Cypress Quilt Block Pattern

Cypress quilt block

Cypress quilt block

The Cypress quilt block pattern is another of the four patch blocks that has a huge number of variations.  I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size.  I’ve used the spelling that it is most commonly known by, not the English spelling ‘cyprus’.

Cutting requirements for the cypress quilt block

3.1/2″ squares, four lilac

3.7/8″ squares: two each in light pink and dark pink, four each in lilac and white




Making the cypress quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4″ 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.

Cypress quilt block layout

Cypress quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

There’s a dark pink/light pink half square triangle placed in each corner.  These are placed so that the light pink is on the outside.  There are four lilac squares arranged as a four patch in the middle of the block.  Between each pair of corners is a pair of lilac/white half square triangle units.  These are always placed so that the lilac triangles form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Cypress quilt block.

Basic cypress quilt idea

Basic cypress quilt idea

Cypress quilt ideas

For a basic quilt idea I have just shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  Quilt pretty, but a bit boring.  I tried several alternate blocks but couldn’t find one that I liked.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

Eventually I settled on the idea of switching the corner squares so that the dark pink is outside on alternate blocks.

I felt that this gave a more interesting quilt design.

Here’s the video:

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  1. Neither is boring! But I agree, the last version is the best one. Creative use of fabric patterns and colours together, which I’d never think of, but you have made work.

    • Thanks, June. I just felt that the second one was a bit more interesting, but I do agree that both would be pretty quilts.