You might remember last year (or was it the year before) I asked for some help in making rose blocks for a 65 roses community quilt I was helping put together for the Australian CF (Cystic Fibrosis) Foundation. This quilt will be auctioned at the upcoming Gala Event and the money raised goes towards CF research. You can read a little more about the background to the 65 roses concept for this quilt in issue 14 of the World Cystic Fibrosis Newsletter.
This truly unique quilt is the work of contributors from USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Each rose represents the love and care and skill of 50 individuals who are named on the reverse side of the quilt. If you wish to make a quilt like this with your community group the basic block pattern and instructions and a couple of rose embroidery designs can be found here and the final quilt design is pictured below – as you can see the centre panel is made up of a large square with 5 roses appliqued in a wreath like design. More detailed instructions included embroidery and applique rose designs will be provided in my upcoming book (October 2011). You can see some close up details of some of the blocks here and here and here as you can see everyone had a different interpretation and put their love and skills to work in unique ways.
This quilt was a wonderful community effort. I collected the squares from makers around the world, sewed the squares together and quilted the quilt on my quilting machine using a squiggle design. My mother-in-law and her quilt friends made a lot of the squares and made the central panel roses from red velvet, embroidered the names on the back of the quilt and bound the quilt with red velvet. Thank you to everyone who was involved. This quilt will be auctioned at at Cystic Fibrosis Gala Ball and Auction event later this year.