Carla over at Creatin' in the Sticks is graciously hosting the Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop! It is the hope of all the participants that you will enjoy the beautiful bouquets of fabric that has blossomed with tender loving care...
I have a collection of vintage patterns that have moved from deep storage, to my pattern cabinet and my "future projects" place in my closet... They range in dates from 1936 to 1939.
This Flower Garden Block is one that I have considered ever since I started my other EPP project a year and half ago
The Grandmother's Flower Garden is a vintage pattern that I have always loved and admired... but those small 1-1/2 inch hexies intimidate, even scare me.
Photo from Quiltmaker May/June 2013 issue...
I prefer faster projects... but about a year and a half ago I started an English Paper Pieced project as a road trip project. I have six "blocks" made... I have stated before, that I don't really know how many I intend to make - but I will continue had stitching them until I run out of the coordinating fabrics I have set aside for them... I currently have three additional "kits" ready to go.
As I looked for the pattern for the Riding the Rails quilt I saw two different hexie quilts - one was a flower garden wall hanging (shown above) and the other made sheep and flowers in a meadow (from Quiltmaker May/June 2014).
I decided to mash-up the two patterns by using the "biggie" half-hexie to make a "Mega Flower Garden"
I copied the hexie template onto some adhesive backed paper and asked my amazing husband to make a template out of plexi-glass... he graciously did so. AND he made two of them so that I can offer one as give-away on this hop! Details to win the template will be at the bottom of this post...
The template is 2-1/2 inches wide so a jelly roll would be great to use.
The assembly is easy... just make strips and the join the strips together...
The flowers finish at 12 inches across.
As I cut, pieced and quilted this flower garden I couldn't help but recall my Grandpa Schleich. (Grandma passed away before I was born...) My Paternal Grandparents were farmers... They (and their children) including my dad, had a green thumb and could get just about anything to grow.
Grandpa had a flower garden located at the edge of his front yard after he retired from farming and lived in town. It ran parallel to the sidewalk and the flowers always smelled so good as you passed by them to leave and I would try to linger just a little longer as we were saying goodbye. He had flowers of all sorts... but I remember the roses and the snapdragons the most. The snapdragons were fun to pick and make their "mouths move" by gently pinching at the base of the flower... The roses were so fragrant! And my favorites...
As I quilted my mega-flowers I did some skill building by using my templates to create flowers in the centers and I used the cloud template to offer some detail to the petals.
Earlier this week Dave and I snuck away for a camping trip. Our journey took us to the mountains where there was no wi-fi, no cell towers/service, no electricity or water. We were self-contained in our tiny-tiny home on our truck.
It was just us, the dog and a couple of books... some food and beverages.
We went for long walks, enjoyed a few meals and happy hours, savored some spectacular views and napped. There were wild flowers along the road and some in the meadows... It is very dry here. Most of the creeks were dry, but there were still some flowers. It helped me to appreciate their beauty even more!
Photo by photographer Cindy Hurt -
Wildflowers in Spring near Castlewood Canyon State Park - May, 2018
you should go show her some love on Instagram. :)
What is your favorite flower?
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before Monday, June 18th.
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I miss the brief conversations that would occur!