A rose by any other name ....

I love roses!  When we lived in a much cooler climate where it was ideal for growing this beautiful flower, I had quite a few in my garden:

The sub-tropical climate where we live now is not really suitable for growing roses, and our lifestyle is such that I need to have a garden that doesn't need much water or TLC, so there are now no roses in my garden. That doesn't stop me buying fabric with roses on it! And talking about rose fabric, I had better let you know the winner of my giveaway which included some of the lovely Butterscotch and Roses fabric line!

The person that Mr Random.org chose was

Thank you to everyone who entered the Giveaway.  It was so lovely to receive all your delightful comments.

And still on the rose theme, one of my recent designs "Coming up Roses" can be found in the latest edition of Patchwork & Stitching Magazine:

 It's a rectangular vintage-style doily with embroidery, a few beads, some colouring-in and some lovely cotton lace:

It seems that I have had a real penchant for roses lately!!!  Just because I can't grow them, doesn't stop me from stitching them!  I have had a real craving to make LOTS of them - pretty roses, sweet little roses, silky roses, pink roses, lavender roses, apricot roses, tiny rose buds - you name it and I've been doing it!

I went on a search for my tin of silk ribbon and I haven't been able to stop!

 I even bought some more ribbon while I was on holidays! 

I wonder how long it will take to get it out of my system??????

Of course I've been working on some other quilty projects during the daylight hours but have been looking forward to the evenings when I can sit and make roses to my heart's content!

I hope you've enjoyed my rosy pictures!

Happy stitching,


  1. Your ribbon roses are gorgeous! I want to make time to practice them more. They add so much dimension to projects.

  2. Congratulations to the lucky winner. Those roses are gorgeous. I can smell their aroma from here.

  3. Love the ribbon roses. They are beautiful. I love roses too. I decided this year to buy myself some after years of not having any. Hugs,

  4. well done to Maryanne.. your roses are just superb - the real ones and the sewn ones.... I have been promising myself for a while tolearn to sew ribbon roses!!

  5. As always, such a pretty post.

  6. Roses are so beautiful in thread or ribbon thank you for sharing the love of the rose.

  7. Congratulations Maryanne....Love your ribbon roses, Val and the real ones too. Roses were my mum's favourite flower so they have a special meaning for me. I love them too. Have a great week.

  8. Hi,
    I love your rose stitcheries, particularly the silk-ribbon work. I'd love to learn that technique one day!

  9. Val, I'm the winner of your gorgeous sewing set and I can't wait to get it!!! Will be checking the mail box, this week coming. Thanks to the ladies for their congratulations on winning the Giveaway. Will let you know after I receive this lovely gift


  10. I received my giveaway prizes today and they are simply gorgeous.
    Thanks again Val, they will be put to good use in my craft room.



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