Say hello to spring with a cheerful flower block!
This block will be 8″ once it is sewn into a quilt or project. It works well with the other monthly scrappy blocks (see full list below!). This one is just as quick and easy and fun as the others, so let’s get started!Download this tutorial here.
How to sew an easy flower quilt block
Step 1: Choose your fabrics
Choose some colorful scraps for the flower that are at least 3½” square, a background fabric, a leaf fabric and a center fabric.
Step 2: Cut the fabric pieces
Next, cut up your fabric:
- Cut the flower fabric (purple) into four 3½” squares.
- Cut the background fabric into four 1½” squares, two 1½” ” x 6½” strips, and two 1½” x 8½” strips.
- Cut the leaf fabric (green) into eight 1½” squares.
- Cut the center fabric (yellow) into four squares that are 1½”.
Step 3: Sew the flower
Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of the 1½” squares with a pencil. This marked line will be your sewing line. Lay out the pieces as shown above, with the center blocks (yellow) in the middle, the background blocks on the outer corners and the leaf blocks (green) on the remaining corners.
Sew on the drawn lines on each square.
Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, ¼” away from the drawn line as shown above.
Press the corners away from the center of each block. Then carefully layout the four squares so they are arranged as shown in the photo.
Sew the four center blocks together like a four patch using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seams on the back so that they spin in the center. This will help them to lay flat.
Step 4: Finish the border
Add the side borders using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seams toward the border strip. Repeat with the top and bottom borders. Trim the block to 8½” if needed.
Think of the possibilities!
Choose any color you like to make your flowers — they don’t have to be purple. These flowers would be fun in a rainbow of colors or make a whole bouquet from your favorite color. Pink flowers would be sweet for a baby girl quilt. A row of red flowers would make a striking table topper. Four flowers sewn together in a four patch would make a pretty pillow cover. How many flowers will you make?
Don’t forget to share your blocks and projects in the gallery for everyone to enjoy! We love seeing your spin on these fun little blocks.
If you’re looking for more free scrappy block patterns, we have more to choose from!
- Scrappy star quilt block
- Heart quilt block
- Four-leaf clover quilt block
- Umbrella quilt block
- American flag quilt block
- Scrappy pinwheel quilt block
- Sunflower quilt block
- House quilt block
- Pumpkin quilt block
- Maple leaf quilt block
- Christmas tree quilt block
Our favorite fabrics
Build your stash! Choose from our favorite quilting fabrics in an array of colors and prints.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and was updated in April 2018.