Tulip Quilt Block Tutorial

I had fun making these cute tulips for my daughters’ teachers for an end of the year present. One of their teachers is an avid gardener and I thought they both might enjoy some flowers for the inside of their homes. I know there are other tulip and flower patterns out there, but I was looking for something pretty simple and a specific size, which is why I decided to write my own. There have been several people ask where I got the pattern and since I wrote it myself, I thought I’d share it here.


Tulip Quilt Block


For one 6″ x 12″ (finished) tulip quilt block you will need:

From the background fabric:

  • (2) 2″ x 3.5″ rectangles
  • (2) 2.5″ x 3″ rectangles
  • (6) 2.25″ x 2.25″ squares

From red fabric:

  • (4) 2″ x 2″ squares
  • (1) 5″ x 6.5″ rectangle

From green fabric:

  • (1) 1.5″ x 6.5″
  • (2) 3″ x 4.5″


We’ll start off by constructing the red flower portion of the quilt block.

Take the (4) red 2″ x 2″ squares and the (2) 2″ x 3.5″ background rectangles. We’ll be using these pieces to make (2) flying geese units for the top of the tulip. First, mark a line corner-to-corner on the wrong side of each of the red squares.  Place one red square on top of one of the background rectangles, right sides together, lining up the red square along the short edge of the rectangle. Sew on the diagonal line, then cut away the excess fabric 1/4″ away from sewn line.


Open and press (I like to press these little diagonal seams open, but you can press towards the dark fabric if you prefer). Repeat with other side of rectangle.


Gather the large red rectangle and we’ll assemble the tulip top.


Sew the two flying geese together along one of the short ends.


Attach flying geese units to the base of the red tulip.


Gather all six of the 2.25″ x 2.25″ background squares and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of them. Place two on the bottom corners of the red tulip we just assembled. The other four will go on the corners of the green 3″ x 4.5″ rectangles as shown below. Sew on top of the line for all six background squares.


Cut away the excess fabric, 1/4″ away from the seam and press the seams open.


Gather the 2.5″ x 3″ background rectangles and sew them on top of the leaf units. They should be sewn with the 3″ side horizontal along the leaf units’ 3″ side.


Sew the leaf units onto the stem (1.5″ x 6.5″ green strip).


Now sew the stem and leaves onto the red tulip unit. Your tulip quilt block is now complete and should measure 6.5″ x 12.5″ (6″ x 12″ finished).


You can make a one tulip mini quilt or  sew several together with 2.5″ sashing strips to make a fun table runner.


I added some free motion quilted flowers and swirls along with striped binding to finish my table runners off.


Thanks for following along and please let me know if you make one or have any questions.


23 thoughts on “Tulip Quilt Block Tutorial

  1. What a wonderful tutorial! So glad I found you on IG. I’m a beginner quilter, and I believe I can make this due to your instructions and pictures! ❤️


  2. Hie there! Let me just say I love everything you post! Really enjoy following your posts. And thank you for this wonderful free tutorial. I do have on question…. the tulip points! In your pics and what i ended with are the same. The two points on either end already are at a point before i attach them to a sashing. I am going to loose the two end points. How did you manage in your quilted sample to keep those points?? 😊


    1. Hi Conni, thanks for your sweet words! The two points on the end will still be made into points after you add the sashing. You’ll be adding a sashing on top (which will lower the top by 1/4″) and the sashing on the side (which will bring in the side by 1/4″), so the point will appear again after both sashing, just down 1/4″ and over 1/4″. I hope that makes sense!


  3. Ah… thank you. Didnt think about the sashing on both sides!! I just wasnt visualizing and I am crazy about loosing my points!! Thank you😊


  4. How sweet of you, Kristina, to create such a lovely and thorough tutorial! I’m a newbie quilter, still learning, and appreciate ‘lessons’ like this. I plan to make some tulip pillows for my little granddaughter’s bed and a table runner for myself. I’ve signed up on your blog and your instagram.

    Thank you so very much for your kindness!


  5. love the tulips blocks, they are so easy to make but I have one question…one the first page you are cutting (6) 2.25 x 2.25 squares out of background fabric but then on next page the picture shows the (6) background squares are 3 x 3. What is I am missing? Terri


  6. Gracias por este hermoso tulipán, voy a hacerlo para bordes de mi colcha, a ver cómo me queda está idea, te comentaré luego.


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