08 February 2009

Sharon's Roses

In January 2003 I had the brilliant idea to make a quilt for my dear friend Sharon for her 50th birthday in February 2004. I decided to make a quilt featuring Rose of Sharon blocks and during my searching for patterns came across "Rose Sampler Supreme", a quilt designed by Rosemary Markhan. I can't believe that I had the audacity to start this quilt being such a novice - must have been a case of ignorance is bliss.

My needleturn applique is atrocious and after trying a block or two, I decided to blanketstitch the applique. The quilt top was finished in time for Sharon's 50th birthday and it stayed at her place for well over a year before coming back to our place to sit in my sewing room for a long time while I thought about how to quilt it and then worked up the nerve to start. The quilt was pin basted last April and then all the blocks, sashings, swags, borders were ditch-stitched.

I free-motion quilted around all the applique and used machine embroidery "Rose of Sharon" designs between the swags with a machine embroidery "S" in each corner (it's called "Redwork S" but looks a bit like Superman's 'S').

Yesterday I made a machine embroidered label and the last stitches were put in the quilt.

Sharon and I met when we were 21 and have been friends ever since. Our families have a great deal in common and John and I are very fortunate to have both Sharon and Gary in our lives. This photo was taken last Tuesday night at Sharon's birthday dinner.

We are seeing Sharon and Gary next Saturday night, so we'll give her quilt then.

I want to say something about the awful bushfires and loss of life but I'm pretty much speechless - it's just heartbreaking - and then at the other end of our country people are fighting enormous floods.


Tozz said...

Lynda the quilt is awesome :) I love it and I bet Sharon loves it too.

helbel19 said...

How beautiful Lynda, I bet Sharon must love it, you have done a fabulous job and I'm sure it was worth waiting for.

Well done,


Gina said...

The sampler quilt is awesome as is the quilting. It's a real labour of love

love and hugs Gina xxx

alda said...

wow!!! this quilt ist absolutly wonderful!! I love it and your friend Sharon will love it too!!!
Aren't you scared she could see this beauty on your blog???
You can really be proud of this magnificent work!!!!

clare said...

Sharon is very lucky to have a friend like you , that quilt is beautiful .
clares craftroom

Suzi-q said...

It's lovely Lynda, I hope, no, I bet she will love it.
It must have been hard to give it away after all your time and work.
When are you making one for yourself?

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You are amazing, the quilt is just awesome you must be so very proud of yourself, well I hope your are anyway, Sharon will be blown away.....you really have done an amazing job Lynda...three cheers to you...

Yvette said...

I can't stop staring at that quilt! It is just so beautiful.


Absolutely gorgeous Lynda.

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday to Sharon!!
That quilt is just stunning Lynda!! I bet it was hard to part with in the end!!
x Sarah

Jilly said...

Hi Lynda, your quilt is beautiful - amazing!
Jilly oxo


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