Easy Quilt Block Called Poinsettia - a Free Tutorial
Posted by Elaine Huff on
This easy Poinsettia block goes together quickly. It's great for a Christmas project or two! If you can snowball a corner, you're good to go! Let's get started.
Fabric Requirements for an 8" Finished Poinsettia Quilt Block:
- Light/Ivory: 12- 2.5" squares
- Medium/Pink: 4 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Green: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Dark/Burgundy: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of a Medium/Pink 2.5 square and sew it to a Dark/Burgundy 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle following the marked line (first image). Fold the square along the sewn line, match up the corners and press (second image). Unfold and trim away the excess seam allowance (third image). Refold and you have half of one unit completed (fourth image). This is basically half of a Flying Geese block.
Repeat Step 1 on the opposite corner of the Dark/Burgundy 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle using a Light/Ivory 2.5" square. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of four units.
Now repeat Steps 2 and 3 using the four Medium/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and eight Light/Ivory 2.5" squares.
Here's a picture of the eight Parallelogram units.
Match up one Step 2 and one Step 3 Parallelogram unit as shown in the picture below.
Sew the two units together and press the seam allowance toward the ivory/pink/burgundy unit as shown. Repeat for a total of four Corner Units.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the four Corner units as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together like a simple Four Patch quilt block.
Sew the units into two rows as shown in the picture below.
Press the seam allowances in opposite directions as shown below. You can see that I've pressed so that all the seams that meet in the middle are twirling the same way in a clockwise manner.
Sew the two rows together and...
Press the seam allowances. You can see from the picture below that I used the tweak/twirl/furl method for pressing the seam allowance. This helps the block lay flatter. You can see the tiny pinwheel that forms in the center where all the seams meet.
This is such a pretty little block! As it is made entirely of Parallelogram units, it is quite easy and quick to sew together. So fun! You have to give it a try!
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P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need