Tulip Quilt – Free Pattern

Tulip quilt

Tulip quilt

The tulip quilt block is broadly the basis for this quilt pattern.  I know blue tulips don’t exist, but you know how I like to sneak blue into so many of my quilts!  Those of you who are purple freaks will no doubt exchange purple for blue when you make this.  The quilt measures 52″ square, using sixteen blocks which are 15″ square finished size.  The design is created by rotating the blocks before you sew them together.

I have used 1 yard each of red and green fabrics and 3/4 yard each of white, dark blue and light blue.

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Cutting requirements for the tulip quilt

Completed tulip quilt block

Completed tulip quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen light blue, sixteen white, thirty two green

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in light blue and white, eight each in red and white, eight each in red and light blue, sixteen each in dark blue and white, sixteen each in dark blue and light blue, sixteen each in dark blue and green

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen green

For the border you will need five 2.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the tulip quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Tulip quilt block layout

Tulip quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown.  There are so many different colour combinations for the half square triangles that I won’t try and list all the squares – I think that the photo is clear enough.

This is a simple block to sew together – sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Make sixteen blocks.

Assembling the tulip quilt

Row 1

Row 1

The blocks are sewn together in four rows of four blocks, rotating the blocks across each row.  In row 1 the dark blue stripe goes from bottom left to top right in the first two blocks and then down from top left to bottom right in the next two blocks.  You also need to check the placement of the green strips:  these should be at the bottom for the first block, across the top for the next two blocks and then across the bottom for the fourth block.

Row 2

Row 2

In row 2 the blue stripe goes up from bottom left to top right twice and then down from top left to bottom right for the next two blocks.  Notice where the green strips are placed to be sure that you have the correct placement.

Row 3

Row 3

For row 3 the blue stripes are in the opposite direction – going from top left to bottom right in the first two blocks and then going from bottom left to top right in the next two.

Row 4

Row 4

Finally for row 4 the blue stripes are the same as in row 3, but you can see from the green stripes that the rotations are different.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the tulip quilt top.  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: