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My Colourful Grandma’s Flower Garden

A Border in Mind

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At last I’m thinking about an appliqué border for my grandma’s flower garden quilt. Ideas have been percolating in my mind since I started this quilt last year, but I still haven’t made a final plan.

Grandma's flower garden quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorustudio.com

The main panel

I’ve progressed from the main flower garden panel and almost finished the hexagon border (below). I finished the unpicking I started last week and I’m on the final stretch now. Another evening and it will all be done, woohoo!

Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstuido.com

The hexagon borders

The borders I plan to make will hang along the sides of the mattress, so Grandma’s Flower Garden will remain the focus.  I want to design something bold that will frame the quilt top.  There are lots of ways to achieve this, but the first decision to make is whether to go with something geometric or organic.  I could sew a patchwork border, but I think I’d like to practice my needle-turn appliqué instead. It makes sense to go for something with an organic design.

The name ‘grandma’s flower garden’ conjures up lots of ideas itself, but the black background reminds me of an auricula theatre. It’s bright, bold and easy to give it a modern look.

Needle Turn Applique

There’s some wonderful auricula inspiration out there, just look at these images from Pinterest:

I’m thinking about something simplistic in style that will echo the hexagon ‘flowers’ on the top. Last night I started playing with some shapes and I certainly got the bold look I was after! I really enjoyed playing too; it’s the first time in a while I’ve been able to concentrate, which made me happy!

Practicing needle-turn applique. Sewing auriculas. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Auriculas

Practicing needle-turn applique. Sewing auriculas. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Needle turn appliqué detail

Who knows, next week I might have a design worked out!

English Paper Piecing Tutorials for a Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt

If you’d like to have a go at making your own Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt, or maybe try your hand at needle turn appliqué, you might be interested in these tutorials.  They’re ideal for beginners that haven’t tried English paper piecing before.  They’re easy to follow and will give you the inspiration and confidence to make your own Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt. What colours will you choose?
How to make a quilt: tutorial, sewing hexagon rows (English paper piecing), © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

 

How to make a quilt: tutorial, sewing hexagon flowers (English paper piecing), © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

 

How to make a quilt: tutorial, sewing hexagon rows (English paper piecing), © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

 

Needle Turn Applique Tutorial - The Sewing Directory

Have a lovely weekend and happy stitching 🙂

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