Orange String Applique Flower Block Tutorial

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If you enjoy making string blocks, you will enjoy this fun orange string applique flower quilt block. I have been making this block in different colors using the scraps in my stash.

Orange applique string quilt block

I’m using simple half-square triangle blocks and a string pieced center that the applique is done on. Here you can see the little batik leaves that I have added to the quilt block.

stem and leaves for applique flower

I pulled out my string flower blocks and added an orange one to the collection. Using coordinating fabrics makes it easy to make a quilt block like this.

Here is the applique on the flower before I did my free-motion applique around it. A closeup of the free motion applique is always fun to see.

closeup of applique

As you can see, I have made quite a few blocks like this.

Group of the string blocks with flowers

Here are the diagrams showing how I pieced together the rows.

info-graphic for tutorial for orange string applique quilt block
Orange Appliqued Flower Block Tutorial before adding flower
tutorial for orange string applique quilt block

Orange String Applique Flower Block Tutorial

The string pieced center is 6½” x 6½”. I always use a page from our old telephone books for the string piecing. I cut the paper 7″ square and then trim the strings before I rip off the paper.

  • Cut two cream block 5″ squares and cut diagonally.
  • Add them to sides of the string pieced block.
  • Trim to 8½” x 8½” square.
  • The border is made up of 2½” squares.
  • Use the directions on the Affinity block to make the half square triangle blocks.
  • The diagram above shows you how to arrange your blocks.

Download the template for the flower.

The orange string applique block will measure 12½”x 12½”

If you like teal you will enjoy the Teal String Flower Tutorial. You will find diagrams to show you how to piece the applique flower string blocks.

Teal String flower quilt block

If you like this block, take a look at the 18-inch pillow with a little large applique flower.

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  1. Oh, my!!! This block is so sweet and pretty. You share so much beauty with us. I want to make them all. Thanks so much. I need a clone. I can’t keep up. I marvel at the time and talent you must spend to accomplish so much. It’s admirable, Connie. Keep designing, please.

  2. Vintage Quilter says:

    Hello Connie,
    I really love your flower blocks they are beautiful. I have to make some very soon. I tried the link for the flower template but it didn’t work for me. I said I had to request permission from Google for a shared document.
    Is there any other way I can get the flower template?
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!

  3. Lorna McMahon says:

    Such a pretty piece! This quilt is going to be so lovely. Can't wait to see it all together!

  4. That's a block to fall in love with Connie! Smart daughter!

  5. Another beautiful block. I think she should have the quilt when it's finished : )

  6. Such a pretty block! I have admired all the flower blocks you have made, they are so cute.

  7. France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation says:

    Hi Connie! When I saw the block on the link party I thought that it looks pretty much like your flowers… I'm happy to see that I was right. I did not keep a count of your string flowers but you must have a good amount by now. And the group must look beautiful.

  8. Love those flowers and the orange one just sings! Thanks for the link to the directions.

  9. Love the orange in this but just adore the block pattern too.

  10. Joyce Carter says:

    I really love this block, Connie. Orange is one of my favorite colors, too. And I think this is the prettiest block yet–That's not saying that the others aren't pretty also because they are. I can't wait to see them altogether in a quilt.

  11. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    wow I love this block; so cute!! and the bright really pops

  12. Like all the other colors, this is a beautiful block. Can't wait to see the entire quilt!!

  13. How many daughters do you have? she seems to call dibs on a lot of the things you make 😉
    I hope my kids are like that when they grow up…..
    Your block is so neat

  14. Calling "dibs" on a quilt before it is finished is a compliment. Your daughter has excellent taste because these are gorgeous blocks.

  15. says:

    Can't wait to see when they are all done. I love those flowers.

  16. Great instructions and lovely block, I can see why your daughter would want the quilt.

  17. Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I can see why your daughter would want this one!

  18. Missy Shay says:

    I still love these blocks, I can't blame your daughter for calling dibs on it!

  19. Another beautiful flower, Connie. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm sorry to say that I've only just noticed that the settings of the blocks are not all the same.

  20. Createology says:

    Lovely String Flower. Your oranges are like a beautiful sunset. Creative Flower Bliss…

  21. What a nifty block. I like how it uses so many techniques in one block.

  22. I don't blame her one bit! It's been fun watching it grow. Thanks for the reminder that you posted a tutorial!

  23. Orange is a favorite in our family too. Can't wait to see the whole colorful garden all together.

  24. Well, aren't those cute and so unique. I can see why your daughter wants that quilt. I really like the strings as the background.

  25. It is great that your daughter has already called dibs on this quilt. It is going to be a real beauty! Such a great combination of applique and piecing. Thanks for the link to the tutorial.