how to assemble an american grandma’ flower garden quilt

how to assemble an american grandma’ flower garden quilt

Barbara Brackman studies that the Grandmother’s Flower Backyard was the most well-liked sample after 1925. She tells us, “…many ladies who by no means made one other quilt completed a Grandmother’s Flower Backyard.” 2


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The author quoted above offers the names Grandmother’s Flower Backyard and French Bouquet for this sample. She goes on to say that “trendy” quilters liked the limitless shade combos and methods the blocks might be set along with this sample. She relates, “One other matter of satisfaction is the variety of small hexagons within the completed quilt, usually many 1000’s.” Though many Grandmother’s Flower Backyard quilts don’t comprise many 1000’s of hexagons they nonetheless signify an excessive amount of labor.

This beautiful mosaic quilt might have been truest to the Colonial Revival’s perfect of reproducing early American quilts, for the mosaic quilt was certainly made as early as the tip of the 1700s. Early names for this quilt had been honeycomb and mosaic.


Early hexagon quilts had been normally made utilizing the English Paper Piecing methodology. It’s fairly completely different from trendy paper piecing and is a technique performed by hand, not machine. Many trendy quilters are discovering they like this previous methodology and it’s a good technique to precisely put collectively a Grandmother’s Flower Backyard Quilt. Glorious directions might be discovered at Protecting Us in Stitches: English Paper Piecing.

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By the early 1900s many quilt makers had been merely stitching the seams collectively very like they might piece the rest. I am not going to offer directions right here as there are detailed directions on Marcia Hohns’ fantastic web site, The Quilter’s Cache, at Grandmother’s Flower Backyard. Be sure you honor her phrases of use.

Flower Garden Star Quilt

The commonest method Grandmother’s Flower Backyard quilts had been made was with a central hexagon and rows of hexagons surrounding it with an interconnecting row of white or in some instances inexperienced for grass as within the image above to the best. However quilters are at all times artistic and variations had been used just like the quilt to the left that surrounds the flower with an interconnected star.

The scale of the hexagon used might be different as effectively. Earlier quilts tended to make use of hexagons an inch or much less throughout whereas twentieth century hexagons tended to be bigger. Go to the Flower Backyard Hexagon Sample Template and print it out. You could discover you need yours to be a unique measurement. Enlarge or cut back it then add a 1/4 inch seam.

When you elect to observe the hexagon edges it might be performed utilizing bias binding. You’ll be able to both use business bias tape as many did within the 1900s or you may make your individual bias strips. One other methodology could be with a pillowcase flip. Just lately I noticed an beautiful Flower Backyard Quilt that was performed with a knife edge. The perimeters had been turned below towards the batting and had been rigorously whipstitched collectively.

Grandmother Many Grandmother’s Flower Backyard quilts had been completed alongside the perimeters of every hexagon or the hexagons trimmed just like the binding pictured to the best. Others had been completed with a straight border. Quilt historian, Charlotte Bull, tells a few beautiful quilt completed like this. On this case a large border was reduce then the perimeters of the hexagon quilt had been appliqued onto it. This left a pleasant space across the Grandmother’s Flower Backyard the place the quilter added fancy cable & feather plume quilting. One other chance could be to applique flowers on the border.

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So hexagon edging or a straight border the selection is yours. Both method could be true to the interval.

© 2007 Judy Anne Breneman

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Be taught in regards to the historical past of hexagon quiltsHoneycomb to Grandmother’s Flower Backyard

1 p 88 “The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt” by Carrie A. Corridor & Rose G. Kretsinger

2 p 169 “Clues within the Calico” by Barbara Brackman

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