WEEK 6: Delectable Flowers

WEEK 6: Delectable Flowers

Written by: 
Oda May

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}