Grandmother's Flower Garden
InstructionsHave patience and be precise with making your own templates and marking/cutting your fabric. I since have found the blessing in premade paper pieces that are die cut so they are all exact in size. I can also just cut out squares that are 1/2 in larger then the diameter of the piece all around than fold it around the template and baste. No more trying to be exact. Yay!
Type of item: Functional
Style: Classic, Traditional
`Cotton fabrics for the front, 80/20 batting, and a muslin backing
What was your inspiration?
I was having a baby boy, the first (and only) male child of the fathers side of the family. That was a special privilege that the Lord bestowed on me. I found out that I loved making quilts and was fascinated with the Grandmother's Flower Garden Pattern, but, I was having a boy. I needed to make this a manly flower garden. So the task was on, to find masculine prints and colors.
What are you most proud of?
Thinking outside of the box on color choices for this. Usually it is light, with a white or cream path through the garden. I went dark, with dark stepping stones instead.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If the quilt your making is meant to last....DO NOT wash again and again and again. Keep it from being soiled in the first place, and if you must wash it, do it by hand and only let the machine SPIN it dry. The agitators stress the fabric way too much and cause them to break down. Also, heavily quilt it to give it more stability for when it is laundered.