Thursday, December 08, 2016

Great Christmas Tree Tour 2016: Rose Ross Zediker & Quilts!

I've been honored that Cheryl has allowed me to be involved in her "Christmas Tree Blog Tour" over the years and once again, she is hosting me, but I'm out of Christmas ornaments to share so I'm going another route. I'm going to share the Christmas quilts on display and in use at our home during the Christmas season.

I'll start with a snowman and young boy fabric panel I found. Since I'm the mother of a son and have a snowman collection this panel spoke to me! I used a simple nine patch block in green and ivory. The back of the quilt is ivory flannel. I only sew the quilt tops and hire out to have the top quilted to the back. The quilter used green thread in star, tree and leaf patterns.

The next quilt is a bow-tie pattern. This quilt top was hand sewn by my mom. After she passed away, I matched cotton fabric with a village scene for the back and took it to be quilted. I use this on my bed with the bow-tie side up during Christmas. I flip it over and use the winter village side in January, February and March.

I had extra fabric I needed to use so I took embroidery transfers meant for 'tea towels' and made a Santa Claus lap quilt. This hangs by my back entry door to greet my family and friends during the holidays. The back fabric is small, old-fashioned Santa's. The quilter used multi-colored thread in red, green and white and quilted it with sleighs, reindeer and holly leaf designs.

The pinwheel quilt is another quilt my mom had started. She had many of the blocks finished. After her death, I finished the remaining blocks of this quilt. Mom always sewed her blocks by hand. I used my machine. She used quite an array of vibrant Christmas fabric for this quilt. Some of the blocks you can't see are even paired with black fabric. The fabric on the back of this quilt is peppered with various Santa faces. It is quilted with white thread in a large snowflake pattern.

The small Christmas ornament is a bow-tie pattern. Again, this was hand sewn by my Mom. In 1992 (she embroidered the date and our name on the back of the ornament), she made each member of our family an ornament like this. I have four, mine, my husband's, my dad's and my son's. Instead of hanging them on my tree, I pin them to the valance in my dining room.

Lastly, is my Epiphany quilt. The printed fabric is small scenes of the Wise Men seeking Jesus. I paired it with purple and chose the zig-zag pattern to illustrate their long journey to find Christ and how they left another way to keep him safe. When I told the story to the person who quilted this, she chose a 'wandering path' stitch for this lap quilt, again to show the Magi's journey. I enjoyed making this quilt because I used a new to me technique where you sew strips together then cut them to make the block.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my Christmas quilts. I like them so much sometimes it's hard to put them away for the next year!

And a drawing!
In the spirit of the season, I'm giving away one copy of the Lassoed by Marriage Novella Collection that includes my novella, Railroaded into Love to USA resident's only. Also, if you like inspirational romances and quilts, the ebook versions of my quilt series, Lily of the Field, Job's Tears and Rose of Sharon are $0.99 on Amazon.

Thank you, Cheryl, for hosting me yet again. Merry Christmas!

About Rose Ross Zediker
Multi-published author and RITA finalist, Rose Ross Zediker, writes contemporary and historical inspirational romances and has over one hundred publishing credits in the Christian magazine genre for children and adults. Her titles have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists and been finalists for the RITA, National Reader’s Choice, Booksellers Best and Book Buyers Best award contests. Rose is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.                

Lily of the Field
Caroline is a worrier. . .
Her husband died and left her with little money or survival skills. Her son thinks the choices she’s made since then are foolish. And every time an opportunity looks good, something makes her second guess herself.

Rodney has always thought life was good—until a heart attack laid him out flat. Retired now from his executive lifestyle, he begins to realize he wasn’t much more than a workaholic.

Marriage isn’t on either of their minds…but their minds are not God’s, and He is busy taking care of the lilies of the field—and His children.

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Job's Tears
Nothing can stop Sarah.
Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Sarah Buckley is in denial and determined to prove the pessimists wrong. Her life changes—including a new career and a new hobby—cause her mom and best friend to voice concerns that she’s overdoing. To Sarah, though, overdoing is good sent from God.
As a Sanders man, Mark Sanders is better off not committing...and so are the women he dates. After all, his father abandoned his mother when she was diagnosed with MS, and Mark fears he’ll follow in his father’s footsteps. That is, until Sarah Buckley signs up for a quilt class at Mark’s shop and his fear of commitment turns to fear of losing out on love.
Can Sarah and Mark see past the beliefs that blind them and embrace the true good God has placed in their lives?
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Rose of Sharon
Lil’s not what Walt expected.
Lil Hayes isn’t what Walt Sanders had in mind for his home care nurse. Spunky and outspoken, Lil is a formidable match for Vietnam vet Walt as he recovers from hip surgery. It’s clear Lil won’t back down when it comes to Walt’s care. . .and won’t keep from butting into his privacy and offering help where none is needed.
But Lil knows all that would be nothing if Walt knew the truth about her. As a young woman, Lil participated in antiwar rallies—protesting against soldiers just like Walt. Even though Lil lives with regrets, she wonders if she’s capable of handling Walt’s case professionally as she grows to love him—afraid the truth will cause Walt to reject her like another soldier from her pas
The two work through Walt’s recovery and begin to assemble a quilt block together to pass the time, but can two opposing souls find peace—and love—together?
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More Books by Rose
Lassoed by Marriage Collection - Available in Print/Ebook
Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart - Available in Ebook
Dakota Love - Available in Print/Ebook
Sweet on the Cowgirl-Available in Ebook
The Widow's Suitor- RITA Finalist Ebook only
Wedding on the Rocks-Ebook only


  1. Good Morning, Everyone! I have a busy day today, but will try to back this evening to answer any questions you leave or reply to any comments!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Beautiful quilts, Rose. So time-consuming. I'm wondering if you plot your wonderful stories while sewing your quilts?

  3. Hi Julie,

    Occasionally, I do. Sewing is relaxing for me so sometimes plot problems work themselves out while I'm sewing!

  4. I wish I had your talent for quilting and Job's tears sound like an excellent read!!

    1. Thank you, Donna! My sister's name is Donna too!

      Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Wow, I am so impressed. Gorgeous quilts, Rose!

  6. Thanks, Tina! Sewing is my idea of fun...besides reading!