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From my sketchbook: Rosehip

I mentioned earlier this year that I was planning (yet) another Arts & Crafts-inspired quilt and here it is: Rosehip. This design is one of those satisfying 'one block' quilts that, with a bit of tweaking to the background fabric and block orientation, creates it's own border.

The block evolved from the Pomegranate cushion that I made a couple of years ago. I was also influenced by Arts & Crafts tile design - tiles are wonderful inspiration for quilts - and the work of William de Morgan. De Morgan produced designs for Morris & Co. in the last quarter of the 19th century. In his Nine-Square Bough tile he adapted the motif of a diagonal branch with leaves and fruit used by William Morris in his Fruit wallpaper design. In turn Sanderson - the present day manufacturers of Morris & Co. designs - interpreted De Morgan's tile as a fabric ...and so we come full circle.