Texas Cactus Quilt Pattern


Texas cactus quilt

Texas cactus quilt

Texas Cactus quilt pattern is actually more difficult to say quickly than I expected when I made the video for this week’s project.  However the quilt itself is very easy to make.  It’s based on the simple Texas cactus quilt block, which is very similar to some of the basket quilt blocks.  I’ve used two batik fabrics together with a lovely deep green fabric from Fabric Freedom’s Tudor range.  The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used sixteen 11″ finished size quilt blocks.

I’ve used 1.1/4 yards each of white and green fabrics with 1/2 yard each of blue and pink.  As ususal you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed Texas cactus quilt block

Completed Texas cactus quilt block

Cutting for the Texas Cactus quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen white, sixteen blue, sixteen green

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each in blue and white, sixteen each in pink and white, sixteen each in pink and green

2.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each in green and white

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen white

2.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the Texax cactus quilt block

Use both the 3.7/8″ and the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.

Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units.  These are either 3.1/2″ or 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Texas cactus quilt block layout

Texas cactus quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown.  The best way to think of the Texas cactus quilt block is as a nine patch unit with a bit extra added on two sides.  So in the main part of the block you have three rows of three:  the first row has a white square, a blue/white half square triangle and a pink/white half square triangle, the second row has a blue/white half square triangle, a blue square and a pink/green half square triangle.  The third row is made with a pink/white half square triangle, a pink/green half square triangle and a green square.

Down the right hand side of the block there’s a white rectangle and a green/white half square triangle.  Across the bottom there’s a white rectangle, a green/white half square triangle and a white square.

Sew the 9 patch section first

Sew the 9 patch section first

Sew the squares together across each row of the nine patch unit and then sew the rows to each other.

Sew the white and green strip to the right hand side of the nine patch unit and then you’ll be able to sew the white/green strip to the bottom of the block.

You’ll need to make sixteen of these blocks.

Assembling the Texas cactus quilt

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.

I have placed the blocks so that in rows one and three the cactus points to the top left while in rows two and four the cactus points to the top right.  I feel that this gives a sort of chevron effect to the quilt which I like.

Finally add the Texas cactus quilt border.  I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric for this.  You’ll need two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Texas cactus quilt border.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  You can find full details of these steps in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Edgbaston reservoir

Edgbaston reservoir

Before I moved to Birmingham, if anyone had said ‘Edgbaston’ to me, I would immediately have thought of the cricket ground.  However Edgbaston also has a reservoir which is an absolute delight.  It’s really close to the city centre but is an oasis of calm.  There’s an all-weather walk in the trees around the reservoir or you can walk along the edge where it is sandy and feels just like a beach.  I can see that I’ll be returning there many times for walks.

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  1. vani hegde says:

    Nice pattern. excellent instructions. thanks Rose.

  2. Pam Moriarty says:

    Hi Rose I did not have a blue message either love you patterns look forward to them every week regards Pam

  3. Thank you for another lovely pattern. It was great to see the photograph of the reservoir – I grew up in Hurst Green, very close to Quinton, went to Girl Guides in Edgebaston and also learnt to sail on that reservoir!! Happy memories. I hope you enjoy your new surroundings.

    • hi Ann. The sailing club is stil there – my photo was taken at the other side of the reservoir. I haven’t visited Hurst Green yet – there are so many wonderful new places for me still to explore.

  4. Mary woolley says:

    Hi Rose, I am always amazed at how you do it , finding time not just making all these great patterns but answering all your messages too , and getting on with life as well, I do hope you’ll be very happy in your new home , now you’ve settled in. I do love this pattern and will definitely be trying it . Thank you so much
    Welsh Mary in Yorks xxx

    • hi Mary. Thanks for your kind comments. I just love being able to spend so much time quilting. I am certainly pleased that I took the plunge and moved to Birmingham.

  5. gwen mullings says:

    Hi Rose, I really don’t know how you do it – a different lovely quilt pattern every week AND free. No blje message for me either. Reading about your birthday tea with the children , we had one yesterday when my great grandchildren decided to play hide and seek under the table, they got so excited when they were found they pulled the table clothoff with all the left over buffet on it – I’ll leave the rest to your imagination!!!!! Enjoy the autumn colours. Gwen

    • Hi Gwen. Our birthday tea was definitely more sedate than yours – I’m guessing your great grand children didn’t manage that party trick of pulling the table cloth out while leaving the crockery in place!

  6. Mary (Cape Town) says:

    Hello Rose.. I have a blue message advertising a local florist on the pattern page, but not the message you describe. I haven’t tried to open it. Lovely quilt pattern! Best wishes, Mary

    • Hi Mary.The ads at the top of the page are supplied by google and I’m more than happy for you to open them – they are chosen to be interesting to you and they help me with the expense of running this site.

  7. Hello Rose No mystery message on my email either☺maybe the virus “catcher ” caught it first ? regards Deidre . love your patterns

  8. Ingrid Baker says:

    No problem message here but I do have a good virus checker installed

  9. Denise Fiesel says:

    Rose, I didn’t get a blue message at all. Everything is good on on my iPad and phone. Thanks for the great patterns! God Bless you, Denise

  10. Jan in Victoria, BC says:

    No blue font message in my email – all clear! Great quilt and keep up the fabulous work Rose. So pleased that your move has given you so much pleasure.

    Happy days ahead.

  11. Teresa Purvis says:

    Hi Rose, I didn’t see the blue message in the quilt info, everything seems to be OK on my end. Love this quilt! Regards, Teresa

  12. Hi Rose thank you for your email 16 October I didn’t have any message in blue font thanks again

  13. Oh, wow…I can see this as a Christmas Cactus. Beautiful on the table with matching napkins to match the border. You have outdone yourself. And it looks pretty easy too. This goes to the top of my “next” list. Thanks Rose.
    Did you have a good time at the birthday tea?

    • Hi Linda. What a lovely picture that conjures up – that would make a beautiful Christmas table. The birthday tea was lovely, thanks. All the children were there, food was delicious and I had a peaceful walk through Green Park to get to the hotel.

  14. Sandera Barnett says:

    oh Rose
    wonderful quilt love the colours glad you are enjoying your new surroundings Hope I don’t time out again. thank you for sharing
    Happy quilting Happy weekend

  15. Julia Riding says:

    Hi Rose, this one looks intriguing! Would it lend itself to using scraps for different coloured cacti with a background of one colour, say a textured cream?

    • Great idea, Julia. I think it would look great as a scrappie quilt – and it’s always so satisfying using up scrap fabric.

  16. Hi Rose I am just across the pond in Northern Ireland and we have some beautiful walks around lakes etc. Just love this quilt so will have to have a go at it. Many thanks for your pattern. Vi

    • Hi Vi. There is some magnificent scenery in Northern Ireland. My walks are very important to me – isn’t it funny how much water seems to enhance the scenery, whether as lakes, rivers or streams.

  17. Rose, when I opened the link my immediate thought was TEMPLATES
    but thankfully not. Thank you for another lovely pattern.
    I like the picture of Edgbaston. I’m lucky where I live as we have lovely walks.
    What’s the update on Minnie’s home?
    Have a lovely creative week-end.

    • Hi Mary. No templates – just an old, traditional quilt block. We seem to have some lovely walks around here as well – I must get up to the Clent Hills before the weather deteriorates. The base for the shed is being built on 4th November and then the shed itself will arrive a couple of weeks later when the base has had time to settle.

  18. Breda Flood says:

    Hi Rose. I tried to say Texas cactus and it did not come out well. The design is beautiful and again thank you for sharing it. It is lovely and even I should be able to complete it !!!!

    • Hi Breda. There are too many ‘s’ sounds, aren’t there. I had to re record a couple of parts of the video because I messed up the title. It’s definitely an easy block to make.

  19. Dear Rose I am so pleased that you are enjoying your new home and its surroundings. The move was obviously just right for you. Thank you for sharing your photos.

    all best Janny

    • Thanks, Janny. Yes, I definitely feel that I did the right thing when I moved – there’s always a nagging worry when you take a major step, isn’t there?