St. Therese of Lisieux (1873 - 1897) has always been one of my favorite saints. My sister was named after her and my mother always considered her both of our patron saints. I first read her autobiography Story of a Soul when I was eight or nine years old and have read it several times since. Each time, I garner some new perspective on life and living her little way.
St. Therese said "I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven, doing good on earth." In art, she is often portrayed with a cross and roses so for this 12' x 12" quilt block I have a cross set on the diagonal, with four roses emanating from the center.
This block would make a lovely repeating pattern for a quilt. If one wished, one could alternate the color of the roses, the cross, or the background to add some additional contrast or visual interest.
To download the free pattern, please click here: Quilt Block in Honor of St. Therese