Back last fall I quilted a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt for my friend, Imogene.
Imogene lives in the town I grew up in, and was a friend of my parents. You can read an article I wrote about Imogene and her husband, Chet, over on The Life of Hazel Ilene’s blog HERE.
Imogene is a quilter, and does all her piecing by hand. She hand pieced this giant Flower Garden quilt out of hexagons!
And here’s what she did to each flower, which was even more work — little 3-D petals surrounding each center — amazing!
The flowers are made from scraps from the sewing she did while her sons were growing up, and from sewing she has done for her grandchildren. She can point out what each fabric is from, and tell you what she made from it, and who it was for. This is a real memory quilt!
This particular block is one of my favorites. The fabrics are scraps from an Uncle Sam costume that she made for their son, Mike, to wear in the annual Callao Harvest Fiesta parade one year!
There are a lot of flowers in this quilt!
I kept the quilting fairly simple, and outlined the first inner round of each flower, and did a swirl in the very center of each flower. I had to be careful around the 3-D centers and not get them trapped down by the stitching. I put concave lines in each flower frame, filled the path with outlining, and put some swirls and other designs in the outer borders.
I did a knife-edge binding on it for her. It’s a loooong way around this king-sized quilt!
Imogene is worried that since there is only one of these quilts, and she has two sons, which one of them will get this memory quilt when she’s gone? To remedy that issue, she’s started another one! She did say that she’s not getting as fancy with the 3-D centers on this next one, however. I think that’ll be a good way to tell them apart, and each son will have a quilt of his own for his family someday!