How to Make a Gradient Circle Flower Quilt

How to Make a Gradient Circle Flower Quilt

If you love gradients as much as we do, this is a super fun and easy project to show them off. There are no fancy templates or drawing skills required. This block makes a really fun mini quilt, or you could combine them to make place mats, table runners, or a full quilt.

We are going to show you some of our favorite rulers for cutting circles, but they aren’t necessary. We also share a super simple way to get the circles you’ll need. Watch the video for the tutorial and check below for specifics on the sizes we used, but feel free to mix it up to fit what you want.

Fabric Requirements

White background – 14 x 20″

Flower Fabric – 5 different fabrics in varying shades from 1″-9″ square (or whatever size you’d like)

Green – 1 @ 3/4″x 16″ and 2 @ about 3 x 7″

You’ll also need a fusible web like Heat n Bond or a glue stick. Make sure your glue stick is washable.

As far as thread, we used a variegated for this project, but you can also match your thread to each of the different colors of fabric if you want it to blend completely.

Assembly Instructions

First, cut out your circles. We did 5 circles at 9″, 7″, 5″, 3″, and 1″. Place fusible web on the back of each circle. Cut out the centers of the larger circles to reduce bulk.

Cut your leaves. These are freehand. Place your 3 x 7″ green scraps on top of each other, right sides together. Cut a gently curve along the outer edge. Turn and starting at the top to create a point, cut another curve along the inner side of the scrap.

Layout the flower on top of the white background. We offset each of the circles in alternate directions to add extra interest to the finished piece. Attach the stem, putting the top underneath the flower. Place your leaves where you would like near the bottom of the stem. Trim the stem and leaves as needed to fit your placement.

Iron on your flower circles following the manufacturer’s directions for your fusible web. Applique around the outside of each circle and the outside of the stem and leaves. Repeat as desired or until you run out of gradient combinations of fabric. If necessary, purchase more fabric to create gradients in all the colors (we won’t tell). Add batting, backing, and quilt. Now layout your fancy flower quilt and enjoy your favorite drink in the sunshine.

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3 Replies to “How to Make a Gradient Circle Flower Quilt”

  1. I loved your directions on how to make the gradient flower, and I’ve cut out my circles. But, how did you make the white background? I’m new to quilting and I love the detailed background. I’m just stumped on whether I should cut 10 in squares, or 5 in and cut HST or what. Do you mind sharing how the background is assembled? Thanks.

    1. The background is just a solid piece of fabric! We recommend cutting it slightly bigger than you want your finished block, and then trimming it to size after you finish the applique. The details you are seeing in the background of the finished mini is simply the quilting pattern I used to finish the piece. I completed it by drawing a grid on the background and then filling with with my desired quilting motifs.

      You could make a varied background out of 5″ squares if you want that look. I would simply sew enough 5 inch squares together in low volume fabrics to be bigger than you want, then put it on a slight angle and cut the final block size from that. That will give you the same diamond grid look to add your quilting too after the block is completed.

  2. Thanks so much! You gave me the information I was looking for and I’m off to start cutting my white fabric!

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