In October of last year a challenge was issued on the Electric Quilt website to design a Rose of Sharon block using only specified shapes (a blossom in 12 sizes, a leaf in 6 sizes, and a circle in 4 sizes – plus 1/4 inch stems) and a lovely fabric palette from Island Batik. And who better to organize this challenge but a gal named Sharon!
At the end of the challenge, Electric Quilt received 850 blocks from designers in 11 countries and were blown away by their diversity; beauty; and inventiveness. Sharon Pederson and Elizabeth – her business partner at Nine Patch Media – narrowed the field down to 50 finalists which were sent to Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson who chose the final 12 winners. These final twelve were used to make the cover quilt.
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This quilt has it all – including a cause dear to many quilter’s hearts – Alzheimer Research. That’s right – a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the supporting products benefit this great cause.
Sharon has combined the blocks in the cover quilt – along with many of her personal favorites – in her new book. But she didn’t stop there – she put together a complete package so that everyone will be successful. Who would have though that three shapes could be twisted and turned into all of that beuaty???
Sharon has produced a DVD with Nine Patch Media that explains the whole applique process from start to finish as well as the finishing techniques. And, as an added bonus, the DVD includes 112 additional blocks!
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The Rose of Sharon template has all of the shapes needed to create these beutiful blocks so you can get straight to the fun!
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And then she combined forces with Aurifil to produce two thread collections. Sharon chose an assortment of 12 – 40 weight cotton threads perfect for quilting your quilt and 12 – 50 weight cotton threads perfect for hand applique.
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Accuquilt jumped on board and created a die to cut these shapes just by cranking a handle! Could quilting be any easier? Sharon has provided everything you need to produce – and personalize – your own version of an heirloom quality quilt.
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Stop by the Checker Booth at Houston Quilt Market to meet this remarkable woman and learn how to turn her book into your next block of the month!