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Button Box Flowers

Designed by Darlene Zimmerman



Cut strips 1/2" wider than the finished height of the wedge. Align the narrow end of the tool with the bottom edge of the strip of fabric.

Cut on both sides of the tool for the first cut. Rotate the tool to place the narrow end of the tool at the top of the fabric strip.

Continue rotating tool and cutting across the strip.

finished size 23" square

fabric requirements

Fabrics from the Lazy Daisy Collection from R. Kaufman Co.
  • Large Red Floral: 2/3 yd.
  • Small Red/White Floral: fat quarter
  • White/Red Floral: 1/4 yd
  • White-on-White: 1/3 yd.
  • Batting: 27" square.
  • Backing: 2/3 yd.



  • 4 – 1" diameter buttons
  • black perle cotton or 2 strands embroidery floss for hand buttonhole stitch

cutting directions

assembling the flowers

STEP 1 Fold each wedge in half on the top (widest edge). Stitch a 1/4" seam across the top edge with a shorter stitch length (to eliminate backstitching at the fold). Turn and press. Repeat for all 80 wedges.

STEP 2 Join the wedges in sets of five. Match two wedges at the fold. Begin stitching 1/2" from the folded edges, backstitch to the folded edges, then stitch forward for the remainder of the seam. This will hide your thread ends.

STEP 3 Step 3 Join four sets of five wedges to make a Dresden Plate (20 wedges). Press the seams all one direction around the center. Center and baste in place on the white background square. Appliqué or buttonhole stitch around the edge of the plate. Repeat for all four plates.

STEP 4 Turn the edges under on all four of the circles (or fuse) and appliqué or buttonhole stitch the centers in the middle of each flower. Cut away the extra fabric behind the Dresden Plate and the center if you desire.

assembling the quilt

STEP 1 Sew together three strip sets of large red floral print/white-red floral print/large red floral print. Press the seams toward the dark red strips. Cut:
  • 4—18-3/4" borders
  • 4—8-1/2" sashes
  • 6—1-1/4" units for 9-patches
STEP 2 Cut the remaining two 1-1/4" x 42" strips in half. Sew a 21" long strip set of white-red floral print/red floral/white-red floral print. Press toward the dark red strips. Cut into ten 1-1/4" wide units for the nine-patches.

STEP 3 Sew together five nine-patch blocks that look like this:

STEP 4 Sew a sashing strip between two blocks. Repeat. Press toward the sashes. Sew a nine-patch block between the remaining two sashes. Press toward the long sashes. Sew between the block rows.

STEP 5 Sew an 18-3/4" border to the top of the quilt. Repeat for the bottom of the quilt. Sew the remaining nine-patch blocks at the ends of the two remaining borders. Sew to the sides of the quilt.

finishing the quilt

STEP 1 Layer, baste and quilt as desired. Sew buttons to the center of each flower.

STEP 2 Before binding, hand-baste a scant 1/4" around the edge of the quilt to hold the layers together. Prepare the binding by joining the binding ends with diagonal seams pressed open. Fold the binding in half, wrong sides together and press to make a double binding. Sew to the quilt with a 1/4" seam, mitering the corners.

STEP 3 Trim the excess batting and backing, turn the binding to the back side and stitch down by hand with matching thread.

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