I have been exploring the history of quilts recently and I am particularly interested in the use of hexagons in quilts! The technique of english paper piecing dates back to the late 1700s and it involves fabrics being basted over paper templates before being hand sewn together.
A Grandmother’s Flower Garden is a quilt pattern that emerged from the use of english paper piecing where the hexagons were arranged to make flower shapes with a solid ‘garden path’ border running between them (pinterest has some fab examples!).
It isn’t a fast technique and I love the idea of building a quilt from fabrics that hold memories of places and events. I have started creating these flower shapes from fabrics I have bought during trips and holidays with my boyfriend – the aim being to eventually make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt made entirely from fabrics that hold memories for us both!!
So far, all of the centres of the flowers are from a piece of orange batik I bought during our first ever holiday to Amsterdam in 2015 – I had no idea what I was going to use it for other than to increase my stash! !
On the following three hexagon flowers, the outer hexagons are made using fabrics bought during our trip to North Devon this weekend (2016):
On the next two hexagon flowers the outer hexagons are made using fabrics bought during our trip to Dublin for my boyfriend’s birthday in 2015:
And lastly, on this hexagon flower, the outer hexagons are made using fabrics bought during our trip to Wales in January 2016:
I am really looking forward to keep adding to this quilt of memories!!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!