Thinking of (Next) Spring

I love tulips.

It seems so optimistic to plant tulip bulbs in the face of an oncoming winter as if to remind ourselves that as cold and snowy as the next few months might be, spring is waiting on the other side.

Today I’d like to share a tulip block that I used in a quilt I made a couple of years ago for my guild’s Charm Square Challenge. A Charm Square is 5″ x 5″. As it happens, this block, and the quilt I’ll show you in the next blog, can also be made with Thrifty Quilter pieces.

The tulip block has four sections – the flower, two leaf sections, and a square.

Let’s begin with the flower section:

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 1: sew a 1.5″ colored  to a 1.5″ white square, then add a 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 2: You will also need two 2.5″ colored & white half-square triangles, and one 2.5″ colored square. Lay the pieces out as shown and sew together to make a tulip flower. Set aside.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 3: You will need to make two leaf sections. For each one you need one 2.5″ x 4.5″ green rectangle and two 2.5″ white squares. You also need two matching pieces, one a 2.5″ square and the other a 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 4: Use the “sew and flip” method to make the units shown. Notice that the triangle slant “upward” in the purple units and “downward” in the red units.  Sew the center seams to complete these units.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 5: Lay the flower section, the leaf sections and a 4.5″ square out as shown and sew together to complete your tulip block.

Next time I will show you the quilt I made with these tulip blocks. To make your own, you will need eight tulip blocks.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAYou will also need fifteen 4-patch blocks made with 4.5″ squares.

My quilt is 44″ x 60″.

To make it, you need:

3 yards white for backgrounds. Cut 48 2.5″ squares, 8 1.5″ squares, 8 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles, 48 4.5″ squares (or 21 5″ squares & 6 4.5″ squares), 5 2.5″ x width of fabric strips for borders.

Scraps: 2 sets of 5 2.5″ squares for flowers, 8 pairs of 2.5″ x 4.5″ green rectangles for leaves, 16 sets of matching 2.5″ squares and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles for the tulip blocks, 60 4.5″ assorted 4.5″ squares for 4-patches. Your will also need 42 more assorted 4.5″ squares or 21 assorted 5″ squares for half-square triangle blocks, which we will make next time.

Categories: 8" TQ Blocks, HST's, Quilts, Scrap Quilts, Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns | 1 Comment

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  1. cindy fellabaum

    great quilt block. can’t wait tell I get home from camping to try it. thank you so very much for sharing. Your the greatest.


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