As the members of the Nancy Page Quilt Club came to attention for this, the eight meeting of the club they heard the strains of MacDowell’s ‘To a Wild Rose.’ One quick-witted member exclaimed, “I know what flower we are making today. It’s the wild rose.” And sure enough it was. Nancy had made hers of a fast colored sprigged print with a white ground and pale pink flowers. But she might just as well have chosen pale pink in a solid color. In either case the center is made of large French knots done in fast colored embroidery cotton.
The leaves are done in green and the stem is either cut from a piece of the same green material or is made from bias tape. Nancy advises the use of bias tape, for then the stem is always even in width.
Of course the whole flower may be done in outline stitch. Or the colors may be put on by using crayons in the correct colors. To do this the design is faintly traced onto the white triangle and then the outlines are filled in with crayon. Next the material is pressed with a hot iron. This melts and sets the color from the crayon.
The flower may be appliqués in either one of two ways.
If the pieces are cut the exact size given they may be placed on the cloth according to the small inset pattern and then fastened with fine butthole stitch done in fast color embroidery cotton, the color of the material.
Or they may be cut one quarter inch larger all around than the pattern. Then the raw edges are turned under, basted ad pressed. After laying in place on the white triangle the pieces are fastened by using a slanting, fine or invisible hemming stitch.
When the members came to the club they has already pieced the urn which makes the lower half of the diamond block, seamed on to its upper edge the triangle of white, the piece 12 ½ by 12 ½ by 17 ½ inches.
The birds may or may not have been appliquéd before the flower is put on. The patterns for the birds and for the pieces of the urn have already been given in this series. A wise quilt maker has stored them away for future use in her Nancy Page quilt scrap book.
By tracing the outline faintly on the white, one has a pattern to go by. Then by tracing the pattern onto a piece of light weight cardboard one has a pattern which may be cut and used as a guide. And this still allows one to keep the original with its attached directions in the scrap book.
Here is the pattern for the Lily of the Valley. You can copy and save it to your computer. When you print out your pattern make sure the 1 inch square is the correct size.
Here is my completed Wild Rose block!
Do you have any Garden Bouquet Quilt blocks to show off? Leave a link to your blog post about it in the comment section or email me a photo so I can share with everyone!
I hope you are enjoying this series! I'm sorry this is 2 weeks late! I've had a lot on my plate lately! I hope to update my blog soon. :)
Quick Links to:
Month 1: Beginning Instructions, Urn, and Basket Instructions
Month 2, Part 1: The Tulip
Month 2, Part 3: The Meek Bird
Month 3: The Cactus
Month 4: Lily of the Valley
Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial
Biased Binding Tutorial