Many quilters will recognize the inspiration for this design as the traditional Dutch
Rose block, also called Carpenter's Wheel or Broken Star. Here, the design has been
transformed to use simple blocks based on half-square triangles, rather than the
usual 45 degree diamonds. A second round of "petals" completes the design, hence
its name: Double Dutch Rose.
Two color scheme options are offered for this design. The first color scheme (above)
uses four shades each of two contrasting colors, plus a strong background color.
If you've ever taken a fabric dyeing workshop in gradated colors, this is the perfect
project for those fabrics. The second variation (at right) uses only three different
fabrics. Finished size is approximately 53" x 53" (135cm x 135cm), perfect for a
lap quilt, wall hanging, or a small child's bed.