Thursday, May 29, 2014

Iowa Rose quilt block

Iowa Rose
December 2, 1933-Today's quilt block honors my home state! The Iowa Rose design was more than a hundred years old according to Nancy Cabot when she published her pattern in the Chicago Tribune.

The Wild Rose was adopted as the state flower of Iowa in 1897 which is only thirty six years before Nancy's Iowa Rose pattern was published. I wonder if the pattern is really over a hundred years old in 1933?

Nancy said the Iowa Rose design was pieced in red with a yellow center and green leaves originally but felt "modern quilters usually prefer the soft rose shades and soft greens to the original scheme of strong colors."

The placement of the leaves and stems is very interesting in this design. It is not a typical wreath arrangement.
I haven't been able to find any patterns or quilts made from this pattern.

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