This is another story of quilt top rescue by a customer. (See 9/14/2012 post.) John’s grandmother pieced the hexagon flower panel by hand in the 1930’s. She most likely intended to make a full size bed quilt but, like many busy quilters, shelved the patchwork in favor of more pressing home sewing projects. John’s mother recently found the panel among her sewing supplies and, knowing John’s penchant for having antique quilt tops finished, gave it to him. Believing it would be a fantastic memento of grandmother’s handwork, John commissioned me to finish the quilt for his daughter.
For the border, John selected solid red, a close match of the central hexagon in each flower. I used a neutral shade of silk thread to repair some unstitched seams (1/8″ seam allowance) and to applique the “Field of Flowers” panel to the red border fabric. After completing the applique, I cut away the excess red fabric behind the pieced panel. I machine quilted feather sprays in the border with red thread, a very traditional quilting design. But I quilted a modern wavy spiral flower in each of the patchwork flowers with taupe thread.
In analyzing the fabric placement in the quilt, I notice that the central red hexagon is surrounded by a solid fabric. The third ring is a print. All the prints touch each other and give the appearance of flowers blooming riotously in a field.
This is in contrast with the arrangement of fabrics in a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt made by my grandmother: each hexagon flower is surrounded by solid white, and there is a dark green garden path between all the flowers.
Two grandmothers, two hexagon quilts, each unique and priceless.