Thursday, September 8, 2011

Grandma's Flower Garden ... Update

GIVE AWAY CLOSED

I am SO close to having ALL my hexagon flowers sewn!!! Can I have a Hallelujah ???!!!

This project started in 2008 ! I really can't believe it was that long ago.

Fabric from ALL over the WORLD!

For Memorie's

For those of you who don't know about "the project".... Here's a little re-cap.

I put out a call for fellow bloggers to send me scraps to make a Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt. I asked for enough fabric to make one whole flower.

I eventually discovered that I could probably get fabric from every state in the United States. And I did!

I started to sew and the fabric came...

I also had some simply awesome bloggers send me fabric from far far away places. Like the Czech Republic!

From Far Away Places

I got organized and I started sewing fast and furious. Taking them with me everywhere I went and sewing hexagons every spare minute. I soon burnt out. Life got busy. Health issues came. And I slowed down a bit on the sewing.

Got organized

But every time we headed on a Road Trip, a weekend away at the coast, our annual family camping trip, or a visit to my parents. I took my hexies with me. {I wish I had pictures of me sewing my hexies in each of these places...darn}

Hours upon Hours

I think I accomplished sewing the most hexies on our Summer Vacation Road Trip in 2010. I put a huge dent in them while we drove through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and back again!

Idaho

In a Starbucks in Outdoor World

And here is my progress to date!

Flowers stitched to their white background block...
35 Squares ready to Embroidery

Flowers waiting to be stitched to their blocks...
Hexie Flowers from ALL over the world...

And the very last few remaining flowers to be sewn...
Just a few left to sew

Soon I will be able to start embroidering. I'm pretty sure I'm nuts to do it. But I really think it would totally complete the quilt.

I'll be embroidering the names of the bloggers who sent fabric on the block next to their flower with their State.

Progress

I'm afraid it may take me another 3 years just to do the embroidery! {I hope not}...

And if you've made it all the way through this post,,,, I have a little surprise for ya!

How bout a GIVE AWAY !?!

There were so many generous bloggers who sent loads of fabric to me for my project!

Here are the left overs...
Left over from the Project

I've kept every bit, scrap, and piece left over... And I've divided it all up and stuffed the fabric into 4 Priority Envelopes!

Give Aways!

FOUR lucky WINNERS will receive one of these envelopes!

There may not be very many large pieces that will make an entire flower, but the scraps in these envelopes would be a great start to a fantastic scrap quilt!



There are fabrics from many states in the United States along with fabric from places like:
Japan, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Sweden, America Samoa, Scotland, and more!

Sorry that I won't be able to tell you exactly where a specific piece of fabric comes from. (that would just be too time consuming) But I'm guessing some of them you will be able to figure out.

So.... To enter: GIVE AWAY CLOSED

Leave me a comment and tell me something...


What project do you have that you've been working on FOR.EV.ER!

or
Have you started a Hexie project?
or
Finished one?
or
Have a link to it?


And if you are one of the bloggers who sent fabric. I would love for you to say Hi!


That's all. Leave one comment. Be entered to WIN!

4 winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator on September 18th..

GOOD LUCK! And thanks to everyone who helped {supplied fabric} for my little {big} project!

GIVE AWAY CLOSED

This post is dedicated to Marlene Ball.. Marlene was one of the first bloggers to send fabric for my project and one of my biggest Cheer Leaders! Sadly Marlene passed away in January of 2009. I never got to meet her in person but loved our correspondence through emails. I will embroidery a special little something next to her flower on the quilt.

Marlene's Flower

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jojoebi said...

wow! I am blown away, it looks lovely of the white blocks, can't wait to see the finished quilt

Isabelle said...

This is such a lovely post.
I'm working on my first hexagon blanket and I just started in may this year.
I try to work every week a littke bit on this blanket and hopefully it will be done by the end of next year.

synnove75 said...

Wow, all those fabric scraps are great! The finished quilt will be beautiful.
I have one long term project that I'm kind of embaressed about, but it's not a sewing project. I started to crochet a big, queen sized bed spread when I was 15(!) and I'm still not finished (I am now 36)... I guess I need to figure out if I should continue, or stop at twin size.

ByTheSea said...

All I can say is WOW.. you are amazing. I cant wait to see this done. What a great project!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I remember you posting about this quilt project :) I have a cross-stitch picture with over 20000 stitches that I started last November as it's a winter barn scene - I guess I thought I'd finish it by Christmas - HA! Hopefully, this year I will as I really want to hang it up. Please enter me for a chance to win an envelope of scraps - scrap quilts are my fave!
Smiles, DianeM basketblessed@yahoo.com
P.S. - I LOVE Marlene's fabric choices and the flower you made from them:)

Jane said...

Hexies are my longest ongoing project as well. Been working on them just over a year and hope to finish soon. But things always take longer than I think they will.

Jane said...

My husband jokes I worked on his quilt FOREVER. I just last month finished quilting and binding it. The only quilting exhibition he ever came to with me was at the 2000 paralympics in Sydney. He decided he wanted a black and white quilt, and I spent the next 11 years working very sporadically on his black and white sampler!

Wendy said...

Your flower garden blocks are lovely, this will become your heirloom, keepsake quilt that you will love. I have been working on a Log Cabin made with Civil War fabrics, begun in 06 when we moved from WA. state to Fl. someday I will finish it.
Wendy

Natasha said...

i have been working on a full sized GFG since July 2010. It is about 75% hand quilted now. I try and imagine how many HUNDREDS of hours I have put into it already! I just cant wait to sleep under it! Thanks for a great giveaway. I LOVE me some scraps!

Carol said...

I just completed a quilt top that I started in 1999, and I'm hoping it doesn't take me as long to quilt it! Love your hexies!

Michele said...

How neat that everyone sent you fabric. Your flowers look so pretty. I get bored after one flower, so I'm truly impressed at your progress. I am the UFO queen!

Jackie said...

The quilt is going to be gorgeous! I have a couple of long term projects - not all sewing. THe bad thing is that I'm not sure I'm in love with them anymore. I keep hoping that I'll fall in love with them again at some point.

Karin said...

What a wonderful meaningful giveaway! Love it! I have started a hexie project myself and my birthday is tomorrow! :) My hexie project has been blogged at http://quiltfrenzy.blogspot.com/2011/07/design-wall-monday-hexie-madness.html - I am making scrappy flowers (matching like colors for the petals) and your project gave me an idea! I think I might sew them onto larger white background like you did - but hexagon shaped background instead of square :) That will be so much easier/faster than an all-hexie quilt!

Pink Fawn said...

What a great quilt project! Hexies are one of my favorite patterns. I have completed a hexi pillow & always have a pile of different hexies on the go for other projects.

annemarie said...

I have been wanting to try making hexagons and now is the perfect time. I have been making a quilt for my daughter - am using her baby clothes - she is not 27 - maybe it will be finished for a first grandchild someday!

Christi said...

I love your color choices...what a good idea to ask for scraps. Don't all of us quilters have enough fabric to make several of these. I would love to see a tutorial on this. If one of those packages showed up on my doorstep i would be in quilters heaven!

a.niza said...

i'm in awe! lovely post. i really admire those photography.

susan said...

I have been working on my daughter's quilt for about four years now. It is the handquilting that brought it to such a grinding halt. I have now switched to Perle cotton and larger stitches and am making progress. Fingers crossed I will finish it before she is a teenager!

Indianna said...

Oh - I've an unfinished hexi quilt from 1983ish, it's neerly 1m square. It has my initials in the middle in a blue Laura Ashley fabric, but it is surrounded by cheep pink stuff! Would love to finish it off with some colourfull grannie flowers around it

Tina said...

Even if it does take another 3 years to complete, it will be worth it. Such a lovely keepsake. I made a hexie table runner with modern prints and linen because I knew I would never finish anything larger.
http://seaside-stitches.blogspot.com/2010/09/hexie-runner.html
My mother started a GFG in the 90s that she never finished. She was piecing them by hand, but not paper piecing, so they are wonky, to say the least. Someday, I might take it apart and resew. You know, in my spare time!

Janice said...

Beautiful quilt! Can't wait to see it finished! I've only been quilting for a year and haven't tried hexagons yet...I've been making appliqued blocks for a quilt for my granddaughter and have made six (my goal is 36!!). I plan to have it finished by Christmas. Wish me luck!! Love your blog and thanks for the giveaway!

notes of sincerity said...

I very recently finished a large project.
Here is my link: http://notesofsincerity.blogspot.com/2011/08/good-morning-sunshine.html

It is a king sized quilt for our bed and I hand quilted it all. :o)

I love your grandma's flower garden. I have an ongoing hexagon project I too am doing. :o) I love taking it down and working on it. :o)

Thank you for such a nice give a way.
Have a great day! Trish

luckymom said...

Wow what a beautiful quilt, I don't know that I could ever take something like this on. I have a project I'm working on now and it's a crochet project, an aphgan for the hubs. It is taking forever. I think it is because I have an embroidery project I can't wait to get started on but won't till I get this one done. Thanks again Jodi for the chance at your awesome giveaway.

Salley said...

Huh :( Got the top of The Double Wedding ring for my Parents 50th pieced in time (1991) But will it be backed and quilted for our 30th?... Dec 2011) Its my only UFO. With my Mum dead, I lost heart.
Your GFG is beautiful. Congratulations on nearly finishing. You MUST do the embroidery...it has such history.

wiggimb said...

Okay, does a cross stitch count? I started a cross stitch for my brother when he was 40... He's now 56 and I still pack it up and take it with me when i go places.

Linda Cates said...

Love your blog so much. I'm actually working on hexies now with Fig Tree scraps. Would love more SCRAPS! Thanks!

Christine said...

Love it and how wonderful to receive so many letters with fabric....
I would start making a double wedding ring, always wanted a scrappy one..and the scraps would go great with some 30's

Janet said...

I'm so inspired by your perseverance. This is going to be the most wonderful, memorable quilt. I would so love to have the scraps. Thanks for the chance. I look forward to seeing your continued progress (and ys, you may be alittle bit crazy)

SharronR said...

I am so impressed! This will be a very special quilt for you. I have been working on a double wedding ring quilt for five years now...suppose it will be done someday. Sharron

Vicki said...

I would love to win the scraps. I'm moving (with my family) next week and one of my temporary housing/stuff in storage projects is a hexagon quilt. I have strips of fabric cut from my stash and am all set to work on them a little at a time. So far I've stitched 14 hexies and am excited for when things settle down and I have more time to sew again.

Tamie said...

How fun! Congratulations on sticking with it- no matter how long it takes. I haven't done hexies, but have a friend that this in deep. Thanks for the chance to win scraps to start our own project.

Terry said...

Your hexagons are all so pretty! I have some appliqued maple leaf blocks that I started on about 25 years ago. I just pulled them out the other day and I'm determined to get them made into a quilt this year! Thanks for the chance to win some of your scraps! :0)

lindsey said...

I have only come to your blog recently and so am catching up. This is a great post. I inherited a LOAD of hexies about 14 years ago from a relative who died. I have used them to make lots of things in the past and my daughter also put lots together to make a quilt...she is a missionary in SA and I am meant to be finishing it off for her :) You have inspired me to get on with it and so when I finish my present project I will do just that. Thanks for the inspiration!!

pam Doerge said...

I have a hexagon quilt that was never finished from the 70's, do you believe it? It is shades of red and orange, I had an orange counter top in my kitchen, and it wasn't a good orange.Your quilt is wonderful.

momofsixgirls said...

I am also working on a hexagon quilt-- that is taking FOREVER!!! But I love it and the endless possibilities with the tiniest bits of scraps! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing! Rebecca

Deborah said...

I am so touched by your last block. Your project reminds me of how close in spirit we quilters are. (ostiebug@yahoo.com)

Ellyn said...

Hi from your Texas fabrric donor! So happy to see your progress. I have a long term ticker tape quilt going, the scraps would be helpful

Karen said...

I've never made a hexie before but you are inspiring me to try. I love Marlene's flower. I have a cross-stitch piece of a yellow lab which looks much like my own, that I started over 10 years ago. One day I hope to finish it!

Sheryl F. said...

I am currently finishing up a BOM from 2008. Fan4may at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I've never made a hexagon flower... or even a quilt! Your quilt already looks so beautiful--can't wait to see the finished quilt!

-Leah

leah marie 42 at hotmail dot com

The Thompsons said...

Fabulous job! I need to get cracking on some of my UFOs. I've got a table runner and wall hanging that both need to be finished from er, a couple of years ago that I should get back out.

Becky said...

I love your flowers! I've tried making a few hexies and it's fun but no way I have your patience.

Michele said...

I was not very fond of the of the hexi quilts until I saw yours. It is surely a labor of love - I have been working on my own labor of love for my niece. I was planning on giving it to her for her first birthday and lets just say she is NINE 1/2 now : ) One day she will get that quilt, I promise !!

Judy Carter said...

Wow, what a great project! I have seen hexagons, but don't know a darn thing about doing them and yesterday I saw a pattern using them for a fall theme table runner. Guess I need to investigate a little more.

I so admire your energy and focus!

~Babychaser~ said...

All my current projects have been on hold for a bit as I've been transitioning from a not working machine to a working one... but I think I had just about everything caught up before that.

Love your quilt!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

What a wonderful post. And touching. Lovely GFG quilt you're making, and so many memories entwined within.

Enter me in the giveaway - I'm building my fabric stash and could certainly use fabric. And thread. Wish there there were more thread giveaways.

Amy said...

Congratulations! Those are lovely hexie flowers. I have a lone star quilt that I started in 2006. It's twin size but needs to be king size! I think I'll pull it out and work on it today. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kristen said...

I love your garden! I've been doing the same thing (and a few people gave sent me scraps as well!). Mines a no repeat single hexie quilt started in April. I have 3 hundred hexie blocks done...only 13 more to go! Congrats on your *almost* finish! I can't wait to see it all done!

Regan said...

wow what an undertaking but so special

Anna F said...

Wow! What a totally awesome quilt! I have been tossing around different ideas for a portable project and I think it is going to be hexagon flowers. Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Diane H said...

Your quilt personifies the meaning of the community of quilting! It's beautiful.

Carrie P. said...

I do remember the beginning of this quilt. You have come a long way and it looks fabulous so far. I think it is a great idea to embroider the names.
I too, have been working on a charm hexagon quilt for a long time.

pinsandneedles said...

Love hexagons as a take-along project. I have a box with squares cut to size, hexagon templates, needle, scissors, and thread that comes along on trips. Instead of making flowers, my hexagons are random so your scraps would be a perfect addition. Thanks!

Kathryn said...

I am a hexaholic also. They sit beside me when I watch (listen to) TV, especially the Philadelphia Phillies games. I belong to Inchy Hexagon group and we swap worldwide. Kathie L in Allentown

Carol said...

This is such an encouragment to me. I have been like you, working on hexies for some time. I get bogged down with the enormity of this kind of quilt, but you have reinspired me! Thanks for the chance to win. quiltexs@gmail.com

Char said...

Wow, the quilt looks wonderful. Can't wait to see it with embroidery.I do have a long term project it's a 9 patch I'm stitching by hand.
Here is a link to my hexie project:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40882687@N03/5978043122/in/photostream

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a wonderful project shared by so many. I don't have long term projects - haven't been quilting that long. My extent of hexies is for embellishments or as a single block in a sampler quilt. What a fun give away of shared fabrics.

leaandlars said...

I'm working on a quilt for daughters' bed!

Kelly O. said...

HALLELUJAH! :)
I started a hexie project inspired by yours shortly after I sent you some fabric. Unfortunately it was short lived.
I got 2 flowers done and my daughter wanted one to be the patch on her knee of a pair of old jeans and the other is somewhere in my orphan blocks pile. hmmm...maybe I should try again :)

Sunnybec said...

How lovely are bloggers, it never ceases to amaze me. I am itching to start a hexie quilt, the only thing that puts me off is the cutting...I hate cutting, I am doing my best to win a GO but so far not so lucky LOL. Thanks for the chance to win and get me on my way. Linda

Kimie said...

Oh how fun! I would love a quilt from all over the world. Hexagons are so cute and addicting.

Lee D said...

I'm working on my version of a GFG. however I started seeing the hexie flowers together and I may have screwed up the layout. It now lies on the floor hoping I can figure something out

Deb said...

Amazing project! Love it! I have never done a hexie block at all. My longest project that I actually just finished this summer was started when I was expecting my son 26+ years ago. It's a quilt that's become so faded that once i finished it is now our family picnic quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Needled Mom said...

I remember when you started this project. I wanted to send you fabrics, but you had some from CA already. ;( It looks wonderful and will make such a fabulous quilt from all of your blogging friends. The embroidery will take awhile, but it will be worth it in the end.

My endless project is a scrap quilt made from fabrics that I use when I make clothing for the grandchildren. Someday I will put all of the blocks together and remember all the great times I had sewing for them.

epban said...

That is going to be one beautiful quilt and well worth the wait! I have a hand pieced quilt I started for my daughter about 7 years ago I really need to finish...thanks for reminding me! I'd love to win some of these prints for my scrappy quilts!

Melissa said...

I have a table runner that I started yearrrrrrrs ago. I just need to finish the binding; not sure what my procrastination is all about :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Melissa said...

I have a table runner that I started a long, long time ago. The binding is all that needs to be finished. Life just got in the way :)

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

Wow, that is so cool! I love how people love to help other out. I am working on a hexie quilt with 1" hexies that is scrappy, you can see here: http://jojomia.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

I am also doing the Hex a Long with Lily's Quilts but these are all using Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934. This is so fun.

Thanks for the chance to win some great scraps!

Brenda said...

This is such a neat project! My Granny has sewn (completely by hand) at least a dozen Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts. I started one a few years ago to try the little mylar pieces. It's been sitting way too long & I think you've inspired me to drag it out!

Marci said...

I am new to hexagons, but have thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm using my (now deceased) father-in-laws pajamas to make a 'flower garden' lap quilt for my MIL. I've saved the piece where the VA hosp. wrote his name on the facing to make a strip somewhere on the quilt. It's a WIP but I have found it so relaxing to do. Thanks for your generous offer!

deserae said...

Wow! I really want to start a hexie project, I love everyone else's that I see online! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Shirley said...

Wow! Congrats for sticking with it and (almost) finishing it up. I have never made a hexie flower because I know I wouldn't follow through with enough to actually finish a project and they would end up in the back of my closet. Now that I've seen yours though, I just might have to try it. Absolutely gorgeous.

Kim W said...

The project that I've worked on too long. I'm embarrassed to say it, but it's my daughter's baby quilt! She is 22 now and about to graduate college, then a month later she is getting married. I'm thinking the quilt would be a nice graduation present. Then I'll attempt to get my 9 year olds baby quilt done! lol ...and start a hexie, Gradma's Flower Garden, since i have one my grandmother made. :)

kimrward@charter.net

Maxwells said...

That is awesome!!! I have a wedding ring I started on 10 years ago. I get it out every so often. Think I am inspired to go get it out again.

Tracy Hall said...

I love all your quilts and often come to your blog for ideas/inspirations. I currently have a John Deere quilt for my nephew (born last May) waiting for me to cut out the binding!

I love fabric scraps, and am glad you are sharing yours! Quilting makes such wonderful memories and stories.

Pots and Pins said...

Pretty impressive so far! I started a hexie project about 11 years ago...I have done about 20 flowers and then got discouraged...but every now and then I pick them up and begin again...you might have just spurred me on to dig them out one more time! Congrats to you - it's going to be a beautiful quilt - but I would skip the embroidery...life is too short! xo, Nan

Kimberly R. said...

What a fabulous quilt and that the fabric came from all over the world! I would love to try to make a hexagon quilt - it would be my first, I am just a beginner :)
Thanks!
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

"The Most Fabric Wins" said...

I have been working on a hexy quilt for about three years. I take it with me on road trips and it slows down when I don't travel. I love the way you put them on white blocks. Great quilt!

gloria g. said...

Yes, this is wonderful. How sweet of everyone. And I too knew Marlene from blogging. It was a shock......she was a great quilter and blogger. Thanks for making her flower special.....

gloria g. in South Carolina

Diane said...

This looks lovely! I have been working a couple years on a 1" stamp quilt... I pull it out once is awhile to make a block, but have decided it is a life long project.

Di~ said...

I've been working on a Spider Web quilt top forever. What a fun thing you've done here...I wish I could have sent some fabric!, but I'm glad Idaho is represented. Thank you for the chance to win some scraps! I love scraps immensely.

Lynn said...

what a lovely read! and a fabulous project! thanks. i can't wait to see/hear about the continuation of the quilt. it's looking beautiful!!
i've only recently started making hexies and am finding them very satisfying=not sure what they'll end up being at this point but after reading your post i'm just going to keep making them for some time.
also, great photos!

natalie christensen said...

That looks amazing! I would feel so privileged to receive some of those scraps. Thanks Jodi!

cakegirl said...

I am interested in starting a hexie project and YOU are my inspiration. Would love to have a handy little project to take with me where ever I go. Your quilt is fantastic!
Thank you for the giveaway.

LethargicLass said...

I have been reading you forever and I don't remember this project but it looks amazing! I have started a hexie quilt all with random hexies so anything would help :)

regan said...

Isn't blogland wonderful! You got to know a lovely woman, with similar interests, and full of generosity, and it all happened around a quilting blog. I know she's watching that quilt come to life now, and enjoying every minute with you!

And as far as hexies go, I've had a one I started over 10 years ago....went into hiding for about 9 years, and finally came out last year for our hand sewing group. I have been taking it everywhere these last couple of months, as I am nearly ready to sew the blocks into strips! Yay!

Your hexies are lovely on the white backgrounds....they truly shine!

Thanks for having this giveaway..... very sweet!

Sonia B said...

Lovely. I like making hexies, but they've never made it into a finished project . . . guess I need to work on that. Thanks for the chance!

A Seam to Sew said...

What a lovely quilt and something that will be treasured forever. I'm bad at starting projects and never finishing them. I have stockings to make for Christmas that have been sitting around for a year and lots of crochet projects that who knows how old they are.

Missy said...

LOL I just wrote a post last night (inspired by your projects) of a quilt that has been a year in the making and yet, has only just begun!

Michelle Jensen said...

I love that!! The quilt looks so so pretty and I bet it will turn out awesome with the hand finishing touches you have planned. I would love to do a hexie quilt. I just can't imagine how long it would take??? Hope to win a package :) Then I would have to get started.

Kristine Hanson said...

what a fun giveaway, I have yet to do any type of hexi project lol!

Elaine Adair said...

The deadline is MY Birthday! I would love to win and that might get me going on a hexie project. Currently I have my Mom's GFG, but it's in bad shape along the fold lines where it was laid on wood shelves, for too many years, and has deteriorated clear through all layers. The other parts are lovely and I want to get inspired to work on this repair project. Maybe winning your giveaway will get ME inspired.

Even if I don't win, the photos of your progress are soooo lovely. 8-))

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

No need to enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to pop in and say WOW!! They are wonderful, bloggers are great and I agree with Nan, skip the names!! LOL!!

Lynn said...

Such a fun giveaway, and your flowers are terrific. I love the idea of sewing them onto the white backgrounds. My forever project is also a grandmothers flower garden. I have 27 made.... in 3 years, that's 9 a year. Shameful.

Jen O said...

I'm working on a hex quilt too, using scraps from my stash, but I could use some new ones too! I'm going to piece them together with the traditional "Poison Green" pathway and will hand quilt it when it's all put together. I've enjoyed seeing your progress on yours. Thanks!

highpitchedbarking said...

I've been sewing for less than a year so I haven't started hexies yet. I have decided that I would like to make a quilt for each of my nieces and nephews this year. I've started one (just have to hand quilt a bit on it) and I have four more to go.

LOVE the fabrics and the fact that you got them from all over the world.

Jolynn said...

Love your quilt. I too had a quilt I started a long time ago, not a hexie though. I haven't been brave enough to try one of those yet. But just this summer I actually finished the quilt I had started, and I love it! So glad I finished it.
keels@mvdsl.com

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I am working on a hexagon charm quilt, would love some scraps to add to the pile.

Becky said...

I love yoru quilt! And I'd love some scraps! Here's a link to my recent "hexie" project, and organic chemistry quilt! http://becky-beckysblabber.blogspot.com/2011/06/organic-chemistry-quilt.html I also have a Jo-Anns sampler quilt that's been "stuck" for at least 10 years :-O. THANKS!

Wendy said...

Wow! Your blocks are just beautiful and such a wonderful inspiration.....I just started making my hexi flowers a month ago and have a long way to go.....I would love to have some of those scraps to use in my top.....thank you for being so generous!

MollyP said...

Gorgeous work, lady! I have been working on this one quilt forever. The front had tons of piecing, the back has tons of piecing. One day, my friends, one day.

Mary said...

I have not attempted any hexagons, but sure would like to give it a try. My long-term project is a quilt with lots of embroidery.
Your quilt is going to be awesome!

Pieces to Love said...

One day I will make a hexi quilt. I plan on paper piecing when I do. I love the story and that you plan on putting where the fabric came from with each block.

Bailey said...

Love your Marlene tribute idea. I can't wait to see your finished quilt...it's looking lovely so far!

I've never done hexagons but look forward to starting sometime in the near future...maybe with some lovely scrap winnings :) Thanks for the chance!

matate10 said...

I'm getting ready to start a hexie project! Just got my 1/2" hexies. I know they're small but I'm planning to use them to embellish bags. these scraps would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win.

Ed and Lori G said...

What an amazing project. I made a Grandmother's Flower Garden for my daughter's wedding quilt. They received it on their 5th anniversary :) I too, appliqued each rosette onto a white backround. It turned out beautiful. I love your idea of adding the name of each blogger and their state. The quilt just would not be complete without it. What an heirloom you will have when it is done. I am also working on making hexies. They are just the best take along project. I am putting a bunch together right now to make a table runner. Thanks for your lovely blog. It is one of my favorite places to visit.

jednoiglec said...

If somebody told me in 2008 that I'll be sewing&quilting, I would probably say that he is crazy:) But now I wish I had started earlier...
I've got one hexagon project, which is WIP almost from the day I've started sewing. Still not finished (my plan was to sew it only during summer holidays, but with 3 year old daughter sailing it was too difficult, so it will wait for sewing until she's adult;)

Lindah said...

What a *cool* project!!! Looking forward to seeing the finish.

lej619 said...

can't wait to see the finished quilt!! I am working on 2 different size hexagon quilt one is one inch finished and the other is 3/8th inch finished.

Gumbo Lily said...

Beautiful flowers. The quilt is going to be amazing. What a treasure. I've not been able to get back to my sons denim jeans quilt. Soon. Very soon, I will.

Jody

Gram said...

I'm not interested in fabric. I started a Grandmother's Flower Garden in the fall of 1988. My mother made up some, and I hoped she would quilt it for me. She passed away in January 1989.
I have all my flowers sewn together, and yellow hexes to put it together. Time has gotten away, and it never has been put together, let alone quilted.

Anonymous said...

Such a great post. Isn't Blogger land just filled with so many great people, all these RAKs and everyone just pays it forward, Love it.

Thanks for such a great giveaway.

Suzanne Daniels
danielsville@hotmail.com

Marsha said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I have a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt my grandmother made in the 30's. I would like to make one of my own and I love scrappy quilts so this would be fun to win!

Amy said...

That is amazing!! I think my longest project (which is still going on) is a braided rug I started in 2003. I got it all finished except for the actual finishing of the end when I noticed I had hand-sewed a small wrinkle into it...so of course I unraveled the entire thing & started over. Its in a basket next to our sofa so I can work on it while watching tv....I'd say its about half done again!

Cottonwood Tales said...

Beautiful !! Loved reading this post.

Karen in Texas
kem368@aol.com

Calikisses said...

Only one project?? I think ALL of mine take forever. haha. Well, I would say this beach-themed quilt for my friend. I started designing it in November of last year, and I have finally got all the fabric together. My sewing machine was on the fritz, so I took my sweet time in re-designing and then changing my mind about 500 times. I think I may FINALLY be ready to start though. (I hope).

Good luck with the rest of your hexie flowers. They are gorgeous!

ritainalaska said...

my first quilt after making a small baby quilt for my first, was a granmother's garden, 2" hexis, hand sewn, white hexis joining the flowers; in two years it was 90 x 108 ... i carried that top from place to place, finally leaving it behind about thirty years ago. i know not where now. so, i started quilting again five or six years ago. i'm doing better about finishing my quilts.

the mrs said...

You do have quite a project on your hands. I love that you take such care with what you've been given. Thanks for sharing with us now. I've been working on a picnic quilt for 3 years now. It is made from recycled jeans so I pick some up at a garage sale and sew like mad, but I always run out of jeans. Amazing how many pairs this project with take.

Sallie said...

How cool! I've only made one hexie block - in my first quilt. I enjoy handwork, though, and have thought of making more. Thanks for the giveaway!

karen serna said...

yaaayyy for never giving up! :) i'm inspired to finish a 2yr old baby quilt. :)

Jenny said...

what a great memory quilt this will be! i need a hand project, and hexies would be great, or leaves i think..need something while waiting in school pick up lines and ballet practice! thanks for passing these along!

Kelly said...

Wow. Absolutely amazing. I'd love to make something with hexies. The longest project I've had is the quilt I started 2 years ago. I will get it done!!! Thanks for great giveaway

Bree said...

What an amazing idea! My longest ongoing project is a postage stamp quilt for my son. I started it back in February, shortly after getting pregnant.

Shannon said...

I love what you have done. The quilt be so wonderful when finished. I love it now!! I love hexies, they remind me of a time long ago. I am doing a hexie swap here in blog land and I love making flowers and receiving them. I know at this pace it will take me forever, LOL! I am sorry about your friend. The flower will always be a special one for you. Thank you for the give away!

Gigi V said...

I have a project that started about 7 years ago...I began by taking a couple of fabric dyeing classes from a wonderful teacher/friend - Virginia Newton; then, a spent about a year trying to find the right pattern that would say "Geoff" (my oldest son)...he is now 33, I hope to have it done before he's 40!! lol

Patty said...

So pretty. You give me hope that I can someday finnish my hex quilt. I have 2 different sizes going, because I found some hexigon blocks already cut, from maybe the 60's. That and making clothes for various family members is what is keeping me busy.

Cecilia said...

I'm working on a hexie project too. I like the way your quilt is turning out, very pretty. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric scraps. They would make a great scrappy quilt.

laurawilson25 said...

Such a great story! I would love to win a package. I finished my first quilt this summer. I'm working on quilted placemats right now, but when that is done, I will probably start a new quilt.

Christine said...

Love the quilt and the idea...I'm in a hexagon flower swap that is from lots of countries...love scrap quilts...

Leah said...

What a great project! I too am working on a grandmother's flower garden quilt. I am a wee bit slow at it though, I keep making other things in between. I should do like you and have things ready to go for car trips.

Susan said...

What a beautiful quilt! I have a project that's being going forever. So long that it's a family joke. My children were in elementary school when I started it, and my baby just started college. My oldest is earning his masters degree. My project is a cross stitched eagle for my husband. I began it, best I can remember, in 1997 or early 1998. I started off with a bang, like you did with the hexies, and burned out. So now I work on it in spurts. I'm now finished with all the cross stitching and am working on the outlining. It's almost done! ;)

Kate/Massachusetts said...

AMAZING! It will be an incredible quilt! And, my name will be on the Massachusetts flower!! How cool is that! lol I have a pieced block quilt that I have been working on for 20 years! It's never going to get done, I think!

Suzan said...

I spent nearly two years making a queen size quilt top which I finally finished over a year ago...but I STILL have not quilted it! Love scrap quilts but have not attempted to make any hexies.

the girlfriend gap said...

I don't know if I would have the patience to do a hexi quilt but my daughter wants a cathedral window quilt.... guess that will be my for.ev.er quilt. love scrap quilts. thanks for a chance to win some. janita

Vicki ♥ said...

I was blown away by how generous fellow bloggers are and were in your case. Lovely hexie flowers and how special is this quilt going to be. So sad about your friend. I am making a hexie flower quilt and am about half way thru it. Would love some of the lovely fabrics. :) Thanks Hugs Vicki x

lindagerig said...

I have a small quilt that I started five years ago. it is a snowman quilt I saw in a magazine. I started early in november and was doing real good when my son got sick and remained in the hospital for four weeks. I was gone the whole time. every year I say I am going to finish it but I find I have no interest so far. Maybe this year. Linda Gerig

Alison said...

Congratulations on your progress. The hexie sqares are looking great. I have a hexie project underway, and also use it for 'road-trip' craft. We are about to embark on a three week trip, so it's time to break out the hexies again. I love the idea of winning one of your packages, to add to the hexie fabric stash. Every hexie in my quilt is different, so I only need scraps for each flower. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I love the hexagons! Can't wait to see it finished. I have a quilt that I am just now sewing the binding on that I started in 1991!!!

Amy
abf3615@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love the hexagons! Can't wait to see it finished. I have a quilt that I am just now sewing the binding on that I started in 1991!!!

Amy
abf3615@aol.com

Oma said...

I have made some flowers but not near enough. Fabric would perhaps help motivate me to get going on them again!!

Janice said...

The flowers look fabulous.I can't wait to see the finished quilt. I've been collecting scraps from friends and family to make a charm quilt for years. I want to try and have every piece different and I think there are something like a thousand needed. I don't know when I'll ever finish it as I haven't even started the sewing yet!!!

Carol in E TN said...

I have made a quilt similar to your quilt and I loved making all those hexies! Thanks for the giveaway!

Joella said...

I started a gorgeous scrappy flag quilt made of triangles... I got the point that I needed to applique the stars on and they just weren't turning out... that was about 5-6 years ago and it's still in a box! I would love some scraps to start a real scrappy quilt!

Dian said...

Love your Hexagon's! I have lots of things going, the one I have almost finished is 16 years old. Finally finished it up, took it to the Long Arm Quilter, got it back, sewed on the binding and now have been hand stitiching the binding down.

Marianne said...

What an imaginative and creative project! Kudos to you and all your contributors.

I don't have a specific project that I've put off forever, but I've had some beautiful fabric for years that I've never used because I couldn't decide what to do with it. Does that count?

Susan said...

I think this quilt should be called "Friendship Flower Garden"!

Carolynn said...

Dear Jodi...I have followed you on your flickr and have enjoyed your beautiful blog! You have accomplished an amazing feat...Your finished "Grandma's Flower Garden" is going to be a beauty! Please enter my name in your delightful giveaway.
Blessings,
grammycarolynn (flickr)

Lillian said...

I love hexies, especially one made from 1930s fabric. I have a 24" x 24" hexies pieced section i'm not sure what to do with yet.

Anonymous said...

started my first ever hexie project on a car trip this summer. I could always use more fabric to help finish it!
tatc@embarqmail.com

Kristal said...

I have started my own grandmothers flower garden. I am currently just one flower past my half way flower. So far hasnt taken that long , but like you I burned out and life got in the way. Life will be getting in the way again in a possitive direction this time and if I want to sew it will have to be on my hexies. I cant wait to see what your dedication flower will look like complete. Thank you for sharing your scraps with us.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Wow that is an awesome story!! Makes me want to try and make my own grandma's flower garden! It would be a lot of fun and something really cool to have! Although I don't think I could do hexagons....just too....ummm hard? Lol I did try and start some, but then soon gave up. Maybe a dresden flo of some kind....but the embordry sounds awesome!

Carla said...

Hexies are great! I have been doing them for about 10 years. Several projects have been completed, and several more are in the works. Thanks!

pforgerson said...

What great project, it looks like it will be enormous. Just started a diamond star paper piecing project, very addictive.

Dawn said...

how sweet and what a memory..something to treasure...I too have soem Hexi's in waiting... and made from old dresses... they look so delicate too.
Hugs Dawn x x

Connie said...

Very impressed -- it's kind of nice to have a big project with small sections that you can take with you -- I started a quilt for my grandson, and after 5 years, decided to give it to him on his 8th birthday -- he's almost 9 and if I don't finish it, I'm afraid it will be too juvenile for him and it may have to go to his younger brother -- ahhhh, the pressure!

Always Sewing said...

I too have a GFG that is taking forever. I started it after my grandmother died. She loved to garden. I think I will follow you in sewing the flowers on a white square. I do not think I would get all those white connecting hexagon sewn. Thanks for your inspiration, your quilt is going to be wonderful!

dooddles said...

I love your blog! Your pictures are always candy for the eye. Your hexie garden quilt is coming along FABULOUSLY. I started one when I was a teenager (I am now 37) and thinking, maybe I should get it out and finish. :o)

Sonja said...

I love the colors! I've also ben working on english piecing, it's my take along on long trips.also working on a cathdreal quilt.check it out here-
http://mawsonsalwaysmoving.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-should-i-do-today.html

Tracy said...

Such a wonderful project! I've started making a paper=pieced star, and it's so time consuming, but the results are gonna be wonderful. I hope. LOL

Anna Lena Land said...

OMG! I love your flowers. The first quilt I ever made was a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I didn't know any better! I'd gotten a free pattern in the mail and decided I would make it. BUT, I had a king sized bed, so I decided I should make it bigger! I did it, but it took me 2-1/2 years. Like you, I sewed hexagons everywhere! I even took them on a trip to Switzerland. I love that you're going to embroider on them. I wish I had known you and sent you fabric in the beginning.

Beth Paulson said...

Wow, u really got alot of fabric and I'd love some of your extra as I want to make smaller hexies and scrappy as of now I have been using my scraps ..Beth

Debbie Lou said...

WOW! You quilt is going to be beautiful. Love that it's pieces come from all over. Awesome. I have just started my first flower garden quilt and it's going slowly. All those bits and pieces would be a big help in getting it together. Thanks for the offer.

Alice said...

I have so many long-term projects it's embarrassing, but one I am dying to get finished is a quilt I started in honor of my grandmother's 100th birthday. It looks like a crocheted granny-square afghan. She taught me to crochet granny squares when I was a girl. Her 100th came and went and I still haven't gotten very far on the quilt. See my post about it here: http://theabcs.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/do-you-remember-this-post/.

pklaw said...

Congratulations on reaching the next step in such a long term project. I love making hexies in the car! I really love your quilt - gives me motivation to get back to work on my hexies as well ----hmmmm...I need to travel!

Merilyn said...

What an awesome project!!! I have two hexie projects that are still in the works, one of which features vintage hexie blocks, I'm just waiting to get inspiration on how to quilt the completed top.
I'll throw my hat into the ring and hope I am lucky enough to win one your wonderful stuffed envelopes, thankyou!!!

Donna said...

Your quilt is going to be so beautifu1! I have wanted to try hexies for a long time, this might be the inspiration that I need!

Anonymous said...

I belonged to an online group with Marlene and have many fond memories of quilting things we shared. I am very lucky to have received a block she made as part of a kit. She decided not to finish it and gave it away in a drawing. Lucky me! I miss her and think of her often. It's nice to share a memory with someone else. Thanks!

...so we added chickens said...

What a fantastic project! I think the embroidery will truly be a wonderful addition.
I have started a Hexagon project but that is not my longest running project - I think that is a cross stitch I started as a girl and still plan to finish - someday!

Sew Lovins said...

Wow what a cool idea...love to see so many different patterns! Thanks!

Lee said...

Such a wonderful project! Lovely work and I would love to start making some hexies! thanks for the inspiration!~

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful project! I would love to start a Grandma's Flower Garden quilt! Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Paula said...

Looks amazing, congratulations for your work. I'm looking forward to see the finished quilt. I've been working in a quilt for my son for a long time but I hope I'll be able to finish it soon.
Thanks for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Becky said...

Wow, Jodie! What an impressive project! I love that you are putting the name and state with each flower. I've never attempted a grandma's flower garden. I would love the scraps to use in a charm quilt I'm planning. I'm using small tumblers and would like all the tumblers to be a different fabric. Take care!

CaroleM said...

A project I have been working on forever is from a 2005 quilt shop hop I did and have been working on the blocks for it on and off ever since. The only hex project I did was a little pin cushion and I got so frustrated I could not imagine the amount of work you put into that quilt. Great job!

Kim said...

I started my first hexi project last week. I started small, a mug rug and hopefully it will turn out as lovely as your flowers :o)

Linwood & Margaret said...

I found out Sunday my adult daughter was going to have serious surgery on Tuesday. I knew I needed something to do with my hands during the wait. I quickly cut enough 2.5" squares to make a few flowers. I am proud to say I completed my 1sst flower on Thursday. 3yr old gs took more time than I had planned. I would love to win some of your fabric.

Catskill Quilter said...

Your giveaway is close to my heart, as in August I began to make my own hexagons! I faithfully look at the hexagons in one flower Wednesday, and I drool and then I make another one or two. It is exciting to be connected to someone who is a FINISHER! My daughter lives in Sweden, so of course I hope I win and then I hope I recognize Swedish fabric. Thanks for this giveaway!

Katie said...

Yes indeed, I have a hexie quilt in progress. Slow progress! I'm doing mine in rows. Across the width of the quilt. So it's a bit big to carry around. I hope to finish it in this lifetime! :-)

Patty said...

I do have a hexie project started but I was making the traditional setting by just sewing them all together. I would work on it now and then with no real hope of ever ifnishing it. I like the way you are putting them together much better. I am goint to try it. Nor sure if I cantake apart what I have already put together. Maybe I can make that the center some how.

Brenda said...

Love this quilt and the variety of fabric used. I have a tumbler quilt that is in the works that I would love to use the scraps for.

robin said...

I've been neglecting to finish the binding on a wall hanging. Shame on me!

GardenofDaisies said...

I just stumbled onto your blog. Wow! This is going to be a beautiful quilt! So sorry you lost your friend.

Donya said...

Love your hexies. I started some hexies and take them everywhere with me also. Great take along project.
You have a beautiful blog its great for inspiration.

Melinda said...

How absolutely cool! I have a Grandma's Garden that got put to the side because I have been working hard on a red and white hexie quilt. Here's a fairly recent picture.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/59475950@N04/6086384196/in/photostream

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

A quilt for my own bed! Every time I start one, I get distracted and work on something else. Thanks for the chance to win!

Darlene said...

Love all your blocks! I remember contributing to your project - was it really in 2008? Wow!

Karen said...

Oh its so beautiful. What a lovely idea to have fabrics from all over Now wasn't it totally worth it!!! I have been working a blue/white with just a touch of yellow paper pieced diamonds which turn into stars 'forever'. I had decided enough was enough but my daughter says it must be bigger. One day it will be finished.

Beth said...

I have a Grandmother's Flower Garden of my own started. Progress is slow, but I know someday it will be a treasure, like the one I inherited from my grandmother.

Thank you for the giveaway. Other people's scraps are always such a treat!

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Bunny said...

I too have a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt on the go. This is the first quilt I ever attempted, way back when I was a teen. I WILL finish it someday.

Spontaneous Threads said...

The story itself is beautiful and the quilt, much more than the sum of it's parts. I have made small hexagon projects (mug rugs, etc). I brought my hexi hand sewing on plane trips to Hawaii and to Switzerland. You cab get lot's done when your on a plane for 11 hours!!!

baukje said...

I made a grandmothers flowergarden , I only have to finish the quilting, by hand of course. Last week i made a trip around the world with squares, paper piecing. I LOVE it.
I love to make doll quilts, at the moment i am working on a doll quilt with many very small pieces. That's why I love scraps, you always can make a doll quilt with scraps!!!!! BTW I saw your Kitchenaid, I also have one, also a RED. Isn't she lovely????

Allison said...

wow - what a lovely quilt, with a secial history, too. My first piecing ever was a grandmother's flower block way back when ;) I have a red white & blue quilt I've been working on for maybe eight years now. Maybe I'll finish it for next July 4th, hehehe

Allison said...

wow - what a lovely quilt, and a special history, too. My first piecing ever was a grandmother's flower block. I'm working on a red white and blue quilt that I started about 8 years ago, maybe I'll finish it for next July 4th, hehehe

kclily said...

This is a great post. What a neat idea. I have bought my hexies but have not started yet. I am working on a cathedral window quilt that needs to be finished first...we'll see...lol The scraps would be perfect for both of these projects.

Jessica said...

Just awesome! I've always loved the grandmothers garden quilt at my MIL house and didn't think I would ever make one. However, I'm getting more inspired by the minute! Love your blog.

Nonna D said...

Is it too late? I don't see where any winners were announced. I have always love Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts and would love receiving scraps from around the world. I can't wait to see your finished quilt I know it will be gorgeous!!

Lisa said...

What an incredible undertaking ~ I just love your diligence in keeping track of who donated the fabrics and that you will embroider their names and the place they live. This is an amazing quilt! Although I appreciate the opportunity to win, kindly re-draw if I win the scraps. Thank you, Lisa

Carla said...

Wow - what beautiful flowers! Can't wait to see the finished quilt! My forever project is a crocheted afghan I started for myself 9 or 10 years ago... Every once in a while I pick it up to do a few rows & then it just sits as I'm too busy doing other projects.

I would love to win some scrap fabric as I'm new to quilting & don't really have any scraps yet...and I've seen some gorgeous scrap quilts that I'd love to try! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

GrandT said...

What a beautiful quilt, can't wait to see the finished project! Maybe its time for me to start a hexagon quilt or just a pillow!

Sandra said...

Love your blocks. I have started my hexagon "travel" project. Who knowns how long it will take me to get to the point of making them into a quilt. Would love to receive one of your packages.

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