Tulip Tile Medallion Quilt Pattern

Tulip tile medallion quilt

Tulip tile medallion quilt

I’ve used the Tulip Tile quilt block to make a medallion in the middle of this pretty summery quilt pattern.  The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1 yard each of white and green fabrics with 3/4 yard of pink, 1/2 yard of batik and 1/4 yard of dark purple fabric.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  I am also holding a belated sale – I normally hold this particular one in May, but didn’t have time last month.  So you can get 16% off all purchases over £5.  No coupon required – the discount will be taken automatically at the checkout.




Completed tulip tile medallion

Completed tulip tile medallion

Cutting requirements for the tulip tile medallion quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  for the tulip tile quilt medallion you will need twenty four purple, twenty four white, four pink and two green.  For the tulip frame you will need twenty four pink, twenty four batik squares.

3.7/8″ squares:  for the tulip tile quilt medallion you will need one each in pink and white, one each in batik and white, one each in pink and batik, two each in pink and green.  For the tulip frame you will need twenty four each in pink and white.

Cut seven 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric across the width of fabric for the two green frames.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Strip piece the squares

Strip piece the tiles

Strip piece the tiles

The quickest way to make the tiles around the central tulip is by using strip piecing.  Sew together a 3.1/2″ strip each of purple and white.  Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals.  This gives you rectangles 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ which are pairs of squares.  Using these speeds up the piecing of the central section.

First four rows

First four rows

Make the tulip tile quilt block

This block is made with eight rows of eight squares.  I’ve shown them four rows at a time.

Rows one and two are made with four pairs of purple/white squares.  The first row begins with a purple square while the second row begins with a white square.  In row three there’s a pair of purple/white square at each end.  In the middle there are two pink/white and two batik/white half square triangle units.  The fourth row also has a pair of purple/white squares at each end, but there are two pink squares and two pink/batik half square triangles in the middle of the row.

Second half of block

Second half of block

In the second half of the block rows five and six each have a pair of purple/white squares at each end.  Row five contains two pink squares and two pink/green half square triangles in the middle.  Place two green squares and two pink/green half square triangles in the middle of row six.

Lay four pairs of purple/white squares in both row seven and row eight.  Row seven begins with purple while row eight begins with white.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the tulip tile medallion quilt block.  This measures 24.1/2″ square.

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Cut 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric for this first frame.  You’ll need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the sides.  The medallion now measures 30.1/2″ square.

Make the mini tulips

Mini tulip blocks

Mini tulip blocks

For the next frame I have chosen to use mini tulip blocks.  These are what I normally refer to as rosebud shapes, but for today I’m calling them tulip shapes!

Place two pink/white half square triangles diagonally opposite each other with the pink triangles touching at the middle to form a butterfly shape.  On the other diagonal place a pink square and a batik square.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  This four patch block now measures 6.1/2″ square.  Make twenty four of these.

Sew together rows of tulips

Sew together rows of tulips

Add the tulip frame

Sew the tulip blocks together in two rows of five blocks and two rows of seven blocks.  You can choose which way you’d like to sew them together.  I have chosen to have all the tulips facing in the same direction.  They form a circuit around the medallion block.

I toyed with the idea of alternating the blocks to make zig zag shapes, but it didn’t look right to me because there are an odd number of blocks along each edge.

Sew the two rows of five blocks to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Then sew the two rows of seven blocks to the sides.  The quilt now measures 42.1/2″ square.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the tulip tile medallion quilt border

Lastly for the final border I have used the same 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the tulip tile medallion quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Quilting fabrics

Quilting fabrics

I mentioned my fabric sale at the top of the page.  Just to repeat myself – I’m offering a discount of 16% on all sales over £5.  Click here to take a look at my quilting shop.

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  1. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Another winner Rose. This is definitely going into my to do list. Love the little tulip/rosebud blocks. Thinking I might make some pot holders as Christmas gifts using this pattern, So enjoy your emails.
    Colleen

    • Thanks, Colleen. You’re right – they would make lovely pot holders. Now why didn’t I think of that!

  2. What a beautiful pattern! Perfect size and colors for a baby girl quilt. Good luck with the pinch pleat curtains. I’m sure you won’t have any problems. You’ll have to send us a photo after they are hung. Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Claire. It’s certainly the right colours for a baby girl quilt. Glad you like it. I’m hoping to deliver the curtains to London next weekend, so I’ll have to make sure I do get them finished this weekend.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    This is a winner as Colleen said and I like her idea of potholders also. I love the cloours but still think maybe some purple in it somewhere. Finished two quilts The third needs to be marked and sewn. Making progress. Also did a trivet for one of the ladies at church. Making a few trivets to take in August when we have our annual retired teacher’s breakfast. Hope you get done all that you have to for the weekend If anyone can make pinch pleats I’m sure yours will be perfect Good luck. Happy weekend and Happy quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I’m sure that you could add some purple somewhere if you made this quilt. Well done for finishing two quilts – I wish that I could say the same. Trivets make lovely small gifts, don’t they.

  4. Shirley McCormick says:

    Hi Rose, The tulip flower was the very first quilt I made. In class, we had to make the centre block of the quilt, it then went around the class as a friendship quilt. Unfortunately some of the ladies complained about doing the last border for some else, so the teacher gave them back to the owners to finish them off. Oh dear, not everyone did the right thing, I had to pull mine as it was a mess. by my fixing it all, I call it my friendship quilt. Tulip flowers are my favourites. I have purchased some of your fairy blocks as I am expecting a gt.gd daughter mid October. Although it isn’t pink I am hoping that the mother will be pleased with what I am going to make. I have bought 4 lots so I can make at least a throw-over or a single quilt.

    • Hi Shirley. I can understand the problems with your friendship quilt. I’ve seen similar problems when raffle quilts are made by lots of different people. Thanks for the order for the fairly blocks – I’ll email you separately about them.

  5. So SOO pretty Rosemary! Stunning use of fabrics and pattern to form lovely tulips!

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