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Grandmother´s Flower Garden

El jardin de la abuela .

 

One of the best loved vintage quilts is the Grandmother's Flower Garden. These hexagon quilts of bright pastel prints can be found in antique shops, flea markets and attics but very few new ones are made. There is a good reason for this. This is a very labor intensive quilt pattern, usually pieced and quilted by hand.

  

20th Century Grandmother's Flower Garden

Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts bring to mind the Great Depression of the 1930's. We can imagine our own grandmothers busily sewing together one of these lovely quilts using scraps from her scrap basket. Such a quilt would be a cheerful reminder of colorful flower gardens; a much needed lift during hard times. This pattern had become very popular during the 1920s and continued to be a favorite for many years.

 

Roots in 18th Century Hexagon Quilts

This pieced hexagon quilt had roots in England as far back as the 18th century. Immigrants soon brought this pattern to America. Hexagon templates for these quilts have been found that were made around 1770.1 This leads historians to believe that the hexagon pattern might be one of the oldest pieced patterns.

 

The earliest known American made hexagon quilt is dated 1807 while an English hexagon quilt is dated even earlier. It's likely they were made for years before that time as quilts of this era were often not dated and few of the quilts made this early have survived to be enjoyed today.

   

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Taken on January 11, 2008