Friday, November 23, 2018

Mediterranean Rose in Progress

Mediterranean Rose, a quilt started over 6 years ago, is on the design wall today.

Mediterranean Rose quilt by QuiltFabrication

It's slow going at the moment, what with Thanksgiving and all, but at least it's sewn into rows. Just need to add the side triangles, then it will be a top. 

Working on this quilt, at this time, was meant to be - here's why:  I started this quilt as a hand applique project while on a cruise to the Mediterranean in 2012. This past Sunday, as I trimmed and sewed, Rick Steve's travel program came on PBS. And he was travelling to the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes, all places we visited on that cruise. How wild is that coincidence???

My blocks are based on a design found in Vol 1 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, 

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks

#30, Full Bloom.

Full Bloom quilt block

The instructions for that block used wool felt, but I wanted to do mine in traditional cotton. And I just wanted to applique the flowers and stems, not the big leaf parts in the center.

So, redesigning this block in EQ to suit my vision of it, I instead pieced those big leaf parts by stitching set in triangles.

set in triangles 1

Thank goodness for freezer paper and glue to make this possible!

set in triangles 2
set in triangle back side
set in triangles 3
set in triangle front side
So my block looks like this,

Mediterranean Rose quilt block by QuiltFabrication
my redesigned block

with more points to the center leaf area, and also slightly different flowers.

Full Bloom block
original block

Maybe I didn't finish it because I was tired of it? Or didn't know how to quilt it? Who knows why I didn't finish it long ago. At least it's getting attention now, and should be done next week. It will be a lovely addition to red and green of Christmas decorating around the house!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. It's so different than what I usually see from you Susan! You could even use it for Valentines day:) What a good feeling you will have to finish up an older UFO.

  2. That's definitely worthy of a finish! And nice to have it ready to use at Christmas and through the winter. Perfect!

  3. That's absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to see it finished! I would not only not have finished it - too ding dang fussy for me - I wouldn't have started it in the first place! It's a good thing you like fussy, it's a work of quilty art.

    1. Thanks Judy! But let's just say my taste has changed - I probably would not have started it now. Too many pieces to applique. But 6 years ago, it was a perfect project for a trip, and one of two quilts that I've hand appliqued. The second has yet to be finished too.

  4. Sounds like perfect timing and it will definitely be a beautiful addition to your holiday decor.

  5. Wow, it's gorgeous, Susan - and yes, I think the timing was perfect too!

  6. This is a stunning quilt, I love everything about it. Your colors are perfect and the black/white polka dot background is inspiring. WOW! The design is super.

  7. OH Do I see a new pattern coming in the future!!!! I love this quilt!

  8. Oh Wow! That is a beauty! So bold in color but softened by the design...WINNER!


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