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.

Tulip Quilt – Free Pattern

Tulip quilt

Tulip quilt

The tulip quilt block is broadly the basis for this quilt pattern.  I know blue tulips don’t exist, but you know how I like to sneak blue into so many of my quilts!  Those of you who are purple freaks will no doubt exchange purple for blue when you make this.  The quilt measures 52″ square, using sixteen blocks which are 15″ square finished size.  The design is created by rotating the blocks before you sew them together.

I have used 1 yard each of red and green fabrics and 3/4 yard each of white, dark blue and light blue.

You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the tulip quilt

Completed tulip quilt block

Completed tulip quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen light blue, sixteen white, thirty two green

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in light blue and white, eight each in red and white, eight each in red and light blue, sixteen each in dark blue and white, sixteen each in dark blue and light blue, sixteen each in dark blue and green

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen green

For the border you will need five 2.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the tulip quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares 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.

Tulip quilt block layout

Tulip quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown.  There are so many different colour combinations for the half square triangles that I won’t try and list all the squares – I think that the photo is clear enough.

This is a simple block to sew together – sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Make sixteen blocks.

Assembling the tulip quilt

Row 1

Row 1

The blocks are sewn together in four rows of four blocks, rotating the blocks across each row.  In row 1 the dark blue stripe goes from bottom left to top right in the first two blocks and then down from top left to bottom right in the next two blocks.  You also need to check the placement of the green strips:  these should be at the bottom for the first block, across the top for the next two blocks and then across the bottom for the fourth block.

Row 2

Row 2

In row 2 the blue stripe goes up from bottom left to top right twice and then down from top left to bottom right for the next two blocks.  Notice where the green strips are placed to be sure that you have the correct placement.

Row 3

Row 3

For row 3 the blue stripes are in the opposite direction – going from top left to bottom right in the first two blocks and then going from bottom left to top right in the next two.

Row 4

Row 4

Finally for row 4 the blue stripes are the same as in row 3, but you can see from the green stripes that the rotations are different.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

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

Here’s the video:

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