Easter lily quilt block

Easter lily quilt block


The Easter Lily quilt block is also known as Maltese Cross and it is classified as a five patch pattern.  Interestingly, the Easter Lily is not a specific flower.  It can refer to one of about half a dozen different lilies depending on where in the world you are and even the daffodil can be referred to as an Easter Lily in some places.  It’s lovely and easy to make and uses only two colours.

Cutting requirements

White fabric:  four 4.1/2″ squares, eight 2.7/8″ squares

Pink fabric:  eight 2.7/8″ squares, eight 2.1/2″ squares, one 6.1/2″ square

Making the quilt block

make the half square triangles

Make the half square triangles


The half square triangles are made by placing one 2.7/8″ pink square with a 2.7/8″ white square, right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the line.  Cut along the marked line and you will have two half square triangle units.



Easter lily quilt block layout

Easter lily quilt block layout


Lay out the patchwork squares as shown with a 4.1/2″ white square in each corner, the large pink square in the middle and the same panel of pink squares and half square triangle units on each side of the central square.



sew these squares first

Sew these squares first

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows


Sew together the six squares of pink squares and half square triangle units first to make the petals of the lily first.

Sew together the three blocks in each row using a 1/4″ seam and then sew the three rows together.  Although pink suits this quilt block for its use as a lily, it would look quite striking in strongly contrasting fabrics within a quilt.

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