Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt pieces

After looking at so many flowers around the prop yesterday, I got inspired to get some bright colored fabric and make a Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt. Not sure how big I will make this or how frustrating the machine piecing may be, but it has been fun to cut the hexagons out and arrange them. Off to get the sewing machine rolling…

It is now three years later and I am no further on this quilt! My love for this pattern inspired me to create this lovely vase with my husband, maybe it will inspire me to finish the quilt!!

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18 Responses to “Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt pieces”

  1. Joyce Green Says:

    When you quilt Gradma’s flower garden, will you quilt around each piece?

  2. carrie Says:

    I am thinking so. I am hand-piecing these and I think the quilting around all of the pieces will make it even more stable. This will be the first quilt that I have hand-pieced…so am hoping it all works out!

  3. Karen Brady Says:

    Do you machine sew the rows together, top to bottom, or do you sew together the flower block, and then put them together? My hexagons are 2-1/2 inches each, but don’t know what to do next. Thanks for any help you can offer.

  4. carrie Says:

    Hi Karen – I am hand sewing the pieces, and I sew the flower blocks, row by row first (each little side of a hexagon to another side so you get a strip), then each row together to form the flower block, then when I have several flower blocks I sew those together into a long strip of flower blocks that eventually get sewn to the larger quilt top.

    Hand piecing for me has been easier, but slow, using the machine for me was hard to get the same seam allowance on each and also hard to get the inside corners just right

    Good luck on your quilt!!

  5. Debbie Stano Says:

    Thanks for posting this on line. I have a hand pieced Grandma’s Garden that my grandmother made. I am quilting it by hand, I really want to keep the integrity of the quilt. I wasn’t sure if I should quilt around each “layer” of the flower. Do you know what is the “traditional” or “vintage” way of quilting this? Thanks so much for your response…..

  6. carrie Says:

    Hi Debbie – all of the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts I have seen have the quilting around the inside of each hexagon. I do not know if this is the traditional way, but I have not seen it done any other way. Maybe someone else knows and will leave a comment? Best of luck with your quilt, I hope to get back to mine once the weather finally gets cooler here in Texas.

  7. Margherita Says:

    Thanks for making this available!

  8. Mary Says:

    OK, I have my flower-blocks completed (each comprising 19 hexagons sewn together). How do I sew the flower-block together to make a quilt top?

  9. Cathy Dale Says:

    When I was at a quilt show recently someone was sellling precut squares in plastic boxes. Do you have any idea who would have this type of thing. They were 2 1/2 inch squares. I have been looking everywhere and hoping you could help. Thanks.

  10. carrie Says:

    Hey Cathy – is a great source for items like these – check out some of the shops below that sell pre-cut quilt pieces:

    I saw many listings for the 2 1/2in squares – happy quilting!

  11. Donna Says:

    Try this website. You can purchase mylar reusable hexagons of many sizes and there is a free demonstration video. Click on Grandmothers Flower Garden on the right side of the page.

  12. Edith Biggar Says:

    Hello to all! Thanks for all the inspiration! I’m doing something different in that I am taking the patterns of various Grandma’s flower Garden quilts & making just a few blocks, but instead of doing them in hexagons, I’m going to do yo-yo’s. I’m decorating some tote-bags made from “retired” jeans of my husband’s and the quilt blocks will cover any patches, where his knees used to be.

  13. jane schloss Says:

    Greetings from Australia,
    I am at present making a Grandmas garden copying a antique quilt that I brought this year in California.
    This quilt is quilted in each hexagon a quarter inch in from the seams.My husband and our three younger children spent a year travelling around the USA and this was my sewing project as it is very portable.
    I brought a hexagon punch from creative memories(scrap booking place) so I can punch out the hexagons from manilla folders.Then I cut squares of material instead of hexagons shapes because its quicker then I tack them on to the cardboard hexagons. I don’t tack thru the cardboard I just fold the corners down and stitch move to the next corner and fold down and stitch this a much easier way than tacking thru the cardboard as you don’t have to remove the the tacking and you can reuse the cardboard lots of time as you haven’t sewn thru it.I love all types of quilting but really love paper pieced hexagons. Jane

  14. Heather Says:

    I love the fabrics you used for this quilt, do you know the name of them? I’m getting ready to start my own flower garden quilt and this is my inspiration! Also, what size hexagons are you using?

  15. Susan Neri Says:

    My daughter was given a Grandmother ‘sflower gardent quilt which was made by her great grandmother. It is quilted on Intersecting lines from point to point on each block. It makes a neat effect because when it is met with the next block it forms a diamond. On the back all you can see is a diamond pattern.

    I am making a Grandmothe’s Flower Garden Quilt right now I have five flowers joined to make the first row. I am trying to figure out how to join the next row of flowers. I hope I can figure it out. Does any one know how to do this. I am hand piecing it.

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  17. mincyrao Says:

    Make separate rows of even and odd nos . for eg make a row of 4 flowers and make a row of 5 flowers. After you have made all the rows you want, then join them together. The row of 4 and 5 alternate with each other. this way each flower fits between 2 flowers on the next row, like in a brick wall.

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