Nosegay Quilt – Free Pattern

Nosegay quilt

Nosegay quilt

The Nosegay quilt may look complicated, but each block is easy to make.  I was trying to capture the magic of early summer, nosegays at weddings and all that sort of thing.

The quilt measures 64″ square, using sixteen blocks which are 15″ square finished size.

I have used 1/2 yard of lilac, 1.1/4 yards of purple, 1.1/2 yards of green and 2 yards of white fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed nosegay quilt block

Completed nosegay quilt block

Fabric requirements for the Nosegay quilt

11.1/4″ by 6.1/4″ rectangles:  sixteen white, sixteen purple

8″ by 3″ rectangles:  sixteen white

10.1/2″ by 3″ rectangles:  sixteen white

5.7/8″ squares:  sixteen purple, sixteen white

3″ squares:  eighty green, sixty four lilac

For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips of green across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 5.7/8 ” squares to make half square triangles.  Place a purple and a white 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.

These are now 5.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the purple and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.  You need to make sixteen of them.

Make the nine patch units

Make the nine patch units

Make the nine patch units

These are dead simple – just 3″squares sewn together in rows of three.  Place green squares in the corners and the middle, with lilac squares in the other positions.

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

These now measure 8″ square and you need to make sixteen of them.

Cut the rectangles along one diagonal

Cut the rectangles along one diagonal

Make the half rectangle triangles

Cut each 11.1/4″ by 6.1/4″ rectangle in half along one diagonal, making two triangles from each rectangle.

Place one purple triangle with one white triangle to re form a rectangle.

Sew the triangles together

Sew the triangles together

Sew the two triangles together along the diagonal seam.  Do be careful at this stage:  it’s very easy to sew these together incorrectly and end up with a weird shape that definitely isn’t a rectangle!

Mirror image rectangles

Mirror image rectangles

Note that you will end up with two different rectangles – they are mirror images of each other.  Sometimes this causes a problem, but for the nosegay quilt block you will need both versions of the rectangle.

These will be slightly larger than you require.  Trim them to 10.1/2″ by 5.1/2″.  I have suggested this to give your triangles better points – yes, mine do sometimes come out different sizes!  You will need sixteen of each version of the rectangle (thirty two in total).

Nosegay quilt block layout

Nosegay quilt block layout

Assemble the nosegay quilt block

Lay the pieces out as shown in the photo.  The nine patch unit is in the middle with an 8″ white rectangle above it and a 10.1/2″ white rectangle to the right of it.  Place the half square triangle in the bottom left corner with the white on the outside.

The half rectangle triangles take the remaining places – one of each kind.  Check the photo to make sure that you have the triangles placed correctly.

Make two columns

Make two columns

Sew the 8″ white rectangle to the nine patch unit and then sew the 10.1/2″ rectangle to the side.  Now sew the half rectangle triangle to the bottom to form one column.

On the left hand side, sew the half rectangle triangle to the half square triangle to make a second column.  Sew the columns to each other to complete the quilt block.

The block should measure 15.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make sixteen of them.

Rows 1 and 2

Rows 1 and 2

Finish the quilt top

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.  Rows 1 and 2 are the same as each other.  Note the position of the half square triangle in order to get the rotation of the blocks correct.  In the first two blocks the half square triangle is on the top left of the block.  In the second two blocks, the half square triangle is on the top right.

Rows 3 and 4

Rows 3 and 4

Rows 3 and 4 are also the same as each other.  The half square triangles are in the bottom left position for the first two blocks.  They are in the bottom right position for the remaining two blocks.

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

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the border

I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the nosegay 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.

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Torre Abbey ruins

Torre Abbey ruins

Last week I visited Torquay on the south coast to see a quilt exhibition at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens.  The quilts were supplied by the Quilter’s Guild.

The gardens and greenhouses of the Abbey were absolutely beautiful.

Flame Lily

Flame Lily

In one of the greenhouses I found a flame lily – this is the national flower of Zimbabwe and when I was a child we used to pick them for the house at Christmas time.  I don’t think that I have seen one growing for over 40 years, so I was jumping with excitement when I saw this one.  What an idiot I must have looked!

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