Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nonna's Garden

Nonna's Garden is finished!
All 547 bits of hexie goodness.

My Italian grandmothers both had wonderful gardens and I will never forget which flowers each of them planted. Grandma Downstairs (who lived in the flat below us) tended to phlox, daisies, dahlias and an arch of red roses above a statue of the Blessed Mother. The Other Grandma had lilacs, lilies of the valley and clematis on her front porch trellis. Imagine being welcomed to her little house by 2 curtains of purple! They were both handy with a needle or crochet hook, so I think they would be pleased with this tribute to them.

I enjoyed the entire process, from drafting a plan and choosing fabrics to hand piecing at baseball games to machine quilting.

I'm still a little upset that some of the red dye ran, but I'm trying to let it go.

There is a modern Kaffe print on the back and a stone print as the binding, as a nod to the stone walls of New England.

One more gratuitous shot!

Nonna's Garden by the Numbers:
(547) 1/2" hexagons
12" each side
24" widest point to point


Barbara said...

This turned out great! Great tribute to your grandmothers (:

Debbie said...

Wow, that is gorgeous, Tina! And I agree, what a great tribute to your grandmothers! Lovely.

Melinda said...

So gorgeous! You did such a great job!

Geta Grama said...

It's great to see this time consuming project finished, Tina!
Gorgeous! Love your quilting, thank you for inspiration !

Deb said...

What a wonderful commemorative quilt that you have made and able to immortalize both Nonie`s into the design. You done fabulous and now have given me incentive! thanks

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'm sure your grandmas would love this tribute to them - it's brilliant!

lynneUSA said...

it is really lovely - did you use batting as well as backing ?

VivJM said...

This is truly lovely. I think your quilting is perfect.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous quilt and I also adore the quilting. I hope you'll consider joining my monthly hexie linky party - next one is 11/17/12.

dq said...

Can I just say WOW WOW WOW! I adore this quilt!

Carolyn Loewen said...

I love the way you made the green pathway throughout the quilt. It really connects everything. Having the white around each flower makes them pop. Thank you for this great idea.