Loose Threads: Grandmother's Flower Garden Blocks from My Mom

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Grandmother's Flower Garden Blocks from My Mom

My Mom passed away in August of 1996.  I woke up yesterday morning missing her more than I have in awhile, and I'm not sure why.  It was Labor Day weekend - not her birthday or a major holiday or the day she and my Dad got married.  It was just one of those days.   I started wondering where the Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks were that she left me.  She made enough blocks to make a quilt for my son and daughter-in-law.  She put their top together and paid someone to hand quilt it for them, and they have it on their bed.  She became too ill to finish a quilt for my daughter, so she left me the blocks and asked that someday I put the top together for her and see that it was finished.  

These are some of the blocks that she made.  At one time I started sewing the white around some of the blocks.
These are all the blocks.  I counted over 100.  I found a note she had stuck in a bag that said 55 full blocks and 10 half blocks so there are more than enough here for two quilts. 
And, if I run short of blocks, she had cut out block kits and put them together.  There were several cardboard templates in one of the bags.  Each hexagon was traced and cut out with scissors.
And, I had forgotten that I also have my Grandma Halterman's flower garden blocks and block kits.  She was born in 1888 and died in 1980.  She made flower garden quilts for her 7 children, and one for me since I was her youngest Granddaughter.  The quilt she made me is the one in my blog banner.   I don't believe she bought much fabric.  Her fabrics were cut from her old print dresses or "housecoats". 
I have a feeling that this little cardboard box of hexagons and block kits was her entire "stash". 
This is the last in a long line of fleece blankets I've crocheted around to donate to Project Linus.
Hope you are busy stitching!!!!!!

13 comments:

Maria said...

Yes sometimes I just miss my Mum out of the blue too. You are so lucky to have the her hexagons to sew together as a lasting memento of her.
Oh I I can't believe you also still have some of your Grand Mothers. How lovely.
The polar fleece blankies are so good for charity ones. Nice and cuddley.

Susan said...

Oh what wonderful history you have there.

Mary Lou Casada said...

Oh! I know those poignant moments when missing my mom is like a physical ache! Some things only a mother "gets" -- I guess we are the mothers now, huh!? I did a post a while back on "Legacy Quilting" here: http://cheaperthantherapyquilting.blogspot.com/2010/08/legacy-quilting.html
From your generous spirit (Isn't Project Linus great!?) to the beauty of your quilts, I'm guessing your mom left you way more than quilt pieces!
Blessings,
Mary Lou

judith lockhart said...

What beautiful flower garden blocks! That is a quilt my grandmother made also. You have an interesting blog. My mother just passed away last November and I do miss her so. Guess you always do!

limpingalong said...

What a wonderful legacy of love, to have the hexies made by your Mom and Grandmom. I believe you will have many memories come to mind while working on them! I know I have two quilts that my paternal Grandmother made -- small ones -- more lap quilt size. One is Sunbonnet Sue and the other is a double wedding ring. The Sunbonnet Sue has embroidery around the bonnet bands. I treasure them!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, you lucky, lucky girl! I love GFG quilts -- the one in your header is beautiful. I'd like to make one someday. Sorry I missed your comment on my blog (I always try to respond to them) -- for some reason wordpress isn't forwarding all of my comments to my e-mail, so I'm not seeing them all. I wish I could figure out what causes the problem!

Linda said...

What a wonderful gift your Mom left for you to finish. I also make blankets for Project Linus...it's a wonderful charity!

Renee said...

Oh my. Those are lovely, priceless pieces you have there. You are so lucky to have those "pieces" of your family. As another poster stated, working with those will bring back lots of fond memories for you I'm sure. I hope finding them brought you some peace when your heart was needing it most. Take care. Awesome Dear Jane too by the way.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The block are just so beautiful, I am sure you Mum will be there with you and you put these all together..

Karen said...

Lots of beautiful flowers, what a special flower garden they will make!

Hanne said...

Your hexagons are absolutely drop dead lovely LuAnn! Wish I could touch them in real life!

Lively Momma said...

I just inherited my husbands great grandmothers half finished "flower Garden" hexagon blanket. The blocks are all complete, and half of them are pieced together..... I want to finish it for my husband, I know it would mean a lot to him as we are expecting a little girl right now. I can't seem to find a tutorial for how to finish joining the blocks together. ( they look like your first picture with the white hexagons as the last row ) Is it best to just hand sew? or is it possible to use the machine? Any help is appreciated. Thank yoU!!

Lively Momma said...

my email is lively125@hotmail.com

Sorry I forgot to add that to my last message. (you don't have to post that public) Thank you!

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