Daisy chain strip pieced quilt

Daisy chain strip pieced quilt

I have made this quilt using an eight patch quilt block that I think looks like a daisy flower.  There are four quilt blocks used in the pattern.   I have used 1.1/2 yards each of red and white fabric and the final quilt size is 54″ square.  I have used a lot of strip piecing to make it a really quick and easy quilt to make.  The border is also strip pieced.


Cutting requirements

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each of red and white

3.1/2″ squares:  cut seven 3.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric and eight 3.1/2″ strips of white across the width of fabric

For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ red strips and six 1.1/2″ white strips

Making the daisy chain quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a red 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 3.1/2″ squares.




Cut the panels at 3.1/2" intervals

Cut the panels at 3.1/2″ intervals

Make three different panels of three strips

Make three different panels of three strips

Sew together three strips at a time to make long lengths.  You will need one panel of red, white, red, one panel of white, red, white and one panel of red, white, white.  Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to give you three squares sewn together.  You can see how this saves time in both the cutting and the sewing.  You should get twelve strips from each panel and you actually need sixteen of each of them.



Make another panel of just red and white

Make another panel of just red and white

In addition to the above panels, make one further panel of just two fabrics – one red and one white.  These can then be used to make up the remaining strips required by adding either a red or a white square to the red/white pair of squares.  Cut all the remaining 3.1/2″ strips into squares.  These will be used as shown on the left and also as individual squares within the quilt blocks.




Daisy chain quilt block layout

Daisy chain quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown in eight rows of eight squares.  The first and eighth rows have a red/white/red strip at each end with two half square triangles in the middle.  The second and seventh rows have a white/red/white strip at each end with two half square triangles in the middle.  The third and sixth row have a red/white/white strip at each end with two white squares in the middle.  The fourth and fifth rows have two half square triangles at each end, two red squares in the middle and one white square on each side of the red squares.  The triangles are all placed to make four red diamonds, which makes it quite easy to check their placement.


Sew the squares together in rows

Sew the squares together in rows

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row.  You can see how much this part has been speeded up by using strip piecing – quite a lot of the squares are already sewn together.  That’s what makes this such a quick and simple quilt pattern.




Daisy chain quilt block

Daisy chain quilt block

Sew the rows together to complete the daisy chain quilt block.  Make four of them.  Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the two pairs together.




Daisy chain quilt border

Strip pieced quilt border

Strip pieced quilt border

Rotate every second square

Rotate every second square

It seemed appropriate to use strip piecing for the border as well.  Sew together 2.1/2″ red strips with 1.1/2″ white strips and cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to make 3.1/2″ squares.  This being quilting, once you have cut the strips up you can sew them back together again!  Just rotate every second square so that the white is on the top on one square and on the bottom on the square next to it.  Make four border strips of sixteen squares each.


Use white squares for the cornerstones

Use white squares for the cornerstones

Two quilt border alternatives

Two quilt border alternatives

Sew one border strip to the top and the bottom of the quilt.  Sew a 3.1/2″ white square to each end of the remaining two strips and sew these to the sides of the quilt.  The white squares will be the cornerstones.  I have shown two options for the quilt border:  on the right you will see that the top border has the white 1.1/2″ strip sewn to a red square on the quilt.  The side border has the 2.1/2″ red strip sewn to the same red square.  I prefer the toption on the top border, but have shown you both so that you can choose which option you prefer.

That completes the daisy chain quilt top.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound.

Here’s the video:




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  1. Me encantan las laboresque nos enseña pero hace dias no recibo sus mensajes puede volber ha suscribirme?.lo agradeceria mucho pues he aprendido muchas cosa de usted un abrazo.


    • Hi Francesca. Hay un cuadro de color azul en la parte superior derecha de cada página en la que puede inscribirse en el boletín. (You can sign up for the newsletter with the blue box at the top right of every page) Best Wishes, Rose

  2. Very nice quilt and color of red chosen, I like what you make.

  3. Marie Luis Schauff says:

    thank you so much for this nice blocks.

  4. You are the best…….I look forward to your e-mails…..watching your video’s have helped me considerably…….I have saved many of your e-mails into a folder for later viewing and have done some of the blocks over the years…you are an inspiration for me…you take care now

  5. Once again, Rose, you have astounded me. I never would have believed when I saw your quilt, just how lovely it would turn out. Never thought anyone could actually make me believe I could do this. I’m basically a self= taught quilter. Just began to quilt a small throw on the sewing machine and I believe before I attempt that again, I will be doing lots of hand quilting. I’m not so good. Thanks for your wonderful tutorial. I really appreciate it. Janis

    • Hi Janis. Thanks for your kind comments. Machine quilting takes practice – try making up a sample panel and just keep practising on it.

      • janis spencer says:

        rose, looks like I am following another Janis with same spelling as mine. cool! just wanted to thankyou rose for your tutorial. one of many I am looking forward to make. this pattern is going to be one of my next projects and thankyou for relaying the info for queen size quilt also.jan

  6. I love your pattern. thank you for sharing your skills with us. Hope to receive some more patterns. I’m a new beginner.

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  8. Carylanne says:

    Hi Rose, what a lovely quick quilt. I believe I will make one of these easy pieced ones for a granddaughter’s B-day. two 1.5 yards is easily found in my stash. TY again for the sew easy tutorials (From TX)

  9. Debra Friendly (Canada) says:

    Rose – I really like the border on this one and it is easy to adjust for a wider border. e.g. 3-1/2 inch red plus 2-1/2 inch white then slice at 5-1/2 inch
    I’m saving the border instructions in my special folder!

  10. Hello Rose I so look forward to see you make up your quilts , the way you explain how you do them is nice and easey to follow thank you . Maureen

  11. I love this block. All your blocks are wonderful. Would it be possible for you to have a ‘print’ option or ‘pdf’ option available for the blocks that you show? Fran

  12. Love this pattern and it looks so easy Still working on my other quilt but definitely will give this one a go
    Thanks for all your great ideas. Happy gardening!

  13. Margaret Fairgrieve says:

    What a lovely simple quilt, I have been looking for a pattern that could help me make a quick quilt. Many thanks for sharing Margaret

  14. Thanks Rose. You’ve done a great job of explaining this quilt. It looks great.

  15. Dear Rose,
    Another winner absolutely beautiful , you come out with some lovely patterns Rose well done. Rhoda

  16. karroll gates says:

    Dear Rose I love your lessons. Im coming to England, Ireland, and Scotland andWalles for the first time. I would like to see the quilt shops while Im there. Could I get a list of the best shops. Thank you Karroll Gates

    • Hi Karroll. I hope you have a wonderful trip to the UK. I think your best bet would be to google ‘quilt shops’ with the name of the towns that you are staying in. Hope your trip goes well.

  17. Beautiful and well explained as usual. Thank you so much!

  18. Nola Strang says:

    Once again you make me happy, you make difficult things so easy. Thank you again.

  19. Thank you, Rose. I really like this pattern. It will be one of my next projects. I so appreciate your generous sharing of your skills!
    Bless you!

  20. Quiltingle Sue says:

    A lovely fresh summer quilt….thank you….and I love the clever way you have strip pieced the border, it looks like interlacing!

  21. would you please note I have changed my email address thank you

  22. I love this pattern Thank you..

  23. Julia Brundeen says:

    I love the look – I wish you would tell us how much material and the number of blocks we would need to make this larger – like a queen size. I am just a beginning quilter – even though I’m 78 – and have granddaughters I want to make quilts for them. Thank you. Julia

    • Hi Julia. If you used twelve blocks in four rows of three you would get something around queen size. You would then need three times as much fabric. Hope that helps.

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