April 7 and the second one is May 19...less than two months apart!!!!!

Blessings too you and yours, sweetie!

Michelle said...

Now THAT is a wedding quilt -- definitely heirloom stuff!

Sara said...

We are sisters in Christ;) Love the bible verse at the end--I haven't read that one yet! Your quilt shows all the effort you put into it!! It is glowing with love!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

What an stunning quilt! One to be treasured for sure:)

Sarah Craig said...

Wow! That is truly a labor of love, and sure to be cherished for generations!! Whoop whoop!!

Peggy @ Pastimes Quilt Design said...

Wow, that is just stunning. I don't think I would ever finish an actual Grandmother's Flower Garden. I made a strip pieced "cheater" style. I do have some antique Flower Garden blocks that my great-grandmother made that someday I will try to make into a wall hanging when my daughter gets married. I really admire you for working so diligently at your beautiful treasure.

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