Rose of Sharon Quilt – Free Pattern

Rose of Sharon quilt

Rose of Sharon quilt

The Rose of Sharon quilt block comes in many different forms.  Needless to say, I have chosen to design an easy version!  Within this quilt I’ve used applique as well as piecing.  Coincidentally it now looks to be a Christmas design, but that wasn’t my intention when I began to make it.  It seems that the original reference to the rose of Sharon comes from the Bible:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
The Song of Solomon 2

Apparently the rose is now thought to be a variety of tulip that still grows in the plains of Sharon – the word rose was used when the Bible was translated into English.

The quilt measures 40″ square, using nine 12″ square finished size blocks.  I have used 3/4 yard each of white, red and green, with 1/2 yard of yellow.  As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed blocks

Completed blocks

Cutting requirements for the rose of Sharon quilt

12.1/2″ square:  one white

For the applique cut one 4″ strip of red and one 2.1/2″ green strip – both strips approximately 6″ long

6.7/8″ squares:  eight red, eight green

4.1/2″ squares:  twelve white, four red

4.7/8″ squares:  four each in red and white, four each in green and white

2.1/2″ squares:  four yellow, four white

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four white

Applique templates (if you wish to use mine) can be downloaded here.

For the border you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ yellow strips across the width of fabric.

Drawing the applique shapes

Drawing the applique shapes

Make the rose of Sharon quilt block

Use the 12.1/2″ white square as the background for this block.  Add a fusible interfacing (I used Mistyfuse) to the red and green strips for the applique.  You can either download the templates here or you may prefer to draw your own.  Basically for the large flower I drew round a wine glass and then added petals.  For the small flowers I did the same but used a liqueur glass.  My biggest problem was finding the right size – the large flower is roughly 3.1/2″ across and the small flower is roughly 2″ across.

Draw the shapes on to your fabric and cut out.

Partial placement

Partial placement

Place the template shapes on the white square.  In the photo you can see the large flower in the middle with pairs of stems leading off, each with a small flower at the end.  At this stage I was just checking the placements so that I could decide what size to make the leaves.

Rose of Sharon quilt block

Rose of Sharon quilt block

Then I cut the leaves and placed one between each pair of stems.  Broadly, each leaf points towards one corner.  The ends of the leaves and of the stems are tucked under the edges of the flowers.  When you’re happy with the placement, press the shapes to stick them to the background square.  It’s probably easiest to sew the shapes in place now.  I used a small zigzag stitch around all the edges.  This block measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make only one.

Half square triangle units

Half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle block

Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Lay a red and a green square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 6.1/2″ square.

Alternate blocks

Alternate block

Sew these together in fours, making sure that the green triangles are side by side forming larger triangles opposite each other.  Likewise for the red triangles.  At this stage the block measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Pieced rose quilt block

Pieced rose quilt block

Make the rose corner blocks

For this block I have pieced roses, one pointing to each corner.  Make red/white and green/white half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares.

Place a white 4.1/2″ square in three corners with a red square in the middle.  Add two green/white half square triangles either side of the bottom right white square.  These are the leaves of the rose.  Place two red/white half square triangles to form a butterfly shape across the top left corner.  In the top left corner place the 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white strip with 2.1/2″ white and yellow squares beneath it.

Sew the three pieces of the top left corner together first to make one square.  Then sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows to each other.  At this stage the rose block measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Rose one and two

Rows one and two

Assemble the rose of Sharon quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  In row one place a pieced rose block at each end with a half square triangle block in the middle.  Make sure that the roses point towards the corners and the green is vertical in the half square triangle block.

In row two place the rose of Sharon block in the middle with a half square triangle on either side of it.  This time make sure that the green is horizontal in the half square triangle blocks.

Row three

Row three

For row three you will need a half square triangle block (green vertical) in the middle, with a pieced rose block on either side.  The roses point downwards towards the corners.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Yellow quilt border

Yellow quilt border

Add the quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the rose of Sharon quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

It’s been a manic week as I’m back on Sewing Quarter’s TV channel on Sunday.  I’m demonstrating one of my own quilts (quite ordinary) and a quilt pattern by Lynne Edwards which I think is absolutely stunning.  I think that my sessions are at 9 and 11 o’clock.  The Sewing Quarter is available on Sky 687, Freeview 73, youtube or online.  I’m also demonstrating again on Tuesday 18th June.

Wrought iron work

Wrought iron work

But although I haven’t had the chance to do any travelling this week I didn’t want to leave you without any photos so here are two that I took a few weeks ago when I visited the lovely V&A  Museum in London.

This one was an exhibition of wrought iron work and there were some lovely examples there that I could just see in a Through the Gate quilt.

What a dress!

What a dress!

This one came from the fashion exhibition.  Imagine trying to walk around in a dress this size!

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  1. Thanks you very much Rose .The quilt top is beautiful.

  2. Patsy Edwards says:

    Oh wow! This one is amazing! Be fab for Christmas. You’ve been really busy prepping for Sunday, shall record the show. Thank you.

    • Hi Patsy. Glad you like the quilt. I have certainly been working hard this week, but the days fly by when I’m busy.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Great pattern. It amazes me how you keep coming up with patterns and easy ones . You are truly talented Hope I can find you on you tube, of course you can probably find anything on Youtube. Rain has stopped for now .At least for a few days so everything can dry out before it starts again. Still painting my gnome village have not been quilting, but.. I do have one on the sewing machine and one on the cutting table so they will get done eventually.
    Hope you have a great weekend and good luck on your show. Happy quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. I think that you have sent your rain to us – it rained all day yesterday and it’s still raining this morning. It’s difficult managing to do everything isn’t it – your gnomes must take some time to paint. I have a few felting projects that I would love to try but there never seem to be enough hours in the day.

  4. Louise A Johnson says:

    Very lovely once again!

  5. Dear Rose what a lovely pattern. I have already put it on my to-do list. Admire the colour combination and will also have to try to catch with youtube. As you can imagine I get busy with visitors in the summer. Penalty of living where I do, I suppose.

    With regard to the ladies who had to get through doorways I seem to remember reading that they shuffled through sideways. I may be wrong as I am going back to ‘O’ level history, which I must admit was a long time ago.

    all best wishes Janny

    • Hi Janny. I used the traditional colours for the rose of Sharon block and then it kind of followed for the rest of the quilt. Apparently the correct name for the rose of Sharon is althea, so I shall look out for it in my local garden centre. I hope your weather is better than ours for the sake of your visitors – we seem to have had rain for quite some time now.
      I’m sure that they must have sidled just about everywhere – you’d risk knocking over the furniture as well as getting stuck in the doorway!

  6. Hi Rose,
    You wouldn’t think Christmas (green and red combination) if you had used different colors. It’s the pattern that matters and it’s quite beautiful.
    If I remember back when. We saw a dress like this in another one of your visits.e of emergencies
    Dress found in the Metropolitan Museum in NY. All too funny when you think about what the woman had to go through just getting it on let alone walking in it.

    • Thanks, Claire. Glad you like the quilt pattern. Thanks for the link – that is a beautiful dress in a beautiful colour. Yes, it must have taken a long time to dress for court in those days.

  7. Rose, This would make a lovely wallhanging.
    I’m intrigued as to how you keep coming up
    with so many different patterns.
    Delighted to hear your back on the sewing quarter.
    That dress at the V&A is something else. Aren’t you glad
    we have a more casual and comfortable way of dressing today.
    Thanks Rose. Have a sew happy week-end.

    • Hi Mary. I always think that that’s the attraction of quilting – there’s always another quilt that you want to make! I think that particular dress came from the French court – they must have had very wide doorways to be able to move around their chateaux.

      • Hi Rose another lovely pattern from you – you give us quilters inspiration- thank you – love the colours too. Hope to see you on TV one of these days – never seem to view much on TV- but perhaps I’ll see you on YouTube 😊. Happy quilting.

        • Hi Dianne. Yes, you could definitely see Sewing Quarter on youtube. They seem to be everywhere. On Sunday Kaffe Fassett will be in the studio – I’m looking forward to meeting him.

      • June Gasrel Tibbetts says:

        Hi Rose,
        Thank you for once again sharing your very beautiful quilt patterns. This one may very well be placed on my “to do “ list.
        Being from a French Heritage I so often wondered “How did those ladies get thru doors “ myself ? Lol. I wonder how hard it would be to make one of those? Thank you for always sharing your photos and talents with us.
        God’s Blessings on you always.
        June (living in Tx)

        • Thanks, June. I can’t help feeling that those dresses must have been very uncomfortable. Just imagine the time that it would take to make one – no sewing machines in those days.