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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sharon Pederson in Houston for Quilt Market 2010

Edited 11/16/10 9PM ish
Check the bottom of this post for Sharon Pederson's Comment on this post :)

Sharon Pederson signing books at the Martingale &Company Booth in Houston

Guess which incredibly lucky blog writer got to visit with Sharon Pederson and get an autographed copy of  The Rose of Sharon Block Book?   I'll give you three guesses :)

Look at these absolutely beautiful applique table runners and wall hangings.  I love applique and batik fabrics so naturally I was very focused.....close to a trance like also included lust.....desire....and yes....thread too!!!!
Ummmmm....I want to walk into my kitchen and see this pattern hanging on the wall.  That may not be too far off either.  The painters are here working in the kitchen all week....fresh painted walls just beg to be decorated ya know.

This book is a collection of winning entries from the EQ6 Rose of Sharon block-design challenge! Chosen by judges Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, these 12 blocks and 13th specially designed by Sharon Pederson
are in the book.   There are also 60 additional blocks from the challenge entries.  I love sitting and looking through my book at all the inspiring.  Sharon also included instructions for machine applique and the assembly of projects in the book.

If you prefer a DVD, Rose of Sharon, is available too.  The cool thing about the DVD is that it has printable PDF (a photo format) and you can print the patterns.  The DVD has 112 additional blocks as well as photos and interviews with the 12 winners from the EQ6 Rose of Sharon Block-design challenge.  I'm the sort of person who wants them both.  At this point, I just own the book.....but I have the DVD on my wish list :)

Sharon Pederson also has an Aurifil Thread Collection....actually TWO collections.

 If you own an GO! Fabric Cutter or a Sizzix Big Shot or Big Shot Pro you can also use the GO! Rose of Sharon Die to cut all your fabrics.  You know I own this die right?  I'm not bragging....I'm just saying, I love this quilt and I will be making one for myself. 

For those that don't have a fabric cutting system, there are these great Rose of Sharon Templates.  These work just as well but require more time to trace and cut.  Either way you choose, you still end up with a beautiful Rose of Sharon quilt or other project.


Look at the machine embroidery on the back of this Rose of Sharon Quilt.  The back is just as beautiful as the front.  This is another quilt in and of itself, don't you think?  For those of you with an Embroidery Machine there is a Rose of Sharon CD and a Rose of Sharon USB available as well. 
Edit: "The picture you have of the back of the quilt is actually bobbin thread from quilting it on an 'ordinary' Bernina machine - not an embroidery machine"....Sharon Pederson 11/16/10  FYI

It sure is a good thing I love this pattern, otherwise I might be tired of typing the phrase "Rose of Sharon" by now :)  Check out these Note Cards.  There are 12 cards and each one is an original interpretation of the classic Rose of Sharon Quilt Block from the winners of the 2009 Electric Quilt Challenge.  Talk about an affordable gift.....even you can afford to buy me a set of these cards!!!  It's ok if you miss a meal....I'm worth it :)  LOL

Funds from the sale of these Rose of Sharon items supports the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  I think it is amazing what a group of people can do when they work together.  

All of the following people and companies are supporting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: Sharon Pederson, Nine Patch Media, The Electric Quilt Company, Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, Martingale and CompanyAurifil, AccuQuilt, Island Batik, and Oklahoma Embroidery Supply and Design are ALL supporting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  If you would like to add your name to the list just click here :) 

Do you want to own an autographed copy of Sharon Pederson's book, The Rose of Sharon Block Book?  Just leave me a comment on this post telling me why you want to own this book and the random number generator will choose that lucky person on Friday evening, November 19th.

PS.....I have photos of the ROS Challenge from Spring Quilt Market to post....I'll get to it...I promise :)

Hi Kelly: Thanks so much for the lovely blog entry about the Rose of Sharon project - I thought I'd answer the question about the Accuquilt die - Yes it does fit the Go Baby - I had fun demonstrating it in my class in Houston. One other thing you'll be interested in knowing. The picture you have of the back of the quilt is actually bobbin thread from quilting it on an 'ordinary' Bernina machine - not an embroidery machine. There is a quilt that was done on an embroidery machine and I'd be happy to send you a picture of it if you want. Again, many thanks for the lovely blog.

Cheers Sharon Pederson


  1. I have been following the progress of this book and love Rose of Sharons. They are simply stunning and I would love a copy of this book because of all the fabulous different Rose of Sharons in it.
    Thanks for the chance to win Kelly and I am keeping my fingers crossed.....hugs Vicki xx

  2. Were you able to get any of those beautiful Rose of Sharon quilts to take home? OMG they are so beautiful.

    Thanks for the insight about the DVD. I now want the DVD too. And yes, I have the book and love it...but my copy isn't signed. I think I would have taken Sharon P. home....and held hostage for private lessons & inspiration while I make my own Rose of Sharon quilt. Lucky you to meet her personally and see her beautiful quilts up close.

    While I love needleturn, I'm looking forward to making my own version using the AccuQuilt die too!


  3. Beautiful Book & lovely patterns - The quilt blocks are impressive

  4. I own one of Sharon's earlier great books and would love to have this one, too! Thanks for counting me in.

  5. How pretty! Love all the different looks for the Rose of Sharon. I have one question you mention it would fit in the BIg shot will it also fit in Baby GO!? just asking as I thought the big shot was little like Baby GO!

  6. My heart started beating faster when the pictures came up. I can't begin to tell you what happened when you said you had a giveaway of a copy of the book! YES, YES! I would LOVE to win SOOOO much!

  7. What a beautiful quilt!! I'd love to win this book! Reasons in no particular order are:
    1. My name is Sharon :)
    2. I have a Rose of Sharon in my front yard.
    3. I'm new to quilting and almost finished with my first appliqued quilt.
    4. Would love to make this quilt!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Would love to win a copy of this book. All of the different designs are so inspiring as a beginner appliquer. Thanks for the chance

  9. Wow, what a lovely quilt and a great cause. I would love the book, this something I have wanted to do for awhile.

  10. I really need this book! I'm working on a queen size quilt and decided to add an applique border, but can't decide what to put on it! This book would certainly be the inspiration I need!

  11. I love the fabrics and colors in the quilt, it would be a wonderful book to have. I can see it as a book that you could use in different ways to come up with new layouts and quilts.


  12. I am a sucker for batiks and applique too. I picked up some yummy new batiks at festival and think Sharons Rose of Sharon book is just what I need to start cutting into them. Sharon's work is beautiful and I need a new tablerunner! Thanks for a chance to win!

  13. Let's just say "bucket list". I have a Rose of Sharon on my list of "gotta make before I die" but I need INSPIRATION!

  14. I would love to win this book - wow, all those blocks are so beautiful. It is nice to have some hand work to do while sitting in the evening these would certainly do.

  15. Would love to win the book!


  16. I did buy the GO die and would love to have the book to get the inspiration going!

  17. I would love this book because: I love to applique, the designs are gorgeous and lastly because I am a Sharon and well it's just fitting to want anything with my name in it!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a great book! Sharonj.

  18. Hi Kelly: Thanks so much for the lovely blog entry about the Rose of Sharon project - I thought I'd answer the question about the Accuquilt die - Yes it does fit the Go Baby - I had fun demonstrating it in my class in Houston. One other thing you'll be interested in knowing. The picture you have of the back of the quilt is actually bobbin thread from quilting it on an 'ordinary' Bernina machine - not an embroidery machine. There is a quilt that was done on an embroidery machine and I'd be happy to send you a picture of it if you want. Again, many thanks for the lovely blog.
    Cheers Sharon Pederson

  19. Hi Kelly, I have the batik fabric, just need the book to make one of these incredible table runners; they are exquisite. Thanks for making this possible. Sam

  20. I have been admiring this book for some time...I'm a batikaholic and love applique but don't do as much as I would like. I'd love to have this book for inspiration. I didn't know there was a DVD!

  21. Sharon's quilts are amazing and I would love to try one of the blocks in her book. I have a Go! so I definitely want to get the die for it. Thanks for the giveaway and I would love to win an autographed copy of the book.

  22. I'm not sure if my comment made it, so I will try again. Please forgive me if I've commented twice. I would love to make a block from Sharon's book. I haven't tried very much applique and these are gorgeous. I would probably make a table runner as well since it would give me the practice I need but not be too overwhelming. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Those really are gorgeous! I would love to have her book, but I think someone else would deserve it more--I don't know when I'd get to using it, so draw the next winner if you get my name. I was on the same plane as Sharon Pederson on the way to Market, sitting just a few rows in front of her. I didn't try to talk to her or anything on the crowded plane--I always feel funny about hounding celebrities. I must be your twin, right?? :)

  24. I would love the book. I have to get the DVD too!

  25. I love the Rose of Sharon quilt! I have been drooling over it since the first time I saw it. Every time I enter a giveaway for the GO, I list the ROS die as one of the dies I would like to have. Thanks for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book!

  26. If I'm going to do applique, might as well start with something that is beautiful! An autographed copy of the master of ROS quilts would be amazing - particularly a book that has so many award winning interpretations of a block. If made this quilt, would demand having a GO! die too. Thanks for the push.

  27. I fell head over heels in LOVE! with the Rose of Sharon quilt the first time I saw a picture. It is my must make! - one day. Thanks for the chance to win the autographed (Wow!) book. Happy quilting!

  28. Gosh, yet another beauty!! If I won that book, I'd sure make you a wallhanging for your "new" kitchen! Now, is that sucking up or what!? I wouldn't even mind skipping a meal or 2!!

    Thanks for the great review, pics & opportunity!! &&&& <- that's my fingers crossed! :D

  29. Her quilt is beautiful. I love to do applique and would love to own this book.

  30. I can't believe you were lucky enough to get a signed copy from the Lady herself. Sharon Pederson was instrumental in teaching many New Zealand women about quiltmaking. We grasped anything that either Harriet Hargraves or Sharon printed. Way to go Sharon!
    New Zealand

  31. I would love to win this book because the blocks are just stunning. I can look at them over and over and focus on something different each time. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Very beautiful blocks! Love the patterns... Very very nice! I would love to wing this book.

  33. What an inspiration!! Love it.

  34. I would really love to win this book. The possibilities are endless!
    What gorgeous designs!


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