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How to Make a Maple Leaf Quilt Block (Free Pattern)

Claudia has been quilting for almost 30 years and writing about it for more than 6. She has won a number of awards for her work.

Quilt Leaf Block Pattern

Quilt Leaf Block Pattern

Leaf quilts make a lovely addition to any bed or wall, and are always stunning. Depending on the season, a leaf quilt can set the tone for an entire room.

Leaf patterns in quilting range from simple to complex, and can be pieced or appliqued. Leaf motifs have been used in quilting for hundreds of years and are often found in historical quilts.

The directions provided below are for a simple and traditional pattern that makes one 10 1/2” leaf block.

Various brown fabrics

Choose a variety of light and dark browns for this block to really allow the leaf pattern to stand out.

Choose a variety of light and dark browns for this block to really allow the leaf pattern to stand out.

Supplies needed

  • Fabric – 100% cotton, pre-washed and pressed
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat

Important: Always use a 1/4" seam when piecing this quilt block together.

Step 1 - Cut Fabric

Squares of fabric for leaf block

Squares of fabric for leaf block

Cut the following pieces of fabric:

From the light fabric cut:

  • One 3 1/2” square
  • One 5" square
  • Three 4" squares

From the dark fabric cut:

  • One 3 1/2” square
  • Three 4" squares
  • One 1" by 6 1/2" strip

Hint: Use a different fabric for each square to add some charm and sparkle to the block.

  1. Place one dark 4” square and one 4” light square, right sides together. Draw a line from corner to corner, diagonally across the square.
  2. Sew a 1/4” seam down each side of the drawn line.
  3. Cut on the drawn line.
  4. Press the seam open, pressing to the dark fabric.
  5. Square up each half square triangle to 3 1/2”, using a quilting ruler. If sewn correctly, you will not need to trim up very much at all.
  1. Cut the 5" square of light fabric in half, diagonally. Place the strip of dark fabric in the center.
  2. Using a 1/4" seam, sew the dark strip to the light triangle. Do the same thing with the other triangle. The strip is a little bit longer than the triangle. Just center the triangle in the strip for sewing. Press open.
  3. Trim the square back to 3 1/2". You will find that there is a significant amount of fabric to cut, but you want to have extra so that any cutting mistakes don't ruin the entire square.
  4. The stem square is finished and ready to sew into the leaf block.

Step 5 - Assemble the Block

Laying out the squares in the leaf pattern when preparing the block for sewing.

Laying out the squares in the leaf pattern when preparing the block for sewing.

Lay the 3 1/2” squares out in the desired pattern.

Keep the pieces in order so they don't get mixed up or get sewn together facing the wrong way.

Start assembling the block by sewing the first squares together.

Start assembling the block by sewing the first squares together.

Sew square a to square b in all 3 rows. Press.

Complete sewing the rows.

Complete sewing the rows.

Sew square c to the sewn a and b squares in all 3 rows. Press.

Begin sewing the rows together.

Begin sewing the rows together.

Sew row 1 to row 2. Press.

Finish sewing the rows together.

Finish sewing the rows together.

Sew row 3 to the sewn rows 1 and 2 and press.

Your block is done. It should measure 10 1/2”. To do this, square it up with a quilter's ruler and trim any excess there may be.

Leaf block patterns in quilting

This block is a great stash buster. Use browns and beiges for a great fall quilt, or brighten up the pattern with vibrant green tones for a cool summer wall hanging.

Whatever colors you use, this classic leaf pattern makes a beautiful quilt, modern or traditional.

Happy Quilting!

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 25, 2013:

Thanks Michelle! I am glad you enjoyed the hub. These leaves are fun to make, especially in different colors.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 21, 2013:

Another creative write. As Kelly said, you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 14, 2013:

I appreciate the nice comments RealHousewife! Once you get the process, it really goes quickly.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 14, 2013:

You make that look so easy! It would take me forever - ! Gorgeous work - I love it!

breakfastpop on February 21, 2013:

I'll have to really brush up on my long lost skill.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2013:

I'm so glad to hear that breakfastpop! You could make a political statement with an art quilt. That would be fun! Or how about one inspired by breakfast! Have a great day. Thanks for commenting.

breakfastpop on February 21, 2013:

Years ago I took a quilting class and I have to say I loved it. You have sparked my interest once again.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2013:

Hi peachpurple - I hope you get started on a quilt soon. They are fun to make. Thanks for commenting.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 20, 2013:

beautiful craft. I used to see my mother in law making quilts blanket for her grandchildren but she never teach me how to do it. Now i know. Thanks for sharing. Voted useful

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 20, 2013:

Thanks Bill! This is an easy block that packs a punch.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 20, 2013:

Passing this on to Bev, who swears that one day she will make a quilt. Excellent step-by-step instructions.