Wild Rose out of Season

I’m midway through several projects and I’m not feeling the drive to complete anything (she wrote, stamping her foot in defiance). Languishing in my sewing room, I have these items:

  • A Little Bit Shorter Tree (sadly still missing it’s top)
  • The Paddle Wheel quilt (I need to buy some more black border fabric)
  • Drops of Rainbow queen size scrap project (whew– lots of little pieces)
  • True Blue (I need to schedule a marathon cutting session)
  • A lovely Kim Diehl-designed table runner for Easter (lots of hand work required)

    Tree in Progress


    Paddle Wheel Quilt


    Drops of Rainbow — Maybe 1/3 done?

Meanwhile, Cindy currently has custody of two completed but not-quilted-because-I’m-a-chicken projects:

  • The dresser scarf for my red-painted dresser (Ugh, discovered some lower quality fabric inserted into the pieced top, now have to un-sew it and replace it).
  • Violet pillow (which will now morph into a mini quilt)

How did that low quality fabric get into my stash?


Wild Violet Pillow — now mini

Cindy has these last two items because she has offered to machine quilt them. I mailed her the pieced tops this week. I can’t wait to see what she does with them.

So, instead of doing what I should be doing (you know, actually finishing something), I decided to start something else.

When I created the violet pattern above, I had the idea to make similar patterns for all of my favorite wildflowers on the farm. But there is a problem: I have this crazy notion that I can only make these patterns in their proper season. But this week, I needed to break out of my early spring funk (the April showers and gray skies atmosphere are bringing me down, man). As a result I gave myself permission to stray from the season. The result: the beginning of a wild rose pattern.

Growing up, I loved the wild roses that grew in the tall grass near where dad stores his machinery. The flowers pop up in the early summer and as the temperature heats up through the season they fade away. Wild roses grow close to the ground and they do not have thorns. Since the mailbox is close to the machinery shed, I used to pick up the mail, then search through the grass until I found a flower as I wondered back to the house. Wild roses have an unbelievable, delicate scent.

As I decided to relax the self-imposed quilting rule about what can be designed and sewn when (Crazy! Shocking! Avant Garde!), I got started on my pattern.

I drew the design on freezer paper, traced it onto heat and bond, then roughly cut out the shapes. I auditioned fabrics, then ironed the pattern pieces on to the wrong side of the fabric. Next I cut out along the drawing lines.


Freezer Paper Sketch


I’m not sure if this is my favorite adhesive, because it’s the only one I’ve ever used. Do you have a favorite?



Searching scraps for the right shades of pink

Finally, I’m ready to select a background fabric. I’m kind of excited about my wild rose. Maybe Cindy will quilt this one for me too (hint, hint)?


4 thoughts on “Wild Rose out of Season

  1. Gray Barn Designs says:

    Well….the violet is now complete! It’s very awesome if I do say so myself! I know what you mean about low quality fabric. I need to purge all low qualities from my stash because they are always the colors/pattern/textures I need but they eventually lead to total disaster! If I sound like I am catastrophizing (a.k.a. cognitive distortion) I am not…low quality fabric causes quilting distortions. On that note, I’ll get back to sipping my glass of sweet red.

  2. tierneycreates says:

    Oh I agree – although it is painful, you gotta purge/donate the low quality fabric. I have much remorse on using it on some projects, not to mention my first quilt I made in the late 90s or early 2000 (though I would only buy inexpensive low quality fabric back then – just did not know it was low quality!). I love the violet pillow and the other pieces. Hey so you are building a stash of UFOs, oh well – just have fun designing and sewing 🙂

  3. Sparkle On with Abbie says:

    Beautiful works in progress Sandra! I love you Wild Violrt and your Drops of Rainbow is Wow! Awesome. I know how you feel, when the drive to finish a project leaves me I fear it won’t come back but then it comes around the corner (sometimes) I hope it does for you 🙂

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