I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt)

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May 19, 2020

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - finished quilt on a tile floorI made this rose themed quilt using the "quilt by the square" method of quilting and rose print and coordinating colored fabric scraps.


Total Time: 10

Yield: 1


  • scraps of rose printed fabric, plus pink, yellow, and green fabric scraps
  • 1 1/2 yards of green fabric
  • thread
  • scraps of quilt batting, I used leftover puffy poly batting. I would recommend, however, that a cotton batting such as Warm and Natural be used as it is softer and easier to fold.
  • yarn for tying
  • large eyed needle for yarn tying step


  1. Design the layout for your quilt squares and rectangles using scraps of rose themed fabric and coordinating colored fabric. For the square in the second picture, I had some strips of rose fabric I sewed around the rose print square. I also used these same strips around the border of the quilt. I cut the other squares and smaller rectangles out of pink, yellow, and green fabric scraps and made a border using green from the 1 1/2 yard of green fabric.
  2. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - layout of quilt top
    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - rose square with strips of rose scraps around the outside

  3. After the pieces have been cut out of the fabric, cut out scraps of batting the same size as the fabric squares and rectangles. Pin the batting to the wrong side of your fabric to hold it together while machine quilting. Machine quilt designs on each square or rectangle. Here I did straight lines and "x's" for my quilt design.
  4. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - batting stitched to squares and rectangles
    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - ready to sew the pieces together
  5. Piece by piece, sew the quilted pieces together, row by row, adding the rose print strips and green fabric as a border. Cut the bottom/backing of the quilt according to size of top, allowing 1 to 2" for a binding border. Pin with large safety pins to hold the layers together. Hand tie in the corners of the squares with yarn to hold the top and bottom together.
  6. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - using yarn to tie in the corners

  7. Fold in excess fabric of bottom/backing of quilt and pin to top. Hand stitch around perimeter of quilt using the blind stitch.
  8. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Quilt) - backing excess is folded to the front and blind stitched in place to complete the border
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