Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Garden Bouquet Quilt: Month 16- The Rose


Loud acclaim greeted the fifteenth flower in the Nancy Page garden bouquet quilt. “I am so glad you have put in a rose, Nancy. I was wondering when we would have the sweetest of all flowers.”

“I gave you a wild rose earlier.” “We know that, but we wanted to make a double rose, one with lots and lots of petals.”

“Well here you are, three sets of petals, all curved and scalloped. I hope you have fun making this flower.”

There was no question but that the members expected to have fun. If the zest with which they attacked the new pattern was any indication.

The zinnia had had numberless petals to be sure, but they had not minded making that design. In the zinnia the petals had grown darker towards the edges. In the rose the process was reversed and the inner-most circle was the darkest.

Some members chose three shades of rose. Others made a yellow rose and still others had a rose shading from near white to blush pink. It is all a matter of choice and of the scraps of material which one has on hand.

This flower, like the zinnia, is best made of plain material. The figured designs fit in better with flower patterns which are not complicated as the rose.

This pattern differs from any of the rest in that it shows a tip of green leaf above the rose and has three perfectly good leaves growing from the stem. It is a tricky block to make, but a beautiful one when finished. After the color scheme has been decided then the method followed is the usual one.

Cut the patterns, with its accompanying directions, from the paper. Make a light tracing on the white triangle of the flower and leaves. This white triangle is 12 ½ by 12 ½ by 17 ½ and is seamed along the 17 ½ inch length to the same length of the pieced urn block. The birds and flowers are appliquéd onto the upper triangle.

If desired, plan to raise the flower by lengthening the stem slightly. This does not crowd the birds too closely to leaves. In the paper pattern it is necessary to shorten the stem because of lack of space. This is not true in the actual quilt.

Trace the pattern onto light weight cardboard. Put the original in the Nancy Page scrap book for safe keeping.

Cut the cardboard pattern into its pieces. In making the rose it is wise to follow the same procedure as suggested for the zinnia- let the bottom petals of the rose be cut in one piece and overlap the second and third series on that. This keeps the shape better than if the pieces are cut as discs.

In cutting the material be sure to allow one-quarter inch on all sides for turning under. After the raw edges are under, baste, press and pin in place on the white triangle following the faint tracery.

Appliqué with hemming stitch.

Crayon may be used and pressed in with a hot iron. Outline stitch is suggested, but not advised. Buttonhole appliqué may be used, in which case cut pieces the exact size as given in pattern. The buttonhole covers the raw edges.

I haven’t been able to work on my Poppy block so I don’t have anything to show off. I will update this when I do get the chance!

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 at heathers_custom_sewing{at}yahoo.com so I can share with everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this series!
~Heather

Quick Links to:

Month 1: Beginning Instructions, Urn, and Basket Instructions
Month 2, Part 1: The Tulip
Month 2, Part 2: The Saucy Bird
Month 2, Part 3: The Meek Bird
Month 3: The Cactus
Month 4: Lily of the Valley
Month 5: The Wild Rose
Month 6: The Trillium
Month 7: Canterbury Bells
Month 8: Nasturtium
Month 9: The Pansy
Month 10: The Tiger Lily
Month 11: The Primrose
Month 12: The Zinnia
Month 13: The Daffodil
Month 14: The Phlox
Month 15: The Poppy

Hand Appliqué
Machine Appliqué
Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial
Biased Binding Tutorial

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