The Sweet Blossoms Quilt and Mug Rugs are Jeanne Rae Crafts' Block of the Month project for 2017. We've featured a BOM project every year since 1998, making this project our 20th! Come back monthly for each succeeding step. The Sweet Blossoms Quilt features blocks that are both appliqued and pieced. The appliqué in this quilt was designed with machine appliqué in mind but is still suitable for hand appliqué. Best of all, a portion of each block is the perfect size for a mug rug!
The twelve steps to making the blocks will be introduced throughout the year with the finishing directions to end the year's lessons. This quilt can be made with coordinating fabrics, or each block could have its own color scheme using scraps or fat quarters. Whichever you choose, it will be a cheerful lap quilt, or wall hanging, or even a mug rug!

Fabrics needed:
 Background  5/8 yd.
 Light  3/8 yd.
 Medium 1  1/2 yd.
 Medium 2  1/8 yd.
 Dark  7/8 yd. (for blocks and border 1)
 Coordinating fabric  1/2 yd. (for block rectangles and sashing cornerstones)
 Sashing  5/8 yd.
 Leaves and flower centers  fat quarters or scraps
 Binding  1/2 yd.
 Backing/batting  2 1/2 yd.

Sweet Blossoms Quilt Blocks
1. Coreopsis
2. Daisy
3. Periwinkle
4. Dahlia
5. Bachelor Button
6. Zinnia

Sweet Blossoms Quilt Blocks
7. Sunflower
8. Pansy
9. Tulip
10. Mum
11. Lily
12. Poppy

Sweet Blossoms Quilt Blocks
To make the 12 blocks, cut :
 Background  cut 12  6½” x 6½”
 Coordinating fabric  cut 12  3½” x 9½”

Coreopsis  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Medium 1  cut 1  2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
 Medium 1  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Dark  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut diagonally twice to make 4 triangles.
 Stitch a medium triangle to a dark triangle. Press seams toward the dark. Repeat to make 2. Stitch a dark triangle on each end of the square. Press seams toward the dark. Stitch the rows together.
 Applique the Coreopsis to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. When printing the pattern, be sure to print at the "Actual Size" setting. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Coreopsis applique pattern

Daisy  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Medium 1  cut 2  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut diagonally to make 4 triangles
 Medium 1  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Dark  cut 2  2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
 Stitch a medium triangle to a dark triangle. Press seams toward the dark. Stitch a light triangle to the opposite side of the dark triangle. Repeat to make 2 of these units. Stitch units together. Add the final 2 light triangles at each outer corner
 Applique the Daisy to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. When printing the pattern, be sure to print at the "Actual Size" setting. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Daisy applique pattern

Periwinkle  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Medium  cut 4  2” x 2”.
 Dark  cut 4  2” x 2”.
 Stitch a dark square to a medium square; press towards the dark. Repeat to make 8 units. Stitch 2 units together to make a 4patch. Repeat with remaining units. Stitch the 2 4patches together.
 Applique the Periwinkle to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Periwinkle applique pattern

Dahlia  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 2  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles.
 Medium  cut 2  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles.
 Medium  cut 4  2" x 2".
 Stitch the medium triangles to light triangles.
 Stitch the triangle squares to the medium squares as a four patch.
 Stitch the four patches together to complete the pieced block.
 Applique the Dahlia to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Dahlia applique pattern

Bachelor Button  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 2  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles.
 Medium  cut 4  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.
 Dark  cut 2  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles.
 Stitch triangles together as illustrated. Piece 4 of the resulting squares as a four patch, repeat to make one for the top and one for the bottom of the design.
 Stitch the 2 “four patches” together to complete the pieced block.
 Applique the Bachelor Button to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the bottom of the block.
Bachelor Button applique pattern

Zinnia  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Medium  cut 4  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.
 Dark  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Stitch triangles a medium triangle to one side of a light triangle; repeat for the other side. Repeat for all remaining triangles to make 4 “flying geese”. Stitch the 4 “flying geese” together.
 Applique the Zinnia to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the bottom of the block.
Zinnia applique pattern

Sunflower  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Medium  cut 2  1 1/4” x 6 1/2”.
 Dark  cut 2  1 1/4” x 6 1/2”.
 Stitch the 4 strips together, alternating medium and dark.
 Applique the Sunflower to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the bottom of the block.
Sunflower applique pattern

Pansy  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Medium  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Medium  cut 2  2 3/8” x 2 3/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles.
 Dark  cut 1  4 1/4” x 4 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 triangles (you will only use 2).
 Stitch small and large triangles into rows as illustrated. Stitch together the rows to complete.
 Applique the Pansy to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Pansy applique pattern

Tulip  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 6  1½” x 1½”
 Medium  cut 3  1½” x 1½”
 Dark  cut 9  1½” x 1½”
 Stitch a dark square to a light square; press seams towards the dark. Repeat to make 6 units. Stitch 3 units together; repeat.
 Stitch a medium square to a dark square. Press seams towards the dark. Repeat to make 3 units. Stitch together.
 Finish the block by stitching together the 3 columns.
 Applique the Tulip to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Tulip applique pattern

Mum  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 8  1 1/2” x 1 1/2.
 Light  cut 4  1 7/8” x 1 7/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.
 Medium  cut 4  1 7/8” x 1 7/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.
 Dark  cut 2  1 1/2” x 6 1/2”.
 Stitch light and medium triangles together.
 Combine triangle units with the light and dark squares into rows of 3 as illustrated. Stitch all the rows together to complete the block.
 Applique the Mum to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the top of the block.
Mum applique pattern

Lily  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 2  3 1/4” x 3 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 8 triangles. You will only use 6 of these.
 Medium  cut 2  3 1/4” x 3 1/4”; cut in half diagonally twice to make 8 triangles. You will only use 6 of these.
 Dark  cut 2  1 1/2” x 6 1/2”.
 Stitch the light and medium triangles together; press seams towards the dark. Repeat to make 6 units. Stitch 2 units together; repeat to make 3 squares.
 Stitch the 3 squares together. Add a dark rectangle to each side of the center to complete the block.
 Applique the Lily to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the bottom of the block.
Lily applique pattern

Poppy  Block measures 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” unfinished.
Cut:
 Light  cut 2  2 7/8” x 2 7/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles. You will only use 3 of these.
 Medium  cut 2  2 7/8” x 2 7/8”; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles. You will only use 3 of these.
 Dark  cut 2  1 1/2” x 6 1/2”.
 Stitch the light and medium triangles together; press seams towards the dark. Repeat to make 6 units. Stitch 2 units together; repeat to make 3 squares.
 Stitch the 3 squares together. Add a dark rectangle to each side of the center to complete the block.
 Applique the Poppy to a 6½” x 6½” background using the method of your choice. Stitch the pieced square from step 1 to the background square.
 Stitch a 3½” x 9½” rectangle to the bottom of the block.
Poppy applique pattern

Sweet Blossoms Quilt Sashing and Borders
Cut:
 Sashing  cut 31  9½” x 2”
 Sashing cornerstones  cut 20  2” x 2”
 Border 1  cut 2  2” x 44” and 2  2” x 36 1/2”
 Border 2  cut 2  3 1/2” x 47” and 2  3 1/2” x 36 1/2”
 Border 2 cornerstones  cut 4  3 1/2” x 3 1/2”
 Binding  cut 5  2 1/2” WOF strips
 Stitch sashing between each block and at each end of the 4 rows.
 Stitch 5 sashing rows of cornerstones alternating with sashing strips. Assemble rows and sashing rows together.
 Stitch Border 1  2” x 44” strips to each side of quilt. Press all border seams towards the border. Stitch remaining Border 1 strips to the top and bottom.
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 Stitch Border 2  3 1/2” x 47” strips to the sides of the quilt.
 Add cornerstones to each end of the remaining 2 Border 2 strips. Add final borders to the quilt.
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 Layer quilt top with batting and backing. Quilt as desired. Finish with binding.

Bonus!!! Sweet Blossoms Mug Rug
To make a Mug Rug:
 Make any of the Sweet Blossoms quilt blocks Steps 1 and 2.
 Fuse or baste 6 1/2"x 9 1/2" batting to the wrong side of the quilt block.
 Cut 6 1/2"x 9 1/2" backing; layer backing wrong side up, quilt top/batting right side up and baste within the 1/4" seam allowance. Quilt as desired.
 Cut at least 36" of a 2 1/4" strip. Fold in half along the long side and press. Bind your mug rug, mitering corners. Enjoy a cup of tea on your Sweet Blossoms mug rug!

Please note: This project will be available all through 2017.
 These patterns are for personal use only. Any other use requires express written permission by the designer.
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