How Would You Quilt this?

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?

  1. Helen Glover says:

    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.

  2. Beth Polvino says:

    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.

    • lookoutmountainquilter says:

      Hi Beth,
      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!

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