Rosie Quilt


I enjoy aspects of every quilt I make, but some quilt journeys are more personally fulfilling than others.  Making this quilt was an exquisite experience.  For me, as the quilt evolved, it just got better and better.  The end result embodies the magic of a vague idea, a hoped-for association made tangible in the best kind of way. 

And now... pictures.


a charming detour


a favorite new block


balancing elements in this asymmetrical setting


combining Anna Maria Horner florals with her wovens for a backing


basted + ready to quilt on Saturday morning


free motion quilting with a meandering climbing rose, inspiration here

In the finished setting, the background prints spill out from the blocks to fill the spaces between.  The improv required to create this effect is a type of patchwork I relish.  The finished quilt is exuberantly floral, more delightful than I could have ever sketched or pre-imagined.  How lucky that our giant camilia bush is blooming at this very moment!  I love how its blooming beauty fills the space around the quilt in these photographs.


And the back - also so lovely.  Credit to Anna Maria Horner for her gorgeous fabrics! 


You can see the climbing rose meander more clearly from the back.  I'm glad I pushed myself to try a new free motion quilting style.  It's just right!


Quilt Stats

Size:  54 x 60"

Fabrics:  Floral Retrospective, Cottagely Posie, Swifting Flora, Loominous Wovens

Techniques:  Machine Paper Piecing (pattern here) and Improv Piecing

Status:  Unknown.  I think I shall submit this one and a few others to QuiltCon 2018.  The deadline is November 30th!