Friday, January 6, 2012

New Antique Grandmothers Flower Garden Project


A few months back I purchased 80 hand pieced antique Grandmothers Flower Garden units on eBay. I had hoped to use them as is. The first thing I did after looking through all of them was to hand wash them. They were soaked in groups of 10 at a time in the bathroom sink using baby shampoo. I still can't believe how brown the water became after each group was washed. After rinsing, they were laid out to dry. When laying them out, I noticed that many of them were poorly sewn and many had pleats and puckers sewn in. Not all were the same size either.

I decided that the best route to go would be to take the blocks apart and re-do them using English Paper Piecing. I took the first 10 apart keeping the pieces for each motif together. They were ironed flat and the pieces for each flower held together with a clip.

When I measured the hexies, I thought I'd be able to use 3/4" hexagons. I ordered the paper pieces I'd need and then waited. They arrived about 10 days later so I set about basting the first pieces. That's when I discovered that some of the pieces were cut just a bit too small. I need to go with a smaller paper piece.

Once again, I went online to see if I can find 5/8" paper pieces. I found that Paper Pieces website will custom laser cut 5/8" pieces as well as other odd sizes! I ordered them and set about waiting again. Another two weeks passed by until they arrived in my mailbox. I basted a few pieces and this size is perfect! Now I can really get this project going!


8 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are finally happy with your hexies. I am not a hexie fan at present. Not to say I never will be. They are pretty to look at but I am not much into hand sewing. What is it you are going to make?

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    1. I'll hopefully be making a quilt top of whatever size I can get from the hexies I have. I'm looking now for the perfect background color to separate them all. By surrounding each "flower" with background, it will increase the overall size I will get.

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  2. WOW! What a hugh untaking. I would love to see them when finished. If you don't mind let me know so I won't miss them.I don't have what it takes to do something like this. Trish

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    1. Hopefully, I have what it takes!! Although, it may take me a long time to get it done, I will most likely be doing updates on my progress here from time to time.

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  3. only joined your blog yesterday so catching up on your past!! Have made the thread catcher, great idea and now looking at your grandmother flowers. I had no idea you could buy the paper for hexagons, long time since I did some but I cut them all put myself, what a chore.

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  4. enjoyed your website

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  5. the thread catcher is a terrific idea. Measured the paper and now am going to try an make several as gifts. thanks for sharing. This is a great BlogSpot. Just found you.
    Celia at csmiledolls@yahoo.com. Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  6. thanks for sharing. Your BlogSpot is really great. the tread catcher is nice and I plan on making several for gifts. Have a very Merry Christmas.

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