Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Flower Garden Quilt

I don't think I know where to start writing here on my blog.  It has been a long time and a very eventful few months.  I have been trying to focus on completing some projects that have been here waiting for me to finish.  The one I am going to share today was begun in 2002.  I thought long and hard about making the effort but settled on finishing.

There is a story behind this quilt.  For many years I worked in outreach service for the local library system.  I delivered library service to people in their homes once a month and that is where I met Joan.  She was disabled but continued to make beautiful needlework and quilts.  I always enjoyed my monthly visit bringing the latest quilting books and magazines and books on tape for her to listen to while sewing.  She encouraged me to give quilting a try and suggested this Block of the Month from Newport Quilt called "The Flower Garden Quilt."  Looking at the mailers I can see that I received the first of my blocks in January of 2002.  I started off great and completed about 4 blocks.  This April, 2020 I decided that it was time to finish.  Some of the blocks were difficult for me but I kept at it and tried not to worry about perfection, that was not going to happen with this quilt.

This is a look at what our hallway looked like while I was in the middle of this process.

The little butterflies block proved to be one of the more difficult blocks.  Many pieces of these blocks were cut from templates I made with freezer paper. 

I do love the finished quilt and am ready to move on to a new/old project.  This quilt is quite large and I don't think I have backing fabric.  I would love to get this sent out to be quilted.  I can't wait to go to a fabric shop and just browse.  Happy sewing!


  1. I am so glad you finished this beauty! It’s truly beautiful...

  2. A lovely story about a beautiful quilt. Well done!

  3. What a wonderful memory for your beautiful quilt. I hope you can get out soon to find the perfect backing for it.

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