Saturday, April 1, 2017

A-4 Rose of Sharon Month 19

"Esther Matthews was a devote Methodist Episcopal. The biblical Song of Solomon refers to the Rose of Sharon. In the language of flowers, the flower is a symbol of healing and love.".....Neva

When I was growing up, we had a hedge of pink Rose of Sharon bushes in our yard. I loved to watch the exotic looking flowers bloom. The buds were a twirl of long semi ruffled petals that unfurled and opened like the skirt of an elegant gown worn by the Belle of the Ball. As a young child it was fun to imagine it that way..... Doreen

I really enjoyed the piecework progression of this block.
I found it easier to stitch most of the larger leaves in pairs.
Unless you are sewing the "greenery" as one solid piece (which I did not) you will need to be mindful of a few under-over bud and stem layers.
I crossed at least 1 of the stems over a bud shoot instead of under it. If you can't find it, I'm certainly not going to point it out. (you can click photo below to enlarge)

Here is my finished Rose of Sharon block!
I look forward to seeing how other quilter's stitch this one together!

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Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn


  1. How very pretty. Looks like one of those having to think before stitching type blocks to get everything under that needs to be under before the overs.

    1. Thank you Karen, yes that is true about the layering, but I found this one to be a bit less complicated than it looks. In comparison; the Peony block was a bit trickier for me personally.

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    1. I think this is my new favorite block to stitch.
      Of course I say that about nearly all the blocks. (grin)

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    1. Thanks Kris, I look forward to seeing and sharing your version of this block soon too!

  4. Your block is stunning. I love the time lapse photographs! I also did most of the leaves in pairs. I don't feel like I cheated now.

  5. Thank you Wendy. I'm excited to see your finished block!

  6. I had an aunt named Esther Matthews, before she married over 80 years ago! Do not recall her being a stitcher.