Sunday, June 3, 2012

French Roses Quilt

Did I ever mention I love fabrics; it must be the patterns and colors I'm drawn to. When I moved here I had quite a stash of fabric most of which I've sold at the flea markets. I saved a few choice pieces of fabric I just couldn't part with, thinking I might make a blouse or something with them. While I was rummaging through the fabrics this past winter I discovered this French Roses applique quilt top I made about seven years ago. The top is wrinkled but you get an idea of the overall pattern and look of the quilt. This quilt top is 54 inches square; a good size for a baby or lap quilt or even a wall hanging or shabby chic table cloth. I'm not sure what I'll do with this quilt top but I found my fabric choices quite interesting, bold but cool colors.

Back then I took a French Roses applique quilt class near my home in California; picked out the fabrics and made the quilt top but never finished it. At the time I was taking care of Gary's father and we were remodeling our home so I'm sure other duties became more pressing. Anyway the idea is to take four different print fabrics and cut out the various shapes then mix and match them into the flower shapes. The shapes are over lapped and stitched down but the edges are left raw. When the quilt top is washed the edges fray up and give an interesting look to the quilt top. A search on the net will give you more information about this quilt pattern.

Perhaps you remember another quilt I never finished; the king sized Levi reversible quilt top I made back in the 1970s. Maybe there's a group I could donate these two unfinished quilts to who would finish them? Although if I could sell them for a nominal amount to someone who has the ambition to finish them I could put the income to good use on a clay project. I could mail the French Roses quilt top but the king sized reversible Levi quilt tops would probably be too heavy to ship but maybe not. Finding these projects is a lesson learned about myself. If I don't finish something right away my interest is quickly drawn in another direction, perhaps never to return to the previous project again. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I just love the title, makes me think French Roses must be something very exotic. Pretty too! Hope you find a home for the quilt tops. My mantra for the day is "be true to your own nature." I recommend (and am the same) just doing the next thing that comes to your creative mind.

  2. I am guilty of never finishing project as well.
    As soon as I saw your French Roses quilt top I thought it would make a beautiful tablecloth! I think you should try to find the time to finish it. Then you could either sell it or keep it for yourself to enjoy.

  3. it is very nice Linda- I bet there is someone who would love to have it.

  4. The quilt is lovely! I'm surprised you can part with it.

  5. Always impressed with the variety of your interests. I am voting for a wall hanging.

  6. Hi Barbara, thanks, yes something exotic, not sure who named this quilt block but it wasn't me. No problem with doing what comes to mind, I am pretty free flowing. Ha.

    Hi Michele, thanks, well we shall see if I get to this quilt top.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, I guess that's why I saved it, it was too nice to just let it go.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, we are trying to slim down on our possessions with the hopes of traveling again some day. The lighter we are the easier to do that.

    Hi Patti, thanks, only thing is this style doesn't fit my new modern tendencies. ha.

  7. Beautiful quilt top! You are truly a woman of many talents.


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