THISTLE QUILT BLOCK PATTERN


QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – THISTLE QUILT BLOCK

Thistle quilt block pattern

Thistle quilt block pattern

 

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.

 

Cutting requirements

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

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.

 

Thistle quilt block layout

Thistle quilt block layout

 

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 rows together

Sew the rows together

The thistle flowers in the centre

The thistle flowers in the centre

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.

A green square in the middle

A green square in the middle

Thistle blocks all facing the same way

Thistle blocks all facing the same way

 

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.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Now that I have the blocks made… how do I square each one (since there is no center per say) before sewing the four together to make the thistle block? HELP!

    • Hi Noreen. Good question. I think that I would be inclined to trim from the two corners that are squares (rather than half square triangles). It’s a small block so there shouldn’t be too much trimming required. Hope that helps.

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