"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."



-Hans Christian Andersen

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Grandmother's Flower Garden

I have always admired and longed to make a quilt or throw in the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern.  I have never attempted to make one because of all of those intimidating (at least to me) hexagons.  Those colourful, perfectly shaped, perfectly placed hexagons that result in such a beautiful, heirloom quality quilt.
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.

 

10 comments:

Victoria said...

It's a lovely pincushion and very wise of you not to take on something you know you won't finish. Speaking of which, I have a big cross stitching sitting in my bedroom dresser waiting for me to finish it...uggghhh, I have no excuse for not finishing it other than avoiding it!

Shirley said...

I do know what a pincushion is but all the rest..forget it..I'm so lost..I dont know the difference between cross stitch, counting stitches and embrodiery..I cant even spell it..hahaha, but I know what I love and I sure love it all and this is a beautiful pincushion..

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Where did you get the walnut hulls? Interesting :)

I've definitely had a pincushion fetish phase myself :) XOL

♥ Miss Tea said...

what a lovely hexagon pincushion! always wanted to make one as i just started to learn how to sew by hand but still afraid on doing anything but a basic stitch, a pincushion is something that i really need coz i get my needles often misplaced and one time it almost did an injury to my bum as it fell on the couch haha..anyways thanks for following me and left a lovely comment, i'm following you back :)

mercedesscott said...

I love your pin cushion! Sometimes it's much more fun and rewarding to tackle those smaller projects that you can actually finish... I myself have wanted to take up quilting for several years now, and am always a bit frightened... I really enjoyed my visit to your blog! Thank you so much for stopping by mine :)

no spring chicken said...

I love it! Maybe I could attempt this tiny piece of piece work...

blessings, Debbie

Sherry said...

Very pretty! Love quilts.
Sherry

Shirley said...

Hi, I am taking some "me" time tonight reading blogs. I haven't had the time I want and if I read for a little bit at work, I can't leave comments. You did a good job of making your pin cushion. My mother did a lot of quilting. She made babyquilts using the blocks the size of a postage stamp. I had three of those one for each of my children. I have projects that are started and wonder if I will finish. We have had two beautiful days. Take care. Your Missouri Friend.

Shelia said...

I really like your sweet pin cushion!
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary said...

Love your pincushion - it looks perfect antique, the colors, shape, especially like the string (?) tied around it. I bet you enjoy seeing it each day as it adds color and interest to your decor. Thanks for sharing with us! I found you at Cozy Little House Welcome Wagon.

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