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Maple Leaf Quilt Block

Not your Grandma's Maple Leaf!

The Maple Leaf quilt block tutorial for a 6x6 grid block

Skill Level: Beginner

Grid: 6x6, 9-patch

This Maple Leaf quilt block is a variation of the traditional Maple Leaf. Both are 9-patch blocks. Both are pointy. And this version, even with all it's extra pieces, is no more difficult to make.

A little paper piecing, a bit of Log Cabin and we'll be raking up the leaves in no time!

Not into paper piecing?

Leave it to me, I've got you covered.

Alternate instructions with no paper piecing are provided further down on this page, as well as a stemmed version of this block.

Let's get started with our Maple Leaf quilt block!




Construction Instructions

Seam allowances (SA) are all 1/4". Pressing instructions are given at each step.

Starching your quilt fabric before cutting makes fingerpressing seams quick, easy, and accurate.


Step 1: Printing

You'll need the Adobe Reader installed on your computer to print the paper piecing portion of this block. If you don't have Adobe, you can it get free by clicking here (a new window opens, follow Adobe's instruction for installation).

For each Maple Leaf block you'll need to print one copy. The links are in the Cutting Chart below in the row, 'Print FGUs'.

Find the column for your Finished Block Size. At the intersection is the link. For the 9" finished block used in this example, I printed 1-1/2" x 3" Geese. (Click here to see where it's at in the chart.)

To print blocks at the correct size, under 'Page Sizing and Handling' in the Adobe print menu, set 'Custom Scale' to 100%. Click here to see what it looks like on the Print Menu page.

Use the 1" square on the printed page to confirm that the pattern is printed correctly.


Step 2: Cutting

Maple Leaf quilt block design

While the diagram shows a light for the background fabric, I've chosen a dark purple background for the example. It's important there be enough contrast between the A and background fabrics so that your piecing shows.

These instructions include paper pieced Flying Geese units. If you prefer all traditional piecing, click here for that complete cutting chart.


CUTTING CHART for
a Paperpieced
Maple Leaf Quilt Block
Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 6” 9” 12” Sub
Cut
1 A 4 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” 2” x 2” 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” --
2 Background 4 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” 2” x 2” 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” --
3 Background 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” --
Goose Background 1 3-5/8” x 3-5/8” 4-5/8” x 4-5/8” 5-5/8” x 5-5/8” Symbol for a quarter square triangle
Sky A 4 2-3/8” x 2-3/8” 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” 3-3/8” x 3-3/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
4 B 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” --
5 A 1 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” 4-1/2” x 4-12” --
Print FGUs 1" x 2" 1-1/2" x 3" 2" x 4" na
Trim FGUs to... 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” na
Unfinished Block Size 6-1/2” 9-1/2” 12-1/2” na
Grid Size 1” 1-1/2” 2” na

Don't forget to subcut the Goose and Sky squares.


Step 3: Assemble the Flying Geese units (FGU)

Flying Geese units for the Maple Leaf quilt block

Make 4

Install an open toe applique foot if you have one. It makes seeing the line easier. Reduce your stitch length to 15-18 stitches/inch.

With a dot of Elmer's Glue Stick, adhere the wrong side of a Goose patch to the unprinted side of the pattern. Use the dashed guidelines to simplify positioning. (black arrows)

The edge of your fabric sticks out past the outside dashed line on purpose. You'll trim these later for perfect sizing.


Position Patch #1


With right sides together (RST), align the bottom and side edge of a Sky triangle with the Goose patch.


Position a Sky patch RST with a Goose patchThis photo was taken at my machine and is on an angle...that's why it looks a bit wonky.

Stitch, starting before and ending after the outside dashed lines (black arrows below). If you add your Sky patches all on the same side first, you'll be able to chain piece these with ease through your sewing machine.


Stitch the seam between Goose and SkyStitching with an open toe applique foot installed on my machine.

Press. Repeat for the other Sky patch.

Press.

After all the FGUs are complete, trim them to size.

Flying Geese are part of my Beginner Quilt Block Patterns and Units series. Click here if you want more detailed instructions.


Four finished single Flying Geese


With RST, stitch a FGU to #4 with the point in this seamline.


Stitch the FGU to a #4 patch


Press the SAs toward #4.

The FGUs are complete.


Step 4: Assemble the corners

Corner for the Maple Leaf quilt block
Corner for the Maple Leaf quilt block

Make 2 each

Install your quarter inch foot and return your stitch length to normal.

With RST, stitch a #1 to a #2, pressing toward #2.


Stitch #1 and #2 together


With RST, stitch #1/#2 to #3. Follow the photo below so that 2 units have #1 on the upper right corner and two in the upper left. Press SA toward #3s.


Finish stitching the corners

Step 5: Assemble your Maple Leaf quilt block

Lay out the cut and pieced units into rows as shown below. Notice how the long seamline in the corners is parallel to the top and bottom of the block.


Lay out the patches for your Maple Leaf quilt block into rows


Stitch the units in each row together. Press all SA away from the FGUs.


Stitch units into rows


Stitch the rows together. Since there are four seam intersections in each row, I pin for accuracy. It's much faster to pin than to rip!


Stitching the rows togetherAll the SA nest if you followed the pressing instructions.

After one last trip to the ironing board, this is your finished Maple Leaf quilt block! To ensure the flattest block ever, check out this simple technique for pressing quilt blocks.


The finished Maple Leaf quilt block

If paper piecing's not your thing...

...and you'd still like to make this block, leaf it to me.

Below is the complete cutting chart where the Flying Geese are made with connector corners. A sure-fire way to make them!


CUTTING CHART for
Maple Leaf Quilt Block
with Connector Corners
Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 6” 9” 12”
1 A 4 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” 2” x 2” 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
2 Background 4 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” 2” x 2” 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
3 Background 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”
Goose Background 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”
Sky A 8 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” 2” x 2” 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
4 B 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”
5 A 1 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” 4-1/2” x 4-12”
Unfinished Block Size 6-1/2” 9-1/2” 12-1/2”
Grid Size 1” 1-1/2” 2”

Click here if you need instructions for the connector corner method. Start at 'Step 2' on that page. Hit the 'Back' button on your Browser Bar to return here.

All the rest of the directions to make the Maple Leaf quilt block are the same.


What about a bit more traditional looking Maple Leaf?

Maple Leaf quilt block variation, remove a corner unit and add a stem

Simply cut one less each of #1, #2 and #3—you'll only need to make 3 corner units—and replace the fourth with a single square from the background fabric cut the same size as your #5 patch.

Then embroider a stem after the block is stitched.

Voila!




If you've enjoyed making this block...

 ...you may be interested in these Maple or Autumn leaf-like designs available at Amazon.com.





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