Put your foot down #27 and quilt tutorial

What’s under my foot?

The Tiger Lilies quilt of course.  I first discovered this quilt block in Maggie Malone’s 5500 Quilt Block Designs years ago and fell in love with it.  Tiger Lilies is block 5128 (in case you have the book) and no other information is given aside from it’s name. If you aren’t familiar with the book, as the name implies there are 5500 quilt blocks organized by patch type for the reader to reproduce the block on graph paper. There are no directions for piecing the blocks, it’s simply a book of blocks. Some blocks  list where they were first published and then others with no information.

Every time I picked up the book I had to stop and admire it and wished I weren’t so  darned intimidated by half square triangles. My book is permanently bookmarked and opens automatically to that page from repeated views. Fast forward many years. AccuQuilt is an industry partner of Island Batik and they generously sent all 50 ambassadors their very own GO! Qube. Well I finally gained the courage last month to make the block and I couldn’t stop with just one so I made  4 blocks to form a quilt.  Aaand I had to make another and decided to  write  a tutorial while making my second quilt.

The fabric

Reference   block diagram 5 below for color/patch placement. Dimensions shown  below include the 1/4 seam allowance. All seams are sewn 1/4″ and all blocks finish at 4″.

If you have a GO! Cutter you can easily cut all the blocks you will need for this quilt in about an hour. I used the 4″ square and the 4″ half square triangle from the 8″ Qube .

Using the Accuquilt for hst’s,? Layer fabrics right sides together for cutting.  This almost eliminates the need to line up the patches for stitching.

If you do not  have a cutter my recommended non paper method is to use  yardage  (cut to 10″ squares),  right sides together to make 8 hst’s at a time.

Diagram 1

Diagram 1: Place your 10″  squares right side together, draw a line on the diagonals to form and X,  I like to use Frixion pens.

Diagram 2

Diagram 2: Next you will draw a 1/4″ line on both sides of the drawn lines, these will be your stitch lines. You may find it useful to tack the center and sides with a pin (or Elmers washable school glue) to prevent shifting during sewing. Sew down all 4 stitch lines.

Diagram 3

Diagram 3: In this step you will draw  horizontal and vertical lines . These are your cut lines. Again, I recommend you place a few pins (or glue) to keep the fabric from shifting.

Diagram 4

Diagram 4: Though hard to see it shows the hst’s cut apart. Press seams open or towards the dark fabric, your preference.

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Ready to begin stitching the hst’s together? Stitch using 1/4″ seam. The fabric I chose to use is QT and my favorite muslin. I was a little nervous about the green/blue directional fabric.

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The hst blocks are perfect for chain piecing. I took the photo above to show my quarter inch foot. Correct me if I am wrong, Juki calls this  a compensating foot. While you can get a wonky seam (difficult to do) it will give you a true 1/4″ seam.

By chain piecing with this foot I was able to get every hst accurately stitched in about  25 minutes.


First we are going to stitch the flower sections into a 16 patch block.fortheloveofgeese, quilttutorial

The first thing I do is place the blocks on a design wall or on the table in front of me, I did both.

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The photo above shows the blocks for the flower sections stacked in their layout order. First I began with the 2 left stacks in the bottom row because they’re closest to me and my machine.  Join/stitch using a 1/4″ seam and press seams to the left.

Next, moving up to the 2nd row  from the bottom (left)  stitch  these 2 stacks of blocks together using 1/4″ seam and press seams to the right.

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Join these two together to form a 4 patch and press seam upwards. Continue moving up the left side alternating the seams to the left and right, and the 4 patch seam up.

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Join your four 4 patch’s together to form 1/4 of the block.

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Next, lay the leaves patches out in piecing order and follow the same steps for piecing as you did with the flower sections..

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Once complete, join the block quarters to form 4 Tiger Lilies blocks as shown below.

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With no additional border,  the 4 blocks and sashing will finish pre-quilted 68″ x 68″. Or perhaps you’d like to make 1 block shown above (32″) and use it as a medallion for a small quilt.


From your background fabric cut or piece 4 strips-4 1/2″ x 32 1/2″.

For the center square, add a 4″ finished pinwheel, solid square or any 4″ block of your choice.

Join the 4″ finished block to  the center of 2 strips.

Join 1 strip to the center of 2 blocks as shown below. Then join the center strip with the 4″ finished block attached.


Next join the one remaining strip to the center of the bottom blocks. And join the two halves.


That’s it, I’ll let you decide if you’d like to add a border. I finished my quilt with a 2″ border, then added 72  more 4″ hst and solid blocks in the corners.

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Your shares from #26

There really is no method I follow when featuring your shares from the previous linky party, until today. Since the big C is quickly approaching I chose these two to feature.

It always amazes me the tiny pincushions, blocks and hexies Turid of Den syende himmel is working on. Hand piecing hexies is something on my to-do try it list so as a reminder I had to share these.

Vicki from Vicki’s crafts and quilting makes the most beautiful table runners. You should see the other table runner in this particular post, fabulous!

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  1. Hi Denise! Thank you for the tutorial. Now that you’ve broken it down into steps, it doesn’t look as hard as I first thought. Very pretty design. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for the pattern. And thanks for linking to my blog. I love all things mini. You should try EPP, but it’s addicting.

    1. Actually I purchased the hexi die from AccuQuilt and have my papers ready for EPP. Really the only thing I need is a bright light that I can pull up to the sofa in the evening. I no longer have the finger strength I used to but even if I only get a few sewn together in the evening it’s more than I would have done. You’re welcome, it is a really quick quilt to put together.

    1. LOL, that’t the only blonde moment you get for the month. We’re all allowed at least one. Thank you for stopping by. You should try this quilt, it’s really a quick one to put together and was addictive to me.

  3. Thanks for the pattern + tut. Once you break patterns down into squares it seems easy, it’s when things overlap or have curves when I have to pay attn. But some original designs still puzzle me. Maybe if I had EQ it would be easier to have the computer break a really complicated quilt pattern down. Do you use EQ?

    1. I do EQ but I still find myself drawing blocks on graph paper and freezer paper. Freezer paper is cheap and large. You’re welcome, thank you for stopping by.

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