Working on a lovely old 1930’s (I think) Grandmother Garden quilt. I bought this quilt on eBay many years ago and have been slowly quilting and making a hexagon border for it.
From this !!!!
Edge of the 1930’s quilt, green fabric is very faded by been left in the light or sun for some time and has rust marks on the edges. Wadding is very frayed too.
Over the last week I have concentrated only one repairing and finishing the edges of this quilt, I’ve made 80 hexagons out of washaway freezer paper, 40 I’ve covered and basted in 1930 reproduction fabrics, other 40 I have put behind the outer edge hexagons and sewn the fabric to them.
I’ve hand quilter up to the last row of hexagons.
Wadding goes out past the last hexagons.
Ive not seen this kind of wadding here in OZ it is slightly brushed and feels like a woven cotton fabric.
I’m cutting the wadding back to 1/2 way down the last row of hexagons.
Ive had to resew all the seams on the sides of all the outer hexagons making the hexagons 1/8th smaller as they are to wide and were fluting. then Ive placed washaway freezer templates on the back of each hexagon.
Placing new hexagons for correct placement.
I lay the hexagaons I’ve made for the border along top of the quilt on the last row of hexagons to get the correct placement, pin them together then sew them all together in a chain but keep checking that they are placed correctly.
when all are sewn together pin down on the right side and whip stitch the new hexagons to the prepared last row of hexagons on the border.
Preparing the last row of hexagons on the quilt. Pin the seams over these wash away freezer paper hexagons.
whipped stitched along the top of the hexagaons.
Then flipped the hexagons over to the back and then Walla!!!! a nice finished hexagon border, waiting to be quilted through all the thicknesses two of washaway freezer paper and two of fabric, it is slow as I have to make one stitch at a time. So far I have done two sides of the quilt.
Update at 3pm Wednesday 12th after quilting those wee hexagons on the border for 5 hrs today I have 3 boarders quilted I need to stitch down the turned hexagons and Ive completed 3 sides of the quilt, I need to make 20 more hexagons cut our 40 more washaway freezer paper hexagons and start the last border.!!!! I can see day light at the end of a long long tunnel since I brought this back from the USA 10 years ago.
After quilting a 1/4 of an inch inside all the hexagons I then stitched down around the otter edges of the hexagons so there is no chance of them been caught and lifting.
Showing you what I needed to finish and finished border.
Close up. some of the edges were so frayed I had to make smaller hexagons to fit on to it.
Ive managed to complete this edge of the quilt one more edge to do then I can wash it for the first time in around 80 years LOL
Every stitch I make to finish this quilt for the unknown quilt Im thinking about her.
What wonderful fabrics she was able to choose for this quilt they were not left over scraps. I’m about 1/2 way through quilting all these wee hexagons I’m quilting 1/4 of an inch inside each one so they will be strengthen.
In the garden today.
It started out a dark miserable day not raining but close
About the only splash of colour in the grounds at present
My frogs are disappearing fast in the creeper.
My cat is dry so it must be not raining LOL
After a month this plant is still sending up new purple flowers each day!!!!
Young stag plant self seeded they love the wet climate here.
Been so wet I’m seeing new lichens on the young trees this year.
1 1/2 weeks fronds here ready to be disposed of. Every morning I pick up dead fronds.
Our ground is so wet the ants are using this garden hose to travel across the lawn!!!!!
A ginger I think??? I popped it in here to see if it would grow, to be honest I’m not sure if its ginger or tumric?
Not a very interesting blog this week but I want a record of working on this Grandmothers Garden quilt and this is the best way for me to have it. Thanks for dropping in to my very very wet part of the world at present. Going to link now with Esther Aliu on her WOW or WIP’s today Cheers Glenda