Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Oak Leaf and Rose Wreath Quilt

I honestly don't think I have shared this quilt here before, yet it's one of my favorites. I made it at the end of 1996 and it was published in Quilt Magazine in 1997. My inspiration came from two vintage blocks: Oak Leaf and Rose Wreath!

Oak Leaf and Rose Wreath: 51" x 51"
A red and green quilt is a timeless color combination. The blocks are 14" square. I actually started this as a hand appliqué project and not too long into the first block, I threw the whole thing in the trash can and grabbed my fusible webbing and happily stitched the whole thing by machine using raw edge methods. I didn't like hand appliqué and haven't done it since.

Don't be shocked! To each his/her own.

Here is the Oak Leaf Block. The pattern calls for two.

Oak Leaf Block
 And the Rose Wreath (also, needing two):

Rose Wreath Block
Here's a flat shot of the quilt as it hung in a display of my quilts at a private club years ago:

Oak Leaf and Rose Wreath
That swag border is 7" wide. That was the first - and last - time I made this intricate (and very traditional) border! This is not a quilt you can make in a day, or even in a week (unless you have nothing else to do). But sometimes we get the urge to make something this lovely and enjoy every single moment. I certainly did!

You can find this pattern in my Etsy shop. You may find that you have other ideas for arranging the blocks or for making this larger. I hope you enjoyed my little stroll down memory lane!

2 comments:

  1. It certainly is a beautiful quilt Debby.And a treasure to cherish. Although I personally love to needle turn hand applique, I think doing this on the machine was the right choice. With all those curves in there, it is a lot easier to get them perfect on the machine.But, honestly, you should give it another try on something simpler. You might just find that you like it.

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  2. Hi Debby! You have really been on a roll with posts lately! And I'm enjoying every minute of it. I enjoy both hand and machine appliqué, but I don't hold it against anyone that doesn't. As you said, to each your own. This is a beautiful quilt. I think it would be so gorgeous on my Christmas side table, but not enough to actually make one. HAHA! No time for that before THIS holiday but maybe next year! ~smile~ Roseanne

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