From our Free Quilt Block Patterns Library
Skill Level: Beginner
Sweet. Simple. Cute.
That's the Rosebud quilt block in a nutshell!
To make it, we'll use a bit of strip piecing. A wee amount of traditional piecing. A few seams and this block it ready for your quilt.
It'd be perfect for a baby quilt. The center square is large enough that you could also use it as a memory quilt for a new bride. Have the squares signed at the shower or mailed to you. Then whip up the blocks as they arrive in the mail. Easy enough that it could be finished even in the whirlwind of wedding preparations.
See our layout suggestions at the end of this page.
Let's get started!
These abbreviations are used in this tutorial:
SA are a 1/4" throughout.
When pressing, first press with the patches in the 'closed' position—just like they were sewn. Then press them open with the SA toward the darker fabric unless instructed otherwise.
It'll take just three fabrics to complete this block.
You'll need to watch the scale of the fabrics for the 8" block (the rosebud patch finishes at 1" square).
Other than that, just be sure there is enough contrast between the bud and leaf fabrics so that the buds stand out.
If you plan to use the center square for autographs or best wishes for a wedding or baby quilt, cut the #7 patch larger and use painters tape to mark off the area for people to sign. Make this area a bit smaller than the finished size of this patch so that nothing gets cut off in the seam allowances.
Cutting Chart for a~ Traditional Piecing ~
|Patch||Fabric||Qty||Finished Block Size|
|1||Bud||4||1-1/2” x 1-1/2”||2” x 2”||2-1/2” x 2-1/2”|
|2||Leaf||4||1-1/2” x 1-1/2”||2” x 2”||2-1/2” x 2-1/2”|
|3||Leaf||4||1-1/2” x 2-1/2”||2” x 3-1/2”||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”|
|4||BAC||1||2-1/2” x 7”||3-1/2” x 9”||4-1/2” x 11”|
|5||Leaf||2||1-1/2” x 7”||2” x 9”||2-1/2” x 11”|
|6||BAC||4||1-1/2” x 4-1/2”||2” x 6-1/2”||2-1/2” x 8-1/2”|
|7||BAC||1||4-1/2” x 4-1/2”||6-1/2” x 6-1/2”||8-1/2” x 8-1/2”|
|Unfinished Block Size||8-1/2”||12-1/2”||16-1/2”|
These are some of the supplies I use to prepare and cut my fabric.
With right sides together, stitch #1 to #2, pressing the SA toward #2.
Sew #3 to the righthand side of the #1/#2 pair.
Press toward #3.
Repeat for a total of four.
With RST, stitch a #5 to both sides of the #4 strip, pressing the SA toward #5.
Before subcutting this into units, you should straighten the edge.
Match a straight line on the ruler to one of the seamlines (see arrow below). Trim the edge with your rotary cutter.
Find your finished block size in the chart below. Cut four patches from this strip set equal to the corresponding 'Subcut Width'.
|#5/#4/#5 Measurements||Subcut Width|
|8”||4-1/2” x 7”||1-1/2”|
|12”||6-1/2” x 9”||2”|
|16”||8-1/2” x 11”||2-1/2”|
The #5/#4/#5 patches look like this after cutting, the extra is to the right.
With RST, stitch this patch to a #6. Press SA toward #6 to reduce bulk.
Arrange the sewn units and center square into the Rosebud design. The #1 bud fabric is always in the outside corners.
The white lines below highlight the seam between #1/#2 and #3. Orient your seams in this manner and all the SA will nest. This makes matching them so much easier.
With RST, sew the units in each row together. SAs are pressed away from all the side-units and towards the center or rosebuds.
With RST, stitch the rows together. Give it a final press.
You have finished the Rosebud quilt block. Enjoy!
Since the rosebud patch is at every corner of the block, you may want to add some sashing around each to put some distance between those patches.
For an adorable baby quilt, a sashing is added around each of the Rosebud blocks. Then they are set with a solid alternate block in an on-point layout.
With only half the blocks to make, it'd make up quick as a whistle!
In this next example, the Rosebud quilt block is used in a straight set. The sashing is bigger this time, equal to twice the grid unit (found at the bottom of the cutting chart on this page) plus SA.
Sweet. Simple. Cute.
What's not to love?!
These are my go-to resources for quilt block ideas.
Can you tell?
It's in color.
It's got a ton of blocks.
What's not to love?
Next on my 'must-have' list is Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
Unlike the Maggie Malone book, the blocks in this volume are hand-drawn and in black and white—no color—personally, I prefer colored drawings to work with.
This book is no longer in print.
If you can come by a copy expect it to be wickedly expensive. Once in awhile you can find it here on Amazon.com.
UPDATE: Electric Quilt, in cooperation with Barbara Brackman has announced they plan to republish the Encyclopedia sometime in 2020.
However, all is not lost if you can't find a hard copy.
BlockBase is the computerized version of the Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
It contains designs for over 4300 blocks—pretty much every block published from the 1830's through the 1970's.
It can be used with Electric Quilt and is a Windows based program.
In fact, there are instructions included so that you can pull up the digital patterns within Electric Quilt (PC version for now) without having to open up BB program.
UPDATE: Electric Quilt has announced that they will be rereleasing the standalone BlockBase software for BOTH PC and MAC in 2020.
This is terrific news.
Finally there's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.
Lots of detail and in color, it is a beautiful volume. That said, I check it out of my local library on a regular basis instead of purchasing it—can you see the library sticker on it's spine. Yep, it's from the Plainfield Public Library.
Simply because I own the previous three references and find this the least user-friendly of the group.
And it does make a fabulous coffee table book!