Blossom Quilt Pattern


Blossom quilt

Blossom quilt

The Blossom quilt pattern is so called because I’ve used a new range of fabrics from Fabric Freedom called Blossom.  It is a very simple pattern and I have made it 46″ square although it is the sort of pattern that you could make bigger very easily by just adding extra frames.  To make the blossom quilt, you begin with the central square and then add frames around it in two pairs of light/dark fabrics.  There are lots of strips of fabric, so the quilt grows really quickly.

I have used 1 yard of one of the light fabrics and 1/2 yard each of the other four fabrics.

You can buy these fabrics as a kit at 10% off the fabric price here.

Cutting requirements

First dark fabric:  one 6.1/2″ square, twelve 3.1/2″ squares

First light fabric:  four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 18.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 30.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

Second dark fabric:  twelve 3.1/2″ squares, twelve 3.7/8″ squares

Second light fabric:  four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 18.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 30.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, twelve 3.7/8″ squares

Third dark fabric (the border): two 3.1/2″ strips 42.1/2″ long, two 3.1/2″ strips 46.1/2″ long

First frame of the blossom quilt

First frame of the blossom quilt

Sew the patches in columns

Sew the patches in columns

Making the blossom quilt – first frame

Begin with a 6.1/2″ dark blue square in the middle.  Place a 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ light rectangle on each side of the central square, with a 3.1/2″ dark blue square in each corner.

Sew the patches together in columns and then sew the columns to each other.  This is the first frame of the blossom quilt.

 

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Second frame of the blossom quilt

Second frame of the blossom quilt

Making the second frame

The second frame is made using the second pairing of light and dark fabrics.  You will need eight half square triangle units.  These are made by placing two 3.7/8″ squares with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.

Sew the patches together in columns

Sew the patches together in columns

Place a 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ light rectangle on all four edges of the first frame.  In each corner you will need one 3.1/2″ dark square and two half square triangles.  Place the triangles so that with the dark square they form a larger triangle on each corner.

Sew the squares down each side together in columns.  Across the top and bottom of the quilt sew the half square triangles to the rectangle and then these strips can be sewn to the first frame.

Frame three of the quilt

Frame three of the quilt

Third and fourth frames of the blossom quilt

The pattern is now repeated with frame three being the same as frame one (only bigger, obviously!) and frame four the same as frame two.

So for the third frame you will need four 18.1/2″ lengths of the first light fabric along the edges with a square of the first dark fabric in each corner.

Sew the strips to the top and bottom of the quilt, then sew the squares and strips on the sides into columns before adding them to the main quilt.

Frame four of the quilt

Frame four of the quilt

For frame four you will need 18.1/2″ lengths of the second light fabric along the edges and the two half square triangles and a square of the second dark fabric in each corner.  Sew together in columns as before and then sew the columns to each other.

Frame five of the quilt

Frame five of the quilt

Frames five and six of the blossom quilt

The pattern repeats again with frame five in the first pairing of fabrics and frame six in the second pairing.

For frame five you will need 30.1/2″ lengths of the first light fabric along the edges with a dark square in each corner.

Frame six of the quilt

Frame six of the quilt

 

Frame six uses a 30.1/2″ length of the second light fabric along each edge with the half square triangles and dark square creating a triangle in each corner.

I stopped there at six frames, but if you wanted to make a bigger quilt, you could keep adding frames for as long as you wanted.  For each extra pair of frames you will need to add 12″ to the length of the light fabric strip, so frames seven and eight would need 42.1/2″ light strips and so on.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Quilt border

I have used a fifth fabric for the border in 3.1/2″ widths.  You will need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the blossom quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.

 

Here’s the video:

I had hoped to bring you a photo of my first full work of art quilted on Minnie, my longarm, but sadly I don’t have anything completed yet.  Last week I went on a course for new longarm owners and I was astonished at how many and varied were the mistakes that I had made in setting up.  No wonder the poor dear was struggling to sew anything sensible for me!  I have now corrected most of the setup mistakes and she glides over the fabric just as I had hoped she would – I hope I’ll have something to show you next week.

 

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  1. Carolyn McAllister says:

    Dear Rose,
    I am sure we are all eager to see Minnie’s talents but I gain encouragement from seeing you challenged with a new machine. I have a new Baby Lock Melody and am confused with all the new ways most of the time. Onward and upward!!
    Carolyn

  2. Love it Rose. Good luck in your relationship with Minnie. You just have to get used to working together, that’s all, and you will soon be in harmony. xx

  3. Lori M. says:

    Thank you Rose, the quilt is lovely.. so sorry Minnie was having issues. But I am sure the class is helping…

    • Thanks, Lori. Actually it was me having issues, not Minnie! She didn’t stand a chance if I was too thick to set her up right.

  4. Maria Rakaska says:

    Thank you for your emails and patterns. Keep up the good work.
    (I wish I had time to make them all, but will keep them and make what I can when I can.)

    • Thanks, Maria. I’m glad you like the patterns – sometimes people find that it’s just one section or technique that they use from any one quilt.

  5. Hi Rose,
    Your different geometric patterns never cease to amaze me. They are all unique and all quite lovely.
    Glad to hear that you and Minnie are now a team. I’ll be eager to see what you come up with next week.

    • Hi Claire. Don’t hold your breath – by next week I may be tearing my hair out again as I try to get Minnie to co-operate!

      • Hi Rose,
        We’re in the same boat. Here I am swearing like a sailor because I can’t finish my quilt. I bought a yard of red fabric for the border and I’ve been washing and rinsing it for days. No matter what I add i.e. die absorbing sheets, vinegar, stain removing soap — you name it, the water still turns pink. The nearest fabric stores are both 24 miles round trip from my home and it isn’t worth the trouble just to go back to buy one yard of fabric. I bought a product on line called Synthrapol but will have to wait until Tuesday to get it from CA. I chose the most economical way of shipping and they are shipping the package by UPS. I call it Pony Express. I’ll keep you posted.

        • Hi Claire. Oh I can understand your frustration. In those circumstances I think that I would buy some more fabric (online) and use the red to make shelf liners or something like that where it won’t matter if the colour runs. I’m sure everyone will be interested to know how you get on with Synthrapol. Good luck.

  6. Rose, you must be constantly thinking up patterns.
    I think this one would be suitable as a stash busting project.
    Issues with you and Minnie is just like real life smoothing
    out the rough bits and then finally perfect harmony.
    Thanks Rose.

    • Hi Mary. You’re right – this quilt would be a great stash buster. I hope you’re right about Minnie and harmony!

  7. Hi Rose once again you have come up with another lovely pattern. I think you must be designing in your sleep! Glad you have mastered Minnie – she knows you are going to be gentle with her! You are patient and will soon be enjoying the rewards. Have fun – thats what its all about. Hobbies are to be enjoyed. Have a lovely weekend. Dianne

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    You amaze me. You always have such unique patterns and they are fairly easy the way you ex plain them. This one can use up some of your stash, oops my stash, and you can make it as big as you want to. My problem is what to quilt on it after it is done and ready to quilt. that is always a challenge. Glad Minnie is built correctly and now you can begin to have some fun. Good Luck. Have a great weekend.
    Sandra

    • Thanks, Sandra. I’m hoping to be able to give more ideas for quilting now that I should be able to finish more quilts. Not that I think that my ideas would necessarily be any better than any one else’s!

  9. Such a lovely pattern and the fabrics. Thank you Rose

  10. Shelley says:

    Lovely pattern. I am eager to try this with alternating the white and blue rows with blue and white or perhaps red and white instead of the beige and aqua. Thank you for your efforts and sharing your knowledge.

    • Hi Shelley. Great idea – you could use many different colour combinations – just keep the dark fabric for the corners if you want the same effect.

  11. Hai Rose, really it is a very good design.. thanks for the mail and tutorials

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