How I make 60 Degree Flowers

It was around 5 or 6 years ago that I started making a quilt. I cut up my bundle of Kate Spain's 'Honey Honey' fabric into 60 degree triangles. I sewed the triangles together combined with some grey solid fabric. The seams didn't sit right and I really, REALLY hated the colour combination of the bright and happy print fabrics against the grey. I think it was probably around this time that "grey was the new white" in the quilting world.

Anyways, I really didn't like the quilt and the direction it was headed - or perhaps I should say, lack of direction in which it was headed. I honestly didn't like it and didn't really know what to do with it so I put the partially pieced quilt along with all of the bits into a bag, tied it up firmly and put it away for a later date. 

The clock winds forward 6 years (and probably two house moves later) and I rediscovered the bag in a scrap tub. With a new-found enthusiasm, I set about unpicking all of the pieces - though still clueless as to what I was going to do with them.

Inspiration hit - why not fold them and sew them like I would a dresden block? And what do you know - it worked! 

Six of these 60 degree triangles, folded, sewn, pressed, sewn into pairs and then finally into the round of six, yields a quite lovely flower.

I shared on Instagram (as is my way) and had a few messages and questions as to how I did it.

Here's the pictorial guide on how I made my "60 Degree Flowers".

1. Begin by using a 60 degree ruler to cut out some triangles. You will need 6 triangles to make one flower.

(these are my recycled triangles)

2. Align and fold in half (with right sides facing) and sew a 1/4" seam across the top. In this picture, it's the seam on the right (going up and down).

3. Just like a regular Dresden block, turn out the fabric and centre the seam so that it's aligned with the bottom point. I use a crochet hook to do this, but I'm sure there are proper 'turning tools' out there in sewing stores.

4. Snip approximately 1/2" from the bottom point of each "petal". This will make it easier when constructing the final flower.

4. Place 2 petals together, with right sides facing. Sew them together (like the picture below). 

Create 3 pairs of petals.

Finally, sew the pairs together to form a flower. It's now ready to applique on to your next quilty project.

NB: As everyone's centre circle will be different, look in your home for a circle that is large enough to use as a template, to cover the middle hole.

Here's the 'ugly' quilt before I decided to pull it all apart. I'm very glad that I did get out my seam ripper.


  1. the flowers are really cute. These would look great two stitched together and hanging on a tape across a baby's room (yeah, I am a new gramma {2 already another on the way]) The quilt before looked nice, I agree, the grey was a thing for a while..... I still have about 2 yards of grey Kona in my kona box, which usually holds a lot of white kona haha
    Have a fun Monday Anorina

    1. Thank you so much Rosemary. Yes I agree that they'd make some lovely bunting for a baby's room. Congratulations on your new grandbabies. You have excuses to make lots and lots of baby quilts :)

  2. I am loving grey right now, for some reason. Yet, I can respect your decision to make something different. Your new tutorial is fabulous and most likely completely all your own. I look forward to seeing your flowers on a project. Thank you for sharing, teaching and inspiring all in one great post!

    1. Hi Brenda, thank you for your lovely comment. It's nice to hear back that you liked my picture-tutorial. I've made another dozen (or so) of these flowers so they should eventually make up a good size quilt. I'll be sure to share another picture when it's finished. I may have accidentally started a whole new block!


  3. this has inspired me to get out some "leftover" fabric and see if I can do this. Thank you. I always look forward to your posts.

    1. Oooh great to read. Hoping you had a go at these little flowers :)

  4. Thanks for the inspiration, I will combine these with my hexagon flowers for a more interesting baby quilt.

  5. Lovely! One thing that would make these flowers go together easily would be to sew 3 petals per half instead of three pairs. Straight line piecing! This works with triangle stack-n-whack kaleidoscope tops. Instead of all that y-seam piecing you design with paired halves. Easy-Peasy!

  6. Great idea for reusing 60° triangle pieces!! Thanks!!


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