I recently received the Rose of Sharon Block Book by Sharon Pederson featuring the designs from the EQ6 Challenge. I’ve always felt fairly neutral about Rose of Sharon quilts; having a great appreciation for the applique skills that go into them but feeling that the designs were very predictable. That has not kept me from exploring what’s new out there for ROS. And the bocks from the EQ6 really deliver on new and exciting designs. In addition, The Quilt Show has a great Block of the Month for 2010 for a Rose of Sharon Quilt done in blues. And Electric Quilt has a free EQ6 library download for all of the blocks from the ROS challenge.
After perusing the ROS Block Book, I decided to print out some of the blocks from EQ7 and see how they work with my Accuquilt ROS die. Of course, it’s perfect. The ROS die has so many different size roses that it is very easy to find the perfect ones to fit each design. The ROS die has three circles sized to match the designs. A couple of different sizes of leaves were the only thing I didn’t have, but they are very easy to cut with scissors. Being able to have all those roses cut accurately and quickly was wonderful. I fused this last night and have machine apliqued the leaves.