Villa Rosa Blog Hop – Flower Power

Welcome to my stop on the Fast & More Fun Blog Hop. Let me say thank you to those who worked so hard coordinating this event – Tricia Maloney and Pat Fryer. It is a real privilege to be on this hop and I am so grateful to Tricia and Pat for making it work. And there are prizes, so read on and be sure to enter.

The Hop Patterns

This is a great selection of patterns. and it was hard to choose. Often times my choices are based on what fabrics I have that might work OR what I thought would fun. So, which did I choose?

I picked “31” because I like doing something different with the panel pattern than what is expected and found a panel I wanted to work with. I was tempted by Gypsy and Ebb Tide, too, and when I had a bonus sewing day I made Gypsy, because I had a small group of 10″ squares that were quick to prep for this day of sewing with friends. This past week, one of the other bloggers brought our attention to the name Gypsy, as it is a slur for the Romany people. Here is the backstory about Villa Rosa and the early pattern names:

Pat Fryer, the owner and the creator of the Villa Rosa Designs brand, has been called the Rose Queen, because she adores roses.  In fact, her love of roses helped her name her new venture in 2010.  When she designed her first Rose Cards, she had a brilliant and unique idea to name ALL of her VRD patterns after Roses (also why we call them Rose Card patterns).  For many years, all of the patterns were named after roses.  Now we have a collection of talented designers who all have their own covers and logos, but Pat’s quilt designs are still named for roses.  If you look at the Villa Rosa Designs patterns, you will see a rose in the top right corner on the cover of the pattern.  That is the specific rose the pattern is named for.  Here is some info about the Gypsy rose.

Isn’t it fun to know what to look for in order to tell which are Pat’s patterns – a rose on the card. Still, the slur remains, and I wanted to be sensitive and acknowledge it. But the store about the roses intrigued me and I needed to go look up the Ebb Tide Rose, and now, I wish I was adept at growing roses – I always fail! But, onto the quilts and a beautiful flower panel.

Flower Power – A “31” Quilt

This panel I spied and couldn’t get out of my head is the “Bright Panel Drip Flower” from the Untamed Beauty line by Timeless Treasures. I also purchased the Bright Dripping Paint Stripes for the binding. I did have an alternate panel (for a child’s quilt) but you will see that in Something Rose’s blog, so I didn’t do it for this hop.

Now, I have two pieces of advice for you if you make this quilt.

First, make the arrow or bud blocks with fast chain piecing. I laid the pieces so that the arrows or buds would be easy to piece and in the right order. Once I did the first seams I cut the different units apart, but left the connect thread (circled in the middle picture) between the same colored units. I could just flip the bottom piece up and sew the seam (picture on right). That connected stitch line does 3 things: 1 – it helps you flip the piece correctly, 2 – it lines up the seams, and 3 – maybe it helps your sew on the right side of the unit!

Second, follow directions! I thought I was doing it right but when I put on the borders around the panel, but I needed to add pieces to the side frames. Why? I put on the top and bottom first instead of the sides.

In terms of construction it was easy. I then needed to find a quilting pattern. I looked at the options above. I liked the flowers in the first, but it was intense. The waves worked but felt wrong. The third one is called Mod Petals Wacky Squares from Prostitcher In-House Designs. I loved it – a little curvey and a little edgey – and it help inspired the name of the quilt.

It required a pieced back and I really love it. The purple was another option for the border around the panel, but I felt the pink somehow made it all come alive.

Now, this is quite a different interpretation of the pattern, and I think that is a good thing. Sometimes it requires a bit of vision to make a choice that is unexpected. I do think you could also use a fabric you loved, and that is what I did with last years’ hop. I am calling this quilt “Flower Power” as I am in love with the beauty and energy that radiates from this panel. I do think when I finish the 2 Villa Rosa Quilts, I will show all the ones I have done. I am enjoying using them

Quilt Statistics

Flower Power: 42″ x 58″
Pattern Design: “31” by Molly Cook for Villa Rosa Designs
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Thread: Piecing: Aurifil Dove
Quilting: Superior So Fine #471 “Glacier Spool”
Prostitcher Quilting Designs: Mod Petals Wacky Squares

A Quick Second Quilt – Gypsy

I did make a second top, but did not have time to quilt it. Can I tell you the hardest thing about it was finding a few more fabrics to add in and keeping the same ones away from each other. Really, it took less than 2 hours to sew. I may add a border, so watch for its finish after the SAHRR hop! Its a busy time on the blog and in my life, so it could be May but you will see it soon. I was a little worried about some of the pieces, but as they were in the original batch, I just kept them. I think a border may help to pull it all together but for now I am calling it “Purple Passion”.

The Blog Hop Participants

Be sure to check in with the other participants – I am updating the links each day so you go directly to the post! There are prizes on each, so be sure to enter!

Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15
1. Kathleen McCormick–
2. Cheree H —
3. Roseanne Nelson —
4. Wendy Tuma —
5. C&T (Valerie) —

Saturday March 16
1. Bernie Kringle —
2. Sandra Walker —
3. Linda —
4. Debbie Huber –
5. SIY (Branyn/Jennifer) –

Sunday, March 17
1. Carolyn —
2. Emily (Norton House) —
3. Gail Shepperd —
4. Susan Slaton —

Monday, March 18
1. Nann Hilyard —
2. Jaftex (Jennifer) —
3. Jan Altomare — 
4. Tricia –

Tuesday, March 19th
1. Joy —
2. Emily Leachman —
3. Vicki S —
4. Rose Mikulski —
5. QOVF (Lexie) —

Wednesday, March 20th
1. Nancy —
2. Jocelyn —
3. Tracie —
4. Daryl Perry —
5. Electric Quilt (Diane) —

Thursday, March 21st


 A great big THANK YOU goes out to each of our Sponsors! Each blogger gets to pick 7 names:
3 to be entered into the Sponsor prizes,
1 for a set of Blog Hop patterns from Villa Rosa, and
3 more for the Grand Prizes!

That is a lot of chances to win a prize. There are some accommodations for International respondents so be sure to check each blog and comment – you may need to answer a specific question, so pay attention.

Hoffman California-International Fabrics
Moda Fabrics and Supplies
Timeless Treasures
Electric Quilt
Banyan Batiks
Hancocks Paducah
Fox Chapel Publishing
C&T Publishers
P&B Textiles
Villa Rosa Designs

Enter the Contest

Here’s your chance to enter the contest. It is easy!

Please comment on my blog and if you need a prompt you could answer this: What kind of panel or fabric might you use in your version of “31”?

The prize portion is over, so comments are not being accepted on this post any longer!

Coming Up on my Blog

SAHRR Parade of Quilts 3/18/24
Tips and Tutorials 3/22/24
Purple Passion
Sea Glass Joy 

Linking Up

From Bolt to Beauty
Finished or Not Friday
Put Your Foot Down

Fabric Stash

Fabric in this month: 4 yards (for hop and this quilt)
Fabric in this year: 4 yards
Fabric out this month: 3 yards
Fabric out this year: 31.75 yards. 
NET Fabric:  -27.75 yards

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