My Grandmother’s Flower Garden


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~

 Open Face Cucumber Sandwiches are decorated with more edible violas along with parsley & basil~

“Collecting can start with the jog of a childhood memory—perhaps a swirl of rosebuds recalls some long-ago cup in which an adored grandmother offered you a bit of sweet, milky tea scenting with cinnamon.” ~ The Essential Tea Companion

Flower Garden Table Details:

Dishes~ G. Demartine & Cie

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Flatware~ HomeGoods

Leaf Demitasse Spoons~ Two’s Company~ Tuesday Morning

Assorted Tea Cups & Tea Pots~ HomeGoods

Napkins~ Pier 1

White Plates (as chargers) & Pedestal~ Maxera Cora Blanca~ HomeGoods

Vintage Chintz Pitcher~ Gracie China~ HomeGoods

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  71 comments for “My Grandmother’s Flower Garden

  1. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    May 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Great idea to stack two plates with with the tea cup inverted tea for serving. The tea set is precious, and don’t you wish you had a photo of your grandmother serving you breakfast with it :-) I always love seeing the quilt.

  2. May 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Absolutely lovely! The quilt, the flowers, the artistic edibles, the setting and of course your beautiful grandmother! I just love Mother’s Day and have been crying all over blogland at the beautiful posts and missing my dear mother who has been gone for 22 years. Mothers and grandmothers are great treasures and I love that we honor them!!! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  3. May 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

    What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother! Quilt is beautiful, and the beauty lays not only in the pattern and workmanship, but also in good memories it brings…

  4. Peggy
    May 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Such a lovely post and perfect for Mother’s Day. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your life.

  5. May 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The hours that you spend preparing and photographing your incredible tables overwhelms me as does their sheer beauty. I have many quilts made by my grandmother and great aunt. Some have coordinated fabrics, but most are made from flour sacks or whatever fabric remnants were available. I will forever hold a memory of her sitting at her quilt frame by the fire.

  6. May 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Again, you’ve blown my away with your beautiful post. I love love love pansies, the tea cups are to die for. Love the tribute to your grandma. The quilt, oh my! I really don’t know what to say, this is the most lovely post I’ve seen in awhile. Your talent amazes me.

  7. May 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    As lovely to see as the first time around! The whole table is put together beautifully!

  8. May 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    How could anyone possibly resist seeing this for a second time? It’s beautiful and heartfelt…just the sort of post we all love to melt into, especially around Mother’s Day!

  9. May 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    As ALWAYS your posts just make me smile. What a joy you bring. Tell us about the little cucumber sandwiches. How are they made and do they have any filling at all? It’s all SO beautiful!

    • May 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks everyone! The cucumber tea sandwich directions can be found on this post :)

  10. May 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    HI Mary! You have brought back SWEET memories of MY Grandmother! We lived with her, in her house til she died. Your Granmother is a beautiful lady from her picture. Your table is wonderful. I loved hearing about the quilt pattern. I LOVE those brownie bites and then you added FROSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once again I savor that spectacular view. BTW, I get your posts through e-mail but when I do, it NEVER will connect to your blog. I have to manually put your address in. I have no clue why. Just wanted to let you know. It has been like this for awhile but i kept forgetting to tell you. XO, Pinky

  11. May 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I loved seeing this gorgeous table again, Mary!

  12. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    May 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Oh Mary…I so loved reading about the memories of your were blessed to have been able to make wonderful memories with her…the tea set story is so heartwarming…I can see you having your juice and eggs prepared so lovingly by your grandmother in that tea set….I have always admired that quilt from afar…just beautiful….
    I love playing “tea party” with my granddaughter…and I hope she will have the same memories of me, playing with her, as you did with your grandmother….Thank you for re-posting this…I truly enjoyed your memories of your grandmother!! A wonderful lady!

  13. May 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Mary, I hung on every word of this post. How I loved hearing about your grandmother!
    It is so darling that she bought a tea set so she could play tea party with her granddaughters. So sweet!
    Can you imagine how happy she would be to see her beautiful handiwork spread out for all of us to see. I bet she never thought her quilt would be seen around the world.
    I am so happy you reposted this. We work so so hard on our tablescapes and it is such a shame for them not to have a second look!

  14. May 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Another gorgeous post! My grandmother was a quilter, and I have one she made in this pattern. I can’t imagine making all those tiny hexagons! The table is beautiful, and I love that your childhood teaset is still mostly intact!

  15. Pam
    May 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Your Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt is so lovely and the setting in your garden brings out the lovely colors. I am glad you have it to remember her. The precious teaset with the story of eating breakfast off the dishes is priceless and I believe every child should have a grandmother play with her grandchildren with a teaset! Thanks for reposting this beautiful tablescape and the lovely memories of your Grandmother!

  16. May 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    What a beautiful, feminine table, Mary! What a sweet story of the darling tea set. Your brownie bites and cucumber sandwiches are incredibly gorgeous. You set the whole thing off so well with that wonderful flower garden quilt.

  17. May 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Beautiful, always love to see what you have created.

  18. May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Your family quilt is beautiful. Love all the purples and greens on your table.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Mary!

  19. May 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    If I have seen it before, I am delighted anew! I love everything about this. I pinned that rose napkin fold in the tea cup. I want to do that around here. That’s just plain lovely.

    The WHOLE table is beautiful. You are simply the best tablescaper in my book.

  20. May 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Mary, I don’t think I could ever tire of seeing any of your tablescapes again and again. Love the story of this quilt. It’s truly a special one. I’ve always loved this quilt pattern because of the name. Love the lilacs and all the special details of this table. Exquisite! Happy Mother’s Day! ~ Sarah

  21. May 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Your table is gorgeous and such an amazing tribute. I will be honored to have it be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  22. dom
    May 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Hello !
    i really love your tablescapings, they are always so delicate and wonderful, so classy….and the background view is so breathcatching !
    i’m writing from France and i’m a French lady who has got a cronicle in an online women newspaper, i write tablescaping cronicles and give people creative tutorials and ideas with some of my own tables for any occasions.. I’d like to write an article on your blog to show French people how American ladies are talented at tablescaping. Would you be ok if i put some of your photos in one of my articles and wrote about you ??
    Just let me know, writing me back onto my email address.Maybe you can give me some details i could add to my article and that our reades would love to read.
    dom from Paris
    you can see my articles on you must click onto
    DECO and then you get the decoration page and my articles are under the name dom Rowe and in Paroles d’experts which is on the right side of the page in the middle. I recently set a table with strawberries and crafted lots of the things i put on my table.

  23. May 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Love the quilt and the love the goes along with the beautiful gift.

  24. May 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful post to honor your mother. She would be proud. Love the violet cupcakes and quilt.

  25. May 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

    such a beautiful table. Love the gorgeous cucumber tea sandwiches. This post truly honors your family.

  26. May 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I am always so smitten with your posts that I never know what to comment on as there are just so many things that deserve praise. The quilt is stunning, the view remarkable, the tribute to your grandmother touching. Your tea set reminds me of my own from when I was a child (and I’m wondering where in the heck it is now), and those cucumber sandwiches are just lovely. I always leave your blog filled with enthusiasm.

  27. May 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    This is just beautiful! I love the story about your grandmother, such wonderful memories. I love all the flowers, the quilt, and all the little touches you put on you table. A very girlie table!
    Blessings My Friend,

  28. May 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    You could show me your posts a thousand times and I would never tire of seeing them. I remember seeing this and just fell in love with it all over again today. The quilt is beautiful and made even more beautiful because it was your grandmothers. The lilacs, the setting, the quilt…everything is exquisite. Have a wonderful weekend.

  29. May 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    everything is so lovely–the dishes, flowers, quilts, food and sweet napkins– just so pretty against the water bkgd:)

  30. May 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    You seriously need to get a picture developed and framed of this lovely quilt table and lilacs! Just simply lovely.

  31. May 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    What a lovely tea! My grandma would’ve loved it too. Thank youf or sharing it.

  32. May 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I just adore your table settings and I love pansies too. Those cucumber sandwiches are divine. (Popping over from Rattlebridge Farm.)

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  33. May 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Such a beautiful table…and the lilacs…AMAZING! I really miss these gorgeous flowers. Looking at your photos, I am now reconsidering selling my bone china. I have not used it in years…and when I checked the cabinet, many pieces were broken. But I sill have enough to set a small table…You have inspired me…

  34. May 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

    A beautiful table and great looking food. What a great tribute to your grandmother!

  35. May 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    The first photo is pretty as a painting! You would think that all the flowers would overshadow the quilt, but the amazing quilt remains the star. What wonderful memories you have of your grandmother. Love the children’s dishes, too! Thank you for sharing this table!

  36. May 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    What lovely memories you have of your grandmother. The quilt is gorgeous. Beautiful post, Mary! Thanks for sharing your memories for Mother’s Day.

  37. May 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Mary this is not only a beautiful table but all the wonderful memories contained in it just touch me so. Thank you for sharing all the details with us. And your flowers as usual are SO gorgeous even the folded rose napkin. And how you have taken the simplest of things…storebought brownies and dressed them so elegantly and the lowly cucumber tea sandwich and made them miniature masterpieces…..well I am just in awe. Such a beautiful beautiful post. I enjoyed every detail and word of it. Hoping you have a magnificent Mothers Day.


  38. May 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Very well done, so pretty! I agree with all the comments above, and then some!

  39. May 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Such a lovely spread. The tea looks divine. Happy Mother’s Day!

  40. May 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Stopping by again for another look at your beautiful table. Love the colors and elements.

  41. May 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This is so very beautiful! Thanks for sharing your memories with this beautiful setting.

  42. May 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Hello and thank you for sharing your enchanting table with us here at Tea Time. What a delight to the eyes with your lovely flowers and china and the lake in the background! The quilt makes a charming tablecloth too. Love the teacup with the rose inspired napkin in it! I so enjoyed reading about your grandmother and your memories of her. My grandmother has been gone for a long time but I still miss her so very much. She too would have enjoyed your post. Have a lovely week.


  43. May 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Everything is breathtaking!! I love the quilt and all of your beautiful dishes. Love how you used the plates and tea cups to make stands, brilliant!! Love the rose napkins and all of the flowers, what a beautiful tribute.

    Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful evening!

  44. May 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Your tablescape is beautiful – so colorful. Love the quilt! Love the lilacs too, and thanks for showing the pretty dishes.

  45. May 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    WOW! Just…WOW!!! That is one of my most favorite quilt patterns; would love to make one someday. Thank you for sharing this stunningly beautiful post!

  46. May 15, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I am never tired to see those photos. They are all magazine worthy. The quilt is a true work of love and you have set it beautiful with the background and the china. And your decorations with pansies are gorgeous. Thank you for this amazing tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  47. smiley39
    May 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I guess I just have to echo everything that Johanna just said. Totally amazing and absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  48. May 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Lovely… and Happy Birthday to your beloved Grandmother. She was beautiful. And that is just so adorable that she had that little tea set for you and your sister.

  49. May 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Breathtaking!!! Everything is beautiful. The quilt, the dishes, the food and decorations. Amazing! Beautiful tribute.

  50. May 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    How beautiful Mary! Your grandmother was the same age as my Great-grandfather. He was also born in 1901 and died in 1990. What a lovely tribute you have here!

  51. May 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I absolutely ADORE your tablescape setting! This is one of the most elegant and sophisticated table I’ve seen far this week. The flowers are all just stunning!

  52. A beach diary...
    May 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    So sweet, how touching… Love your cup and spoon~

  53. June 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    All so beautiful! Love the lilacs!

  54. Liz
    June 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Lovely! Isn’t is wonderful how we always have such found memories of our Grandmother’s things? I love all the history on the quilt pattern. Thanks for sharing! :)


  55. June 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this again as I missed it the first time..what a gorgeous quilt. It’s nice that you are using it too! So all the pictures..

  56. June 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I discovered your beautiful photo on Pinterest which led me to your beautiful blog. I was searching for photos of a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, found yours and couldn’t help but gasp by the beauty of your photo! I loved absolutely every little thing in it and wished I could just jump into the picture and sit there for a cup of tea! Your quilt is amazing. What a treasure you found! I love how time has aged the white fabric. I’m working on my first GFG quilt for my grand baby using the English paper piecing method. Your quilt inspires me to try making a larger one when I finish this one. Thanks for your wonderful blog, and I look forward to reading many more of your posts! :)

  57. Patti Schmitt
    April 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Oh the quilt! My grandmother hand stitched two of them made from scraps of material from dresses she made for me and my sister! We made tents out of them and I tooke one to college for my dorm bed. They still are in great shape. Your pictures are so beautiful, and the lilacs are my mothers favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed!

  58. May 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hello. I happened upon this post via Google Images. I was searching for a hexagonal quilt picture (or two) to use on my blog post about my husband’s grandmother and her quilts. I can’t figure out a way to write and ask if I may use one of your pictures. Obviously I won’t use a picture without your permission. I will happily link to your blog as well. I was glad to notice that you enjoyed the Pacific Northwest. We have lived up here for 11 years. It is a special place.

    • May 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Dana, Certainly with a link back you’re welcome to the use the photo!

  59. Ellen
    March 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This is one of the prettiest works of womanly art I have ever seen. I showed all my co-workers, the women, and we oooed and ahhhed over every stitch and perfect color combinations in that magnificent quilt. I have been reading you beautiful posts for sometime now, and darling, you ARE so talented. Your collection of quilts is much envied. I thank you for pulling them out and sharing with us. Fun. Beautiful. Love it all…….. E

  60. Andrea
    June 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

    My favorite! The quilt just adds the special touch!
    Thank you! For sharing your beauty.
    Happy Thursday!💙

  61. May 7, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Oh wow! Absolutely gorgeous!! The scenery is magnificent and I love that quilt, and the lilacs, and the way you arranged those napkins is adorable! I’ll have to try and remember that one! Visiting from Feathered Nest FRiday.

  62. May 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    How beautiful Mary! Thanks for sharing at HSH!

  63. June 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    What a lovely post. The quilt is just perfect as are the other beautiful pictures and the sweet memories you shared of your grandmother. I’m ready to see more of your blog–I’m your latest follower. Have a great day.

  64. Patti Kachmar
    March 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Just when I thought your bunny table couldn’t be beat, I see this wonderful grandmothers quilt table. It’s my favorite pattern and I have a few that I made myself. I also have lilacs in my yard, so I might just have to have a tea party myself with a few ideas from you. Just lovely. Thank you so much.

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