Saturday, November 23, 2013

Golden Rose of Virginia quilt block

Golden Rose of Virginia
June 23, 1933-"During the early days of Virginia the Order of the Golden Rose was given to several deserving colonists as a reward of merit by the king of England.  Some imaginative and enterprising needlewoman used the emblem as the motif of her quilt pattern.  Known as the "Golden Rose of Virginia," it is still a popular design."

The quote above is Nancy Cabot's entire Chicago Tribune column for the day which she titled, English Order of Golden Rose Quilt Inspiration.

 Even though Nancy claims it was a popular design, I have not been able to find any examples of this block made into a quilt. Maybe it had another name?

I did find an old pattern by Ruby McKim entitled Rose Applique that is very similar.  Look at image 10 in the link. Ruby McKim's pattern calls for 21 applique blocks and 21 plain blocks. She suggested having the stems point to the sides. This is what I think it would look like-

I chose not to make this block for my sampler quilt.

Tomorrow-Old Maid's Patience

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