Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt as you go
The original instructions directed us to make cardboard templates for hexagons with 2" sides, but I purchased a set of hexagon rulers developed by Marti Mitchell. They are the Quilt Sense Cut Shapes Hexagons.
The package came with 3 sizes of hexagons - 1", 2", and 3". I'm using the 2" for my GFG quilt.
I cut 4" strips from my fabrics and 3.75" strips from my batting. I cut the batting a slight bit smaller than the fabric, so that there would be a bit less bulk in the seams.
Then I placed the hexagon ruler on the strip, making sure the flat side edges of the ruler lined up with the edges of the fabric. Then using a rotary cutter I cut out the hexagons. I followed the same procedure to cut out the batting hexagons. Using this ruler and strip method creates a bit more waste of fabric than some other methods, but I found it to be more accurate and quicker this way.
To assemble one complete flower block, sew a round of 6 individual hexagon petals to the center hexagon. Use small overcast stitches at the hexagons' edges. Turn the piece over and sew overcast stitches along the edges of the other side, too. Since this will be a 2 sided quilt, you want the stitching on both sides to be nice.
Attach the third round of 12 individual hexagon petals to this sewn piece, adding the hexagons one at a time. This completes 1 of the quilt's flower blocks.
I'm using unbleached muslin hexagons to join the completed flower blocks together by stitching 1 row of muslin hexagons between each flower block. My finished queen sized quilt will have about 39 flowers.