Patchwork Tulips Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 06

    Intro to the Patchwork Tulip Quilt Block

    Patchwork Tulips Quilt Block Pattern
    Patchwork Tulips Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    This patchwork tulip quilt block pattern is sewn by creating eight half square triangle units, along with a combination of squares and rectangles. The tulip is not a difficult quilt block to assemble, but do be careful to place the center bud in each corner (shown in blue) in the correct position.

    Follow the instructions to sew four Tulip quilt blocks. Repeat to make additional blocks as needed. 

    Tulip block finished size: 9" x 9"

    Reproduction Fabric Circa 1930's

    Choose any fabrics. The...MORE block illustrated was part of a quilt block exchange during a former quilting forum event.

    Cutting Instructions for Four Tulip Blocks

    Square up one end of each fabric strip before cutting segments.

    Pink Print

    • One 2-1/2" x 42" strip, cut into sixteen 2-1/2" squares
    • One 2-7/8" x 42" strip, cut into fourteen 2-7/8" squares for half square triangles
    • One 2-7/8" x 6-1/4" strip, cut into two 2-7/8" squares for half square triangles

    Blue Print

    • One 1-1/2" x 30" strip, cut into four 1-1/2" squares; reserve remaining strip

    Kona Natural Solid or Any Other Fabric

    • One 1-1/2" x 25" strip
    • One 2-1/2" x 25" strip, cut into sixteen 1-1/2" segments
    • One 4-1/2" x 26" strip, cut into sixteen 1-1/2" wide bars
    • One 2-7/8" x 42" strip, cut into fourteen 2-7/8" squares for half square triangles
    • One 2-7/8" x 6-1/4" strip, cut into two 2-7/8" squares for half square triangles

    Tip: Use oversize (3") squares instead of 2-7/8" squares for triangle units. Use a square ruler with a 45-degree line to trim units to exactly 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" after assembly. My quick pieced half square triangle units tutorial includes trim-back instructions.

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  • 02 of 06

    Make Patchwork for the Tulip Quilt Block

    Pieced components for the Tulip Block. © Janet Wickell

    Make Half Square Triangle Units

    Make thirty-two half square triangle units by combining the sixteen pink 2-7/8" squares and sixteen Kona natural squares. Follow the instructions in my quick piecing method to create the units.

    Each unit should measure exactly 2-1/2" square when complete.

    The Magic 8 method is another technique to try since it helps you sew eight identical half-square triangle units at one time.

    Make Strip Pieced "Bud" Units

    Honestly--it's not a bud, but I don't...MORE know what else to call the little blue square set into the "V" of the flowers.

    1. Sew a 1-1/2" x 25" Kona natural strip lengthwise to what remains of your blue print strip. Press to set the seam.
    2. Press the seam allowance towards the blue strip.
    3. Square up one end of the strip set and cut (16) 1-1/2" segments from it.
    4. Arrange a 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" Kona natural rectangle and a blue/Kona pieced unit as shown in the diagram above, with the blue square in the lower left corner. Sew the units together in that configuration and press the seam allowance towards the Kona rectangle.
    5. Repeat to make sixteen identical units. Use chain piecing to speed things along.
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  • 03 of 06

    Begin Assembling the Patchwork Tulip Quilt Blocks

    tulip quilt block
    Make the Tulip Units. © Janet Wickell
    1. Arrange a print 2-1/2" square, two half square triangle units and the pieced bud unit as shown in the illustration above. Make sure the tips of the pink triangles point towards each other and that the blue square is nestled into the "V" of the pink triangles.
    2. Sew the top row together and press the seam allowance towards the blue square.
    3. Sew the bottom row together and press the seam allowance towards the printed pink square.
    4. Sew the rows together, matching seams carefully. Press the...MORE seam allowance towards the bottom row (pink square/triangle combo).
    5. Repeat to make a total of 16 tulip units.
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  • 04 of 06

    Assemble Rows for the Tulip Quilt Block

    tulip quilt block
    Pairs of Tulip Units Sewn Together. © Janet Wickell

    Assemble the Double Tulip Rows

    1. Arrange two patchwork tulip units side by side, but oriented so that the flowers point away from each other.
    2. Place a 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" Kona natural bar between the units. Sew a tulip to each side of the bar. Press seam allowances towards the narrow bars.
    3. Repeat to make eight identical double tulip rows.
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  • 05 of 06

    Finish Sewing the Patchwork Tulip Quilt Blocks

    Getting ready to finish assembling the Tulip Block. © Janet Wickell
    1. Arrange two double tulips, as shown above, flip-flopped so they become mirror images of each other.
    2. Sew a 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" Kona natural bar to two opposite sides of a 1-1/2" blue square as shown in the middle row. Press the seam allowances away from the blue square.
    3. Sew the Step 2 unit between the two double-tulip units. Press the seam allowances towards the narrow unit.
    4. Use the rest of the components to make a total of four tulip blocks.

    If you need more quilt blocks, repeat the process...MORE again. If you want all blocks to be identical, cut additional strips of fabrics. For instance, you can cut sixteen 2-1/2" squares from a 2-1/2" x 42" strip. Or fourteen 2-7/8" squares from a 2-7/8" 42" strip.

    Always include a little extra for squaring up the strip end and making corrections as you cut.

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  • 06 of 06

    Make Scrappy Tulip Quilt Blocks

    Tulip Block options, with a second fabric used for plain squares. © Janet Wickell

    Make a Scrappier Tulip Quilt

    Vary fabrics in your patchwork tulip blocks to make them a little scrappier. Instead of making tulips from just one fabric, two of the blocks above use a second, but related, fabric for the squares.

    Use as many fabrics as you wish to make a scrap quilt. Our scrap quilts photo gallery illustrates how to use many fabrics in the same quilt.