QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – THISTLE QUILT BLOCK
There are many thistle quilt block patterns, some of them quite complicated. I wanted to keep it simple, so I have designed this block as a nine patch block and I have made it 6″ square.
purple: one 2.1/2″ square
white: two 2.1/2″ squares, two 2.7/8″ squares
green: two 2.1/2″ squares, two 2.7/8″ squares
Making the thistle quilt block
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a white and a green square 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 to produce two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. The purple square top left is the thistle flower. The green squares are placed along the diagonal from the purple square. Check the photo to see which way the half square triangles are placed.
Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows together. The delightful thing about this block is that when you make four of them you can place them together in several different layouts which give a totally different look to the block. On the right the thistle flowers combine to form a purple square in the middle.
An alternative layout gives a green square in the middle or the thistle blocks could be placed so that they all face the same way.