Wednesday, January 9, 2013

30's Grandmothers Flower Garden for One Flower Wednesday

Since I finished my flowers for my Red Hot Garden quilt, I am moving on to working on my 30's Flower Garden. I don't have a name for it yet, so I will have to think about one. 
Here is my flower for this week.

This garden is quite old, at least 3 or 4 years, and I haven't worked on it in a while. I have written about it in some old posts, but I went ahead and took new pictures to see where I am at. The garden is 3/4" hexagons with a fussy cut black on black circle dot for the middle, 30's fabric for the petals, 1 green Jo Morton and 1 Olive/Lime mix leaf print for background. I am planning on making it queen size and the pattern calls for 500 flowers. I want to make each flower a different print, but my eyes are crossing at all the fabrics. 

Here is my progress on the quilt so far.
My flower garden with my finished flowers below it. The Garden has 38 attached flowers and 2 partially attached (one on each lower corner), and 11 completed flowers. I have no idea what I was thinking by not sewing the entire flower to the quilt. I must have thought they needed to go there and wanted to make sure they were sewn into the correct spot. For whatever dorky reason, my husband and I don't think it is right to count them til they are "completely" sewn. I told you, dorky reason. If it helps to get the size of the quilt so far, the pillows on the bed are king size. 

Here is a picture of my flowers not attached to the garden. 

So I ran into a not quite problem, but something I need to think about. Since I wanted to make every flower different, I bought entire lines of 30's reproduction fabrics. This means that I ended up with 3 or 4 different colors of the same print. So when I started this project all the prints were the same and all the colors were the same also. Now that I have been collecting fabric for at least 4 years I have a good mix of colors and prints. What I should now start doing is pulling from my newer fabrics to make a better color mix. So all of the flowers that are already sewn I need to keep until I get further along. Kind of frustrating that I can't use the ones in the picture yet, but I want to do it right because I am putting all this effort into it.

Here is a picture of all of the pieces I have cut up to this date. I am pretty close to having all of my 30's print flower pieces cut. I only have about half of my black dot center pieces cut and half of my green background pieces. There is a LOT of pieces here. The Hello Kitty lunch box is full size and the box beside it is a shoe box with 2 layers stacked on top of each other. I like to use the lunch boxes because they are hard so the papers don't get squished and the needles don't poke through, plus the boxes have the locked latch. Whenever I run out of hexagons, I add more fabric to the tin. 

I have also been working on Attaching all my Red Hot Garden flowers together and I will post updated pics next week.


Raewyn said...

Your hexies are beautiful and the colour combinations are lovely! I sort of had the same dilemma when I was making my gmg quilt with mixing newly purchased fabrics and older purchased ones. I ended up sewing blocks of flowers together eg 4 or 5. That way I could keep joining them but I was able to arrange them later to get a good mix/spread of the different fabrics. Seemed to work in the end!!

Sarah said...

That is a really good idea. I feel kind of silly, lol. I think the cluster of flowers idea will work great. It will help me regulate pattern and color more evenly.

Hilachas said...

Wow! Your quilt is going to be gorgeous when finished. You've chosen such interesting color combinations.

Karen said...

Sarah, how fabulous! The colour combinations are wonderful. You have two beautiful gardens on the grow! ;)

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Wow, I really like your combination of the 30s fabrics together with the black and green. I know what you mean, I also don´t like it when different colorways of the same pattern come together.
Your collection of cutted pieces is fabulous! Makes me want to dig through it and see if there are fabrics I don´t have in my collection. :-)

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Sarah, another Beautiful garden, Love your fabrics! What a great start, you have so many sewn together already.

hafza said...

Your flowers are beautiful! It will turn out into a gorgeous quilt:)


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