Quilts with flowers: 3 ways to sew showy blooms

June is National Rose Month! In the US, the showy bloom is so beloved that President Ronald Reagan signed a 1986 proclamation declaring the rose the national floral emblem. The rose took its place among other symbols of our nation, including the American flag, the bald eagle, the National Anthem, and the national tree, the oak.

If roses or other flowers make your heart sing, celebrate their beauty in quilts. You can make quilts with flowers using most any technique, and today we’re spotlighting three of them: pieced, appliquéd, and embellished to the max, as you’ll see below.

Pick a flower, choose a technique, and start growing a gorgeous fabric bouquet—we guarantee your flower quilts will outlast any outdoor bloom!


BY MACHINE: PIECED FLOWER-QUILT PATTERNS

If you like to piece by machine, there are fields of fabric flowers to choose from. In A Dozen Roses, authors Catherine Comyns and Jennifer Rounds combine traditional piecing and paper piecing in their glorious floral quilts:

Flower quilt patterns from A Dozen Roses
Clockwise from left: “Rose of Havana,” “Spectre de la Rose,” and “Garden Party”

  • A Dozen RosesChoose from 8 projects bursting with roses, including lap, bed, and baby quilts
  • Stitch 5 coordinating pillows using decadent fabrics like velveteen and chiffon
  • Make classic roses and hip hybrids, plus read up on a little rose-related lore

See more pieced and appliquéd projects in A Dozen Roses.

Find more pieced flower quilts in:
A Paper-Pieced Garden


BY HAND: APPLIQUÉ FLOWER QUILTS

If hand appliqué is your method of choice—or if you’d like to try it—start with the flower-filled blocks in Artful Appliqué. Master appliqué artist Jane Townswick shares her simplified techniques for appliquéing flowers, leaves, birds, and more:

Applique quilt blocks from Artful Applique

  • Artful AppliqueLearn Jane’s appliqué technique—including how to take stitches that are so tiny, they’re practically invisible
  • Sew points, curves, and even narrow stems with confidence
  • Find tips for creating extraordinary effects with reverse appliqué and window templates

See all 16 quilt blocks from Artful Appliqué.

Find more appliqué flower quilts in:
Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué
Flower Show Quilts
Another Season of Beautiful Blooms


BLING! EMBELLISHED FLOWER-QUILT PATTERNS

Love embellishing your quilts? Add jaw-dropping sparkle to flower motifs in Dazzling Quilts. Start with a patchwork background, add raw-edge flower appliqués, and embellish to your heart’s content.

Projects from Dazzling Quilts

  • Dazzling QuiltsCreate gorgeous floral art quilts, all with an emphasis on easy
  • Embellish with threads, beads, iron-on crystals, and more
  • Learn techniques for free-motion quilting, raw-edge appliqué, and fuss-free beading

See more from Dazzling Quilts.

See more embellished flower quilts in:
Bold and Beautiful
Exploring Embellishments
Sew Embellished!


Looking for more fabric flowers to grow? Browse the “Flowers” category on our website and follow our “Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!” board on Pinterest.


What kinds of flowers are growing right now where you live? Tell us what’s blooming in your neck of the woods!

You might also like: Stunning flower quilts – to quilt by number


6 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have not been outside lately due to vertigo but the last time I was out I saw some beautiful Indian Paintbrush flowers and some little white flowers which I do not know the name of. I also saw some sunflowers which I think are so beautiful. One of the flowers that I love the most in are area is the blue bonnet. In the spring it is everywhere spreading it’s beauty.




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    —Tina on June 23, 2014
  • Wild Roses, Blackberries, Daisies, Honeysuckle and clover are the flowers of the moment.




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    —Quilting Tangent on June 23, 2014
  • In the Seattle area, we have blackberries in bloom, with their promise of summer desserts!




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    —Lynne on June 23, 2014
  • Beautiful Lillies, orange and yellow.




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    —Linda Christianson on June 24, 2014
  • In The Upstate of SC we have many boomers:

    Peonies have come & gone, but we’ve Day Lillies, Zinnias, Blueberry, Roses, Black Eyed Susan’s, Daiseys, Geraniums, & many others. I enjoy seeing all the gardens as I walk each day.




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    —BARBARA on June 27, 2014
  • Called Lupine here (blue and white), not Blue Bonnets, Mountain Iris, Indian Paintbrush, Cinquefoil (yellow and white), Wild Roses, and others. I had a hard time learning to say Lupine because I grew up with the Texas Blue Bonnets which of course are more beautiful than Lupine.




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    —Runwita Quiter on June 27, 2014

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