I’m reposting this table, in honor of Mother’s Day and my Grandmother’s May 20th birthday~
I hope you don’t mind seeing it again!
This quilt came by way of my grandmother~
The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but my mother thinks it was quilted by my grandmother’s neighbor and best friend, Mrs. Crute~ known to us as “Crutie” :-)
The hexagon quilt pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
My maternal grandmother, Lottie, was born in 1901. She was one of nine children and raised her three younger brothers after her mother died. She married at the age of 26 (an old maid in 1927!) and attended Elon College (now University) for one year. She passed away in 1993.
I brought my Grandmother’s (x 2 :-) Flower Garden Quilt outdoors to set this table~ in honor of her birthday and to celebrate my reunion with her quilt~
The little hexagons of calico are breathing a deep sigh . . .
. . . enjoying the fresh air and mingling with the other blooms & flower prints on the teacups & china.
My Grandmother’s favorite flowers were roses. I can remember her filling vases after cutting them first thing in the morning.
There are no roses in my garden, but rose-folded napkins are tucked into tea cups along with roses climbing across the china, that once upon a time, belonged to her sister, Eva.
A demitasse spoon, disguised as a silver leaf, is tucked into the rose folds of the napkin~
You can find an easy-to-follow & beautiful tutorial for these rosette folded napkins from Yvonne at StoneGable here.
I piped frosting onto little brownie bites I picked up from Target’s bakery and added some edible (organic!) violas to embellish them for a quick, sweet treat~
My grandmother confessed she never had a tea set and always wanted one, prompting her to buy one for my sister and me to use when we visited.
We have fond memories of her making our breakfast. . . she would serve our juice and scrambled eggs on our little plates and cups.
It’s hard to say who enjoyed it more . . . us eating off of it, or my grandmother playing with it as she prepared our breakfast and served it :-)
And remarkably, after 40 plus years, it is still intact except for one missing saucer and one plate that was painstakingly glued back together many years ago.
Hexagon quilts made in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, contain a center hexagon~ traditionally yellow~ to represent the flower’s center. The flower center is circled by six colorful printed or solid hexagons with another row of 12 hexagons surrounding the six. This quilt pattern blossomed in popularity in the thirties~ it’s easy to see how the calico prints forming cheery garden flowers would brighten one’s day in a depression-era time.
I was thrilled to have found lilacs sold in bundles at Trader Joe’s last year in May when I set this table. . . a surprise as delightful to me as their fragrance . . . and the only way to enjoy them here since our climate is too hot to grow them.
I stacked two plates with an inverted tea cup on a pedestal to serve these little flower bites~