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dustyfro
« on: August 07, 2007 04:02:42 AM »

When I was little, my babysitter had a quilt on her bed with thousands of little hexagons.  Now that I know that this is the Grandmother's Flower Garden, I want to make one, 20 years later.  I've been looking around online, but haven't been able to find a simple template for the pieces.  I wish I could find something like in a PDF that I could just print out and cut, one for the fabric and one for the paper on the inside of the hexagon for paper piecing (I've never done paper piecing).

Does anyone know of a website with this kind of thing?  Or is there a kit that I can find at JoAnn Fabric?  I don't know if I'll be able to find it at a store because it's such an old pattern, not new and snappy.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007 04:36:18 AM »

Hello.
I can't help you with a template, but look at this groovy tutorial on how to sew the hexagons together! I think a plastic template from the quilt shop would be the best thing to cut them out, but I remember my mum using cardboard from the cornflakes box...
In this tute the author says she buys the paper hexagons cut out and ready to sew, sounds like a timesaver.
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2007/03/tutorial-on-english-paper-piecing.html
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lorky
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2007 06:16:37 AM »

I love those quilts but yes, it seems like a looootttttt of work.  I'm too anxious to put the time and patience into one of those.

Best of luck!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2007 04:22:49 PM »

I went and had a look at the link. The quilt looks cool, and the fact that you can hand sew it is a bonus. When I get my courage up I might give this a try. Cheesy
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bananabanana
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2007 01:44:17 AM »

It does look like a lot of work, but I think it must be a "put up and put down" sort of project, where you can take a little pile of hexagons along with you wherever you go and do a few each day. You can do a few while you wait for a bus, and a few more at the doctor's waiting room, and a few more while you watch tv. So it gradually builds up over time. with much waiting!
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twylag
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2007 05:38:35 AM »

ooh !! I *love* love love these kinds of quilts and have been looking for layouts forever.  If you know of one that isn't "circular" or randomly placed, do show me.  I did find a pdf template for a hex as well .. so I'll dig around in my files to see if I saved it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2007 01:08:22 PM »

http://www.ciaspalette.com/patterns/06/englishhexagons.html

That is a how-to with a pdf template and some example layouts.  Who loves me forever now! 

I am going to start one of these and I BOUGHT a package of die cut paper pieces from www.paperpieces.com.  I'm listening to the collective gasp of craftster - where is your DIY spirit???  I'm not sure why, but buying the pre-cut papers just helped me get my mind around it.  I have not sewed a stitch yet, though, so I can't say for sure if I like the papers I bought or not, but I saw that site recommended somewhere.

Anyway - Grandmother's-Flower-Garden-Along anyone???
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2007 12:25:03 AM »

Oh wow, that is AMAZING!  Math wins!  That's exactly what I was looking for.  Thank you!  I'll craftalong with you...um, after I move at the end of the month.  The last thing I need is another project in another box that I need to keep track of.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007 05:27:11 AM »

just out of curiosity .. why are these always paper pieced?  Why can't you just sew them together and twek ahte corners on the backside like a square?
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 11:31:52 AM »

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=illinoistest-a0a0b6-a

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=illinoistest-a0a1e9-a

These are both hexagon quilts.  They make me cry with how cool they are.  I don't know which is cooler, the design, or that they were pieced by a man who was an explosives handler at a quarry.
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