Blossom Quilt Block tutorial

Happy day and happy National Craft Month! I’m excited to share my Blossom Quilt Block tutorial with you guys! I’ve written the pattern for a 6″ block, but I’m also giving you cutting instructions for a 9″ and 12″ quilt block.

Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Includes a downloadable pdf with 6", 9" and 12" block sizes.

Blossom Quilt Block

This cute blossom block is perfect for a spring basket and you’ll want to fill it with these happy blooms. I’ll show you a few ways you can use this block and a little shortcut if you want to make it simpler.

You can download the block pattern here: Blossom Quilt Block

Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Includes a downloadable pdf with 6", 9" and 12" block sizes.

I’ve used scraps from my stash to make my 6 1/2″ blocks. For these smaller blocks, you’ll need approximately a 10″ square for the main color and background fabric, and a 6″ square for the other two colors. For the 12″ block, you’ll need twice that amount. Here is the cutting chart that I’ve included in the pdf:

Alternate Cutting Chart for the Blossom Quilt Block by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Cutting Chart for Blossom Quilt Block
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Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Includes a downloadable pdf with 6", 9" and 12" block sizes.

All of the assembly instructions can be found in the pdf. This is a fairly easy block to make, but there are lots of pieces. If you wanted to simplify it a bit, you could make the center unit a square instead of a hexagon (snowball) shape. It would look something like this:

Simplified version of the Blossom Quilt Block @ The Crafty Quilter
Blossom Quilt Block, simplified

Blossom Pillow

So what do you do with your blossom quilt block? I made two 6″ blocks and turned them into a 16″ pillow. It’s a perfect pillow for the Spring and Summer days ahead.

Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.

The alternate blocks are just smaller squares (3 1/2″ unfinished) framed by (2) 2″ x 3 1/2″ and (2) 2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangles. After sewing the blocks together, I added 2 1/2″ border strips of white fabric to make it into a 16 1/2″ square.

Once the pillow top was sewn together, I added fusible fleece to the wrong side. This gives the pillow shape some body and it allows me to add some quilting. I chose to do some “big stitch” hand quilting first; I wanted to add interest to the plain blocks. I mimicked the shape of the blossom block with quilting stitches. I used 3 strands of Aurifloss in yellow and teal and stitched with an embroidery needle. I’m no expert at hand quilting or embroidery, but it turned out well enough.

Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.

After I completed the hand stitching, I added some machine quilting to outline all of the blocks. It didn’t take long for all of that, and I think the detail is worth the effort.

Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.

I installed a hidden zipper closure on the back using this tutorial by Amy of Amy Made That! She gives instructions that allow me to add binding around the pillow that won’t interfere with the zipper. I loved that rainbow fabric so much (Floral Menagerie by In The Beginning Fabrics), that I wanted to add a splash more with the binding.

Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.
Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.
Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.
Blossom Pillow made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial is included.

Blossom mug rug

My first impulse was to make a mug rug from one 6 1/2″ Blossom quilt block. So I did, and it’s super sweet! I use mug rugs all the time, and they make great gifts.

Blossom Mug Rug made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using her free Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.

I used my walking foot for some simple, straight-line quilting. I didn’t need to mark anything thanks to the laser guide beam on my Babylock Crescendo. So helpful for this sort of thing!

Blossom Mug Rug made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using her free Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.  Showing the Laser guide beam on a Babylock Crescendo for quilting.

I added binding by hand (so rare these days). One of my favorite discoveries is the Binding Needle by Primitive Gatherings. They are designed to glide through your fabric, they’re strong, sharp and a perfect length. My labels are special ordered from Dutch Label Shop (someone always asks).

Blossom Mug Rug made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using her free Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.
Blossom Mug Rug made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using her free Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.

Blossom quilt ideas

If you want a quilt filled with blossom blocks, there are all kinds of options. I played with my favorite quilt design software, EQ8, and came up with a few ideas. These are just ideas; I have no instructions for them. This first one is simple enough and I like the contrast of the flying geese.

Quilt designed in EQ8 by Julie Cefalu using her Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.

Just adding sashing and cornerstones makes for a classic quilt like this one:

Quilt designed in EQ8 by Julie Cefalu using her Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.
Quilt designed in EQ8 by Julie Cefalu using her Blossom Quilt Block tutorial.

I’m working on a wall hanging pattern using the blossom quilt block and it’s as cute as can be. I should have it ready in April with a little bit of luck. I hope you enjoy this free quilt block pattern. Check out my Boundless Flower Block tutorial and my Blossoms of Hope tutorial for more ideas for your quilting garden!

Use the hashtag #blossomquiltblock and tag me @TheCraftyQuilter on Instagram so we can see what you made!

Blossom Quilt Block Tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Includes a downloadable pdf with 6", 9" and 12" block sizes.

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Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

35 thoughts on “Blossom Quilt Block tutorial

  1. This block is beautiful as is your pillow and the idea for the quilt, thank you Julie for sharing with us!

  2. Julie, never mind my question, I was so excited about the pillow back tutorial my eyes skipped over the information that you provided on the fabric! What a perfect choice for a spring pillow!

  3. Julie, I love your block; so simple and fresh! Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this craft with us. May I ask what is the raindrop fabric you used?

  4. I love the pattern of this sweet flower. I was just looking for some spring gifts for my daughters’s new place. And I had my own “ideas” of a baby girl quilt. Thank you for sharing all your creativity. Miss you!

  5. Julie, you have done it again……a winning pattern and such a versatile block. I am ready for a cheerful spring block.

  6. Just in time for Spring – beautiful and all of the instructions look so straight forward! Thank you Julie for all of your wonderful creations –

  7. I not only love that you generously shared a tutorial for such a sweet block, but you went the extra mile and shared its versatility, too! Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂

    1. Hi Rhonda,
      It’s called Painter’s Canvas by Michael Miller Fabrics. I think it’s one of their basics.
      ~Julie

  8. Thank you for the “blossom” block–I love both versions of the center–what’s a quilter to do??? Thank you too for the “options” of alternate blocks for a quilt. You are an awesome quilter/person 🙂

  9. Hi Julie, your Blossom quilt is beautiful and I sure hope to make one. I love the turquoise and bright pink! Thanks for the blossom block pattern and the inspiration.

  10. Thank you for this, Julie. It’s a great quilt for spring. I can’t wait to dig through my stash and see what I have that I can use for this. It looks like it will to put together.

  11. This post was tip top and I thank you. I love the projects you have worked up and want to try a mug rug first.

  12. Thank you so much, I am working on Christmas, I recycle baby dolls and give back to the pantry. I will use your diaper pattern and this blossom will make an adorable quilt for doll baby

  13. Love your flower blocks, Julie. I’m collecting different flowers right now so I can make a flower sampler quilt. If you have 12” cutting directions for your Boundless Flower Block, would you share them, please? Thanks for everything you do. Seeing your name in my inbox always brings a big smile to my face.

  14. Your blossomblock is very pretty and I like the various options. I can also visualize 3 blossoms with stems and leaves in flower pots in a row on a long pillow! Thanks for the cute design!

  15. I love these Blossom quilt blocks and the handwork you sewed on the quilt was so pretty. Also loved the idea of having a beam on a sewing machine to not have to mark everything first. I see you have a Babylock sewing machine, instead of using a Bernina.

  16. Julie, your blossom quilt block is a sweet spring beauty! I like how your layout with alternating monkey wrench blocks. It makes the prettiest design. Thank you for taking the time to share your blossom quilt block in 3 different sizes. I’m pinning this.

  17. Beautiful like everything you do, how you find the time is beyond me. Wonderful ideas, lovely colour combinations and great designs. Greetings from Argentina

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