Teal Flower Block Tutorial in various colors

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

Applique flower string blockTeal Flower Block Tutorial

This week I did the free motion applique on my rainbow blocks. I also have had several requests for the pattern for the blocks so I worked on that too! Below you will find the teal block tutorial and I will get the pink and blue one done soon.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial flower with freemotion quilting on it

Oh I also made the blue block again so it would be the same size as the pink and teal blocks.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

Here is a closeup of the applique on the blue block.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

Here is the photo of my teal string quilt block from last week.   

 

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

There first thing to do is to make a 7 inch string block out of neutral fabrics. I like using telephone book pages and stitch my strips to that. For this block I used narrow strips ranging from 3/4 inch to 2 inch.  Use a small stitch.

I usually iron my block each time I sew on a new strip. Once I have covered the complete block I carefully remove the telephone book page and then press and starch. Then I square it up to a 6 1/2″ square.

The pattern for the applique flower is at the end of the post, I used Wonder Under for my applique and did raw edge stitching.

Cut 2 – 5″ squares, you really only need 4 7/8″ squares but I find it is better to go a little bigger and trim down afterwards. Cut them diagonally and sew to the string block center as shown using a 1/4″ stitch.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial diagrams

Now cut the following out of assorted teal  and neutral scraps. You are going to make HSTs (half square triangles). Mark a line diagonally on the wrong side of a neutral square and place a teal block right side up underneath. Now sew a 1/4″ seam along both sides of the line. Cut along diagonal line and press. Trim the block to 2 1/2″ square.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

Following is the diagram to show you how to arrange the blocks and stitch them together. I sewed 4 blocks together first and added them to the top and bottom of the string block.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

Then I add the side rows.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

Here is the completed block which should measure 12 1/2″.

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

You can download the Applique Flower template here.

I hope you enjoy the block tutorial, I have to admit I have really been having fun working in Photoshop on my diagrams….now I have to get back to quilting!

Teal Flower Block Tutorial

I have some exciting news to share tomorrow and…..I might have a photo of the river without ice on it!

Last week I showed how I used the AccuQuilt die for half square triangles which is the way I really prefer to make them.

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24 Comments

  1. yes indeed an inspiring tutorial, many thanks. I will ahve to try and make some of these beautiful blocks up.
    Im now following by email, mind you stalking might be more appropriate, just love the string centre, off point idea!

  2. Those flower blocks are gorgeous, Connie! Love the fmq applique. That looks like fun! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial and template. Sweet!

  3. Connie, you have just upped the ante on the RSC challenge blocks. Your blocks are awesome AND you have provided a tutorial!

  4. Thank you so much, Connie, for taking the time to put all of this together. Your tutorial is great–very simple and easy to follow. i am really loving your blocks.
    It is feeling more like Spring here. The weather has been very nice and is supposed to stay like this for a couple of days. There have been a lot of birds in the yard, too. I am enjoying hearing them sing every day. Have a great weekend!

  5. Thanks for putting together the tutorial. The block is lovely and I appreciate seeing up close the stitching.

  6. I continue to love your use of the neutrals with the colors….so very pretty. Esp.love the details you added to each flower!!! Thanks for the tutorial too. Happy Weekend!

  7. I just love your tutorial! You make them so easy to understand! Thanks so much for all the time you spend to share with all of us. Now, I can't wait to see what the surprise is tomorrow. Also glad the river is melting. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Great tutorial! Thanks. I'm so in love with your string block. I've been digging through the scraps and making a plan for my own blocks.

  9. Thank you for the tutorial and template. I see some really cute pillows in the future. We are seeing a lot of our spring birds returning the last few days – hope they are right.

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