Thursday, May 16, 2013

Modern Panel: Millside Rose

Millside Rose
by Barbara Brackman
17" x 28"

Here's a rose abstracted to the edge, inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow architect and designer. Scroll down for the free pattern.

I began with this watercolor Roses on a Checkered Ground, which he painted in 1914 when he was living at a house named Millside in Walberswick. The painting is from the collection of the Hunterian Gallery at the University of Glasgow (See a link to more at the bottom of this page.)

The watercolor has many ideas in it. I selected the roses and the checkerboards and abstracted it further for a very simple applique panel.

Four shades of pink---the largest and darkest about a fat quarter, the others scraps.

Two black and white checkerboard fabrics:
The larger check for D is cut 4" x 14-1/2". The smaller for the smallest circles just a scrap.

Two black and white stripes
The larger, darker piece C cut 17" x 14-1/2", the smaller piece E cut 5-1/2" x 14-1/2"

A solid black for the border and binding: a half yard.

The diagram includes the finished sizes.

A - Cut 2 strips of black 2" x 17-1/2".
B - Cut 2 strips of black 2" x 25-1/2"
C - Cut the dark strip 14-1/2" x 17" for the applique background
D - Cut the larger check 4" x 14-1/2".
E - Cut the lighter stripe 5-1/2" x 14-1/2".

Cutting the Applique. Cut three of each of the four circles and the oval. Add a scant 1/4" seam allowance. You can click here to see a PDF

Or click on this picture and then copy it to a word file or a JPG and print it out so the gray square is about 8". The measurements for the circles' diameters are approximate.


Stitch the applique first, preparing the shapes by turning under the edges. I glued mine over freezer paper templates, which I removed after I finished sewing by cutting a hole in the back. 
On top of the background piece C stack up the circles as shown and glue or baste down.
Stitch by hand or machine.
Add strips D and E at the bottom.
Add the side borders B and then the top and bottom borders A.

I quilted this simply with white Perle cotton ( a twist) and a long stitch that showed in the blacks. I quilted around the circles in the roses and followed the background stripes down from top to bottom about an inch apart. I quilted in a little curlicue in the bottom border. 

See the catalog of Mackintosh designs at the Hunterian Gallery at the University of Glasgow by clicking here:

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