this week for grandma julie's treasure chest tuesday i've selected this vintage flower garden quilt made by my grandma farmer. this was one of a pair made by grandma and i remember one of them was always on the twin bed in her spare bedroom. the flower garden pattern is also known as grandmother's flower garden or french rose garden. i've always loved all the tiny hexagon shapes that are pieced together to form the larger hexagons.
i did a little research and this pattern was revived in the 1920's from the hexagon mosaic pattern from the 1830's. in the late 1920's there was an american quilt revival which incorporated a new color palette of pastel prints. quilts made from these fabrics are sometimes referred to as depression quilts. the flower garden quilt pattern is supposedly still the most popular quilt pattern today.
my grandma, fannie cain farmer, was born in 1904. her mother, zora ballenger cain, was a quilter and i assume grandma learned the art from her mother. i wish i knew at what point in her life grandma started quilting and about what year she made this quilt of mine. i remember there was always a quilt hoop or rack near grandma's chair in the living room where she and grandpa read and watched tv. she had 17 grandchildren and each of us received at least one hand-pieced and quilted blanket from her. she did all the cutting and sewing herself unlike many women who enjoyed the piecing part but then would pay someone to do the quilting.
i bought this quilt at the sale my parents had in the summer of 2007. you can read about it here.
the second quilt of grandma's that i own is the fannie's flag pattern. it is a delightful quilt, but oh, let's save that one for another tuesday, shall we?