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May Flowers: Stitch a Scrappy Flower Quilt Block

Say hello to spring with a cheerful flower block!

may flower block finished

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

scraps for flower block

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

may flower pieces to cut

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

marking for may 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.

Step 4:

sewing on drawn lines

Sew on the drawn lines on each square.

excess trimmed away

Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, ¼” away from the drawn line as shown above.

corners pressed open

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.

pressing from the back

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

with the borders added

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!

Make just one block and add it to the heart, shamrock and umbrella block collection, or make dozens and have a cheerful flower garden quilt.

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.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and was updated in April 2018.

3 Comments

Ruth McHugh

i love this block. Thank you for sharing.

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Karna Wright

Love this & thanks for sharing!!!

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Anne L Miller

Thank you for the very clear directions and photos. With these pictures, I know how to cut, piece and what the back of the block should look like, how to press it, etc. Thanks!!

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