I love the texture on the back!
I got the idea for using three white spacers between the blocks instead of surrounding the blocks in white from the Paper Pieces picture page. I was afraid if I surrounded each flower in white that I would get bored and give up. I like how the spacers still give the flowers breathing room, but how I didn't have to stitch as many white hexagons. Plus it makes it a bit different from other Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts.
I give my husband a bad time about always having to build stuff so sturdily, but I am just as crazy about my sewing. After making a couple flowers I had my own system for joining the hexagons together which included laying the tail of the thread under subsequent stitches to hold it in place, reinforcing the corners with extra stitches, averaging 18 whip stitches per inch and knotting off the thread at the end twice - once at the end of the stitching and then again back 1/4 inch. That thread isn't going anywhere. ;)
I also have to decide whether or not to applique on a bit of a border or just trim the edges straight. Binding around each pointy hexagon is not an option, in my opinion.
I am linking up to the Festival of Hexagons (lots of fun hexie projects there!) and At the End of the Hallway.
If you want more info on how to English paper piece, you can check out this tutorial.