|Applique - 90" Square, just like the circa 1850 antique|
The block is entirely appliqué, just like the original. I machine pieced the blocks together and did the half square triangles by machine. I am hand quilting it - just like our antique.
You can see the pattern HERE.
See Nancy's Version HERE & HERE. She changed up her center colors and chose one of the pattern variations.
There are several variations on the pattern. It also includes all of the quilting lines so you, or your quilter, can finish it just like the original.
|Hand Quilting on Harrison Rose|
The quilting includes beautiful feathers, including the curves that make the corners turn so easily. There are double hearts, feathered wreathes and other assorted fillers.
The fabrics in the original include orange, blue, yellow and or course - red and and green. The original quilt is shown on the pattern cover.
Other names for the Harrison Rose and similar variations are: Rose of Virginia, Pennsylvania Rose and Rosebud Patchwork. (Brackman Applique Encyclopedia pg. 105) The 'flower head' resembles a Cesar's Crown block.
|Cesars Crown Top|
This is my antique Cesar's Crown top.
It is entirely hand pieced - working with almost all bias edges. Our Harrison Rose pattern includes a full size pattern for this block if you want to give hand piecing a try.
This stitcher did a lot of 'easing' on the seams.
If you study it closely you will see the similarities and differences with the Harrison Rose flower.
Here you can see the hand stitching from another Cesar's Crown block.
Challenging seams in the outside setting fabric.
I found the applique so straight forward. I'm sure for hand piecers this is also fairly simple to do.
This variation (also from our collection) had some of the excess in the seam. To finish the top, this quilter used an early quilt as you go method - circa 1890.
Also note the slight change in the shapes of the block pieces.
The excess was ignored and just quilted over.
Straight line quilting in grids - posibly treadle quilted.
Here is a block at the edge shown with the binding edge.
Much simpler than Harrison Rose or Cesar's Crown quilts.
It's much quirkier in person, with creative solutions to the piecing issues.
|20th Centruy Example - heavily quilted|
This variation is from the 20th Century - also from out collection. See Maureen's HERE & HERE.
Beautiful draped on her railing - and that striking border!
This example is heavily quilted, just as beautiful on the back as it is on the front.
Each block is done in only two colors/prints.
Kretsinger and Hall show and 1840 example - the most similar to our antique quilt. Other published examples include the Chicago Tribune, Cappers Weekly, and Mountain Mist.
Further proof it is a timeless pattern!
|My quilt in the frame - loving feathers!|
I hope you enjoyed the examples and variations for Harrison Rose.
Our pattern is filled with full sized options and variations so you can make a quilt special for you! My personal preference was the stem and basic leaf - most similar to our original.
Stitch what makes you happy!
Have a great stitching week,