History · Quilting

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt #13 ~ Morning Glory

 It was Dorothy’s turn to entertain the quilt club. She had been talking to Nancy and had laid out the pieces for the thirteenth block of the quilt. On the work table were pieces of striped pink and white, pieces of rose and of lighter pink, of lavender in two shades, as well as the usual green. Each guest was given the pattern of a morning glory. They were told they could use pink or lavender, making the calyx or lower part a lighter shade.

They laid the pattern on tagboard light weight cardboard, attaching it with library paste and drying the pasted pattern under pressure.

When dry, the outlines were cut with sharp scissors. The stem may be cut in one piece with the leaf appliqued over it or it may be cut in two parts as shown in the picture. Note that both leaves are cut from the same pattern. In cutting flower and leaves make a quarter inch allowance for turning under on all .sides.

In cutting stems use a bias piece of material twice as wide as pattern. Fold raw edges back until they meet at centre back. Baste in place and press with warm iron.

Use darker color for petals and lighter for calyx. Pin pieces ln place as shown In the basket insert. Baste and then fasten to white material with invisible hemming stitches. Work the veining with darker colored fast embroidery cotton.

Dorothy told them the morning glory legend. It seemed that two flowers, the morning glory and honey suckle were once great friends who often climbed the same tree. They were alike in color but the honeysuckle was so sweet that she had many visitors, especially the humming bird. The sun heard her boasting of her many callers and felt sorry for the other. So to the morning glory, she gave dainty pink and purple and striped cheeks. And all the folks who saw them together, said. “Isn’t the honeysuckle sweet, but isn’t the morning glory dainty and pretty as a young girl.”

Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
23 Feb 1929, Sat  •  Page 37

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

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