I did, however, think that it would be great if I could find a small project where I could test my skill at creating one of these beauties without investing to much time. I wanted the project to be one that I could actually use and not just store away as an example of my endeavor. I found that project in this most delightful book --
Country Inn by Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs.
Country Inn has quilt patterns, recipes, craft patterns, and stitchery patterns. What excited me most of all, was that it has a pincushion using pieced hexagons for the top. The name of it is Flea Market Pincushion. This was perfect! I had just recently agreed to a pincushion stitch-a-long with my friend Kathy, where we would each make one pin cushion per month over a six month period of time. Imagine how excited I was when I came across this book and there on page 74 was a hexagon pincushion. I started on it immediately and it resulted in the pincushion above. Here's a look at the back of the cushion which uses a solid piece of fabric.
The center hexagon is appliqued to the fabric. I like both sides. I stuffed the pincushion with walnut hulls which gives it weight and a nice old-fashioned quality. It has become one of my favorite pincushions.
By now you're probably wondering if the success of this project brought me any closer to making a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. The answer is NO. This project convinced me that I am at capacity with projects that require many hours of piecework. I cannot add another. I will enjoy my little pincushion and continue to admire the work of others who produce those beautiful Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts. I now have an even greater appreciation for them.
Thanks for taking time to visit with me. I hope all is well and many blessings to you.