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Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial

One of my favorite quilts to pull out every Fall is this Modern Maples quilt. I’ve always been drawn to this classic quilt block and thought it would be fun to share a quick maple leaf quilt block tutorial for making a traditional Maple Leaf quilt block in three different sizes: 6″, 9″, and 12″. These blocks come together quickly and are fun to mass produce!

Maple Leave Quilt Block Tutorial

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a maple leaf block quilt in a pumpkin patch.

I love how this very traditional Maple Leaf quilt block looks so modern on the larger scale and depending what fabrics you use. For my original quilt I used woven Oakshott Cottons.  You can read more about my original Maples quilt here.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt block.

These blocks made a great repetitive one-block quilt. Or by making a variety blocks 6″ x 6″, 9″ x 9″, or 12″ x 12″ you could even mix and match them together in one project.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt blocks on a rotary cutting board.

The cutting instructions for each block follow a simple, repetitive system:

Maple Leaf Quilt Block Cutting Instructions

6″ x 6″ Block –

  • from leaf fabric cut 2 squares 3″ x 3″, 3 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, and one strip 1 1/4″ x 4″
  • from background fabric cut 3 squares 3″ x 3″, 1 square 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of the front side of a maple leaf block quilt. 9″ x 9″ Block

  • from leaf fabric cut 2 squares 4″ x 4″, 3 squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, and one strip 1 1/4″ x 5″
  • from background fabric cut 3 squares 4″ x 4″, 1 square 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

12″ x 12 Block

  • from leaf fabric cut 2 squares 5″ x 5″, 3 squares 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, and one strip 1 1/2″ x 7″
  • from background fabric cut 3 squares 5″ x 5″, 1 square 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of individual maple leaf quilt blocks spread out on a table.

Block Assembly

Match up two of the larger size (Small Block – 3″ x 3″, Medium 4″ x 4″, Large 5″ x 5″) leaf squares and background squares and place them right sides together. We are going to use these to make 4 Half Square Triangle blocks.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the dark square and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along both sides of the drawn line.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: collage image of maple leaf quilt block making process.

Rotary cut both squares on the drawn diagonal line to get 4 Half Square Triangle blocks. Square-up the HST blocks to the 1/2″ size smaller square than what you started with. (Small: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, Medium 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, Large 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″).

This is my favorite ruler and method for squaring up Half Square Triangle Blocks.

Press seams toward the colored leaf fabric.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: collage image of maple leaf quilt block making process.

Stem Square: Cut remaining Large background square in half on the diagonal to create two triangles. Fold rectangle strip in half vertically and finger press to find the center. Fold triangles in half along the longest edge and finger press to mark the center.

Line up center crease of one triangle with center crease on one side of the rectangle and sew in place. Repeat with opposite triangle.

Square up triangle to same size as the remaining block pieces. (Small block – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, Medium block 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, Large block 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″)

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt block making process.

Lay out remaining squares, half square triangle, and stem square as demonstrated above. (Be careful that half square triangle blocks are pointing the right direction. It’s easy to swing them a different direction. I know this from personal experience. 😉 )

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt block making process.

Sew squares together into three rows. Press seams toward the left for rows 1 & 3, and toward the right for row 2.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt block making process.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt block.

Sew rows together and press seams away from the stem square. And there you go! An adorable Maple Leaf Quilt block, ready to play.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of individual maple leaf quilt blocks spread out on a table.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of maple leaf quilt block.

I’ve had fun making a bunch of them. I originally planned to sew these 6″ x 6″ blocks together to make a pillow, but now I’m starting to think it might be fun to combine all three-sized blocks together to make a throw quilt. We’ll see where this goes!

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of Lori Holt fabric, Granny Chic collection, and the Calico Crow collection.

I still love the modern look of the solids in my original quilt, but this time I decided to play with prints for a different look. I’m mixing a variety of Lori Holt prints including some from her new Granny Chic collection as well as last year’s Autumn Love. I love how all of Lori’s collections continue to play well together year after year. I also threw in some great fall prints from the Calico Crow collection.

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of Lori's Bee Basic fabric.

For my background, I decided to play with a bunch of low-volume prints including Riley Blake’s Swiss Dots and Lori’s Bee Basics Backgrounds.  

Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: pinterest image of maple leaf quilt block tutorial.

I’ve had fun making a bunch of them. I originally planned to sew these 6″ x 6″ blocks together to make a pillow, but now I’m starting to think it might be fun to combine all three-sized blocks together to make a throw quilt. We’ll see where this goes!

For another example of a fun, Modern Maples quilt, check out this one by Andy of A Bright Corner.

 

 

Fall and Halloween quilt ideas | Classic Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: collage image of various fall and halloween quilt projects.

 

And if you’re looking for more Halloween and Fall sewing and quilting patterns and tutorials, check out this updated list of some of my favorite Fall inspiration.

Have you made a a maple leaf quilt block before?  Share in a comment below!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Karee Sowards
    September 8, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Thank you! You are a talented source of inspiration. Perfect timing!

  • Reply
    Rebecca Villa
    September 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

    So, did you make a throw with varying size leaves? I’ve had it in my head that I wanted to try that for a couple of years, but have not done it yet. Would love to see a photo if you did make a quilt that way!

    • Reply
      Amy
      September 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      Not yet – I only just started making the variety of blocks. I’ll play with them and definitely share when/if I get a quilt done with a variety of sizes!

  • Reply
    Michelle H
    September 11, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Thanks Amy for this tutorial!! I’ve always wanted to make this block and I think I will start today’s!, love Lori Holts materials too, wish they would reprint every years designs.

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