Many years ago, I hand-pieced this HUGE quilt. It’s pictured on a queen-size bed and hangs over the sides about 18″.
I am hand-quilting the entire thing myself, so it is a work-in-progress, for sure. I like using a hoop because it’s totally portable.
I am stitching-in-the-ditch around each of the units that make up the Drunkard’s Path blocks. I really like the way that makes each piece stand out.
And I’ve stitched -in-the-ditch around each flower and quilted a line 1/4″ inside each hexagon..
My dilemma is quilting in the open spaces around the Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks.
I had originally decided to do concentric rounded squares.
But, I quilted one square with that pattern and hated it. The rounded squares looked completely out of place and did nothing to enhance the flower. I picked out all of those tiny stitches! UGH!
So, I’ve been trying out some different quilting patterns to see which I like best.
I used some kitchen plastic wrap, the kind with a sticky back that you can finger-press it around the edges of the bowl and it stays. I laid that over the block and doodled with a fine-point marker.
Here’s one idea. Concentric hexagons.
Or, I thought I’d continue the hexagons of the Grandmother’s Flower Garden, making a sort of honeycomb effect. And, I thought about adding a line of stitching 1/4″ inside the drawn hexagons, but, I don’t know, that just doesn’t really appeal to me.
Would you stop the design at the edges of the block? I thought about continuing it to the edges of the Drunkard’s Path pieces, but it may bug me if the hexagons don’t fit together when they meet at the pieces. I do not want to pick all of those stitches out!!!!!
I need some fresh perspectives.
That’s why I have written this post. I’m asking for some suggestions.
How would YOU quilt this?
Please, leave me a comment and share your ideas.
3 thoughts on “How Would You Quilt this?”
Oh that is just beautiful! Cannot believe you hand-pieced it all….so pretty! I am reminded of a grandmother’s flower garden quilt I think you had at a ballgame way back when the kids played ball and I think it had been your mother’s or grandmother’s maybe. I admired it and have always wanted to make one….but never have. No ideas on the quilting as I don’t do that myself. Have always had mine long-armed by someone else. Will be gorgeous whatever you decide on I’m sure. Can’t wait to see what others suggest. Thanks for sharing this one with us.
I think that adding feathering around the hexagons would work and look great. Feathers can be in a circle, rectangle or squarish pattern so you could design them to suit. I think they would show off your quilting and the gorgeous quilt you have made. Another suggestion would be a consult with a machine quilter and ask her opinion on what to quilt. If they do custom work then they would have different ideas than myself or yourself. Have a great day.
I hadn’t thought of feathers. I like it! I’ll have to doodle some examples. I have a friend who does custom quilting using her computer containing thousands of patterns. I’ll definitely pay her a visit!