‘Simply-a-Bloom’ Quilt

by Roslyn Mirrington of ‘Bloom

This quilt is perfect for a new quilter as it uses the simplest of block construction & appliqué techniques. It is made with Bonnie & Camille’s gorgeous new line, ‘Simple Abundance‘.

1 x Bonnie & Camille ‘Simple Abundance‘ layer cake (55010LC)
2.5 yards Moda ivory Bella Solid (9900 60)
2/3 yard binding fabric
backing fabric
fusible web


Choose two of the lightest prints in your layer cake. Cut each of these prints into 5″ squares to yield eight squares. Seven of these squares will be used as appliqué backgrounds.
From the remaining layer cake squares, cut two 2.5″ x 5″ rectangles, one 5″ x 5″ square and two 2.5″ x 9″ rectangles, as shown in the diagram below.

From the cream fabric, cut:
  • two strips, 6″ x 90″ (vertical borders)
  • two strips, 6″ x 55″ (horizontal borders)
  • six strips, 2.5″ x 55″ (horizontal sashings)
  • twenty eight rectangles, 2.5″ x 9″ (vertical sashings)

You can download a cutting diagram for the cream fabric here.

Piecing the blocks

Choose seven coloured 5″ squares to use for your appliqué (I chose tone-on-tone prints for this step). Set these squares aside for later.

At this point, you can audition your fabrics by laying them out on the floor until you are happy with the arrangement. Or you can piece the blocks randomly. Your choice!
To make the blocks, stitch two 2.5″ x 5″ rectangles to opposite sides of a 5″ x’5″ square using a 0.25″ seam. Press.
Stitch two 2.5″ x 9″ rectangles to the sides of the block. Press.
Make 35 of these blocks. Include 7 blocks which have a light background square at the centre – these will be your appliqué blocks.

Appliqué blocks
Examine your fabrics closely and choose a simple motif that might be used for your appliqué blocks. I chose the very simple four-petalled bloom from this print:

I scanned the fabric on my computer, selected the shape & enlarged it so that it was 3.75″ square. If you’d like to use this design, a pdf file is available for download here. Otherwise, be brave & choose your own motif that relates to the fabric you are using.

Using a pencil, trace your chosen appliqué motif seven times onto the paper side of fusible web, leaving a 0.25″ space between shapes. Cut out the shapes roughly – don’t cut on the pencil line yet.
Fuse each shape onto the back of your selected fabrics.
Cut out each shape carefully on the pencil line.
Fuse the appliqué to the cream background squares, taking care to centre the motif. Machine appliqué motif onto block using a blanket stitch in a matching thread.

Assembling the quilt top
Arrange the blocks in seven rows of five blocks. Sew the rows together, piecing a 2.5″ x 9″ white strip between each block.
Measure the width of your rows of blocks. Trim the six 2.5″ x 55″ horizontal sashing strips and the two 6″ x 55″ horizontal border strips to this measurement.

Join the rows of blocks, piecing the horizontal sashing strips between each row. Take care to line up the blocks vertically as you join the rows.

Join the horizontal border strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.
Measure the length of your quilt. Trim the 6″ x 90″ border strips to this measurement. Join the borders to the left and right sides of your quilt.
Back, quilt and bind your quilt as desired. I used any remaining layer cake fabrics to piece the backing.

My quilt was beautifully and expertly machine quilted by Belinda Betts of Eucalypt Ridge Quilting. Thanks Belinda! The quilting design incorporates blooms & birds and is called Aves b2b by Anne Bright.
1 x ‘Simply-a-Bloom’ quilt, approximately 62″ x 83″.
Thank you so much to Moda for the opportunity to be involved with Moda Bake Shop. It is an enormous privilege and pleasure to post ‘Simply-a-Bloom’ as my first MBS project!
Bloom, Australia

34 comments on “‘Simply-a-Bloom’ Quilt

  1. jaybird says:

    i love how you took a motif from the quilt to be the appliqué design! brilliant idea!

  2. Lyric says:

    I ABSOLUTELY love this quilt. I have always loved your work, but this one takes my breath away. I have been wanting to find a cute quilt to make out of my 3 girls' baby clothes. I have been thinking about a log cabin quilt, but now I think this one is perfect. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Maria says:

    It is lovely – simple and easy to make but looks GREAT!

  4. Donna says:

    Wonderful! I love Moda and have recently purchased my first layer cakes and love the possibilities of what you could do with each set. So nice to have just a bit of each fabric. Great tutorial.

  5. what a wonderful project from bloom……..she is a hidden talent……..

  6. Oh, this one is a must have!!!

  7. Beautiful quilt! I really enjoy the simpler style designs. Great idea to take a motif from the fabric to make an applique!

  8. Katie B. says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks!

  9. Quilt Hollow says:

    Very pretty….I like just a tad of applique too!!

  10. angela says:

    That's a wonderful use of a layer cake! And the added fabric-inspired applique is such a great idea. Thanks!

  11. Natalia says:

    VERY CUTE! I love it!

  12. jen duncan says:

    That was very clever to scan the fabric for the applique piece. Good job!

  13. allsewnup says:

    Thank you Roslyn for this fantastic
    idea. I've seen quite a few appliqued quilts but nothing that jumped out. This speaks to me. I'm off to check out your blog…


  14. Oh! I love this quilt! I have been wanting a quilt that uses layer cakes.

  15. Molly says:

    Oh wow! This is so beautiful! Love it…

  16. Ros ! It's Simply Fantastic ! How cool to be on the MBS! Congrats. I LOVE the quilt. ;o) ooxx`jodi

  17. Brenda says:

    Love, love, love it!!!! Can't wait to make it!!!!

  18. Astyn says:

    beautiful. thank you so much for sharing. I am a beginning quilter and just discovered Moda. i love this beautiful design- I look forward to trying it!

  19. Tiffany says:

    Love it! I've really got to learn to quilt at some point.

  20. amandajean says:

    what a beautiful and nicely designed quilt! congrats on contributing to the moda bake shop!

  21. ~Q~ says:

    Gorgeous quilt!!! Love how you did the applique design – what a great idea! Can't wait to get the printable version so I can print this out!

  22. Love this quilt! Would it be possible for you to put a link for the “printer friendly version” on? It is so much easier for me to keep track of my favorites that way. Thanks!

  23. What a great quilt! There's just nothing about it not to like.$

  24. Janellybelly says:

    I just love the design and fabrics in this quilt, I also love all things Bloom!

  25. karenfae says:

    wonderful!! I can see another project in the making soon.

  26. Annie says:

    HI Thanks for this great quilt pattern. I have just finished piecing the top using Moda American Primer layer cake. It was so much fun and the instructions were fool proof

  27. Myrnie says:

    Wow…making a quilt is a HUGE goal of mine, and until now seemed completely unrealistic. I think I can do this! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  28. Vintage70dyo says:

    Hello and many thanks for tutorial.
    I am totally new to the quilt so I would lile to ask two questions:
    1. is the sewing foot particular? is it made for appliqué?
    2. Is the sewing stich particular to your sewing machine? I have never seen it in mine, but only as a hand made stich, may you tell?

    Thanks a lot. Anna

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