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Vintage Carolina Lily Quilt Pattern

I'm trying to locate an old quilt pattern. It is a circa 1930's Carolina Lily. I am unable to find the pattern I need, although I did locate a picture of the pattern I want, it is on the website, if this helps any.

Can you help me? Thanks for your time.

I know this isn't a machine quilting question, but I didn't know where else to ask. I hope you can help me, it is very important to me and my 90 year old mother.



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1-13-13 to add templates for a 12" finished block

I hope I can help with this.

My mom and I worked together, both on this website and on designing quilt/quilting patterns before she died unexpectedly two years ago. We had a lot of fun doing it and I've got the memories to prove it. I miss her terribly. So it brings a smile to my face that you and your mom love quilting, too, and I'd love to be able to help.

So in that spirit I got to work on your request.

I checked out the website you mentioned and came up with a rendition of the vintage Carolina Lily quilt using my Electric Quilt (version 7) software.

The Carolina Lily quilt block...

I drew a 13" finished Carolina Lily quilt block pattern for this quilt.

Carolina Lily quilt block

Carolina Lily quilt block
This results in a quilt was 79-1/2" x 100". The one on the website you were looking at measures 78"x97".

Not quite the same, but pretty close.

The stems are a bit different than on the original quilt. The stems to the side flowers are curved instead of straight. They are appliqued onto a piece of background fabric (Template J on the quilt block template download).

As you'll see later, I've supplied templates for this block. Few of the measurements for the pieces in this block are the standard 1/4" and 1/8" that you'll find on your rotary rulers.

The Carolina Lily quilt design...

The blocks are laid out in a 4 by 5 block diagonal or on-point set.

Carolina Lily Quilt Pattern

Carolina Lily Quilt Pattern
Approximately 79-1/2" x 100"

Notice that I've added a spacer strip of background fabric (cut 2-3/4" wide, finishes 2-1/4" wide) at the top of the quilt so that the baskets are centered both vertically and horizontally between the pink and green borders. That is different from the quilt you were looking at.

The pink outer border is cut 1-1/2" wide (finishes 1" wide). The green border is cut 2-1/2" wide (finishes 2" wide).

Fabric Yardage Estimates

The Electric Quilt program I use calculated fabric yardage estimates of:
  • 7-3/8 yards background fabric (white)

  • 2-1/2 yards baskets, border, leaves and stems (green)

  • 1-3/8 yards flower petals, border (pink)
These estimates assume that your fabric has 40" of usable width. It also assumes that the long strips are pieced (the background fabric spacer strip, and the pink and green borders). This estimate does not include binding or backing fabric yardage.

If you decide to go ahead with this quilt, let me know using the 'Comment' link below and I'll go through and double check the math for the yardage needed...just to be safe.

Templates for a 13" finished quilt block

I chose to use templates for this quilt block pattern. Many of the shapes are not in the standard increments of 1/4" and 1/8" that you'll find on your rotary ruler. By using templates, you'll be able to cut the proper sized shapes with confidence instead fudging for 1/16" measurements.

Downloading the templates

I've included on the first page of the download how many of each template are needed to complete a single block and the color used.

The solid lines are stitching lines. The faint dotted lines are your cutting lines. Personally, I find it easier to just place the 1/4" line on my rotary ruler on the solid stitching line (because it's so much easier to see, and cut the shapes.

To download the templates for the block click on this Carolina Lily quilt block pattern templates link.

You'll need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and print these pages. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).

If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.

In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option.

Before you print the temples, in your 'Print Setup Menu', you must set 'Page Scaling' to 'None' to ensure the templates print at the proper size.


I've received several requests for a 12" finished version of this block. Click below for those templates:

12" finished Carolina Lily quilt block templates

If the this looks good to you, please let me know using the 'comment' link below. If you would prefer a different block size ('m a little superstitious and I probably wouldn't use a 13" block, but that's me...) let me know the finished block size and I can post the templates for you.

I hope this is what you were looking for. Good luck to you and your mother.


Julie Baird

Comments for Vintage Carolina Lily Quilt Pattern

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Thank you!
by: Janice Black

Thank you so much for these templates! I really want to try a quilt in this pattern . . . I think it is beautiful!

From the Editor:

You're most welcome! Enjoy!

~ Julie

12"Carolina lily
by: Nanakonyu

Thanks for pattern. I recently found 8 hand pieced lilies made in the early 1990's as a part of a group . You provided b/g and in my case the green for basket .every one chose different reds for flowers. Each person chose a patterns. The idea was to hone our hand piecing skills. It was fun and I'm determined to complete the quilt I had over the years lost my templates. So thank you.

From the Editor:

Thank you for sharing. You made my day! :D

~ Julie

Thank you!
by: JoAnn

I just found your website! I'm so sorry to read about your dear Mother. I miss mine as well...

I love paper piecing and unless I copy them from books, etc.; they are hard to find. You are a God-send as rotary cutting is difficult for me.
I am so happy to find you and have bookmarked the page!

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with everyone!!!

I love it...
With kindest regards,

From the Editor: Thank you for your kind words. You made my day! <3

~ Julie Baird

by: Anonymous


I have this quilt all cut out and ready to start hand piecing. It is my "take along" quilt. :) I actually blew up the templates to make my blocks a finished size of around 13", giving myself plenty of space for hand quilting.

One thing I did notice as I cut it out was there was a "K" template listed. Either I`m missing something or it doesn`t exist (and not needed).

I am SO excited to get started!! Thanks again for taking the time to draft it out.

From the Editor:

You've got good eyes. On the 12" block pattern, there is no 'K' template. I have amended the pattern for this size to note the omission. (For whatever reason I skipped it.) Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

There is a 'K' template on the 13" x 13" version.

~ Julie

Many Thanks
by: Suzee Newton

I have been looking for this pattern for some time....was not even sure of the pattern name....thank you so much for providing 2 different sizes....


Thanks so much. In 1952 my grandmother made me a Carolina lily quilt for a wedding quilt. Want to
make my granddaughter one for her wedding quilt and I found you. Going to will my quilt to her, which is in good shape and make her a Carolina lily quilt.

vintage carolina lily
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for this pattern. I have been searching for this block for a while.

Carolina Lily quilt
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for posting this quilt.

From the Editor: You are quite welcome. 'Glad you enjoyed it!

~ Julie

Carolina baskets pattern
by: Trina

Just wanted to thank you so much for taking the time to draft up this pattern. I have a wonderful book called "Quilted Memories of Schuylkill County" (where I live) and this is the block they used in their Schuylkill County Quilt Heritage logo. I was really interested in finding the pattern, and this was the only place I found this specific block.

Thanks again! :)
Trina Schellhammer
Schuylkill County, PA

From the Editor:

You are most welcome!

~ Julie

Carolina quilt block
by: Anonymous

I like the block, but would prefer a 12" finished block.

Could you do the templates for that size block?

From the Editor~ I just finished formatting the template page. Here is the link...

12" finished Carolina Lily quilt block templates

Just follow the same printing instructions from above...set 'Page Scaling' to 'None', etc. to print the proper sized templates.


~ Julie Baird

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