Mini Maple Leaves
Tips & Hints
This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) This month we're using autumn prints for the leaves and an ecru-on-ecru print for the background. I would like you to use a different fabric for each leaf. Different prints in the same color family would be nice. Use fabrics that make you think of autumn and leaves. See the block and quilt graphics for ideas. We will be doing TWO blocks for November.
For EACH block cut: Cut from four different autumn prints - two squares 2" x 2" each (a total of 8), one rectangle 3 1/2" x 2" each (a total of 4) and two squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" each (a total of 8) (these are for your half-square triangle units.) You could sew two squares together instead of using the rectangle, but after I did it on the first block, I realized using a rectangle was much easier. Cut from ecru-on-ecru print - two rectangles 5" x 2", five squares 2" x 2", eight squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and eight squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (for half-square triangle units.)
For your half-square triangle units, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of your ecru-on-ecru squares. Place each of these on a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" autumn fabric square, right sides together. Sew 1/4" from each side of the line. Cut on the line. Press the units toward the plaid fabric and trim to 2" x 2". Make sure the seams go from corner to corner of the square. If you prefer you may use triangle paper or your favorite method.
Sew two half square triangles together. Press toward the autumn fabric. Sew two more together going the other way. Repeat for each autumn fabric. (See diagram below. Note: the diagrams are to show placement only and do not include seam allowances.)
Sew a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" to one of the previous units. Press toward the square. Repeat for each autumn fabric. (See diagram below.
For the stem, draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of two ecru-on-ecru 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" squares. Place one small square on a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" autumn fabric square right sides together. Sew on the line. Trim only the seam allowance of the small square. Repeat for the other corner. Press ecru squares back over the base square. This will make a little triangle in each corner. Repeat for each autumn fabric. (See diagram below.)
Sew an autumn print 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square to a stem unit. Press toward the square. Repeat for each autumn fabric. (See diagram below.)
Sew a 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to the top of the previous unit. Sew a two half-square triangle unit to the side of this unit. Press away from the half-square triangle unit. Repeat for each autumn fabric.
Sew the remaining half-square triangle unit to the top of the previous unit. Press away from the half-square triangle unit. This is your leaf unit. Repeat for each autumn fabric. Sew an ecru 5" x 2" rectangle between two leaf units. Repeat with the other rectangle and the remaining two leaf units. (See diagram below.)
Sew a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" ecru square between the ends of two 5" x 5" ecru rectangles. I used a different ecru-on-ecru print as it seemed a little plain with all the same fabric.) Press toward the rectangles. (See diagram below.) Sew between each 2-leaf unit. Press toward the ecru rectangles.
Consult the block graphic to make sure all your rows are sewn together correctly. Your block should measure 11" x 11" unfinished.
Click here to see my block that I scanned.
Remember to label your blocks with your name, city, state, and email address on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. Just be sure to label them in some way.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo club or email Squirrel (Patty) or Azpatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for November. Blocks will be due to Patty by November 30, 2000. Patty and I will be getting together at the Quilted Apple on December 2 for Baltimore Masters and Applique Lovers clubs. Please keep up with your blocks. If you get behind it makes more work for Patty and I to send them out to the winners late. If lateness is unavoidable, please let one of us know and remember to include two stamps to help with postage.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. I didn't use scanned fabrics this time so the size is only 17 KB.