Mexican Rose Quilt 4

EQ Mexican Rose 4

This series opened up a real big can of worms.

The Mexican Rose block is in the Electric Quilt library. A simple cross design with an attractive centre. I started playing with the design by tipping it on point to get some diagonal lines, then because a straight cross design doesn’t fill the block when twisted 45 degrees, I enlarged it to fill the block. I also got rid of the rose itself, and used just the centre as a block in its own right. I also deleted bits of the design to make some blocks which created borders … complete with corners. Then deleted more bits when I wanted some quilting designs.

When I thought I had reached the limit of possibilities with this block, I started looking for more cross designs. I found some more in the EQ library, some in My Library, and more in sketch books. I now have a rather large collection of designs to play with.

Then I wondered what would happen if I made the four spoke cross designs into eight spoke designs by mixing them up. If I disappear from view you will find me under a mountain of virtual block designs, and I am grateful that virtual blocks don’t take up a lot of room, otherwise we would be moving out to make room for them!

Now I am wondering if any of them would work in a wreath design.

I think I will go back to the sewing room in the real world for a while!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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6 Responses to Mexican Rose Quilt 4

  1. I had to chuckle at the way you get lost in your wanderings through “what if I . . .” – I can really see what you mean! My library isn’t as extensive as yours, but I still lose huge chunks of time to tweaking and trimming and turning! Yes, sometimes it is safer to work on a real-life quilt! Can’t wait to see some of the rest of this series – it’s a very pretty block.


    • Liz,

      Mexican Rose is a pretty block, and I have used it as a starting point before, so some of the elements keep appearing in different settings. I am hoping that now I have spent time concentrating on this one block I will remember where those assorted bits came from when I see them elsewhere!

      It is nice to know I am not alone in the virtual ‘What if …’ world!

      The hardest part is keeping it organised so I can find what I did yesterday … as for last month …………

      Judy B

      On 3 September 2015 at 10:49, Virtual Quilter wrote:



  2. Oh Wow, Isn’t that the truth trying to keep things organized is soooo hard. It is so interesting how one move leads you on to the next in an amazing creative circle.


    • Cindy,

      I try to keep things organised … but every so often I create a massive stuff up, particularly in My Library! I spent an hour resorting blocks yesterday and I have promised myself I will not do that again. Not this week anyway!

      Judy B

      On 5 September 2015 at 23:39, Virtual Quilter wrote:



  3. Annie says:

    I really enjoy the way your mind works!


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