Monday, April 22, 2013

A Rose Garden

I LOVE roses!  The scent, the colors, the shape of the bud and how the many petals are hidden in that tight bud, then when it opens, it's huge!  I tried growing roses here in my garden in PA, but they didn't work.  The deer seemed to like them too much.  I do have two successful rose bushes at my mother's house.  She loves them, too. 

So, when I saw this fabric on sale, I HAD to buy it.  It's stunning!  The roses are about 4 to 6 inches across.  Huge!  Then I didn't want to cut it.  I needed to find a great pattern that allowed this fabric to shine!  Eleanor Burn's Pattern Party for March was a great choice!  It uses 10" squares, and is called Piece of Cake.  It's almost the same idea as her Tossed 9 Patch, only that uses 5" squares.  I pulled the large and smaller rose prints, and looked for other prints that would work in the design, and coordinate with the roses.  I had two prints of carnations in similar hues, plus a green blender, some tossed rose petals on cream, a cream with green print, and some Monet's Garden fabric that had all the same colors, but looked like a far-off view of the same garden.  Reds, pinks, greens, cream and black.  I cut the squares, pieced the top and found a wonderful black tone on tone for the sashing.  The directions were so well written, as are all of Quilt In A Day patterns, and it was so quick to make!  I needed to sew just 4 9-patch blocks!  Then I cut them, layed them out on the design wall at Enrights, then sewed the sashing and rows.  In just a few hours, I had a top! 

I used the same sashing fabric for the back, and used stencils in the largest blocks, as well as the small cream blocks, and quilted feathers in the rectangles and borders.  I used 3 different colors of Aurifil Mako 50wt cotton thread on the top: deep red, green and cream, as well as 6 bobbins of Aurifil black.  It's pieced with Aurifil, too.  I love that it doesn't break while quilting, and the colors blend so well.  It accents the fabrics. 

I'm pretty sure the rose prints are from Kona Bay, and the carnations and rose petals are from Northcott.  The black is Timeless Treasures.   This is just so much prettier in person.  It's a great lap size, or toss it on a twin bed.  And have your own rose garden without thorns!  I promise, I made sure I got all the pins out, lol. 

Here are some more pictures!
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wtpooh11 said...

This is a beautiful quilt top. I also love roses too.

Christine said...

So pretty!