Thursday, January 31, 2008

With a little help from a friend

I've always wanted to try making a Grandmother's Flower Garden. Libby had posted the stars she's been working on. I commented that I wanted to try one and she emailed me where I could get the papers, gave me suggestions as to size and I was off and running. Now Libby prefers the 1/2" size but I thought....nope no way, I'm not working with something that small. I'm going bigger. I'm going for the 1.5" ones. So I place my order and it arrives days later. I'm excited....I'm ready to start my flower garden. I cut out my patches and proceed to stitch them around these 1.5" papers. After trying 6 or 7 of them with very poor results I"m ready to throw the whole thing in the trash. I should have listened to Libby and gotten the 1/2" ones because they would be much easier to stitch since they are much smaller and easier to handle. I emailed her again telling her of the error of my ways....how I didn't listen to her because Libby really did know best. Being the sweet dear lady that she is she told me not to fret....there really was light at the end of the tunnel. She gave me a few tips and here is my flower. Aren't bloggy friends just the best!!!!


19 comments:

Libby said...

Yippee! *Libby skipping happily all around the room*

Linda said...

Well aren't you the clever girl, and what a sweetie Libby is to help you out. Very pretty flower. How many are you planning on making?????

Teresa said...

I have done some of the paper piecing that you are doing and it is fun and relaxing, but to make an entire quilt, now that would be a challenge. Yours looks absolutely perfect!! Keep up the good work.

Carole said...

Wow, lookin good! Good for you to want to try something new! So, what's you gonna make?

Beth said...

I have a GFG in the making that I have been working on here and there for a few years. They are quite a committment. I'm using the Brandy's mylar templates for mine, I think mine are 1 inch. I am also making mine scrappy 30's, I got bored with the regular way of doing the "flower".

Jeanne said...

Success! How nice of Libby to give you pointers. Good luck with the GFG.

Mar said...

I bought the 1 inch papers at R2CA but now I can't remember how to do it. All I remember is the demo made it look easy. Your's looks great! You'll be whipping them out quickly now.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WOW i would love to make one of those but don't want to tackle it. Way to go!!! Libby's so nice isn't she?

Darlene said...

Looking really great!!!! You'll be whipping more out in no time!

Kim said...

It's funny that you're working on one of these, because I just uploaded photos the other day to my friend Eileen's blog for her of the one she made back in the 60s. If you want to take a look at hers and read about it, here's the link:

http://www.myquiltingporch.blogspot.com/

Vicky said...

I also picked up the 1" papers at Road. I want to get started on this in 2008. Your flower looks gorgeous! (Hugs)

tami said...

Great job!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Your points a piecing are outstanding!! Great job!

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Erin said...

very nice..

Nan said...

Oooooooo, very pretty, Yvonne! Thank goodness for bloggy friends, huh? You'll be making a whole garden full of flowers in no time at all! I can't wait to see them!

Mary said...

It looks great! I love making these little hexagon flowers and have a sew ready to be sewn into a top. Although I love the traditional GFG quilts, I'll applique mine onto a background.

Fiesta said...

I use the plastic templates. you can buy them in bags of 50 for $10.00. you can reuse them and your hexagons will always be perfecto.

Eileen said...

Congradulations, for making your first flower. They didn't have those papers back in the time I made mine. Good luck on doing enough for a quilt.