WEEK 6: Delectable Flowers

This is part 6 of a 13 part quilt-along series. Find the rest of the posts in this series by clicking on the links at the end of this post.

Welcome to Week 6! This week we are tackling the Delectable Flowers blocks. There are four of these blocks, each made up of 4 smaller units. It’s a good chunk of sewing to tackle during a couple of free evenings this week.  If you have questions about this block or need more instructions, be sure to click through to the original post.

No Applesauce Cross blocks this week!

Some notes:

  • Use a scant ¼” seam.
  • Depending on your cutting method, you may have extras each week of common sizes used throughout the quilt. I suggest you label a couple of plastic bags for “2½″ squares” and “2⅞” squares” so you can make use of the extras another week.

{from Delectable Flowers Quilt by Cathy Smith}

8 Layer Cake Squares OR 8 (10)” squares cut from fat quarters

From accent fabric or a Layer Cake square, cut (16) 2″ squares

From the background fabric, cut (8) 10″ squares and (16) 2″ squares

*No cutting layout for this method because we don’t cut the Layer Cake before we sew.

Half -Square Triangles (HSTs)

  1. Pair each Layer Cake square with a background square.
  2. Draw a line on the wrong side of the diagonal of each Layer Cake square OR background print (I find it easier to draw a pencil line on whichever fabric is lighter.) Pin right sides together along the diagonal line.
  3. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam on each side of the diagonal line.
  4. Cut on the diagonal line and press open.

Each Layer Cake square yields 2 HSTs, which makes up half a Delectable Flower block.

Square the half-square triangle (HSTs) to 9-1/2″ square.

Align HSTs as shown. Cut into (4) 2-3/8″ strips.

Rearrange strips as shown. Pin and sew together. Repeat to make 16 of these units.

This block unit measures 9-1/2″ x 8″. Trim 3/4″ from the top and bottom to square the blocks up to 8″. This will cut off the top point which is not visible in the graphics shown in these instructions.

Easy Corner Triangles (ECTs)

  1. On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a pencil line along the diagonal of each 2″ square.
  2. Pin accent square to the top right of the block unit and pin background square to the lower left corner of the unit.
  3. Sew ON the diagonal lines.
  4. Trim 1/4″ away from the stitched line and press.

Arrange (4) block units to make a flower as shown. Pin and sew together. Repeat to make a total of 4 Delectable Flower blocks.


WEEK 1: Intro to QAL + Fabric Reqs
WEEK 2: Prairie Rose Garden + 8 Applesauce Cross
WEEK 3: Tropical Punch + 6 Applesauce Cross
WEEK 4: Churn Dash
WEEK 5: Figgy Pudding + 6 Applesauce Cross
WEEK 6: Delectable Flowers {this post}

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15 comments on “WEEK 6: Delectable Flowers

  1. Nice idea, but the finished block is going to look rather different from how it is shown in the computer graphics if you follow through the instructions to the letter – “This block unit measures 9-1/2″ x 8″. Trim 3/4″ from the top and bottom to square the blocks up to 8″. This will cut off the top point which is not visible in the graphics shown in these instructions.”

    If you trim 3/4in from the top and bottom of the quarter block, you are going to loose a BIG chunk off the top point AND most of the small triangle on the right of the quarter block. Wouldn’t it be better to trim the strips to 8in before sewing them together, taking the excess off the non-triangle ends of the outer ‘petal’ strips instead? That way, you’d keep the points, although the ‘step’ sequence between the points in each strip would be a little different – less of a step between the longest and second longest ‘petal’ but more of a step between the third strip and final triangle ‘petal’.

    • Becki K. says:

      That’s a great idea!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you for this suggestion, I was trying to figure out how to fix this and your method is perfect. Thank you!

    • Wanda says:

      This is exactly what i did. I don’t mind the steps not being completely equal. I much rather have the points!!

    • Lynn Gibson says:

      Luckily, I only cut one block as instructed. I was trying to figure out what to do to make the block look right when I read your post. I took out the stitches between the two middle strips and cut 3/4 in off the bottom of one pair and 3/4 in off the top of the other pair and sewed them back together. Thanks for the idea.

    • Lynn Gibson says:

      Actually I cut 1.5 in from the top of one half and 1.5 in from the bottom of the other half.

  2. Julie James says:

    I think the graphic should be changed so that people realize that the point will be chopped off and the finished block will not look like the picture here.

  3. Barbara Roddy says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the accent triangles in the outer corners are NOT in this quilt along pattern design? I think they will take away from the pattern as given and I will not use them.

    • Barbara Roddy says:

      SORRY… not this block… the next one

      • Barbara Roddy says:

        Sorry again… this is the block with the extra corners.
        Also… check her original pattern for the correct pictures. the result is great!

    • Kate Glenn says:

      Not only are the accent triangles in the outer corners NOT in the original Project Planning Worksheet, but the block seems simpler than the one pictured in the Project Planning Worksheet. The original block on that worksheet looked like it had small 2″ HST (which I had colored with a second accent fabric) at the end of each “flower petal”. So these small HST would be connected to different lengths of background and accent fabric strips. I don’t know if I should make my squares according to this week’s posted directions, or according to my original planning…Hmmm!

  4. Tony says:

    What is the total size if the square? 15 1/2? I followed Susan’s directions.

  5. Susan Conner says:

    thanks Susan Briscoe for your solution, I knew if I checked here before I started sewing today I would have a solution to the “cut off the points” dilemma. I hated to do a trial and error method, but now I have a plan.

  6. sandy overholt says:

    I am also wondering what the finished flower block should be trimmed at.

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