This interview is part of the Canadian Quilters Showcase series. I wanted to share with the world some of the amazing talent found here in our country. Quilters from across Canada have submitted quilts with their stories and are featured monthly. Know someone who should be showcased? Nominate them!
Meet Rose-Marie Christie!
Rose-Marie was born in Winnipeg MB, currently lives in Alberta and has lived in provinces across the country including Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan to name a few. She learned to sew in high school. She used to design clothes with her mother, by taking a pattern and making it their own. Sewing took a back seat until she discovered quilting.
Rose-Marie’s 18 year quilting journey has taken her from a simple pillow top to contemporary and art quilts. She is a member of the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters’ Guild and the Sundance 1 RV Resort sewing group in Casa Grande, AZ. These are opportunities for sharing ideas and sewing with others. There is nothing quite like a quilting community.
I love how one piece of fabric can create so many different blocks. A One Block Wonder quilt is on my ‘one day’ list, and after seeing this stunning quilt, they for sure have moved up the list. In fact I’m going to attempt this quilt with 2 complimentary panels. I will be sure to share the process with you!
Quilt name: Bursting Roses
Finished size: 60″ x 70″
Pieced by: Rose-Marie and JoAnn
Quilted by: Rose-Marie
Why did you choose this pattern? How long did it take to make this quilt? Where did you get the pattern? Fabric?
The technique is called One Block Wonder by Maxine Rosenthal. There is no actual pattern. We winter in Casa Grande Arizona. In 2012, my Iowa friend, JoAnn, wanted me to help her get started making one. I helped her with the stacking and she did the cutting. In 2016, she became gravely ill. Nothing was going to stop her going to Casa Grande. I asked how the quilt was coming along. It had not progressed. I asked if she wanted me to put it together. She said yes. She gave me the neat little stacks of triangles stored in sandwich bags. Whenever I had a chance to sew sets of three together, I would pin the sets to show them to her. When they were all sewn, I wheeled her to the Sewing Room in our RV park. We put them on the design wall. It was so nice to have this big space to play with positioning. Once we were both happy with the placement, I started sewing the strips and the hexes began to appear. Maxine’s book is loaded with ideas for borders. JoAnn chose one and I proceeded to finish the quilt top. JoAnn was smiling ear to ear. So heartwarming. JoAnn likes her quilts hand quilted. The idea was for that to be done over the summer, and I would do the binding over winter. Unfortunately she passed away March 2017 while visiting family in California. It was her desire that her family gift me the quilt top, which they did in November. In attendance were 3 of her daughters, her husband and 2 of her dearest friends. I was very grateful. It is an amazing memory for me. At the moment it hangs in my sewing room. Eventually it will hang in my Arizona living room.
Why do you quilt? What do you like most about it? What do you like least about it?
I like all aspects of quilting. I like the creative process the most.
Were there special people or circumstances that encouraged you to begin to quilt?
I love to travel. While visiting an RV park in Texas, I met a number of quilters who sewed and quilted by hand. It didn’t take me long to dive in. I made a block with several hexagons and made a pillow top. All sewing was done by hand. My second project, also done by hand, was a project bag. The addiction began. I soon purchased a small Bernina suitable for travel. When Bob and I embarked on a full-time RVing adventure, Amelia, my trusty little Bernina, followed along. I made bed quilts, wall hangings, tablecloths, placemats, bags and wearables. Many of these were hand quilted. When our nomadic lifestyle came to an end, I purchased another Bernina for embroidery and quilting. Whenever possible, I purchase fabrics as souvenirs of our travels. Our next trip is taking us to Indonesia where I plan to purchase unique batiks.
What do you do with your finished quilts?
Put them on beds, tables, walls, and give as gifts
What do you think of Bursting Roses? Tell us in the comments!