If you’ve followed my blog, you probably have heard me talk about my big plans for making a grandmother’s flower garden quilt. It was actually one of my new years list of things to do. And not just any gfg, but an authentic, totally hand pieced, gfg.
Anyway, I have all the fabric, but I’ve had a hard time starting it. I’ve also blogged about the overwhelming-ness of it all. I mean, we’re talking about making over a thousand little hexagons by hand, then sewing them all together by hand. Coming from someone who really doesn’t like to hand sew anything, it kind of makes my head spin.
And there are so many options on how to do it…traditional english paper piecing, piecing with freezer paper, using a plastic template, cutting hexagon shapes vs squares, sewing through your template or not. I just couldn’t get started.
But then I found this on ebay.
It’s a gfg “Class in a Kit”, by Victoria Doolittle. It’s roughly 13 pages of specific instructions, with tons of pictures. Plus, she includes the paper templates and fabric to make a table runner sized gfg. One of the best things, for me at least, is that she includes a partially done rosette. This is good for me because I need to see exactly what it’s supposed to look like, since this whole hand sewing/piecing/hexagon thing is completely foreign to me. I’m a visual kinda girl. Plus, the fabric she includes is 30’s repro, which is the fabric I’ve been planning on using.
So I got really excited when I got it in the mail, and I went out and got a new sewing box just for my gfg creation. Because I’m all about organization, and I’ll take any excuse to get a pretty sewing box. Plus, I knew I was going on that road trip this last weekend, and I had to have something to take it in, right?
So she includes the squares to make 3 rosettes. Plus, she includes 2 squares each of a bunch of other 30’s fabric. But, since you need 6 or 12 hex’s for each rosette, you can’t really do anything with just 2 squares. But I’d be willing to bet money that you can buy more of each of those fabrics from her shop….smart lady.
Anyway, long story short, I still haven’t started it. I couldn’t bring myself to work on it in the car. I don’t know why I have such a block about starting this project.
There is this blog which has given me lots of inspiration. If you like anything hexagon, check it out.