July 8, 2010

The height of summer seems like a great time to enjoy a book about rose quilts. A Dozen Roses by Jennifer Rounds and Catherine Comys offers a beautiful blooming set of twelve projects including bed quilts, wall quilts, pillows, and shams, using appliqué, piecing, knitting, and even velveteen! So many ways to bring a bouquet into your creative life.


I was particularly intrigued to read about how Jennifer embellished a purchased cotton matelassé coverlet with beautiful sprays of red roses. The method she used is prepared-edge faced appliqué, which she steps you through in detail, and which gives a bit of dimension to the appliqué pieces.


Both the coverlet and the method were new ideas to me so of course I filed them away in my appliqué bag of tricks forthwith! Besides faced appliqué, there’s information on split leaves and inset leaves, folded bias strips, and folded-petal roses.

Martingale & Company / That Patchwork Place has provided a copy to give away, so if you’d like to bring a little rose culture into your quilting, leave a comment by 7:00 p.m. California time on Sunday, July 11. U.S. and Canada only, please (unless you’ll pay the shipping). If you’re subscribed by email, click over to the blog itself and scroll to the bottom of the post to leave a comment and enter the drawing.

Until next time,
Happy gardening!
By Kay Mackenzie


22 Responses to “A Dozen Roses”

  1. Barb Colvin on July 8th, 2010 2:10 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love the cover quilt, and I’m always ready to learn new methods of applique.

  2. Carrie P. on July 8th, 2010 3:08 pm

    wow, the cover of that book is gorgeous and what a fabulous idea to embellish the coverlet.

  3. Nancy Lee on July 8th, 2010 3:19 pm

    I would love to own this book. That matelasse cover is beautiful…

  4. Sharon on July 8th, 2010 5:28 pm

    I would love to learn more about the coverlet and that new technique.

  5. Ruth C on July 8th, 2010 5:50 pm

    Beautiful roses! I’d love to win.

  6. Nikki on July 9th, 2010 2:02 am

    I’m new to applique and I’d love to win this book! The cover is gorgeous and looking very intriguing.

  7. Sarah Vee on July 9th, 2010 6:07 am

    Split leaves has me intrigued. I can’t imagine touching a matelasse coverlet! Wow! Thanks for the chance to explore some more applique techniques. I really like the cover quilt too.

  8. Barbara Clayburn on July 9th, 2010 6:42 am

    Looks like a lovely new book that I would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.

  9. Cory on July 9th, 2010 6:46 am

    Kay, This book looks wonderful. I would love to win it. Thank you for offering it. Take care and God bless, Cory

  10. katieQ on July 9th, 2010 7:09 am

    This book looks like a must have. I love the idea of appliqué on a purchased coverlet.

  11. Emily on July 9th, 2010 7:23 am

    I can’t believe it! I almost wrote to you this week asking how to do this very thing… except to an existing Primaloft comforter. I had planned to “wing it” but then thought I’d better ask… and now here is the technique! Yay!

  12. Helen on July 9th, 2010 8:13 am

    I enjoy your e-mail. This book looks great, I love to applique with several methods.
    I hope I get the book!

  13. Ruth B on July 9th, 2010 8:22 am

    What an amazing idea! I would love to read this book because I have never done faced applique and it sounds like fun.

  14. Cher on July 9th, 2010 11:10 am

    That looks like a great new book that I would love to read. The quilt on the cover looks neat.

    Cher in BC

  15. Darlene Staley on July 9th, 2010 2:26 pm

    Love the cover and if the rest of the book has more of the same, it would be lovely to add to my collection of inspiration.

  16. Kathleen C on July 9th, 2010 5:49 pm

    This book looks sumptuous! What a good idea to embellish a bedspread, as the author did.
    Applique is so peaceful!
    Kathleen C in Ct

  17. Barb Rohrmayr on July 11th, 2010 10:04 am

    I too, would love to read this book. I have been interested in learning about the Tahitian tifaifai and this sounds like it is right up that alley. I love the applique but find the quilting something I just have to do. Thanks for the chance. BarbR

  18. Sandi M on July 11th, 2010 5:09 pm

    Beautiful quilt and I would love to learn how she made it. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  20. Joy on July 23rd, 2010 6:35 pm

    what a beautiful book wish I had the patience for Applique work

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  22. Judith on August 3rd, 2010 11:52 pm

    I have really enjoyed reading the book and learning about the authors way of applique. I would love to own this pattern and try this method to improve my applique skills as am fairly new to this type of needlework and would love to progress to be half as good as the authors. Wonderful book.

    kind regards