GFG Progress

It’s been a while since I shared my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt progress, and since English Paper Piecing is the perfect traveling / waiting room craft, I’ve spent a lot of time with it over the last few weeks. Seems a good time for a progress report!

GFG update

At the last flower count, I had ten finished. Now there’s 21! Whee! And two more in progress:

GFG update

And a little while back, I cut 285 hexagons from fabric in preparation, which is another 15 flowers-worth:

GFG update

That’s basically how I’ve been working this quilt. I start by laying out my whole collection of 1930s fabrics and pairing prints for flowers. I was really excited about it this time, because I had some new fabrics to add into the mix: a couple I picked up in Amsterdam, a lovely gift from a friend (thank you, Karen!) and some pieces donated by a kind stranger in answer to my plea for scraps (thank you, Rebecca!)! Then I cut hexagons from the fabric over an evening or two, for as many combos as I can come up with. Then make the paper-pieced hexagons and bundle them into little stacks with rubber bands (as you can see above), then start sewing them together. Lather, rinse, repeat. By the time I finish this whole stack of cut hexies, I’ll have 36 flowers sewn.

GFG update

I also finally laid them out on my bed today, to get at least a vague idea of how many flowers I need to make. It’s only a basic estimate, and doesn’t really count the amount that I’ll want to hang over the sides of my bed, but as a start, it looks like I’ll need to make 70 flowers. In theory, it’ll actually be more than that, but that’s a good number to aim for. This is actually not nearly as bad as I’d expected! Once I finish all those cut hexagons, I’ll be about halfway finished – with the flowers, at least. That’s, like, 5 years ahead of my estimate. Sweet!

But. (There’s always one in every project, isn’t there?) My flower estimate is based on one round of white hexgons as the garden path. Like this one. But if you look at my GFG Pinterest Board, you can see that’s not the only option for the path, and I’m suddenly not sure what I like best! Double-white path? Diamonds between whites? Aaak, too many choices! At least I know I can keep making flowers for a while before I have to decide. What do you guys think?

4 Comments on GFG Progress

  1. pam
    July 6, 2013 at 21:35 (5 years ago)

    This post is just plain eye candy!!!

    As to your question – honestly, Julie, when you are to tat point – the quilt will tell you what it wants.

  2. Jessica
    July 7, 2013 at 00:11 (5 years ago)

    the single path is my fav, but i agree, keep making the flowers and it will become clear :)

  3. Paloma
    July 22, 2013 at 05:10 (5 years ago)

    Hi Julie! Your flowers are so beautiful! I started basting my hexies last week, and I’m over 300 1″ hexagons! I’m so excited about them that I can’t really decide which arrangement to choose. I’m want them to ‘talk’ to me so that I can decide which path I will take. I agree with you, this kind of quilt may take very long. But no hurries, right?

    • julie
      July 22, 2013 at 19:44 (5 years ago)

      Aw, thanks so much, Paloma!! I can’t believe you’ve made so many so quickly – they’re so addictive, aren’t they?! :) I’ll keep watch on your blog to see how they come along!


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