Hi, it’s Jen Belnap with The Smitten Chicken. Fall is my favorite season! I live in the Northeast and let me tell you, Fall up here is AH-Mazing! I love seeing all the leaves turn colors. So today, I get to share a tutorial with you on how to make a Maple Leaf quilt block. I am always drawn to traditional quilt blocks. The maple leaf is one of my favorites, and I’m so excited to share it with you today.
- Sizzix Big Shot™ Plus Fabric Series Starter Kit (White and Grey) (#661581)
- Sizzix Bigz™ Die – Half-Square Triangles 2 1/2" Assembled Square (#657611)
- Sizzix Bigz L Die – Squares 2” Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished) (#658321)
- Fabric (Background, Maple Leaf, Stem)
- Sewing Machine
Let’s get started! We’re going to begin with the Half-Square Triangles. With right sides together, place background fabric and maple leaf fabric on the die. Make your Sizzix sandwich: Cutting Pad, die, fabric and Cutting Pad. If you place the fabrics right sides together, they will be ready to sew together straight out of the Big Shot!
Next, using your 2" Square Bigz L die, die-cut the following with your Big Shot Plus Machine:
- 1 square of stem fabric
- 1 square of background fabric
- 2 squares of background fabric, trim to 2 1/4"
- 3 squares of maple leaf fabric
Don’t forget, you can layer up to 8 layers of fabric with the Big Shot! So you can die-cut all these squares at the same time.
Sew your Half-Square Triangles die-cuts together with a 1/4" seam. Press toward the dark side.
Next, we will construct the stem. Draw a diagonal line on the 2 - 2 1/4" background squares that you trimmed.
(a) Place the background square on the stem square. Sew on the diagonal line.
(b) Trim 1/4" from the line you sewed. Press open. Place the remaining 2 1/4" background square on the opposite corner.
(c) Sew on the diagonal line. Trim 1/4" from the line you sewed. Press open.
(d) Now you have a cute stem!
Sew the blocks into rows as shown in the pic. Press the top and bottom rows to the right and the middle row to the left. This will help your seams to nest!
Now sew your rows together. And you have a cute maple leaf block!
This block is 6 1/2" which is a perfect size for a sampler quilt. Now I’m off to enjoy more fall leaves and make more maple leaf blocks! If you want to follow more of my quilting adventures, check out my blog or you can visit me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Thanks for following along!