Memorial Day Tribute

We wanted to do something special to pay tribute to our military family.  To all those who have died and those who are now serving, we say a special “Thank You” .

We will be closed on Memorial Day. 

Sherbet Pips!

When you were young, did you enjoy swinging from a tree, riding a scotter or playing catch with your dog?  This new fabric from Moda, Sherbet Pips, brings us this fun new fabric with its playful motifs in a bright color palette of cotton candy blue, scooter gray, vanilla and bubble gum pink.   We have had so much fun with this fabric.  Debbie used a charm pack, a bella solid in gray and the fun geometrical print to make this cute blanket for the crib.  I have just discovered hexagons and wanted to try to make the century old hexagon quilt block.  I found the pattern, Flower Garden Sham, in the new Fresh*Quilting book and thought “How cute would this be in the Sherbet Pips fabric!”  Watch for her new line coming in September!

Greta from the Book – “3 Times a Charm”

 

Flower Garden Sham from the Book “Fresh*Quilting”

 

Honeycombs! Hexagons! Grandmother’s Flower Garden!

English Paper Piecing is finding it’s way back!

An old favorite with a new twist.  One of our customers, Shelly Overholt, was inspired by the “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” pattern.  At the time, I couldn’t believe she wanted to sit and hand piece these small tiny hexagons together to make a pillow.  It wasn’t long after she started, I came to understand how one could get so excitied.   She wanted to create a honey-comb to use on a pillow with the English Paper Piecing templates using yellow and gold fabrics.   I think the completed project is just fantastic. 
 
Now it seems, looking through many of the new quilting magazines, the hexagon template is making a comeback, not in a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt, but on pillows, purses and pincushions, wall hangings and even t-shirts.   
 
The pattern can be traced back to 18th century Hexagon Quilts, with names such as the honeycomb or six sided patchwork.  The pattern was brought to America by immigrants from England.  Historians believe that the hexagon pattern might be one of the oldest pieced quilting patterns. 
 
English paper piecing is a method using a hexagon template cut out of paper or light cardboard.  Squares are cut out of fabric and shaped around each hexagon template,  then basted.  Each hexagon is then pieced together by hand, using a whipstitch.  If the quilter is careful after she finishes sewing them together, she might be able to take some of these hexagon templates out to be used again.    
If you would like to download your own templates, click here.
 
We would love to post your Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilts, Honeycombs or Hexagon projects on our Flicker Page.  Send your name and a 4 x 6 inch picture (no larger than 300 pixels per inch) to toni@okquiltworks.com
 
 
These lovely antiques were a gift to Debbie from a member of a quilt guild back in California.  What a treasure to receive a whole box of Grandmother’s Flower Garden rosette’s.
 
 
 Willie Ruth’s, Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  She is making a whole quilt using this lovely pattern.  Can’t wait to see this when it is done!
 
 

Some new ideas for English Paper Piecing

Fresh*Quilting

 
 
The Honeycomb Hexagon Quilt, pattern found on  page 143. 
 
 

Stitch – Special Issue

The Hexagon Beach Bag, pattern found on page 62.
 
 

101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts 2011

 
The Linen Coin Purse , Patchwork Needle Case & Little Patchwork Pillow