In a fit of enthusiasm in the spring I made a daffodil quilt block in two different ways: one with traditional patchwork piecing and one using curved seams. These are the instructions for making the traditional patchwork daffodil quilt block. I usually make them two at a time. The finished size is 9″ square.
To make two of these quilt blocks:
yellow fabric: two rectangles 6″ by 4″, two 4″ squares
sky fabric: two rectangles 6″ by 4″, two rectangles 6″ by 2.1/2″, two rectangles 4″ by 2.1/2″
gold and green fabric: one 4″ square of each
wadding and backing: about 11″ square
Making the daffodil quilt block
Cut the blue and yellow 62 by 4″ rectangles in half along the diagonal and with right sides together sew each yellow triangle to a blue triangle. Press and trim the seam allowances.
Place a yellow and gold square 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 triangles. Repeat with a yellow and green square.
Lay the squares out for the daffodil quilt block as shown on the right.
Sew the pieces together to create two rows and then sew the rows together to complete the daffodil quilt block. The reason that I make two at a time is to avoid wasting the squares that would be left over otherwise. I layered and quilted these two daffodil quilt blocks separately to make coasters for vases. For one of them I quilted the outline of the daffodil using an embroidery stitch.
For the other one I quilted small meanders all over the daffodil and left the sky blank. The different quilting designs give a very different look to the daffodil quilt blocks, don’t they?
Click to go to the curved seam daffodil quilt block pattern.
Here’s the video: