Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt is my most favorite quilt block!  Not just because it’s stunning, looks so classic, and is so appealing to the eye.  I have a story about the flower garden quilt pattern.

As a young girl, I often spent the night at my grandma’s house.  I would get dressed in my nightgown, and grandma and I would crawl in bed to talk before I fell asleep.

I remember her covering us with a beautiful old quilt with huge flower shapes made of hexagons on it.  I would trace the hexagons as we quietly talked, looking at all of the different fabrics that made the beautiful flowers.

My grandma has since passed away, and I wanted to make a replica of her grandma's flower garden quilt as soon as I became a quilter.  Sadly, the quilt has disappeared.  Other quilts of my grandmother’s are living quiet lives at my aunts’ homes, but no one seems to remember the flower garden quilt that I loved so much.

History of Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

This flower garden quilt pattern is an example of a mosaic quilt.  Mosaic quilts were being made as early as the end of the 1700’s. The hexagon shape was a popular mosaic shape because of its versatility in creating designs.

The oldest hexagon template was found in England and dates to 1770.  This simple geometric shape offered the quilter great flexibility.

In the 1930’s, quilters became interested in the revival of these old hexagon quilts, and Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt pattern sprung to life. This quilt design is also known as “honeycomb”.

Quilt found in Antique Store in Indianapolis Chris found this quilt in an Antique Store in Indianapolis

English Paper Piecing

The hexagon pieces are most often joined together with the English Paper Piecing technique.  This is done by hand, with hexagon paper patterns inside of the fabric hexagon to make it possible to have sturdy fabric hexagons to sew together.

English paper piecing is different from modern paper piecing as modern paper piecing is done with a sewing machine. 

Many quilters today like this old method of English Paper Piecing.  It is time consuming, but it assures that the pieces are sewn together accurately.  Another advantage of English Paper Piecing is that it is easy to pick up and take on the go.

Look for other English paper piecing designs and patterns ideas!

As you scroll down this page, many articles, patterns, and examples of Grandmother’s Flower Garden can be found.  Be sure to check them out.  There are a lot of tips and tricks to make this lovely quilt!

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

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A Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

Follow along with Red Pepper Quilts as they make a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. Includes instructions. Red Pepper Quilts

Accquilt Go! Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Pattern

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Create a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt with your sewing machine, Accuquilt Go! and this free pattern. Affiliate Link to Accuquilt

Classic 1" Hexagon Single Ring Grandmother's Flower Garden Pattern (FREE PDF Download) by Paper Pieces®

Downloadable PDF pattern on how to piece a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.

English Paper Piecing Grandmother's Flower Garden Pattern

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Free downloadable PDF Pattern to make a wall hanging. Affiliate Link to Connecting Threads

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Information about Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt history, methods for making a hexagon quilt, layouts for the quilt and how to bind. Free Quilt Patterns from History

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Tutorial on how to sew a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, including a free printable template. There is more than one page, so be sure to click "Page 2" link. The Quilter's Cache


Susie's Scraps shares how she made a grandmothers flower garden quilt with step by step instructions. Susie's Scraps

Grandmother’s Flower Garden: A perennial favorite

Quilting Daily takes you through the history of pieced hexagon quilts. Quilting Daily

Homage to Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

This is not your standard Grandmother's Flower Garden but a crown of blooms encircling the quilt. Katja's Quilt Shoppe

Learn Applique and English Paper Piecing Techniques

Learn Applique and English Paper Piecing Techniques

Need to learn English Paper Piecing? Check out this page with free tutorials.

Make This: Grandmother’s Flower Garden Hexagons by Machine Tutorial

Learn how to assemble hexagons for a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt by machine The Cloth Parcel

No Fuss Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

Make this no fuss hexagon quilt with your Accuquilt Go! Assembly without hand piecing! Favquilts

The Grandmother of Hexagon Quilts

The Grandmother of Hexagon Quilts

Amy Smart shares a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt she found at an antique shop. Diary of a Quilter

The Rescue Quilts – #10 – A Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

Southern Charm Quilts rescues unfinished quilt tops and finishes them up and honoring the original quilt maker. Southren Charm Quilts

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