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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Red, white, and blue . . and brown???

12 07 2013

Even though my very first quilt ever was red, white, and blue, I have never been very fond of this color combination, especially after I discovered the power of yellow.

Perhaps the extra depth, created by the addition of yellow (in the form of brown), is part of what drew me to this vintage quilt top in Houston in 1994.

05-Dague_12-2012medVintage Foundation Pieced Octagons      71″ x 77″      Photography by Sibila Savage

 Just because I also love quilts that showcase a wide variety of prints and plaids, I include here two details here, so you can get a closer look at these gems, many of which are now being reproduced as “Civil War” fabrics.  Click on photos to get even closer.

05-Dague_12-2012_2Foundation Pieced Octagons, detail 1

This is truly a scrap quilt, and the below detail shows how some of the pieces in the octagons are also pieced together with even smaller scraps.

05-Dague_12-2012_4Foundation Pieced Octagons, detail 2

Collectors of vintage quilt tops will note that I have destroyed the value of the quilt top as an antique by having it hand quilted by Quilting Plus in the ’90’s.  Oh, well . . .

Because the top was so old and delicate, it was quilted sparingly, through the dotted square patches and around the edges of the pieced hexagons.

At least I remembered to take a photograph of the back of the top.  This photo shows how these hexagons were hand pieced onto scrap fabrics and homespun before being sewn into the finished quilt top.

VintageOctagonQuiltFoundation Pieced Octagons, detail 3

Yes, just one more.  Since it no longer exists, this quilt can be viewed only in a few candid photos of my first quilt, shown here in the process of being completed.  A select few of you will know exactly where this photo was taken.

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More English paper piecing

5 10 2012
Mistakes ? ? ?

Some of the tessellated quilts in the previous post were made with 60° diamonds.  And I have another, currently stalled, EPP project-in-progress using these diamonds.  It has lost its momentum, and may be permanently abandoned.  Who knows??  This happens sometimes, and I’m trying not to feel as though I must finish all the projects I start:  too heavy a burden.  Feels good to work on the ones that sing to me.  These little guys are silent right now, and have been so for more than a year. 

I love all the vintage fabrics here, and I think I got stuck when I decided  I should have put sashing of some kind between the diamond units, but it is much more likely that I just ran out of gas and started something else.

A blog subscriber recently suggested that I include in this blog those items I considered “mistakes”, since we all make them and few of us celebrate them as part of our process.  Perhaps this one is a mistake, but it may be too early to tell.  Anyway, here it is.

Definitely not a mistake

Also made from vintage fabrics from my collection, and also using the EPP method, this time with hexagons instead of diamonds, this quilt is a current favorite.  I just kept sewing these one-patches together until it got to this size, and then threw on the borders.  The border in a button pattern was the only dark print that I had enough of to be able to frame this large piece.

Hexagon Charm, 2012
63″ x 75.5″
Photography by Sibila Savage

Through this blogging process I am beginning to see the body of my work take shape.  Previously it has been hard to wrap my visual brain around 215 quilts, so writing about them and showing the photos helps me do that.   As it stands now, I don’t see a consistent style, and wonder if that is necessary.  One of these days I may pick a style and stay with it.  Until then, I’ll  just keep dancing back and forth, in and around,  all sorts of styles, eras, motifs, techniques, etc.—doing what I’m doing.