Thursday, November 14, 2019

EASY Grandmother's Garden Quilt

I've always wanted to make a Grandmother's Garden quilt, but thinking of all those y-seams or hand piecing made me a bit crazy....SO....I used my AccuQuilt Half-Hexagon GO die!!! 
PS - I totally love my AccuQuilt GO cutter and it's on sale if you need a Christmas gift idea ;) - check out all the AccuQuilt cutters here.

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Okay - back to my EASY Grandmother's Garden Quilt with the absolutely GORGEOUS A Little Bit of Sparkle fabric by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs. Do you see the metallic sparkle - LOVE it! I definitely had to make large flowers as I wanted to show off these fabric prints!!!

Seriously - A Little Bit of Sparkle is a stunning fabric collection of prints!!! 


I'm thinking that you want to know how I made my EASY Grandmother's Quilt without Y-seams.... let's share my mini tutorial! 
PS - Who else loves the fall leaves?!?!?

EASY Grandmother's Garden Quilt 53.5" x 63.5" 

 A. Supplies: (clickable links below)

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B. Cutting:

Scrappy Cutting with 10" Squares 


Flower Garden Cutting from yardage
  • Quick Cutting option: Cut (12) Half-Hexagons with your AccuQuilt GO! Half Hexagon 4 1/2" Sides Die from each 2/3 yard fabric print.  This will give you a total of 192 half-hexagons, but don't worry - you can use the left over half-hexagons to make a mini quilt or table runner! NOTE: If you prefer tidy cutting - Cut each 2/3 yard print into (2) 9 1/2" x WOF strips, then cut your (12) half-hexagons. Each 9 1/2" X WOF strip can cut (8) half hexagons.  
  • Exact Cutting option: Calculate how many half-hexagons of each color you will need and cut with AccuQuilt GO! Half Hexagon 4 1/2" Sides Die.  Each full flower requires (12) half-hexagons for petals and (2) half-hexagons for center.  The total quilt requires 162 half-hexagons.
  • Cut (6) 2.5" x WOF binding strips.

Don't worry - it's super quick to cut the half-hexagons as your AccuQuilt does all the work for you! Plus you can cut 6 layers of fabric at a time - yay!

C. Quilt Assembly:

  • Arrange your half-hexagons in your desired layout. Don't worry about the hexagon edges on the quilt sides, we will be trimming them off. No need to panic- it's just a tiny bit of trimming off so there isn't much waste at all. 
  • Layout should be (9) half hexagon across (horizontal) and (18) half hexagons down (vertical).
D. Sewing:
  • Begin sewing horizontal rows together. Sew (2) half-hexagons short sides, right sides together with 1/4" seam. AccuQuilt has already trimmed the corners of your blocks so they are easy to line up and sew together. Continue until entire horizontal row has been sewn together.
Row 1

Row 2
  • Continue sewing all (18) horizontal rows as shown above. Be careful to pay attention to placement of half-hexagons.
  • Next sew Row (1) and Row (2) together with a 1/4"seam. I did pin each point as I like perfect points :).
  • Repeat sewing rows together in numerical order until quilt top is complete.
E. Trimming Quilt
  • Using a ruler - trim the edges of the hexagons on the left and right edges of the quilt. I trimmed  at the intersection of the two fabrics. This will give your quilt straight edges and it will be so much easier to bind. See diagram below:

F. Quilt and Bind as desired

You did it! Now you have an EASY Grandmother's Garden Quilt with the gorgeous A Little Bit of Sparkle fabric to enjoy!!! Plus hooray for NO y-seams or hand sewing!!!

I chose to back my quilt with Riley Blake Designs Small Black Gingham Check - it's definitely my "go-to" backing print!!!

Plus I love the A Little Bit of Sparkle Arrow print for the binding! Yes - I chose black metallic!

Okay - I have to share two last photos of my EASY Grandmother's Garden Quilt because a gorgeous quilt with fall leaves is a must!

Plus don't forget your AccuQuilt GO! Half Hexagon 4 1/2" Sides Die for easy cutting AND piecing!

If you make the EASY Grandmother's Garden Quilt - be sure to tag me as I would love to see it!
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1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful Melanie!! Love the spot of colour the black fabrics bring inside of those delicious pink prints. Love, love Riley Blake Designs ginghams - especially the smaller checks. I've been using this same black gingham as binding on quite a few recent quilt projects, that I have yet to show :)!


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