Cactus Pot Quilt – Easy Free Pattern

Cactus pot quilt

Cactus pot quilt

I’ve made the cactus pot quilt using two different colours for the block and some large white squares.  I feel that this gives a great feeling of space and freshness.

All the blocks are 12″ square finished size.  The quilt measures 78″ square and I have used 3.3/4 yards of white, 1.7/8 yards of purple, 1.1/4 yards of lilac with 1/4 yard of green fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the cactus pot quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  one hundred and forty white

3.7/8″ squares:  forty eight each in lilac and white, eight each in green and white, twenty eight each in purple and white

6.7/8″ squares:  twelve each in purple and lilac, two each in purple and green

12.1/2″ squares:  eight white

For the border you will need eight 3.1/2″ purple strips cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings listed above for the small half square triangle units.  Place a white square with either a lilac, green or purple square right sides together.  Mark a line along one diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to 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 the fabric sticks out.

Repeat with the 6.7/8″ squares which will give you 6.1/2″ squares.

Cactus pot quilt block layout

Cactus pot quilt block layout

Make the cactus pot quilt blocks

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  Place a large half square triangle in the middle.  There are two lilac/white half square triangles above the central square and on the left hand edge.  On the right hand side and beneath the central square place a white square and a purple/white half square triangle.  The four corners are all white squares.

Look for the larger shapes.  Note that the two lilac triangles around the top corner form a butterfly shape.  In the bottom corner the white square with two white triangles form a larger white triangle.

Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows.  For the middle two rows you need to sew the two small squares together first and then sew them to the central square.  Sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  You need to make twenty four of this version of the block.

Layout for alternate block

Layout for alternate block

Make the alternate version of the block

Lay the squares out exactly the same as for the block above, but swap the lilac shapes for green.

Make the block in exactly the same way.  You need to make four of this version of the block.

Assemble the cactus pot quilt

Row one

Row one

Lay the blocks out in six rows of six.

Row one is made with a green cactus at each end, two lilac blocks in the middle with a 12.1/2″ white square between the lilac and the green blocks.  Check the rotation of the blocks from the photos.

Row two

Row two

In row two there’s a white square at each end enclosing four lilac cactus blocks.  Again check the rotation of the blocks in the photo.

Row three

Row three

For row three you will need six lilac cactus blocks.  Check the photo to be sure you have all the blocks facing the correct way.

Row four

Row four

Row four is very similar to row three, but with different rotations of the blocks.  There are again six lilac blocks.

Row five

Row five

In row five the blocks are the same as in row two, but with the blocks facing in different ways.

Row six

Row six

Finally in row six you have the same blocks as row one, but this time the cactus in each block is facing downwards, two of them towards the left and two towards the right.

Add the border

Add the border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of purple fabric.  Piece together two 72.1/2″ strips for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two 78.1/2″ lengths for the sides of the quilt.

That completes the cactus pot 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:

Postcards from the V&A

Postcards from the V&A

Last week, as you know I went to the V&A Museum to see some rather spectacular embroidery – as well as lots of other fascinating things.  The exhibition was called Opus Anglicanum.  I had a wonderful afternoon there and you can see some photos here.

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  1. Sarah Cureton says:

    Love it. Thank you. Perfect for spring.

  2. This certainly is a very cute one! Love it.

  3. Darlene Crosby says:

    Rose, I really like this quilt! The colors are beautiful and I can’t wait to make one for myself. Thanks so much, I appreciate it 🙂

  4. Gorgeous I really love it.
    Beth from Texas, USA

  5. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    I love the quilt and the colours. Perfect for Spring or summer. Good in other colours as well. Will think on that.
    Thank you for taking me on a tour of your adventures. Feels like I was there. Never we get there in person so I am grateful you take pictures and tell about them. Thank you for your time and energy.
    Have a great weekend Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. Thanks for your comments. The V&A is a very special place. There are other museums in the area and I always intend to visit one of them, but I usually end up spending too much time in the V&A. Then I have to dash to catch my train back to Birmingham.

  6. Louise Johnson says:

    Love it. I could see it in orange and browns

  7. Alison Bucklow says:

    Daughter and I recently went to the medieval embroideries at the V&A. The detail and exquisite stitching is amazing considering they were done in the 13th century!

    • Hi Alison. I also felt that it was amazing that any of the embroidery had survived this long. I’m so pleased that I was able to see the exhibition.

  8. Hi Rose,
    Love it!! This one is on my list to make. My granddaughter, Amethyst, will love this one. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  9. Irena Mangone says:

    Love it.

  10. Wow! I love this one, it is gorgeous and I’m picturing it in so many different colors; however I have to say I love the purple very much. Thank you for sharing your talents.

    • Thanks so much, blg. Purple and green look great together, don’t they. I do agree, though, that the design would look good in many different colour combinations.

  11. Jan in Victoria says:

    Hello Rose,

    You continue to amaze and inspire. This Spring Quilt is my new favourite and it’s officially on the docket to make up. Please keep up the good work. I really don’t know how you maintain the pace but we are all the beneficiaries of your incredible abilities.

    Jan in Victoria, BC, Canada

    • Thanks for your kind words, Jan. It was my sister in law who first introduced me to the combination of purple and green – now I love it.

  12. What a great versatile pattern. I can see it scrappy or controlled. Changing the color of the fabric used could give you any number of variations.

  13. love this one Rose

  14. Gwendy Burtz says:

    What a pretty quilt!!!!