May and June are the months for roses in abundance – gardens and parks are full of fragrant blooms and there are even wild roses in the meadows around the city.
Here is a pattern for roses in Art Deco style in honor of all the roses around town. The flowers are easy and fast to sew. Make three panels like in my picture or make just one or make only the flower and no stem and join four or nine in a grid – there are many possibilities. And you can even diminish your stash as all you need are scraps.
The roses are made in the crazy sewing technique.
1. Cut an irregular piece of fabric for the middle. Irregular but with straight edges.
2. Sew a scrap on one side of the middle. Right sides together, line up the edges and sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Open up the two pieces and iron the seam. Cut the rest of the scrap aligning your ruler with one edge of the middle piece.
3. Sew another scrap on the edge you just cut. Open up, iron the seam, cut away the rest of the scrap.
4. Sew scraps all around the middle.
5. With your ruler cut the piece of fabric you just created into another irregular piece with straight edges. The piece should not resemble the middle piece of step 1. Cut other angles.
6. Sew another round of scraps.
7. Cut into an irregular shape that should by now resemble the flower.
8. Sew another round of scraps. This time using green scraps for half of the round and scraps of your background fabric for the other half. Use larger pieces of scraps for this round.
9. Cut the piece into a rectangle or a square (your choice).
10. Voilá! The finished rose. The rose looks even better if you embellish the seamlines with decorative stitches by hand or by machine. You can do this now or quilt the rose this way.
For a rose panel sew the stem between the pieces of background fabric and fuse leaves (cut freehand) onto the background. Join with the rose block.
Having fun sewing these Art Deco Roses!