Rose Marie’s Big 8

My best friend, Rose Marie, made an announcement back in January.

She said she wanted to make each of her kids and grandkids a Christmas quilt.

Not a Christmasy Christmas quilt, but a quilt that they could use throughout the holiday season on their beds without it being overpoweringly a Christmas quilt.

To achieve that, she wanted to have them done by Thanksgiving so they would then have them for the entire holiday season. We looked at her with big eyes — THIS Thanksgiving? Yes, THIS Thanksgiving . . .

And she got started . . .

And she did it!

She made EIGHT bed-sized quilts for her kids and grandkids, and she will be making deliveries so that they all have their quilts in their possession in November. I think this is a fantastic accomplishment! I’m so proud of her for getting it done. I could have thought up something like that, and I might have started eight quilts, but I’d still be back in the cutting and piecing stage on nearly all of them, I just know it. I’m a flitter. I guess when Rose Marie makes up her mind to do something, she has a bit more focus than I do.

You’ve seen some of them before, but I’m going to post pictures of all eight of them here together, in no particular order, just for the effect of seeing them all at once. I’m awed — I think you should be, too. I’m going to try to indicate where she got her pattern for each one, but I’m not sure on all of them. So I’m also going to ask Rose Marie herself to comment on this post and fill in the blanks, so if you want to know where she got the pattern for one that I don’t tell, just check the comments section.

Here we go . . .

Quilt #1 — This one is from a pattern called Scrappy Stars from the June 2006 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. It’s a design by Carrie Nelson, of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. Carrie’s was done in reds and blacks, but I like the reds and browns just as much. This is probably my favorite of all of the eight quilts.Quilt #2 — This quilt is from a Bonnie Hunter Mystery on Quiltville called Carolina Christmas. It’s BIG. This picture of it unquilted is better than the picture I have of it quilted, so that’s why I chose this shot, even though you can’t see the borders real well. Quilt #3 — Red and White baskets with a wonderful pieced border. Her machine quilter, Joan, quilted a different floral bouquet in each basket. It’s wonderful.Quilt #4 — I just showed this one the other day. I still don’t know the pattern name or where it came from, but Rose Marie can help us out with that. She made this quilt to go in an orange bedroom!Quilt #5 — Rose Marie will have to say what this one’s called and where this pattern came from, too. I know she showed me the book it came out of, but I can’t remember. She made a matching pillowcase to go with this one, and it is for her youngest grandson, Charles, who lives in Colorado.Quilt #6 — This picture is a better one than I have of the quilt finished, even though in this picture it is unquilted and doesn’t even have the border on yet. And Rose Marie will have to chime in on the origin of this pattern as well. This one is king-sized!Quilt #7 — This one was made for her granddaughter, Makenzie. Makenzie had a lavender room, so Rose Marie thought a Christmas quilt in cool colors would be best. She talked to them not long ago, and they said they painted Makenzie’s room! Rose Marie was relieved to hear that they painted it yellow, so a blue quilt will still work. The original pattern for this quilt showed it as a 4-block wall quilt. Rose Marie got a bit ambitious and made hers much larger. She’ll have to tell us where this pattern came from, too. Quilt #8 — Rose Marie calls this one Christmas Pinwheels. She got some of the pinwheels through a pinwheel exchange in a guild she’s a member of. Everyone made lots of pinwheels, then they traded and swapped. There are 100 pinwheels in this quilt. Then Rose Marie put those little extra “fan blades”on each one before putting them together with alternating plain squares, and on point! This is another huge one. I don’t know if she used a pattern for this one or if it’s just her own creation.Wow! What a show, huh? Are you amazed? I am. Rose Marie is very excited to get to work on some other quilts now. I’m sort of wondering what ambitious project she’ll think up next . . .

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  1. Rose Marie’s family is so blessed to have such a dedicated quilter in her family. What beautiful quilts, and what an impressive accomplishment!

    Would she consider adopting me before Christmas?

  2. Wow I certainly am amazed. When you said she made 8 quilts for grand children, I’m thinking lap or twin size at the most. But these are big AND beautiful! Great job Rose Marie.

  3. Those are all so stunning…she is very talented!

  4. WOW! she sure got through those 8 quilts!! wowza! a whole lot of piecing…! I love the border on the baskets quilt

  5. Shelly remembers things better than I do. I had to think hard for a few of these. She is right about Quilt #1. It is the cover quilt on American Patchwork and Quilting June 2006. And Quilt #2 is a Bonnie Hunter mystery at Quilt #3 is in a fairly old copy of American Patchwork and Quilting but I can’t find the issue. I’ll keep looking. Quilt #4 is called Looking for Fun and Feelin’ Groovy from the October/November 2010 issue of Quilt magazine. This is actually the last quilt that I made. It was a lucky thing when this issue arrived in my mailbox in September and I had enough fabric for the backgrounds to all these blocks of red, green and orange fabrics in my stash. And it is for Lillian, a groovy 13 year old girl herself.
    Quilt #5 and #6 are both from the same book called At the Lake by Country Threads (Garner, IA) The strippy quilt is called Joe’s Rodeo and was designed to show off some cowboy fabrics. It works for any collection of seasonal or theme fabrics. The large star quilt was done up in red, white, and blue and called Liberty Star in the book. But the black, gold, and green also make a very striking design for my Christmas Star. Quilt #7 was made from a wall-hanging size quilt in some magazine that I also can’t seem to lay hands on. The block is called Wagon Wheel in lots of block collections so you might be able to figure out how to do the quilt math and make your own large version of these blocks. I did my math but ran out of the background fabric and had to substitute a similar cream fabric in two of the blocks. Luckily I had cut the sashings first, so they are all the same fabric. You know how they say to measure twice and cut once. I try and it still doesn’t always work. Quilt #8 is from an old copy of Quilters Newsletter. The whole quilt and its directions are in the magazine. I will put in a dedicated search and come up with that info…….later. Today I have to work out a computer problem with my support people.
    Thanks for the compliments. Rose Marie

  6. Success in digging through the stacks of magazines! I found the issue with the pattern for quilt #3. It is called Berry Baskets and was published in American Patchwork and Quilting, December 1998. Told you the stacks go back a far piece. Still looking for the pinwheel quilt.
    Rose Marie

  7. Rose-Marie, You are a wonderful and generous person, an amazing quilter with so much talent ! I cannot imagine making all these quilts in less than a year. Are your days longer than ours ;)? I love all your quilts with a slight preference for nos 4 and 5. Félicitations !

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