A few weeks ago I treated myself to this wonderful book which documents some of the surviving quilts dating back to convict times that are here in Australia.
Then reading a quilting magazine a few days later I discovered that some of the quilts from the book were on display at an art gallery in Ispwich which is only about 2 hours from where I live, so I started to plan my visit.
Then when I was in my local quilt shop The Patchwork Angel to find a 'must have fabric', I found some friends of mine who had already visited the exhibition and who had fallen in love with one of the beautiful grandmothers flower garden quilts that was on display (although not in the book). The girls are now busy making their own versions of the magnificent quilt, I only had my camera phone to use, so I apologise for the quality of the photos.
These little flowers are made from 1/2" hexagons and are so sweet and attractive. Here the girls were laying them out on a variety of creamy backgrounds trying to decide which one to use.
Prior to stitching each hexagon flower together they string the little hexagons in groups on a length of thread with a button at the end to keep them safe, it looks so cute just like that.
Last weekend Vince and I made the trip to Ispwich, the quilts were amazing and well worth the trip. We were not allowed to take photos, so nothing for show and tell sorry.......
My friend Sue who specialises in English paper piecing and produces a wonderful variety of pre cut paper shapes which are sold in stores around the world sweetly brought me a starter pack of 1/2" hexagons so I too can begin my grandmothers flower garden quilt.