Boundless Flower Block Tutorial and Boundless fabric review
I’m really excited to tell you about a new fabric line being offered by Craftsy, called Boundless, and I have a new quilt block tutorial to share with you!
Craftsy recently began carrying an exclusive line of fabric called Boundless (affiliate link). I was given a collection of solid, 6″ pre-cut strips in the Call Me Contemporary colorway to review and play with. The following opinions are based on my own experience.
I usually choose my fabric based on quality first and then color, content, etc. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Boundless fabric, but I’m happy to report that I really like it! The fabric weight and hand (feel) are just lovely. I would compare it to being similar to Kona Cottons in quality, look and feel.
The colors are beautiful and saturated. I’m really happy with the contemporary colorway, but they also have many other color groupings in their pre-cuts, as well as fabric by the yard. I have not washed any of the fabric yet (not recommended for pre-cuts), but I did test a few pieces for colorfastness and they passed the test.
With this beautiful assortment of colors, I was inspired to make a flower block just for you! I hope you like it as much as I do. Eventually, I’ll make enough blocks to make a quilt top.
I love my little Boundless flower block! It sure fits in with my garden (and that was a complete coincidence!)
Boundless Flower Tutorial
Makes one 15 1/2″ (unfinished) block. All seams are 1/4″
Fabric requirements: 1/4 yard tan background, 1/8 yard or large scraps of red, orange, peach and green fabric. If you have a 6″ strip of pre-cut boundless fabric, you can use that. One strip will work for the background if you don’t make any cutting mistakes!
- (4) 3 1/2″ squares (corners)
- (4) 4″ squares (hst’s – outer flower)
- (8) 2″ squares (inner flower corners)
- (2) 4″ squares (qst’s)
- (1) 4 1/2″ square (qst’s)
- (4) 3 1/2″ squares (flower inner)
- (4) 2″ squares (middle flower points)
- (4) 3 1/2″ squares (flower middle)
- (4) 4 ” squares (hst’s – flower outer)
- (1) 4 1/2″ square (qst’s – outer leaves)
- (1) 3 1/2″ square (flower center)
Flower, outer: Make 8 half-square triangle units from (4) 4″ tan squares and (4) 4″ peach squares.
- Draw a diagonal line on each tan square.
- Place tan square right sides together with peach square and stitch 1/4″ on each side of diagonal line.
- Cut on diagonal line and press (I pressed half towards the peach and half towards the tan)
- Trim to 3 1/2″ square
Flower, middle: Make orange flower petals.
- Draw a diagonal line on each 2″ red square.
- Place 2″ red square on one corner of 3 1/2″ orange square.
- Stitch just next to the drawn line.
- Trim and press.
Flower, inner: Make red flower petals
- Draw a diagonal line on each 2″ tan square.
- Place a tan square on one corner of a 3 1/2″ red square.
- Stitch just next to the drawn line.
- Trim and press.
- Repeat for the adjacent corner of red square.
Make outer leaf petals: Make four quarter square triangle units.
- Draw a diagonal line on 4 1/2″ tan square.
- Place 4 1/2″ tan square right sides together with 4 1/2″ green leaf square.
- Stitch 1/4″ on each side of drawn line
- Cut apart on drawn line, creating a HST unit and press towards green (don’t trim)
- DO NOT trim.
- Draw a diagonal line on (2) 4″ tan squares
- Place 4″ tan squares (from above step) right sides together with tan/green HST unit, making sure the diagonal line is perpendicular to the seam line
- Stitch 1/4″ on each side of diagonal line
- Cut apart on diagonal line and press towards the tan side.
- Trim each QST to 3 1/2″ square and make sure to trim all 4 sides equally so that the center seam intersection remains in the center.
Assemble flower units:
Place the flower pieces into rows according to the photo below.
Stitch the units into rows and press so that your seams are alternating. Sew the rows together
Your completed block should measure 15 1/2″ square
Let me show you a few other blocks that I made from the same fabric bundle. When I first started “playing”, I started with a smaller and simpler block (left side) and then I made it a little more complex (right block). Finally, I increased the size and added a little more detail and came up with the final block on the bottom. I do love these colors together!
I’ll be working on a pdf version of this tutorial so it will be easier to print and download. For now, you can use the “print friendly” button on the bottom of this post.
Besides shopping for fabric on Craftsy, have you tried out their classes? Right now you can get any and all classes on Craftsy for 50% off, so it’s a great time to try out a new technique or skill. Expires 6/13 @11:59pm MDT.
Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting!
Thanks for the lovely quilt block patterns and the easy way to save them.
I have sewn for many years and find your site chalk full of fun and family. I love your designs and hope to use many in my upcoming pieces. I really like the colors your using in Maggie’s First Dance Block. I’m bookmarking your site so I can come back and visit often.
Love the flower block! I would appreciate a blog entry on the “busy” block in the future. Have a great trip
Beautiful flower block: thanks for sharing it!! Hugs, H in Healsburg
Beautiful block! Thanks for sharing your experience with the new Craftsy solids, I was wondering about their quality and how they felt.
Awesome – thank you for sharing the tutorial!
Such a cute block. I like how you showed your slight variations before deciding on the finished block. That contemporary color palette is so pretty, too.
This looks really nice, but my comment is more because I haven’t gotten any crafty quilter emails since the Sunday, June 5th one.
I don’t know why that may have happened; any idea?
It’s all just too much fun – the fabric, the block, the tutorial! Wow!
Julie, I absolutely love the colors in this fabric collection. And like the comments from others, we cannot feel this fabric so thanks for the review on this fabric. I think I will order the same colors. Love them!
Also, I remember you saying in a previous blog that you and your family are taking a trip to Norway and Sweden. Do you have any Scandanavian heritage? I went to these 2 countries and they are really beautiful, all the fjords and waterfalls. Bergen, Norway was my very favorite. It is a national historic town, so cute! I am 50% Finnish and have always told people I am Scandanavian but after taking this trip I learned that Finland is not a Scandanavian country. I just finished my Maggie’s First Dance 1st block and I am using Rhapsody Bop fabric as you are. Seems we have similar tastes in fabric. Enjoy your trip and thanks for your great tutorials.
Thank you for another lovely block tutorial, Julie! I also appreciated your review of a fabric I cannot touch or see in person without first buying it!
Best Wishes to you & yours!
Beautiful block, thanks so much for sharing this block and your tutorial. I have some fabric that would work great for a block like this.
Beautiful block! Thanks for the tutorial.
I’m really happy to read your review of the Boundless fabric line. I’d been on the fence on whether to purchase but now I will definitely get some to make your flower block!
Take care and have a great Sunday!
I want to make your Boundless Flower Block in which you provided the tutorial for on your blog.
I didn’t see a reading view or a PDF which is what I may need to copy or download your tutorial.
Can you tell me exactly how to copy and save this tutorial on my computer.
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