This is a quilt that I have designed for our church's mother's day raffle. Several ladies asked for pink - a color that i am relatively low on because of my stash busting efforts. However looking through my fabrics I did find some small rose panels.
The first challenge of this quilt was coming up with a design that would work with a set of 8 small rose blocks - in a queen size quilt. A design with 9 would have been far more obvious as that would make a 3 x 3 grid. The rose garden panel is obviously far bigger than the individual rose blocks - but as it fitted the theme of roses I decided to make this the ninth block. The differences in the sizes of these actually was the catalyst for the design.
I decide that a traditional English design would be in keeping with the fabrics and therefore chose a medallion layout. The large one need to be put in the middle. The sizes of the subsequent borders was planned to make the layout look balanced.
The rose garden panel is far less pink than the other parts of the quilt. In order to highlight the pink in this panel and help the quilt bond to together I beaded the panel with mainly clear beads stitched with a deep pink thread.To me this helps bring out the pinks without dominating the picture.