The Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt: A New English Paper Piecing Pattern

01 Nov 2014

Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt

So, if you get into English paper piecing, sooner or later you'll discover the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. It's an old design, dating back to the 1930's, that involves a quilt top pieced entirely from little hexagons, all arranged in a pretty flower pattern.

I loves me some Grandmother's Flower Garden. I've started four of these quilts over the years. But the problem is, making a Grandmother's Flower Garden involves sewing about a thousand hexies together, and I always peter out long before that number.

Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt

…And that's why I designed this pattern. It's my way of getting a beautiful hexie flower quilt, but with way less work.

I decided that I wanted the fun of making the flowers, but stitching a whole mess of plain background hexies to connect them… not so much. And so I figured out this straight-row design. it's reminiscent of how a typical cutting garden of flowers is planted, in wide rows for easy access to the blooms. And it sneakily fills the quilt top with flowers, but without so much hand-stitching.

Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt

For this quilt you need just 18 English paper-pieced hexie flowers, plus some hexie stems to connect them. When you finish the EPP, you machine applique it to a simply-pieced quilt top. Add some quilting and a scrappy pieced binding, and you have it!

I had a wonderful time making this quilt. And best of all, there was never time to get bored. :-)

Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt

Grandmother's Cutting Garden QuiltThe pattern is now available in my shop, and you can get the deeper details of materials and such over there.

It's a bit of a whopper at 48 pages, but I wanted to cover every facet of the EPP and quilt-making processes in a beginner-friendly way. If you've never tried EPP or quilt-making, you can totally make this quilt. If you're an old hand, then you'll just enjoy how quickly it all comes together. Happy Stitching!


now this is a good idea as you say sewing so many hexies is off putting so this is very appealing

Love it!
I agree with your mum, it's perfect for baby quilts! :)

LOVE THIS! And I really love your fabric choices... gorgeous!

I love how graphic this design is with the fabric stripes! And, I love it even more now that I know that only the flowers and the stems are hexies, and not the entire project! I'm going to attempt a hexie project soon (made with large hexagons), and I think it will give me the confidence to try this quilt, so I'm heading over to your shop to purchase it!

Wonderful idea. I will try this one...