Sunday, June 9, 2013

Four-Lily Block Tutorial - Part 4

We'll complete the Four-Lily block in this final part of the tutorial.  Just two seams to go and the block will be done!

In Part 2, we made one Center Unit:

In Part 3, we made two Lily/Corner Unit combinations:

Today we'll join all three pieces together to finish the block.

As you may have guessed, we'll need to mark, match, and pin before sewing.  Starting with the Lily/Corner combo, fold the piece in half, then in half again.  On the first fold, you don't really need to finger-press the fold at the edge (unless you want to), because we'll instead be using the seams that match up in the center to align the central portion of the block.  But do finger-press the second fold.  Do the same with the other Lily/Corner combo.

Do the same with the Center Unit. Fold in half with edges even along one long side; fold in half again and finger-press a crease at the fold.  Repeat the process for the other long side, aligning edges on that side, folding, and finger-pressing.
Open the pieces and mark the creases with your fabric marking pen.

Pin one of the Lily/Corner combos to the Center Unit, right sides together, with the Center Unit on top ("Thinking of U").  Start at the center, matching the seams there, and pin.  The seams should butt against each other.

Now pin the two ends of the pieces together. 

Match the remaining marks and pin, and then pin in between as necessary to keep the edges in place for sewing.

Sew this gently curved seam, keeping edges of pieces aligned, removing pins as you go, and maintaining a scant 1/4-inch seam allowance.  Finger-press the seam toward the Lilies.

Repeat the process to attach the other Lily/Corner combo to the other edge of the Center Unit.  With a dry iron, press seam toward Lilies and press the entire block.  Trim/square block to 16-1/2 inches.  That's it! 

Here is the very first Four-Lily sample block I made from the templates back in October 2012.  I was so thrilled that it turned out!

And here are some made while working on the "Thoroughly Modern Lily" quilt:

How did it go for you?  I'd love to hear about your experience, whether good, not-so-good, or somewhere in between.  Moreover, I would love to see how your block turns out!  Feel free to link to a blog post or photo in the comments, or email me (thewayisewit at gmail dot com), if you prefer.

(Edit:  The Thoroughly Modern Lily quilt pattern contains the templates used in this block.  Click the link to request the pattern and download.)

I hope you had fun and found this tutorial helpful.  Thanks so much for following along!


  1. This is so cool - I need to make a few - really a great design :)

  2. So very generous of you to share...I'm going to try it, but I'm thinking I'll piece by hand. I enjoy that much more than the machine at this point.

  3. Lovely pattern and thank you so much for sharing your comprehensive Foto tutorial!
    Hugs from Germany,

  4. I love how all the pieces suddenly come together! And it was fun to see this block in different fabric combinations.

    xo -E

  5. I love it, but it's too late for me...
    J'adore, mais hélas il est trop tard!

    Muriel la Française


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