Today let's sew together a Wedding Bouquet Quilt Block. This traditional block was originally made with just two colors - a dark and a light. But of course I had to change things up a bit so I used two colors and a light background. The Wedding Bouquet uses three basic building blocks in its construction so it goes together pretty easily. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Wedding Bouquet Quilt Block:
- Light/Ivory: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, 4 - 3" squares, and 20 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Tan: 4 - 3" squares
- Dark/Purple: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 8 - 2.5" squares
Center Square in a Square Unit:
Using the Dark/Purple 4.5" square and four of the Light/Ivory 2.5" squares, sew together a Square in a Square unit as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Square in a Square block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block
Half Square Triangle Units:
Using the Light/Ivory 3" squares and the Medium/Tan 3" squares, make eight Half Square Triangle units as shown below. Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square. The tutorial for sewing a Half Square Triangle block is at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Flying Geese Units:
Next you will be making two sets of Flying Geese units. You can find my tutorial on my favorite way to construct Flying Geese blocks at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block. The first set uses the Dark/Purple 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and eight of the Light/Ivory 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.
The second set is made using the Light/Ivory 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the Dark/Purple 2.5" squares - as you can see in the picture below.
Now we are going to pair up one of each of the two sets of Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the two Flying Geese units together and press the seam allowance as shown in the picture below. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for a total of four units.
The Corner Units are simply a Four Patch unit made with two of the Half Square Triangle units from Step 2 and 2 of the remaining Light/Ivory 2.5" squares. In the picture below you can see how they are laid out. Sew the units and squares into two rows and press the seam allowances toward the Light/Ivory fabric.
Now you can sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance. In the picture below you can see that I used the tweak/twirl/furl method for pressing the seam allowance but when putting the block together, I wound up repressing the seam allowance all to one side. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 for a total of four Corner units.
Putting It All Together:
This is the satisfying part - seeing all the parts come together! Lay out the Corner units, the Flying Geese units, and the Center unit as shown in the picture below.
Now it goes together just like a Nine Patch block. Sew the units together into three rows as shown in the picture below. You may need to turn the Corner units around so that the seams will nest together.
Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown below.
All that's left is to sew the rows together...
And press the seam allowances toward the center of the block as shown below! All finished!
This Wedding Bouquet quilt block went together easily. I like my color choice (of course I really like working with purple anyway). It's just a really nice traditional quilt block!
I tried using batting for a background for the steps this time instead of the wood. What do you think? A keeper? Maybe white batting instead? Let me know what you think!
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