Saturday, December 27, 2008

Grandmother's Flower Garden with vintage feedsacks











Hello All,
Today i'm featuring a queen size Grandmother's Flower Garden that I made from feedsacks I bought on Ebay. I used all vintage feedsacks, using whatever shades of pink were available for the background (slightly different shades) to make it even more authentic. I had my husband make me a lucite hexagon template, about 1/2" thick, with sandpaper on the back so I could cut my shapes easily. The hexagons started out at one inch, and so are 3/4" at finished size. I did it all by hand, as I don't own a machine, and did not use the paper piecing method. I just Y-seamed all the pieces into each other. So as a result, they are not "sharp" hexagons, maybe more rounded, but I still like them. Teaching yourself to quilt has advantages and disadvantages. If i'd read how I was supposed to have pieced these, I never would have made them in a million years!

I absolutely loved going through all the scraps and choosing patterns that went together for the blocks. Since I love to piece but hate to quilt, I had a quilting friend, Sue of needleweaver, hand quilt it for me. She did an amazing job (for FREE I might add!) and outline quilted every single one of the probably thousands of 3/4" hexagons. You can see her work in the 'white' photo. I loved making this quilt and I hope you like it too.

9 comments:

Moogie said...

This quilt is amazing!! and , Good Work, Sue! It had to be done by hand, because a machine would have given up long before it was finished! Very nice work!!!

lissa said...

oh my!

Lisa said...

This is so GORGEOUS! I love it. I can't imagine making something this ambitious by hand when you have a job/kids/life to deal with. Very cool!
My mom has a "vintage" quilt with this pattern and I just love it.

I had to decide for favorites between this one and the house one with the littl photo windows- that was really clever, too!

Valerie said...

Wow what a tremendous amount of work!

Emily said...

You must have lots of patience to do all those tiny pieces...but it was worth it. Turned out beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love your quilts. Grammie allie

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

WOW, I love this quilt. It's amazing. As are you for hand sewing it all. I too don't do things "the way we should in sewing". I'm self taught. However, I have a machine. Your work is amazing.

WHATUPDUCK said...

I just made a few 3/4" hexagons and all I can say is OMG!! I cannot believe you made a king sized quilt!! But, they are so darned cute!! I could addict to them :-)

mulberrysuz said...

FANTASTIC work! Your passion and love of vintage & antique quilts is so very evident! Feedsacks are THE most incredible fabric, and the antique quilts made from them are the BEST! Congrats on such an awesome flower garden! Kudos to the quilter, as well!