Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sweetheart Rose for Quilt Block Mania

Welcome to another monthly themed block for Quilt Block Mania. The month of March is full of flowers, and I've designed a pretty one for you, the Sweetheart Rose.

pink red and maroon rose on a quilt block

Full of red heart petals on a fine pink petal background, this flower is just bursting from a dark bud to a beautiful multicolored rose! That pink to red color scheme is based on the paper roses inspiration from Design Seeds.

pink hues from a bunch of roses

Roses are such a wonderful flower - I like nothing better than to bury my nose in a fragrant blossom! Unfortunately, I don't have stemmed roses in my yard, relying on neighbors for my rose-scent fix. 

But I do have several carpet rose bushes in my front yard, all featuring hot pink flowers. Though they don't carry a scent, they're still very pretty roses. Before they bloom in April, these bushes send out multiple branches at least 4 feet into the yard and loaded with buds. 

Once blooming starts, they put on quite the show for several weeks, creating a stunning spring display in my front yard. Since the season is a bit early yet, I'll just have to content myself with a closeup of one of these hot pink beauties I took several years ago.

As for that wonderful rose scent which can be hard to find as so many roses have had the scent bred out of them, I'll make do with the neighbors bushes or maybe a rose oil cream. Of course, just looking at my Sweetheart Rose block could conjure up that wonderful rose scent! Hmm, this block may eventually go in a larger quilt, one full of roses. Sensory overload!

As usual, in patterns that I design, the Sweetheart Rose features easy piecing and applique. For one block, fat quarters and scraps are all that's needed, but if pairing it with the blocks from the Quilt Block Mania group, it's best to go with yardage. That way, the whole quilt will look cohesive with the same fabrics and colors.

pink and red flower quilt blocks

Here's the full designer list for more flower blocks:

Orchid Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rose Garden by Slice of Pi Quilts
Happy Flowers by Carolyn Burgess
Double Flower by Devoted Quilter
Faux Flowers by Blockofthemodotcom
Mod Tulip
Enchanting Echinacea
Rosebud Wreath at Patti's Patchwork
Flower Power - Cotton Street Commons
Dottie's Garden by Heidi Pridemore
Poppies by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pretty Posies at Perkins Dry Goods
Mittens Smells the Roses at Puppy Girl Designs
Wildflowers by Studio R Quilts
Sweetheart Rose by QuiltFabrication
Flower Patch at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Scattered Petals by Snowy Days Quilting
Scrappy Tulip by Katie Mae Quilts
Happy Bloom Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Buzz along
Everything's Coming Up Roses by Inquiring Quilter
Spring Posies by Blue Bear Quilts
Four Roses
Pieceful Crocus Focus
Improv Bloom by Love to Color My World
Sue's Field of Flowers by The Quilted Diary

The pattern includes full size and reversed templates to either trace or print onto fusible web. To make the rose using needle turn applique, be sure to add a 1/4" seam allowance.

My Sweetheart Rose block finishes 12" x 12" and is currently unavailable - sorry. 

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Happy Quilting!

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  1. thank you for this sweet and pretty pattern

  2. Pitch perfect as usual! I'm off to the store so I can start this using colors that match! Thanks!

  3. Lovely design! Thanks for linking up today!

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