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