“Garden Pavers”

16 07 2013

Exciting news! My quilt, “Garden Pavers” is featured in the September/October 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine!

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Compare the quilt on the top of the pile with the blog header above. Regular blog readers have enjoyed a sneak peak of this lap size quilt for an entire year! Now you can view the whole quilt and be inspired make “Garden Pavers” yourself.

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Click here to view the web promotional for my quilt. Notice the link for the web bonus–a free table runner pattern.

This quilt boasts two time saving features:  you can take along the hexagons and circles for hand applique while traveling, chatting with friends, or waiting for appointments, and the rows of large hexagons can be sewn together by machine!

The story behind the quilt:  English Paper Piecing of hexagon quilts is quite popular. I wanted to join the fun, but didn’t want to spend the necessary hours basting fabric to 1″ paper hexagons and hand whipping them together. I surmised that a small hexagon appliqued onto a medium circle which was appliqued onto a large hexagon would, from a distance, look like a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt. And I hoped that the large hexagons could be assembled by sewing machine rather than by hand. Believe it or not, I completed all the hand applique before attempting to prove my theory. Thankfully, the large hexagons are large enough for machine assembly. Try it, you will like it!

Please email me a picture of your “Garden Pavers” quilt or table runner. I would love to share it with blog readers.

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