Saturday, July 17, 2010

Update on my Grandma's Flower Garden Project

If you don't already know about my Grandma's Flower Garden Project. Then you must hop on over to the post, where I tell ya all about it. It is a simply awesome project. Really there's nothing much more fun then my fellow bloggers sending me fabric from all the states in the United States and several far off lands too!

Besides taking photos while seated in the passenger seat going 65-75 mph on thee Road Trip. I did a bit of hand sewing. And looky here!Yes, I'm sorta cheating. Why? Because I'd really like to get this quilt done in my blogging lifetime. So I decided to stitch the flowers onto a white block, rather then make a bajillion white hexagons. I still have several flowers to make and several to stitch onto white blocks. But it's getting closer!
My goal is to have all the flowers completed, sewn on to the white blocks, and the embroidery part at least started by end of summer. Embroidery? Yes, I may not want to sew a bajillion white hexies but, I'm crazy anyway! I'm going to embroider the names of the women who donated the fabric and their state on their flower's block. Phew!

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

29 comments:

irishgirlsews said...

Your flower garden blocks look great, and those tiny white hexagons can be very tedious, (ask me how I know) LOL. Your quilt will be lovely I'm sure!
Wendy

rachel griffith said...

ooooh. pretty.
totally okay to cheat this time.

can't wait to see it all finished.
:)

Jane said...

I like your white block option for finishing the hexies. Yours look really great. Did you hand stitch them onto the blocks?

Nedra said...

Very ambitious goal, but knowing you, it will get done. Love those hexagons, and great idea to combine with embroidery. I'm looking forward to seeing how the quilt turns out.

FabricandFlowers said...

What a great idea. I have some hexies but don't know the direction to head. Sewing them on blocks seems easier to manage.

Martina said...

That's a great idea and will sure look lovely! Looking forward to see the quilt finished! Have fun stitching!

Cheyenne said...

This will be a beautiful quilt...

Pretty!

Cheyenne said...

This will be a beautiful quilt...

Pretty!

Lee said...

I too have started a GFG, now my wheels are turning with your great cheat tip!!!I call it my life time quilt.

Thimbleanna said...

How fun! They're looking good Jodi. Now the real question is....is that white fabric Moda's bella white??? ;-)

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Very pretty! What you are doing is not cheating, however. Often many quilters would contribute to a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and the recipient of the blogs would set the flowers this way in order to avoid a warped or wonky quilt. I have a box full of flowers made by my great, great aunt and my great grandmother. I set nine to together this way to make a baby quilt and plan to do more as I still have enough blocks for two full sized quilts. The blocks are being used and loved and that is what is important. If I had tried to piece them together otherwise, the seams allowance difference between the two women would have grown exponentially and the quilt would never have been able to be quilted. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Ellyn said...

I love hearing about this project from time to time! I wondered how far along you were. I think they look great the way you did them on white blocks. very cool

Rae Ann said...

WOW! What an amazing project you have going there Jodi! I LOVE every piece of it. I love the way that you have placed the flowers on the white background. Very Pretty!

Needled Mom said...

It looks great, Jodi, and I can't wait to see it completed.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

It will be a beautiful creation when it's done. Even if it takes you For.Ever!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh, this will be a very nice quilt! What a good idea to embroider the names and states to the blocks. A true memory quilt, and a very beautiful one!

Leila said...

such a brilliantly simple idea to sew them onto white blocks rather than making all them white hexies!
It's looking good :-)

DianeM said...

They're beautiful! I love the idea of stitching them onto a background fabric - the possibilities are endless :) I should get some of these ready for my vaca in 2 weeks.
Smiles, DianeM

Kim Walus said...

What a great idea to just stitch them on white blocks. I'm really looking forward to seeing your project continue to progress. It's going to be darling when it's done. I know, because I know you, I LOVE everything you do. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

I must've missed when you posted about starting this project! I would have sent you fabric from South Carolina! Anyway, I love seeing all the hexies going together in blogland and wish I could find a nice easy hexie project for myself to do but i didn't want the challenge of making a zillion hexies to go in the "blank" spaces around the flowers, like you've mentioned, so I really, really like this idea and the scrappy look it gives - I'm definitely putting something like this in my "to do" pile!
Looks great!!!

Anne Sutton said...

These are just darling! And the whole idea is amazing!!! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

trish said...

Hi Jodi.
Oh I just love your grandma flower garden flowers! :o) They look beautiful with the white fabric and such a special touch when you embroider the names. You are doing a beautiful job and will be such a special quilt when finished. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

gnee said...

I've been home from my mission for 1 year now. Did you start this project before "my time?" I'd love to contribute if you need or would anymore fabric. It already is amazing...love the white squares. You are so smart! By the time it's all quilted, no one will even notice.

Jennifer Blosser said...

Sew cute! Snaps to you for all that you have done already. I like them on the white square!

I know you can, I know you can!

Hugs & stitches,
Jennifer

Kim said...

I LOVE THIS!! Think I will do mine this way too. Maybe a little sashing in between blocks...hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration!

Becky said...

Wowsies! I know I will never ever try hexies in such a grand scale. These look fabulous!!! I loves the white backgrounds.

Carrie P. said...

Great job! I like the look of them on the white block. It is going to be gorgeous.

Cara said...

Oh my gosh what an awesome idea!! I wish I had read about this sooner- would have loved to send from Maryland! Anyways, I think that it is a great idea to applique them to the white background! Can't wait to see it finished!

Elizabeth said...

That is totally not cheating! I love it and I'm going to copy! What a beautiful and meaningful quilt.

xo -E

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