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her briar rose quilt

So I had a sweet pack of charm squares of Heather Ross‘ newest collection Briar Rose for Windham Fabrics.  I was so happy to flip through the tiny stack, the colors are just happy.  I really had wanted to start this quilt weeks ago, but of course other things always pop up!  I let the design ideas float through my brain.  Even considered making some patchwork boxes or a tote with these, but in the end a quilt for my new niece (born in July!) kept coming to mind.

I used almost the entire charm pack and made half square triangles for the middle section.  I played around with different design options and liked the layout with solids together and prints together.  So I sewed them up and decided to add the Essex Yarn Dyed for a little breathing room.

[Natalie modeling the quilt, very huggable.]

And I did spiral quilting!!!  I’ve been wanting to try it since I saw one from A Quilt is Nice, who I guess was inspired by this quilt from Handmade by Alissa, who in turn was inspired from this quilt from Denyse Schmidt.  Isn’t that crazy how design ideas trickle down?!  I really love the effect it gives and I think it unifies the quilt, at least I hope.

Pretty pink and a little bit of piecing for the binding complete it.  And I had gotten some yardage of Briar Rose just a few days ago and featured that on the backing.

Of course I have some plans for using up a few leftover HST’s, hopefully I’ll finish that little project tonight. ♥

Fabrics: charm pack Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham, Essex Yarn Dyed  in Flax, various solids (I wish I could tell you which ones I used, but I didn’t have any labeled – I had been in a monthly Solids Club from Pink Chalk Fabrics from a few years ago.), binding is Pure Elements by Art Gallery, quilted with Aurifil’s Simply Color in 28wt, loved it!


39 Responses to her briar rose quilt

  1. Mary on Lake Pulaski 07.25.2013 at 9:40 am #

    Very pretty Anna! I love the Essex frame and great quilting.

  2. mathea 07.25.2013 at 9:54 am #

    That’s really pretty – I love the on point setting with the grey fabric in the large triangles. It looks like your niece loves it too!

  3. Karen P. 07.25.2013 at 9:56 am #

    so, so beautiful!!!! I SIMPLY ADORE IT! you have a very lucky niece! 😉

  4. Caralee 07.25.2013 at 10:06 am #

    Very pretty! What are the finished dimensions?

    • Anna 07.25.2013 at 10:50 am #

      thanks! it’s about 46″ by 46″

  5. mle 07.25.2013 at 10:20 am #

    Love it! The solids mixed really make it perfect!

  6. Tammy 07.25.2013 at 10:28 am #

    Very pretty! Did you use a walking foot or free motion foot for the quilting?

  7. Esther F. 07.25.2013 at 10:55 am #

    This is so adorable! Great quilt and I love the spiral!
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  8. Tammy Vasser 07.25.2013 at 12:02 pm #

    L-O-V-E it!

  9. Cherie 07.25.2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Oh, it’s perfect!! I love it. I have a charm pack of Briar Rose too and it’s destined to be a baby quilt, but I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what to do with it! Maybe I’ll just copy you 😛

  10. 07.25.2013 at 1:52 pm #

    The strawberries are my favorite!

  11. PeppiTheCat 07.25.2013 at 2:40 pm #

    wow, this must have been a lot of work. But it looks like it was worth it. I think it is very beautiful.

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  12. Jo @ life in lists 07.25.2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Gorgeous! And I especially love the backing.

  13. Jenny 07.25.2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Ahhhhhhhhh, I love it! It’s perfect.

  14. Sarah De Baer 07.25.2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Oooh! It’s so pretty! I really love it!

  15. Vicki 07.25.2013 at 7:31 pm #

    This quilt is wonderful. The colors are perfect!

  16. Vanessa 07.25.2013 at 7:40 pm #


  17. Kari Biermann 07.25.2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Um, yah, delicious. Love it!

  18. Brigit 07.25.2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This is my favorite project that I have seen so far with Briar Rose. What a perfect design–I love how you balanced all those gorgeous colors with the white space. Love the hot pink binding, too!

  19. Nicole 07.25.2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Beautiful quilt and I love the spiral quilting! A quilt for big boy bed is in my sewing future, so it’s great to have some beautiful designs for ideas!

  20. patchworkdelights 07.26.2013 at 6:30 am #

    It’s beautiful! Can I ask you did you quilt that on a regular machine? Really love the spiral / circular effect but wondering can you do it on a regular Janome?

    • Anna 07.26.2013 at 2:44 pm #

      I did quilt it on my janome! It’s only tricky in the first bit in the center, but as you work your way out it gets easier! :) Just use your walking foot with the guide bar attachment.

  21. Elsa 07.26.2013 at 8:35 am #

    Beautiful quilt ~ love Briar Rose.

  22. sew katie did 07.26.2013 at 10:35 am #

    Simple and lovely!

  23. QuiltyGirl 07.26.2013 at 12:03 pm #

    So pretty!

  24. kristin 07.27.2013 at 2:12 am #

    it’s really perfect, anna! great design for those prints, and love the solids you mixed in too. it’s such a happy little quilt!

  25. Janelle 07.27.2013 at 12:28 pm #

    seriously cute! What a fresh design too! So, I’m in the market for a new machine – my darling Bernina 800 is not long for the world. What machine are you doing your quilting on?

    • Janelle 07.27.2013 at 12:29 pm #

      haha, never mind. I need to start reading the other comments BEFORE I leave my own. I see you already answered.

  26. KJ@letsgoflyakite 07.27.2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I love the Briar Rose collection, your quilt turned out beautiful .

  27. Cindy 07.28.2013 at 8:06 am #

    Beautiful quilt, Anna! I really need to pick up some of that Briar Rose- really gorgeous fabric! Thanks too for sharing the link for the quilting!:)

  28. Carolyn 07.28.2013 at 9:23 am #

    really pretty, Anna!

  29. Kelly O. 07.28.2013 at 5:08 pm #

    this is stunning Anna!

  30. dana 07.30.2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Fantastic! And beautiful photos.

  31. Laura - Behind the Hedgerow 08.01.2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I love it. I kept scrolling down wanting to see more and more pictures. x

  32. Anonymous 08.01.2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Well done! Very well done! I love the way you put the patched square on point onto the larger quilt. Kind of like a blanket on the beach, which fits with these summery fabrics. Great solid color coordinating!

  33. amandajean 08.02.2013 at 8:59 am #

    oh man, I Love this quilt! you are amazing, Anna! I still haven’t tried the spiral quilting, but it’s on my list. it looks so good on your quilt! love the solids you pulled to go with the briar rose. such a nice compliment to the already beautiful fabrics. well done!!!

  34. Kay Eyles 08.06.2013 at 7:37 am #

    This is just beautiful, I would love this myself. Your niece is a lucky baby.

  35. molly:applecyder 08.09.2013 at 12:27 pm #

    This is so pretty. I bet that gorgeous girl loves it!

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