Kathy over at Sewing Etc. hosts this HQAL (Hand Quilt A-Long) and I enjoy it so much. She has asked us to tell a little about our project. I am working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I chose this pattern because I have wanted to make one for a very long time. I discovered Kathy’s HQAL and decided that this was the perfect time to start and use it as my HQAL project. I had bookmarked several pages of ideas This one is the one that gave me the idea to embroider all the way around the edges of the hexagons, this one I really like the layout of, and I like this idea for embroidering on the individual hexis. I bought a book of miniature flower embroidery patterns at a garage sale to use as a reference. Right now, though, I am just making the hexis and sewing them together. I’m sure I’ll do something in the middle of the yellow hexi for each of the flowers – I’m not sure what I will do. I go back and forth between something super simple (a flower outline) and something more complicated (sort of like this one – a little flower garden on each one). I have time to figure it out! I work on this project most nights (after dinner and clean up) while my husband and I watch our shows. I did not work on it every night – I have been tired lately and have been going to bed a little earlier than usual. Also, for a bit I had lost my stitching mojo for this. I’m not sure why that happens, but I have it back for now! Without further ado, this is the flower I worked on for this three week update.
I have a few of these flower now and some of them are even connected together with a green row of hexis. I stopped connecting them when I started making the pieced hexis. I am enjoying the pieced ones immensely, but I want to intersperse them with the ones that are not pieced so I am waiting to get more flowers done to see how I want to lay them out in the quilt. Please take a look at the other stitchers participating in this HQAL, they are a very talented group!
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
I am also liking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday. This is definitely a slow stitch project. I really enjoy slow projects that take time to complete. I like working on something day by day and seeing it grow. I find it relaxing to stitch on and old “friend”. That’s not to say I don’t like a super quick project now and then as well!