The Rose Quilting Block
At first glance, the Rose Quilt Block looks like it needs to be paper pieced.
However, when you look at the
grids, you can see how easily it can be pieced.
center block is made first. If you look at the
grids, you can see that the
rose is a 9-patch
Start by making the smallest
In this example we will be using
and plan each grid to finish at 2 inches. So at the very top of the rose, the
square for the bud would be cut at 1 1/2 inches raw, as well as the patch to
it's right. Above is a rectangle composed of 2 grids, so cut it at 2 1/2
these pieces together.
The center square, which is red in the picture, takes up one
grid, so it is cut at 2 1/2 inches
raw. The green
leafy part of the rose can be made using the
snowball method. Cut a
rectangle to cover 3 grids (6 1/2 inches raw), and the attach a 2 1/2 inch
raw square of yellow at the end of the rectangle, sew the small square on the diagonal, and turn it
back. (Refer to the
instructional page if necessary.)
Finally, you add the triangles on the 4 corners. These will be
Triangles so the outer edges will be stable.
Again, follow the instruction on the
Triangle page. (You will be cutting 2 triangles in half diagonally).
Be aware as you sew these units together, in order for them to fit, you have to
put them together in a certain order. First you put together the 9-patch.
You put the 4 grids on the top right together, and then add the either the left
or right green rectangle, depending on which one you made smaller. The
last step making the 9-patch is to add the longest green rectangle.
Once the 9-patch rose is together, add the corners, being sure to add opposite
sides first, press, and then the final two corners.
This is a beautiful flower. It is lovely in a sampler quilt.