Modern Maples : A Tutorial
Hi friends! Starting on a new Modern Maples Quilt and am so happy to be joining up with a fantastic Flickr group called: Falling for Modern Maples. If you are on Instagram just look for #fallingformodernmaples to see everyone’s progress.
I wanted to share a quick and easy tutorial that I always use when making a Maple Leaf Block. This block size comes to 12” square and has some of the same methods that I also use to make my shortcut Pinwheel Blocks.
So grab some fall colors and let’s all Fall for the Maple Leaf!
I love the look of a patchwork background, and I see many of these quilts using a different background fabric in a similar color. For mine I am using one fabric, but a fun text fabric that adds some character.
Background fabric: Robert Kaufman - Objects - Newspaper Vintage
Maple Leaf fabrics: Timeless Treasures - Sketch - Ruby / Citron / Pumpkin / Latte / Coffee Brown
For each block you will need to choose 2 fabrics:
Maple Leaf fabric -
- 1 - 2” x 7” Rectangle
- 1 - 7.25” Square
- 3 - 4.5” Squares
Background fabric -
- 1 - 7.25” Square
- 2 - 4.5” Squares
Sewing Step 1 : 4 HST Triangles
- Lay your 7.25” Leaf and Background squares right sides together. Sew around all four edges 1/4” from the edge.
- Cut corner to corner creating creating 4 HST
- Iron all 4 pieces and trim each to measure 4.5” square.
Sewing Step 2 : Leaf Stem
You may choose to omit a stem - If so, this block will be a 4.5” square of your background fabric.
- Cut a piece of your background fabric in half diagonally. This will make 2 triangle pieces.
- Line up on each side of your 2” x 7” rectangle piece a triangle, make sure right sides are facing each other. One way to make sure you are aligning properly you may make a small mark at the halfway of each fabric or just fold in half and iron to create a small mark. Line up your marks and pin to sew.
- Press open and your piece will look like this.
- Line up and cut the piece to measure 4.5” square.
Sewing Step 3 : Put the pieces together
- Next to your sewing machine lay out all of your pieces in the Maple Leaf pattern.
- Sew each row together and press. ( I like to lay out each row on my ironing board and iron the back down in alternating directions so when you sew the rows together they nest together nicely)
- Stitch all three rows together and press.
- This block if sewn at a 1/4” seam you should need just a teensy bit of trimming to create your 12” block.
- Congrats! You are finished with one block!!!
I will be posting some progress pictures on the blog later as I complete some more of the other color Maple Leaves.
Thanks for stopping by!