Cactus Pot Quilt Block Pattern

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    How to Make Cactus Pot Quilt Blocks

    Cactus Pot Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    The Cactus Pot quilt block pattern goes together quickly. The block has just enough half-square triangle "blossoms" to give it a nice, prickly texture, but not so many that it becomes a chore to stitch them.

    Finished Cactus Pot Quilt Block Size: 12-inches or 4-inches square

    Cutting Chart for Two Cactus Pot Quilt Blocks

    Colors are listed for clarity. Use any fabrics you like, because there's no need to follow a specific theme. See the small square that's at one corner of the block,...MORE between two paisley/background half-square triangle units? Some quilters like for it to represent a central "bud," and cut it from a fabric that works with the "flower" rather than from the background fabric as directed below.

    Make Two 12" Cactus Pot Quilt Blocks

    Floral or Paisley Print

    • one 6-7/8" x 6-7/8" square

    Tone-on-tone for 'Buds'

    • four 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

    Tone-on-Tone for Basket

    • one 6-7/8" x 6-7/8" square
    • two 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

    Background

    • two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
    • four 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares
    • four 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
    • one 6-7/8" x 6-7/8" square

    Make Two 4" Cactus Pot Quilt Blocks

    Floral or Paisley Print

    • one 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square

    Tone-on-Tone for 'Buds'

    • four 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares

    Tone-on-Tone for Basket

    • one 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square
    • two 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares

    Background

    • two 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
    • four 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares
    • four 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
    • one 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square

     

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  • 02 of 03

    Make a 12-inch Square Cactus Pot Quilt Block

    Cactus Pot Quilt Block Instructions
    Janet Wickell

    Cactus Pot Quilt Block Pattern

    Use a 1/4" seam allowance to make the Cactus Pot quilt block, placing units right sides together for sewing and matching edges. Secure fabric with straight pins if necessary. If your components are consistently too small, use a scant quarter-inch seam (a slightly narrower seam).

    Try the Magic 8 half square triangle method if you plan to make lots of identical units.

    12" Cactus Pot Block

    1. Pair each 3-7/8" background square with a tone-on-tone...MORE 'bud' square of the same size. Use an easy quick piecing method to make eight half-square triangle units from the pairs. When complete, each unit should measure 3-1/2" square.
    2. Cut the 3-7/8" basket squares in half once diagonally. Sew a triangle to the short end of a background rectangle as shown. Make another unit that's a mirror image of the first as shown.
    3. Press to set the seams.
    4. Press seam allowances towards the rectangle. Make another pair.
    5. Use the same quick piecing method to make two floral/basket half square triangle units from the 6-7/8" squares, or cut each square in half once diagonally as shown and sew together to make units that measure 6-1/2" square when complete.
    6. Sew two floral/background triangle square units together as shown — left in the middle row of drawing. Sew a 3-1/2" background square to the left end of the unit. Press seam allowances towards the square.
    7. Sew two floral/background triangle squares together vertically as shown. Press seams towards the darker fabric. Sew this unit to the left side of the large paisley/turquoise triangle square. Press seam allowance towards the large triangle square.
    8. Sew the top strip to the Step 7 unit. Press seam allowance towards the upper strip.
    9. Sew the rectangular units to the Step 8 unit. Press seam allowances towards the rectangular units.
    10. Cut the 6-7/8" background square in half once diagonally (not shown). Center and sew a triangle under the Cactus Pot's "legs." Press seam towards triangle. The block should measure 12-1/2" square.
    11. Make another Cactus Pot quilt block.

    To Make the 4-inch Cactus Pot Blocks

    The instructions for 4-inch quilt blocks are exactly the same. Simply substitute the smaller patches during assembly.

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  • 03 of 03

    Cactus Pot Quilt Block Layout Suggestions

    Cactus Pot Quilt Block Layout Options
    Janet Wickell

    Cactus Pot Quilt Block Layout Suggestions

    Like most patchwork quilt blocks, a group of Cactus Pot blocks looks entirely different when you vary their arrangement.

    The Cactus Pot quilt block layout on the left is traditional, and puts the blocks on point, with setting squares and triangles between them.

    The quilt blocks in the layout on the right don't look very much like Cactus Pot blocks anymore, do they? In fact, they come together in several areas to form a Capital T quilt block.

    Put your...MORE blocks on a design wall and play around with them until you've found the perfect layout.