My Grandma Louise always had hollyhocks blooming during the hot months of summer. The hollyhocks were in an area next to the wash house. By the time us grandkids came along the wash house was no longer used for that purpose. I remember it being full of gardening equipment, old galvanized buckets and lots of other fun relics.
I recently was reminded of this when we started to receive merchandise from the orders I placed at Spring Quilt Market. “Irene” by Laura Heine arrived in the mail this past week. The pattern is a collage of fused fabrics in a freeform design of hollyhocks. Under the pattern title “Irene” these words appear: Grandma’s Hollyhock Flower.
This morning I picked some blossoms from the hollyhocks that are blooming in my garden. I was giggling like I did when I was a little girl as I assembled the hollyhock lady for her photo shoot today. The simple things that bring joy to my heart.
I need to create this memory for my grandkiddos, too. When they come over to swim this afternoon, I will show them how to make hollyhock ladies. These hollyhock ladies can float next to them as they play in the water.
Finished Block 4-1/2″
Cutting for one block:
from light background cut 1 | 2-1/2″ square
from light background cut 4 | 1-1/4″ squares
from medium cut 2 | 1-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ rectangles
from medium cut 6 | 1-1/4″ x 2″ rectangles
from dark #1 cut 1 | 2-1/2″ square
from dark #2 cut 6 | 1-1/4″ squares
Using the light and dark #1 2-1/2″ squares, make 2 half-square triangle units. Square these units to 2″ square.
Using the 4 light 1-1/4″ squares and 4 of the dark #2 1-1/4″ squares, make 2 four-patch units.
Using the photo for placement, stitch block units together.