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How to Make a Cactus Flower Quilt Block

As soon as I made this block I knew I was in love with it. Depending on the fabrics used, the center circle can really pop. With the added interest of the half square triangles in the corners, the block takes on a whole different look. Join me as I teach you how to make a cactus flower quilt block.

This a fantastic scrap buster for all of you who love to save every scrap of fabric. Take a look at all of the different layouts and coloration I thought up. If you notice, putting these blocks together without sashing gives you a cool secondary pattern. It is like getting two blocks in one.

Fast & Easy Quilt Blocks Video Series

Do you want to learn a new block in about 5 minutes or less? You can with my new YouTube Series – Fast & Easy Quilt Blocks. Every few weeks I present a new quilt block that is great for scrap busting and is easy to put together.

These videos are a little bit different than my other tutorials. You will find that these only have music and instructions on the screen. I still do others as well, but sometimes it is fun to change things up a bit. Not only that, but these videos have gotten a good reception.


General quilting supplies are needed to make this block. A 1/4″ seam allowance is used.

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What to Cut to Make One 12″ Finished Block


A – 1 square cut 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ & 4 squares cut 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (cut in half on the diagonal)

B – 4 strips cut 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ & 2 squares cut 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (cut in half on the diagonal)

C – 4 strips cut 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

D – 4 squares cut 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ & 6 squares cut 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (cut in half on the diagonal)

Block Layout

Possible Layouts and Color Ideas

It is always fun trying out different colors and layouts with my Electric Quilt 8 software. With each block I play around and try to pick a favorite. It’s pretty hard for me to do.

Other Fast & Easy Quilt Blocks

Here are the blocks that I have made in this YouTube series. (Click on the photo to go to my blog post). They are all different in so many ways. Which one do you like best?

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