Monday 21 October 2019

Hold Onto Your Heart: The Roses

Today it's time to talk roses: I just adore these florals, they're pure romance.The roses you see here are from my gentle quilt, I haven't made my bright and cheerful version yet. Here are the fabrics I selected for my gentle basket. As you can see, I opted for a repetition of fabrics to anchor the basket and the stripes just spoke to me - I knew they'd be my handles when the time arrived.
Given my subtle color scheme, I knew straight away that the roses would have to be charcoal or a soft buttery yellow. After a lot of consideration, I decided that gentle wind blown roses would look the best on this quilt and ended up using Kashmir by Jinny Beyer. It's a gorgeous fabric that really lets these rose heads come into their own. 
Of course, these are just images taken during 'production' at all hours of the day and night. I can tell you that the roses look so much more beautiful in real life than they do on screen, they're simply irresistible. 
As always, preparation is key. 
Follow the pattern sheet closely, making sure none of your pieces 'grow'
Construct your rose heads, layering the pieces to create the full bloom.
For my leaves, I opted to sew the stem line for definition
like so
These beautiful roses are forever and I can't wait to see them in position..
     ' Hold Onto Your Heart' is a paid BOM   
It's a breathtaking quilt full of meaningful symbols and beauty. The floral border is a triumph which offers an additional  pieced option - making it versatile for all skill levels. Perfect for lovers and enthusiasts of applique. 
  You can start this BOM today!   
Be sure to visit my Online Quilt Group on Facebook where progress images are being shown all the time. It's a massive inspiration and I warn you, it's addictive!


  1. I love how you stitched the center vein down those leaves, especially your efficient method à la chain piecing!

  2. Ohhhh Esther what a wonderful tutorial. Those blooms are so so beautiful. I'm making mine raw edge as I'm machine appliqueing, but your turned edges are so so inspiring and motivating. Wish I could still ahnd sew to do them???? Thank you for this wonderful blog. Cheers Glenda

  3. SIGH! Just heavely. Stunningly beautiful, and quiet, but the impact is hugh.

  4. Your fabric choice is wonderful, I just love these tutorials, thankyou for sharing.


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