65 Roses Community Quilt

by kath_red on 29/05/2011

in Community + Creativity, Quilting

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.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lori Kay May 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

It came out wonderfully! Thanks for posting the photos! I hope it raises a ton of money.

2 cherrie May 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Thanks so much for co-ordinating and putting the final pieces together. It looks beautiful and would be a treasure to own so hopefully it raises heaps. cherrie

3 Stompergirl June 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

It looks fantastic. Thank you for doing this.

4 Andrea June 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Kathreen thanks for the opportunity to be involved in such a great initiative.

5 Di Murdoch June 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Kathreen, you have done a fabulous job of putting a very diverse range of blocks together. Hope it raises lots of money and brings someone a great deal of joy.

6 kath_red June 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

thank you Di for all your work on this quilt. It came together very well.

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