Block of the Month

July 2000s block was a Maple Leaf Block

(comprised of four Maple Leaf squares.)
The finished block measures 12 inches square.
(12 1/2 inches unfinished).

Instructions:  Use good quality, 100% cotton prewashed fabrics.

 

Use white for the background and a fall leaf colored print or solid for the leaf (like a maple sugar bush in full blaze in the autumn).

  1. Cut eight 2 7/8 by 2 7/8 inch squares from white.
  2. Cut eight 2 7/8 by 2 7/8 inch squares from colored fabric.
  3. Cut four 2 1/2 inch squares from white.
  4. Cut twelve 2 1/2 inch squares from the colored fabric.
  5. Cut four 1 inch by 4 inch rectangles from the colored fabric.
  6. Cut four 3 inch squares from white; cut these on the diagonal to form triangles.
  7. To make the stems, sew the long side of a triangle formed in step 6 to each long side of the 1 inch by 4 inch piece.  Square up to 2 1/2 inches.  Make four.
  8. Pair up the colored and background squares for half-square triangles.  There are two ways to make them --
    Either cut the squares on the diagonal to form triangles, then sew a background and a colored triangle together for a half-square triangle piece.
    Or pair up the squares, mark a line from one diagonal to the other, sew 1/4 inch from the marked line on both sides of the line, then cut on the marked line.
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  1. Connect the squares as shown in the graphic.

  2. Join the four quarters together with the stems in the center.
Your completed unfinished block will measure 12 1/2 inches.
Twelve inches after sewn into a quilt!
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