February 29, 2016

Chart 38: Rosemary or our substitute Mexicali Rose, in the Farmer's Wife Sew Along

None of the pieces in Rosemary are From Marti Michell template friendly, and I picked a well-known block with similar design elements as the template-friendly substitute.

Most of our alternate or substitute blocks are named after Iowa farm wives of the 1930s. Mexicali Rose is a song these women might have sung along to on the radio.

The song was a popular love song (music by Jack Tenney and lyrics by Helen Stone) published in 1923. The sorrowful refrain "Mexicali Rose stop crying, I'll come back to you some sunny day" will keep playing in your head if you dare to listen to Gene Autry or Bing Crosby croon it on YouTube. Interestingly, the movie Mexicali Rose that starred Gene Autry was not produced until 1939.

The block is quite straightforward but it does contain a mirror image with triangles that we first encountered in the Addie block; see Template Conversion Chart #11.

My Mexicali Rose Block

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Click the link to download the cutting and sewing chart for Mexicali Rose:

From Marti Michell Template Conversion Chart #38
for cutting and sewing the Mexicali Rose block
In addition to our template conversion PDF download, you will want to read Gnome Angel's tutorials for these blocks.

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W.


  1. I appreciate your FW conversion charts (and the alternate blocks) more than words can say! If it can't be done the Marti way, it's not worth doing! Thank you!
    ~Mary in Portland, Oregon

    1. We're glad you feel that way, Mary! Thanks for your support.