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The Rescue Quilts – #14 – Grandmother’s Flower Garden – The Red & Mint One – Quilt Reveal

The Rescue Quilt series is about finishing up quilt tops that were never completed.  

The goal is to honor the quilt maker who made the quilt top by completing their project, to not waste good craftsmanship (usually done by hand), to ogle long ago yummy fabrics, and to breathe in a little old inspiration and make it new again.  

You can view all parts of this series here.

Want to get started on finishing your own Rescue quilts?  Here are a few articles to get you started:

Well, I don’t think I’ve ever been more pleased with a rescue quilt than I am with this one.  There’s a few things that have really stood out on it for me.

First the top is just amazing.  Kudos to the quilter who made it.  I hope the maker would be pleased with how I’ve finished it up.  Making a GFG quilt in just four colors is now on my bucket list to do.  In fact, I’ve already chosen my colors.  🙂  Bet you can guess what colors I’d choose.

Second, the quilting pattern was a gamble since I’d never tried it before, but I love the look of it.  I don’t have a tutorial for it yet.  I was thinking on calling it Pothos or Poison Ivy.  Not sure yet, but it’s definitely a type of vine.  Let me know if you have any thoughts.

Lastly, why I’m loving this quilt so much is that backing.  Oh my goodness!  If you haven’t put satteen on the back of one of your quilts yet, DOOOOOO ITTTTT!  The drape is amazing, the silkiness!  Ah, I’m in love with it.

I wrote about this quilt top that I found here if you need to catch up.

When I received the top in the mail a few weeks ago, I was gushing over the sheen on the cotton and wondering what the material was.  I knew it was cotton, but why did it shimmer?  Many of you responded telling me that in the 50’s and 60’s this was called “polished cotton” and it was very common to find in quilt shops.  Thanks for letting me know!

I didn’t realize how dingy the quilt actually was before until after I washed it after I finished her up.  Now it all looks so clean and refreshing.

Don’t mind me, I’ll just be snuggling under this for the next bit.  🙂

Here’s a better look at that backing.  It’s this fabric, by the way.  It’s as if Bonnie & Camille made it just for this top!

If you’ve never handled cotton satteen before it’s very similar to lawn.  Slinky, but as easy to work with as regular quilting cotton.  It feels really nice on the skin.  We have several bolts of it in the shop here.  All the Moda widebacks are satteen.

I took the time to chunky hand bind this quilt too.  I used a silver thread so it’s a bit subtle.

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Quilt Details:

Pattern – Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Size – 71×84″

Hexagons – 2.5″

Top Fabrics – Rescue quilt

Backing FabricsBlooms in Aqua

BindingStripe in Persimmon

Batting – Warm and Natural batting by the Warm Company

Thread – So Fine by Superior in Blizzard for piecing, Microquilter in baby pink for quilting

Techniques UsedFree motion quilting, chunky hand stitch binding.

StatusThis quilt is for sale here.

That’s one down and I’ve got five more to go.  I went on a rescue spree a few weeks back.  And, uh…. all but one are GFG quilts.  🙂  I gotta thing for them,  you know.


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  1. This quilt is SO BEAUTIFUL! It has a stained glass appearance…and that backing fabric! The quilter was an artist, and so are you. Question: did you fill in the hexagonal edges with white to make it even for binding? or was the vintage cloth too hard to match? Curious quilter!

    1. I didn’t. This is exactly how the quilter made it. There was half hexagons along the edges. It was as if the quilter made it this way because they knew it would make it easier to bind. 🙂

  2. What pen do you use on your quilt labels? I am planning a signature quilt as a wedding present/guest book. I want to make sure I buy pens that will last through many years.

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