Most patchwork designs are geometric and traditional to many cultures. This is the case of the hexagon, that can be found throughout the world, from Ancient Persia to medieval Japan, way into 18th century England. In the 19th century, hexagon quilts were commonly known as Mosaic or Honeycomb quilts. It wasn't until the early 1900's that hexagon quilts evolved into what continues to be one of the most popular hexagon patterns ever: the "Grandmother’s Flower Garden."

Traditionally, a paper foundation is used to join hexagons. A template is cut out in the size desired, as well as a slightly larger piece of fabric (for the seam allowance), which is basted to the foundation paper. Hexagons are then joined using a slip stitch to form the chosen design.

There is another quite novel method, however, that we will be learning here and that will result in a reversible quilt. In this reversible technique, each hexagon is considered as a "block." Blocks are sewn and quilted one by one before being joined in a final design.

Let's use the traditional "Grandmother's Flower Garden" to learn this technique...