Friendship Bouquet Wall Hanging Pattern

Friendship bouquet wall hanging

Friendship bouquet wall hanging

The Friendship Bouquet quilt block was a request.  It is such a pretty block that I decided to make four of them to form a wall hanging.  At first glance it looks quite a complicated block, but as usual it is far more simple when you look at it in small sections.  I also liked the name of the block – warm and friendly for this time of year.

The wall hanging measures 26″ square and I used four blocks which are 11″ square finished size.  I needed 1/2 yard of purple batik together with 1/4 yard each of yellow, gold, green and lilac.

Completed friendship bouquet quilt block

Completed friendship bouquet quilt block

Cutting requirements for the friendship bouquet wall hanging

5.7/8″ squares:  four purple

3,3/4″ by 6.1/8″ rectangles:  four yellow – cut these with fabric folded in two layers

3.3/8″ squares:  twelve yellow

2.7/8″ squares:  twenty four purple

1.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  eight gold, eight lilac

5.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ rectangles:  eight gold

9.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ rectangles:  four gold

11.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ rectangles:  four gold

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

Add a triangle on each edge

Add a triangle on each edge

Make the diamond in square sections

Cut the 2.7/8″ purple squares across one diagonal to make two triangles from each squares.  Place one triangle on each edge of the 3.3/8″ yellow squares.

Sew triangles two at a time

Sew triangles two at a time

Sew the triangles to the squares two at a time.  On the left of the photo you can see the side triangles sewn in place.  The right hand part of the photo shows those two triangles pressed open.

Add the next pair of triangles

Add the next pair of triangles

Now the two triangles at top and bottom can be sewn to the squares.

Trim the triangle ends sticking out in the middle of each edge and trim the entire block to 4.1/2″ square.  Make twelve of these blocks.

Make the cone section

The handle or grip of the bouquet is formed by sewing two triangles to a 5.7/8″ square of purple fabric.

Forming the handle of the bouquet

Forming the handle of the bouquet

Cut the yellow rectangles along one diagonal to make two triangles from each rectangle.  Make sure that the fabric is folded in half the way it comes from the shop with wrong sides together.  This because for each block you need two triangles which are mirror images of each other.

Lay one of each triangle on the purple square, matching two edges with the edges of the square.  At this stage the triangles are right side up.  This is how you can check that you have the right triangle in each position.

Now flip one of the triangles so that it is right sides together with the purple square.  The top of the triangle should just stick out above the square while the bottom of the triangle should just stick out from the corner of the square.  Sew the triangle in place and cut off the excess purple triangle to the left of the seam.

Add the second triangle

I did try marking a chalk line along the edge of the triangle before I flipped it, but it didn’t really work for me.  You may find that helpful.  I found that making the edges of the triangle stick out a little at each end gave me the best position for the triangle before I sewed it.  These cones will not be beside each other in the finished wall hanging so it doesn’t matter if they are not exactly the same as each other.

Add the second triangle

Add the second triangle

Press the triangle open and lay the second triangle in place.  From left to right in the photo you can see the second triangle placed in position, the excess purple triangle cut off and then the final cone section completed.

Trim these cone sections to 5.1/2″ square and make four of them.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

There aren’t many half square triangles in this block!  Place a lilac 1.7/8″ square right sides together with a gold square.

Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the gold fabric and trim the block to 1.1/2″ square if necessary.

First part of layout

First part of layout

Assemble the friendship bouquet quilt block

For each block you need one cone section and three diamond in a square sections.

Place a lilac 4.1/2″ strip between the top two diamond in a square blocks.  Place one lilac strip above the bottom diamond in a square.

Make two rows

Make two rows

Sew the top three sections together to form one row.  Sew the lilac section to the bottom diamond in a square.  Then you can sew the cone section to the side to form another row.

Sew the rows to each other.

Top and bottom of the frame

Top and bottom of the frame

Add the outer frame

Make the outer frame of the friendship bouquet quilt block with 1.1/2″ gold strips and the half square triangle units.

For the top of the frame place a 4.1/2″ gold strip either side of a half square triangle.  Check the photo to make sure which way to place the half square triangle.

Add a 9.1/2″ gold strip to the bottom of the block.

Sides of the frame

Sides of the frame

The sides of the frame are formed in a similar way.

For the right hand side place a 5.1/2″ gold strip either side of a half square triangle unit.  Sew these together and then sew them to the block.  Add an 11.1/2″ gold strip to the left hand side of the block.

That completes the friendship bouquet quilt block.  Make four of these and trim them to 11.1/2″ square.

Rotate the blocks

Rotate the blocks

Assemble the friendship bouquet wall hanging

Lay the blocks out in two rows of two.  Rotate the blocks so that the cone always points into the corner.  You’ll also see the lilac square frame form around the middle of the wall hanging.  Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.

Add the border

Add the border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of a green batik fabric to suggest leaves.

You’ll need two lengths of 22.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 26.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the friendship bouquet wall hanging.  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:

I am sure that you are very busy and won’t want to hear from me over the next week or two so I will not be posting another quilt pattern for two Fridays during the festive season.  My next full pattern will appear on Friday 5th January 2018 when I’ll be posting a new pattern and holding a new year sale.

So it just remains for me to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas followed by a happy and healthy new year.  Thanks for your interest and support for my website over the course of the year.

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  1. Thank you Rose for another challenging block. I hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year. Look forward to hearing from you in January with another challenge and details of your sale. Best wishes Ann

    • Hi Ann. I’m glad you enjoyed the Friendship Bouquet block – something a bit different from my norm. Happy New Year.

  2. Lola Howard says:

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a great New Year

  3. Bonnie Jenkins says:

    Dear Rose, We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. You never know we may call in and have a cuppa again with you one day. Feel free to call in to us when you are next in Adelaide Australia. Love Bonnie and Bob Jenkins

    • Thanks, Bonnie – I’ll let you know next time I’m just passing by Adelaide! You and Bob are always welcome to drop in.

  4. Merry Christmas Rose and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year

  5. Now this is a very interesting pattern -I like it! Time passes too quickly and there never seems to be enough of it to get things done. Good that you can take a break for a few week to enjoy time with your family. I will be entertaining family next Saturday.

    Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year!

  6. Anne Hardman says:

    Beautiful block. I love it. Merry Christmas and a great New Year Rose. Thank for for sharing x

  7. Carol Tambourine says:

    Have a very zhappy Christmas. Thank you for all the wonderful blocks.

  8. Elizabeth Groves says:

    Hi Rose, Merry Christmas from Australia, looking forward to trying new patterns in the New Year. Wish we were having a ‘White Christmas’ … have to settle with the icing sugar on the mince pies!!! Lib,

    • Hi Lib. We’ve had snow and really cold weather but it probably came too early to give us a white Christmas – so we will also have to make do with icing sugar on mince pies. I envy you your sunshine.

  9. Many thanks for this lovely pattern Rose – I look forward to receiving the fabric and hope to make it over the Christmas break. My very best wishes to you for 2018 and thanks for all your energy too, providing us with a variety of patterns every week…..sue

  10. Linda Beyea says:

    Hello Rose

    A lovely wall hanging with a very sharp block , thank you .
    Thank you for all you have been giving us this year .
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours .

    Linda Beyea

  11. Valerie, California, USA says:

    Just wanted to say Happy Holidays and thank you for all the great quilts and blocks you have posted for us. We really appreciate all your efforts.

  12. Thank you Rose for All your lovely patterns. I must say that I won’t be accomplishing too much during the busy holidays!! I want to wish you & your family for a very Merry Christmas, and a blessed Mew Year of health & happiness.

  13. Simone Richards says:

    Beautiful block. Merry Christmas Rose and A Happy New Year.

  14. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great Block and can be used in so many colours. Thank you for all of your hard work this year. I appreciate al that you do.
    Have a great visit with your brother and family. Have yourself a very very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thake a break from quilting and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I will be thinking of you over the holidays.
    Merry Christmas

    • Thanks so much for all your comments throughout the year, Sandra. I’m looking forward to the festive season – hope you and your family have a wonderful time.

  15. Linda Butler says:

    Hi Rose – another lovely block. Thank you for all the patterns this year; I really look forward to receiving them. I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  16. Nicola Brimfield says:

    just to say thankyou for your beautiful quilting patterns, i have enjoyed them so much. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  17. Anne Coldron says:

    Hi Rose hope you have a great Christmas. Think of us suffering in the heat won’t you! Lol I need to change my e mail so the address I put below is the new one to use. Thanks for your great work

    • Thanks, Anne. I shall think of you in the heat with great envy – my road is like an ice rink today with ice on top of snow! Would you mind emailing your old address to me so that I can change it – I’m having trouble finding it on the list. Thanks.

  18. Patricia Eason says:

    Merry Christmas Rose…and a very Blessed New Year!

  19. Lynda Kent says:

    Thanks for this lovely block Rose … and a very Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours.

  20. A beautiful pattern – as usual!
    Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and yours

  21. Maggie Blundell says:

    Thank you Rose and a happy new year to you.

    I love looking at your quilt patterns; thank you for all your hard work

  22. What a beautiful block!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and we will see y’all in the New Year!