65 roses: quilt for charity

by kath_red on 13/11/2009

in Community + Creativity, Features


Dear Friends and crafters across the globe – I am organising a quilt block drive for a project very near to my heart and to my family. With a nephew with Cystic Fibrosis and a mother-in-law involved in the CF foundation in Australia, I have been thinking of a project that I could organise to help out. The 65 Roses quilt is that project. 65 roses day is named after a folklore story – and raises awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.

Would you like to make a block and send to me to be used in this quilt? All the details and the pattern can be downloaded from THIS PDF – the pdf also has 2 rose applique designs and 3 rose embroidery designs – however you can use your own design as well.

Its a simple block, comprised of 4xfive inch charm squares – one of which you will embroider/applique a rose design onto, the other three squares can be comprised of vintage/found/floral bits of lovely fabric – you can make one block or more and send to me to be made up into the 65 roses quilt.

The quilt – comprised of 65 blocks will be auctioned at the CF Australia annual gala auction event in Canberra in September 2010.

Please contact me with any questions [whipup at gmail.com] – and I will be keeping whipup posted on progress on this project.

PS. If you want to take this idea and run with it – using this pattern to make a community quilt for your local CF foundation then please do – would love if it if you told me about your project – but there is no obligation to do so … ADD YOUR IMAGES to the 65 roses quilt flickr group.

pps. you can download the graphic and link to this post if you would like to help promote this effort.

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1 Amy November 13, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I have a nephew with cystic fibrosis too, it’s an awful thing. I will most definitely be contributing and linking to this post. I have also added you to my blogroll. Love what you do.


2 kath_red November 14, 2009 at 3:32 am

dear Amy
thank you for spreading the word
best regards


3 tammie November 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

grew up friends with a family of 6 kids – 5 of whom had CF – will be happy to contribute. will add to my blog – will you have a widget for sidebars?


4 annette November 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm

hi Kathreen, I came across your site, just bloghopping and thought it was a great cause. I have made a block and posted on 2 blogs http://annettehanigan.typepad.com/in_this_life/2009/11/65-roses-charity-quilt-whipupnet.html, and http://fiskarscraft.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/11/65-roses-charity-quilt-block.html, hopefully it will spread the word that little bit more :0)Happy weekend to you. Annette :0)


5 kath_red November 14, 2009 at 11:36 pm

There is a flickr group now – http://www.flickr.com/groups/65rosesquilt/ and will get a icon organised too. thanks everyone.


6 annette November 15, 2009 at 1:34 am

I have added it to the flickr group. Annette :0)


7 fi November 15, 2009 at 3:37 am

What a lovely fantastic idea, i’ll get started on a few blocks as soon as poss:) love fi xo


8 Wyldhare November 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Just to be clear, do you wish us to just use one of the rose designs you have provided, or would it be okay to do our own rose design? Also, to you wish the rose to be in the top left corner or can it be any of the four squares?

I plan to post this on my blog, I had a friend who died from CF and I would be more than happy to do anything to try to help research in this area.


9 kath_red November 15, 2009 at 6:42 pm

thanks everyone for your enthusiasm
All the info should be in the PDF which you can download – the deadline is after the new year – 7 January – my address is in the PDF.
You do not have to use one of the designs provided – you may use your own rose design. But yes please place the design in the plain square in the top left corner.

thanks so much


10 cherrie November 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I am happy to have a go. When is the due date please. Cherrie


11 Janice Clarkson November 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Just wanted to say how thrilled we were to have Kath put this idea to us. Many thanks for the support Kath and we can’t wait to see the wonderful quit that will be developed with everyone’s help. Good luck to all.

Kind regards,
Janice Clarkson
Cystic Fibrosis Australia


12 michelle November 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I’m in. It’s a wonderful idea. Thanks Kathreen for giving us the opportunity to contribute.


13 Sarah November 16, 2009 at 12:00 am

Yup I am in and I will blog it now : o )



14 Katia (Plushka) November 16, 2009 at 1:18 am

I will be more than happy to contribute. I will start on the block today and will post on the progress on my blog. Thanks for the opportunity!


15 Fern November 16, 2009 at 4:40 am

What a wonderful idea! I have blogged about it, looking forward to seeing the finished quilt :)


16 Peta November 16, 2009 at 5:42 am

Count me in ! just one question , how do I get the button at flickr on my blog? it won’t work for me. Is it beaciuse it is a gif file?
x Peta x


17 Bell Smith November 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

I will be in this one for sure, Great work thanks for organizing this


18 Emma November 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I like to make things with a definite purpose in mind, so count me in, and I’ll put a link up on my page too…


19 simone de klerk November 18, 2009 at 5:10 am

Hi ~ I read about this on Sarah’s blog and will definitely join in. When would you like the block(s) to come your way? Am I correct, that I can also stitch the roses, since I am not so good at appliqué and enjoy stitching more.
I’ll blog about it later this week.
Thank you for organizing this.


20 Bec November 18, 2009 at 6:20 am

Hi, this is a fantastic idea and I would love to help out. I will also post about this on my blog and add the image as a button. Take care all :)


21 Leanne November 25, 2009 at 5:57 am

Put me down for a block it is a good cause.


22 kath_red November 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm

to get the jpg logo that is in this post – simply save it onto your computer and then upload it as you would any other image and link to this post.

thanks so much everyone


23 Becca November 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I would LOVE to make a block for you
Would you mind if my 3 sons got involved as well
I dont live in Australia but in Florida USA
So would need info on mailing this
so if you would like to email me
thanks Becca


24 kath_red November 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

Hi Becca
if you download the PDF – you will find my address and details on where to mail it – and thanks so much for the offer – yes of course get your sons involved – fabulous.


25 simone de klerk December 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

Hi ~ I mailed you a while ago that I wanted to make you a block. Now I forgot when it is due and I can’t find your address anymore. Could you please let me know again! Look forward to making a block!


26 kath_red December 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Hi Simone
download the pdf from this post – my address is located on the pdf
thanks so much for wanting to make a block.


27 Frou December 4, 2009 at 3:24 am


My Mum and I would love to make a block each for this quilt. Have downloaded PDF and will get block off to you by end of year.


28 maria December 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Sounds like a wonderful idea and I would like to participate, we are far, since I live in Spain Europe.
Where should I send the block when I have finished? what colors should I use?. pink would be good? i love pink.
if you need me any explanation, I leave my @

Thanks for your project, hopefully raise funds to help many children.

I use a translator my English is very basic.


29 kath_red December 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

any colour is fine – pink is good :)


30 Fran December 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Just found out about this wonderful project, will get stuck in straight away!!


31 Stomper Girl December 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Hi Kathreen,

Just found this via Curly Pops. I would love to try a block, are you still taking them?


32 kath_red December 29, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Yes I am still taking submissions – please continue to send in

thanks so much


33 Jacqueline December 30, 2009 at 8:23 am

Hi Kathreen
Just stumbled upon this CF quilt project. Sounds great, Would I be able to join too? We have an 11 year old niece with CF.


34 kath_red December 31, 2009 at 12:46 am

Hi Jacqueline
fabulous – taking all comers – thanks so much.



35 Stomper Girl December 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Ok will do!


36 Sandi January 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Hi Kathreen,
Have finished a block for your 65 roses project. (and posted it on my blog). Will mail it today. Good luck with the quilt and upcoming auction.


37 Anne January 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

This is such a beautiful idea!! I made a a block in honor of the daughter/niece of dear friends who endured CF for many years. I dropped it in the mail this morning. –Anne


38 redlizzi January 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

Hi Kathreen
Have just read about the project – What a wonderful thing you are doing!
Are you still wanting people to complete squares? Also is 20th Jan cut-off? Must get started….
Will put link on my blog too


39 kath_red January 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Yes please keep sending in the blocks.


40 Jane January 9, 2010 at 3:59 am

Is 20 Jan still the cut off? I haven’t started one but will if there is more time and I’ll also spread the word to my crafty friends.


41 kath_red January 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm

yes please


42 Jacqueline January 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Hi Kathreen
I have posted mine today :)


43 Fran January 18, 2010 at 7:55 am

Put three blocks in the post for you today!


44 Ginny January 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Did you have enough squares? Any chance of a photo when you finish.


45 kath_red January 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm

yes will post photos soon – yes to more squares –


46 Yvette Adams March 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

This is a great idea! I would love to make a block for the quilt. Is it too late?


47 cherrie June 21, 2010 at 1:42 am

zJust wondering whether I have missed the completion of the quilt. I fully understand if it is not completed but just wondering. Cherrie


48 kath_red June 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

sorry its still in production – will update soon


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