Friendship Flowers

Materials

  • 2.2 metres tone on tone background fabric
  • 68 assorted 4 1/2 inch floral charm squares
  • 42 assorted 5 inch floral charm squares
  • Neutral coloured cotton thread for piecing
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • 6 1/2 inch quilters square
  • Sewing machine
  • General sewing supplies
  • Extra fabric for borders, binding and backing
  • Batting 2-inches larger all round than your finished top

Finished Size

56 x 66 in

Skill Level

Intermediate

You can download a pdf copy of the original instructions for this project here, Friendship Flowers

The design centre of the quilt (not including the borders) measures 56 x 66 inches.

You can use the same design to make a wall hanging using smaller fabric squares.

Cutting

    From the width of the background fabric cut
  • 14 strips each 4 1/2 inches wide and cross cut each into nine 4 1/2 inch squares. (126 squares)
  • 4 strips each 5-inches wide and cross cut each into eight 5 inch squares. (32 squares)
  • Cut all of the 5 inch squares only (background and floral) corner to corner into triangles.
  • Construction

    Arrange your 4 1/2 inch fabric squares and floral triangles into five tonal groups: Dark, Medium dark, Medium, Medium light, Light

    Figure 1: Half Square Triangles
    Figure 1: Half Square Triangles

    With right sides together and using a 1/4 inch seam, join the 60 background triangles to 60 of the assorted floral triangles along the long edge to give 60 half square triangles. Press the seams towards the darker side and trim each square to 4 1/2 inches. Join the remaining floral triangles in pairs, matching a light to a dark to give 12 half square triangles. Press the seams towards the darker side. Again these should be to 4 1/2 inches square. Following the layout diagram and again using a 1/4 inch seam, join the squares together in 22 rows as shown. Try to match the tones according to the diagram wherever possible. Join the rows together to create your quilt top “on point”


    Figure 2: Friendship Flowers Row by Row

    Trim the piece leaving 1/4 inch all round for seam allowances. (This will be 1/4 inch outside the points at the top and bottom) Add a border or borders as desired.

    Figure 3: Friendship Flowers
    Figure 3: Friendship Flowers

    Published with kind permission from Brenda Dean. © Quilters Pty. Ltd. 2006. More lovely patterns available from www.quiltersinternational.co.uk