Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rose Ross Zediker: A Wedding Quilt

My upcoming Heartsong Presents release, Rose of Sharon, is a perfect fit with Cheryl’s anniversary celebration! The heroine in my book is making a Rose of Sharon quilt for her twin sister’s 50th anniversary gift.

The Rose of Sharon quilt motif was popular in the mid 1900’s, and regained popularity in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Just like in Songs of Solomon, the Rose of Sharon quilt block pattern represents romantic love and the sacrament of marriage. An appliqued Rose of Sharon quilt was a popular wedding gift during these eras. There are many variations of the Rose of Sharon quilt block, as you can see by the picture, yet they all represent the sanctity of love and marriage.

An excerpt from Rose of Sharon:
Was he talking to her or just talking?

“Maybe the relatives won’t stay around for breakfast. Maybe they’ll go to Jeanie’s.” Walt’s voice cracked and he wiped his eyes with the middle knuckle on his right index finger.

“Would you like some time alone?” Lil rested her arms on the tabletop, resigned that now just wasn’t the right time to tell Walt she wanted to be released from this assignment. Besides, Tiffany hadn’t returned her call yet, so she didn’t really know if she’d be leaving in a day or two.

Walt sniffed. “No,” he said, shaking his head. “I don’t want to be alone.”

Lil’s chest swelled with fear. Those mesmerizing eyes conveyed another meaning to his words as his hand engulfed hers.

“Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.It wasn’t possible for feelings to develop this quickly, was it? Swallowing hard, Lil knew it was, had lived it. But this wasn’t genuine, just fleeting infatuation.

Silent minutes ticked by as Walt stared at the china cup and Lil stared at their hands.

Today I’m giving away, a copy of the first and second book in my quilting series, Lily of the Field and Job’s Tears, along with a quilted potholder made with the quilt pattern that corresponds with the title of the book, to two lucky commenters.Please leave your email address to be entered in the drawing.

Job's Tears, and, Rose of Sharon, are only available by calling 800-873-8635. You can order as many as you'd like. Several people have told me that they are very pleasant to work with. The first book, Lily of the Field is now available as an ebook through Nook and Kindle. It is still available in print through the publisher, Barbour Publishing (

Rose Ross Zediker lives in rural Elk Point, South Dakota, with her husband of thirty years. Their grown son has started a family of his own. Rose works full-time at The University of South Dakota and writes during the evening or weekends. Some of her pastimes include reading, sewing, embroidery, quilting, and spoiling her granddaughters.

Rose’s quilt themed romance novels include Lily of the Field, Job’s Tears and Rose of Sharon.  Besides writing inspirational romance novels, Rose has many publishing credits in the Christian children’s genre including a non-fiction book, Wealth In Biblical Times. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Visit Rose on the Web at


  1. Rose so nice to see ya on Cheryl's site today, I had not heard this story before of the Rose of Sharon quilt-so interesting. I do remember the many bushes of them around the house when I was growing up-Mom must have liked them a lot. Thanks for sharing today.
    Paula O(

  2. Hi, Rose, Great to see you here and get a snippet of your new book. I'm ready for the rest of the story! Congratulations on your success!

  3. I loved your post and I am looking forward to reading your books. Thanks for a chance to win one. God bless you. I love the quilt picts.

    Glenda Parker

  4. Glenda,

    My aunt made the Lily of the Field block. I made the Job's Tears block.

    Quilts tell such a story!

    Thanks for stopping by today.

  5. I do a little hand quilting myself. Its very relaxing. Book on cd & some needle point and I'm set for the evening. lol
    amanda williams

  6. Amanda,

    I do a lot of embroidery. My quilts usually are embroidery blocks versus pieced blocks.


  7. Hi Rose,

    The quilt blocks are very nice. Both you and your aunt are very talented. I look forward to reading your books.

  8. Greetings, Rose: Would love to win a book for a dear quilting friend of mine. Loved the background on the Rose of Sharon.
    Blessings to you,
    Janet Chester Bly

  9. BW-

    Thank you! I come from a family of quilters!


  10. Janet,

    I hope that you win one of the books. Good Luck!

  11. I love quilts and quilting and the books sound terrific!

    1. Liz,

      So did my Mom! Unfortuneately she passed away before this book series was published. I dedicated Lily of the Field to her.

  12. I just read Job's Tears today and loved it. It's a keeper to be reread. I love the quilt squares. Very beautiful.
    Cathy (small letters)

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  14. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  15. I appreciate the chance to win this book.

    wfnren at aol com

  16. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  17. I loved "Lily of the Field"! An excellent story that showed a very real conflict with an adult child and a beautiful romance - love isn't just for 20-somethings!

  18. Cathy Ann,

    I'm so glad that you liked Job's Tears! And that you told me! That always makes my day.


  19. Angela,

    You are welcome. Good luck in the drawing!

  20. Cathy!

    Thank you! I think we need more stories with older characters.

  21. I loved the first 2 books of your quilt series and can't wait for the 3rd.

  22. I loved the first 2 books of your quilt series and can't wait for the 3rd.

  23. Nice excerpt.


  24. Enter me! I would love to win!!!
    God Bless!
    Sarah Richmond

  25. My husband and I live in southwest Florida but are summering in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. The home we are renting has numerous Rose of Sharon trees and they are just beautiful! New blooms come out every day and always add such beauty to the landscape. I'll bet a quilt with these lovely blooms would be gorgeous. In addition, we have seen so many pretty quilts in stores and antique shops. Gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing the interesting information on the Rose of Sharon quilt motif. I'm sure you will make someone a very happy winner!

  26. Your stories look wonderful and I quilt so I always look for any books that talk or deal with quilting. can't wait to read these books.

  27. the quilts are pretty and books sound good. thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com