I decided to stray away from the traditional geometric patterns I usually use and try making a bowl bearing an applique quilt block.
I picked a favourite from one of my really useful 'quilt block bibles' ...
The Rose of Sharon design was a popular motif in the mid-nineteenth century, making a comeback in the 1930s. The pattern is said to represent romantic love and the sacrament of marriage. (I should have posted this on Valentine's Day really!). It was therefore popular as an engagement or wedding quilt, being rarely used for anything else in the late 1800s.
The name comes from the Song of Solomon's book of the Old Testament and the word translated as 'Rose' is probably a flowering plant native to the area of Palestine known as Sharon.
Many Rose of Sharon quilts have survived because they were the best quilts, used only for company or tucked away as items of value rather than everyday quilts.
My 19yr old son remarked whilst I was making it that it 'didn't look very interesting', so I wasn't sure if it would work. But I actually love it - and hope that it survives the test of time just like its quilted counterparts.
What can I say ..... nineteen year old lads obviously know everything, but they're not my target audience.
You lovely bloggers are, so it's your opinion that matters!