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.
  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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