BLOCK Friday: Pieced Flower Quilts

Pretty Posies

Flower quilts there are aplenty, but due to the nature of the subject matter (think soft, curved petals), many are created using applique techniques. So what’s a piecer who loves flowers to do? Try some of the many pieced flower quilt block patterns in the quilting universe, of course! The Fons & Porter archives are rich with examples of flower garden quilts made without a single applique stitch.

Pretty Posies by Diane Tomlinson is a lovely example of a flower quilt made with simple, open-petal daisy style blocks. This particular block starts with a 10″ precut fabric square, and a quick free video shows construction from start to finish. With just a few easy triangle corners, you can piece a posie in no time flat! An instant digital pattern for this quilt is available.

Country Garden Quilt
Country Garden

The Country Garden quilted table runner pattern features sweet-as-spring pieced tulip blocks. This is another Diane Tomlinson design, this one the cover quilt for the new Spring 2017 issue of Easy Quilts magazine. There’s a bit of template piecing required for this project, to get those elongated triangles for the leaves and outer petals, but with only ten 6″ blocks to make this is still a one-weekend project. Creative piecing like this can add a lot of realism to a pieced flower block – well worth the extra effort!

Orange City Tulips

Orange City Tulips has another example of a pieced tulip quilt block. This 19″ x 49″ project designed by Kay Bergquist is rated Easy and includes only basic piecing techniques. Kay created her table quilt in batiks, adding to the realistic look of the finished product. The subtle gradations of color and natural textures found in batiks can give flower quilts extra depth and the single blossoms individuality, just like flowers in nature!

This is a fast project, taking only a few evenings or a nice weekend of stitching. If you’d like to try this pieced flower block, a digital quilt pattern is available for the project.

Pots of Posies quilt
Pots of Posies

In the Pots of Posies quilt designed by Mischele Hart, sawtooth stars with snowball block centers represent flowers, and simple triangles combine to create their containers. Twelve 12″ blocks and a lovely lattice sashing, plus a mitered outer border, make this quilt a nice size for family sofa snuggling or a small bed.

This particular pieced flower block is more stylized than realistic, but very “quilterly” and effective. The choice of yellow fabric for the flower centers ramps up the cheerfulness quotient. The block itself could be arranged in many ways, some of which would create interesting secondary patterns. The Pots of Posies quilt pattern is available as an instant digital download.

Prickly Flowers

Going a little further on the stylized side of flower quilts, the pieced flower blocks in Prickly Flowers are a scrap quilter’s dream. This design by Melissa Eubanks fits a queen size bed and requires just 9 big blocks.

The flower shapes in this block evoke cactus blossoms, with their open, sharply pointed florets. The piecing in this block is basic, and at a finished size of 28″ the patches are relatively large. Square-in-a-square centers, angled rectangles, and flying geese are some of the simple units used to create these blossom shapes. If you want to make a big impact with a flower quilt block, this design may be your next project! Digital patterns are available.

Prairie Blossoms
Prairie Blossoms

The flower blocks in Prairie Blossoms by Jane Vaughan are also stylized. This flower quilt pattern starts with precut 2 1/2″-wide fabric strips, saving time in cutting. A free video tutorial demonstrates block construction to get you started on this one.

A variety of 1930s repro fabrics was used in Jane’s quilt, but this design would lend itself well to other fabrications, too. Contemporary florals, batiks, Civil War repros, Asian-themed prints, scrappy assortments….all would look great in this basic and beautiful pieced flower block. Check out the digital pattern if you’d like to give this one a try.

Cactus Blooms Quilt
Cactus Blooms

Cactus Blooms by Emily Bailey gives you 30 opportunities to mix and match assorted fabrics to create an entire field of flowers. With stars as their centers, these pieced flower blocks are again on the stylized end of things, but each definitely gives the look of a full-open bloom.

This flower quilt pattern is a great way to use scrap fabrics from your stash, and we also have a limited number of quilt kits in case you’d like to make your version using fabrics from Moda as Emily did. Kits come with the quilt pattern; get a digital pattern if you’d like to select your own fabrics.

Viola Blossoms

And just because you prefer piecing to applique doesn’t mean your flowers can’t have curved petals! Many curved-piecing blocks have been used to represent blooms in quilts. In Viola Blossoms, designer Leslie Main used tiny gold squares for the flower centers, but all the other patches in the blocks have gentle curves. The digital quilt pattern includes templates for all the shapes needed, but patches can also be cut using the AccuQuilt Go! 12″ snowball die set. Either way, the quilt pattern is rated Easy, and you’ll end up with beautiful curved-petal blossoms in your quilt blocks.

Floating Breeze Blossom Quilt
Floating Breeze Blossoms

Floating Breeze Blossoms by Violet Craft is another example of a pieced flower quilt with lovely curves. In this case, the curved piecing is similar to that used to make Drunkard’s Path quilt blocks. Watch a free short video to see this technique in action, and then make a practice block! You’ll see how easy it is to get the look of a realistic full-blown flower with simple curved piecing. Check out the digital quilt pattern here.

Are you ready to try some pieced flower quilts? Have you already made a quilt with pieced flower blocks? Inspire us in the comments below, and share photos of your work on the Fons & Porter Facebook page!

Happy Quilting!
The Fons & Porter Team

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