Traditional maple leaf quilt pattern makes the perfect home accent for fall and Thanksgiving.
- 44-inch-wide 100% cotton fabric—1-3/4 yards of tan print for outer border and binding
- 1 yard of light gold print for triangles
- 1/4 yard of white-on-white print for sashing and inner border
- 1/6 yard of dark green print for cornerstones
- 1/8 yard each of four different coordinating fabrics for pieced leaf blocks
- 1/8 yard of off-white solid for pieced leaf blocks
- 1/8 yard each or a total of ninety-six 2-inch x 6-inch pieces of several different coordinating fabrics for pieced outer border
- 65-inch square of fabric for backing
- All-purpose thread to match fabrics
- 65-inch square of lightweight quilt batting
- Neutral hand-quilting thread (optional)
- Quilter’s ruler
- Quilter’s marking pen or pencil
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
- Basting safety pins (optional)
- Standard sewing supplies
Layout and print quilt figures and diagram.
- Prewash fabrics. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear.
- Dry and press all fabrics.
- Accurately cut fabrics using rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler or mark fabrics using ruler and marker of choice and cut with scissors.
- Do all piecing with accurate 1/4-inch seams and right sides of fabrics together unless otherwise directed.
- Press seams toward darker fabric unless directions state
- Refer to layout diagram as a reference when assembling top.
CUTTING (make 4):
- From off-white solid, cut twenty 3-1/2-inch squares for pieced leaf blocks.
- From off-white solid, cut eight 3-1/8-inch squares for stems of pieced leaf blocks.
- From each of the four different coordinating prints for leaf blocks, cut eight 3-1/2-inch squares.
Half-triangle squares (make 4 of each print):
- Use quilter’s ruler and quilter’s marking pen or pencil to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of twenty 3-1/2-inch off-white solid squares and the eight 3-1/8-inch off white solid squares as shown in Fig. 1.
- Place a 3-1/2-inch marked off-white solid square on top of a 3-1/2-inch print square with right sides facing and edges matching.
- Referring to Fig. 2, sew on marked line.
- Trim 1/4 inch from stitching as shown in Fig. 2b.
- Open and press to make a 3-1/2-inch pieced triangle square as shown in Fig. 3.
- Repeat to make a total of four pieced squares from each of the four different coordinating prints for leaf blocks.
Stem (make 4 to match pieced squares):
- Place a marked 3-1/8-inch off-white solid square on top of a matching 3-1/2 print square with right sides facing and two edges matching.
- Referring to Fig. 4, sew on marked line.
Trim 1/4 inch from stitching:
- Open and press.
- In the same way, sew another 3-1/8 inch white solid square to opposite side as shown in Fig. 4b.
- Open and press as before to make a 3-1/2 square as shown in Fig. 4c.
Repeat to make a total of four pieced stems (one to match each of the four different coordinating prints for leaf blocks).
PIECING (for each triangle square):
- Lay out matching 3-1/2-inch pieced triangle squares, matching colored squares and one off-white square in three rows with three squares in each row as shown in Fig. 5.
- With right sides facing, sew squares in rows together as planned.
- Sew rows together to form leaf block.
- Repeat to make a total four pieced leaf blocks.
- Square each block to an accurate 9-1/2-inch square.
- From white-on-white print, cut two 3-3/4-inch x 9-1/2-inch strips and one 3-3/4-inch x 21-3/4-inch strip.
- Lay out the four leaf blocks and sashing strips as shown in Fig. 6.
- Sew the blocks and sashing strips together as planned.
- From white-on-white print, cut two 2-1/2-inch x 21-3/4-inch strips and two 2-1/2-inch x 25-3/4-inch strips.
- Sew the shorter strips to opposite sides of the pieced top.
- Open and press.
- Sew the remaining strips to the top and bottom of the pieced top.
- Open and press.
- From gold print, cut two 18-7/8-inch squares.
- Cut each square in half diagonally, making four triangles.
- Sew the long edge of two triangles centered along opposite sides of the pieced top. Open and press.
- Sew the long edge of the remaining triangle to remaining opposite edges of the pieced top. Open and press.
- From several different coordinating fabrics, cut a total of ninety-six 2-inch x 6-inch pieces.
- Sew the long edges of twenty-four 2-inch x 6-inch coordinating fabric pieces together to make a 6-inch x 36-1/2-inch strip. Trim the long edges of the pieced strip to make a 5-1/2-inch-wide strip.
- Repeat to make a total of four pieced inner border strips.
- Sew a pieced inner border strip to opposite sides of the pieced top. Open and press.
- From dark green print, cut four 5-1/2 inch squares for cornerstones.
- Sew a cornerstone to opposite short ends of each remaining pieced inner border strip.
- Sew pieced strip with cornerstones to top and bottom of pieced top. Open and press.
- From tan print, cut two 7-1/2-inch x 46-1/2-inch strips and two 7-1/2-inch x 60-1/2-inch strips for outer border.
- Sew the two shorter strips to opposite sides of the pieced top. Open and press.
- Sew the remaining strips to the top and bottom of the pieced top. Open and press.
- Lay out the backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface.
- Center batting on top of backing.
- Center pieced top right side up on batting and smooth out all wrinkles.
- Hand-or pin-baste layers together.
- Hand- or machine-quilt as desired.
- Baste around outer edges of pieced top.
- Trim excess batting and backing.
- From tan print, cut five 2-1/2-inch x 60-inch strips for binding.
- Sew short ends of binding strips together diagonally to make one long strip. Trim excess and press seams open.
- Trim one short end diagonally. Press 1/4 inch to wrong side.
- Press binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing.
- Sew binding strip to right side of pieced top with long edges even and a 1/4-inch seam, mitering corners.
- Fold binding to back, encasing seam.
- Hand sew fold to back of quilt.
Finished Size: Quilt measures about 60 inches square.
Craft originally sent in by Janet Koca of Post Falls, Idaho