History · Quilting

Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt #11 ~ Shooting Star

When the Nancy Page Quilt club met to work on the eleventh flower basket block they found Sally was their hostess. She laid before them pieces of figured lavender in an old-time Calico pattern. The colors were fast, a most Important factor in making a quilt as lovely as this one. Then there were pieces of vivid yellow and soft green. It was easy to say the green was for stems and loaves, but what flower used lavender and yellow? Even when they saw the pattern they were mystified.

“Well, I didn’t know you were so dumb. That’s a shooting star, related to the marigold and cowslip. But when this flower opens the petals bend back until only the golden centre is visible. This looks like the gold of a star, so they call it the shooting star.” “Fair enough,” said Nancy, “let’s get to work.”

The newspaper pattern was pasted to light weight cardboard or tag-board with library paste and dried under pressure.

Then it was cut in to its various parts with a sharp scissors. The petals all use the same pattern, so one petal cut six times will give the necessary number.

Cut petals, centers and leaves with a quarter inch allowance for seams. Cut the stems from a bias piece of green. Cut it twice as wide as pattern and fold buck raw edges until they meet on underside. Baste in place and press.

Using the small Insert as a guide for the placement of the pieces pin them in place. Then baste them.

The upper two petals of each flower are overlaid on the under one and appliqued in place with fine invisible hemming stitches.

By this time the members all knew that it was best to have the pieced basket block ready before they put in the flowers. The handle was appliqued in the triangle of white which made the upper half of the basket block. Having the handle in place made it easier to get the flowers centered correctly.

Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
09 Feb 1929, Sat  •  Page 22

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

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