One more garden

8 11 2013

I recently fell into the abyss that is Pinterest.  I searched “hexagon quilt” and lost an hour looking at all the fabulous pictures of vintage as well as modern quilts using hexagons.  Very, very inspiring . . . almost as much fun as the paper pieced diamonds.

This fall inspired me to post another from my vintage collection, this variation on the traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt pattern.

I could not resist this top when I found it in Houston.  The quilter has done a great job of distributing the colors within the diamonds, and I love the bold use of the orange and royal blue hexagons for emphasis.  I’m even having trouble imagining this quilt without them.  (But I have no trouble seeing this with light blue in place of the pink.  Too boring???)

Flower Garden in Diamonds, date unknown 75" x 80"

Flower Garden in Diamonds, date unknown
75″ x 80″

This detail shows the wide variety of 30′s fabrics used, as well as the nice hand quilting by Quilting Plus.

Flower Garden in Diamonds, detail

Flower Garden in Diamonds, detail

I remembered hearing that the hexagons that separate the “flowers” or “diamonds” in a Grandmother’s Flower Garden were called stepping stones, but I cannot find that fact through quick research.  Perhaps the “stepping stone” label is used when these motifs are separated by diamonds instead of solid hexagons.  I’ll continue my research and update as necessary.

In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy using these fun quilts.

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4 responses

8 11 2013
Marty Suess

Susan – I commented on your other grandmother’s flower garden post that I had one too. When I got it out it is yet another setting that I was told might be called Grandmother’s Garden Path. It has 4 hexagons that resemble a stepping stone between the rows of flowers. I will bring it to November drop in if I remember. – Marty

9 11 2013
susandaguequilts

M
Looking forward to it. See you there.
SD

8 11 2013
Cynthia Phillips

Susan, Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s flower garden quilt. I have one too. My mother told me that she helped put it together, and enjoyed the quilting bees her grandmother held at the house. It is that beautiful salmon/orange color with 1930′s prints!
Cynthia Phillips

9 11 2013
susandaguequilts

Cynthia,
Would love to see it; do you have pix?

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