The Maple leaf quilt is a classic, traditional quilt pattern. See how to make it more modern. Get free step-by-step instructions for faster quilting!
This modern Maple leaf quilt design uses 12 inch blocks separated by 2 inch sashing between the blocks and rows. A variety of mottled fall colored fabrics are used to make the Maple leaf blocks. The borders are 6 inches wide.
What makes it modern? The use of a single color for the entire leaf and no cornerstones or obvious borders.
This quilt pattern uses a lot of half square triangles (HSTs) - 120 to be exact. But, I have a solution to making them faster.
Use strips and a HST ruler to make the half square triangles.
It's faster and easier than making half square triangles from squares. And, it uses a little less fabric. Now, what more could you ask for? Have fun!
These yardage requirements are based on 40 inches usable width of fabric, rounded up to the nearest 1/4 yard:
*Assumes that you will piece long sashing and border strips.
WOF: width of fabric - HSTs: half square triangles
From Fabric A (6 blocks) cut:
From Fabrics B - G (6 different fabrics, 4 blocks each) cut:
From Fabric H (background) cut:
As you cut your fabric stack and label what each stack is to be used for. This will help you to keep the pattern pieces organized and ready for use when called for in the instructions.
All seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.
This Maple leaf quilt has 30 leaf blocks. Each uses 4 HSTs, 1 stem unit, 3 plain leaf squares and 1 plain background square. Make the Maple leaf quilt blocks in the following quantities using the designated fabrics:
Step 1a Cut Half Square Triangles.
Block A: Pair one Fabric A (4 1/2 inch x WOF) and one Fabric H (4 1/2 inch x WOF) strip and using half square triangle ruler cut 16 HSTs. Repeat with a second pairing to cut 8 HSTs for total of 24 HSTs.
Blocks B through G: Pair one Fabric A - G (4 1/2 inch x WOF) and one Fabric H (4 1/2 inch x WOF) strip. Use a half square triangle ruler to cut 16 HSTs.
Step 1b Stitch Half Square Triangles. Stitch each HST. Trim the dog ear from each one. Press seams open.
Step 2 Make Stem Units. Use the 30 (5 inch) stem squares and the 30 (1 inch x 9 inch) strips to make 30 stem units in the quantities and designated fabrics noted below. Follow these step-by-step instructions with pictures to make a stem for leaf blocks.
Step 3a Layout Blocks. Gather the HSTs, stem units, plain leaf squares and plain background squares and layout the maple leaf quilt blocks as shown in the picture below. Layout all of the leaves of one color at once to ensure that you have all the needed pieces.
Step 3b Stitch Units of Rows Together. Row by row with right sides together, stitch together the units. Press the seams... Rows 1 and 3: Press seams towards center. Row 2: Press seams away from center.
Step 3c Stitch Rows Together. With right sides together, nest the seams and stitch the rows together. Press the seams... Between Rows 1 and 2, press the seam up toward Row 1. Between Rows 2 and 3, press the seam down toward Row 3.
Refer to the Quilt Assembly Diagram below for Steps 4 through 8.
Step 4 Layout Blocks. On a design board, floor space, table or other area large enough to accommodate the quilt top arrange the Maple leaf blocks according to the diagram or as desired.
Step 5 Stitch Sashing to Blocks. Rows 1 through 6: With right sides together, stitch a Fabric H (2 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch) sashing strip to the right-hand side of blocks 1 through 4 (block 5 does not have a right-hand side sashing strip). With right sides together, stitch Block 5 to Block 4 Sashing.
Note: Cutting/Piecing Long Strips. The exact measurements for the long sashing and border strips are given. To account for variations that can occur in cutting and stitching, I suggest that you piece each long sashing and border strip a little longer than the specified lengths and trim to size after attaching the long sashing strip to the rows and the border strips to the main quilt body.
Step 6a Make Long Sashing Strips (2 ½ inches x 68 1/2 inches). Trim selvage ends from Fabric H 9 (2 ½ inch x WOF) strips, leaving a straight edge. With right sides together, stitch two of these long strips together, short end to short end, to make the the sashing strips to go between the rows. Press seam to one side.
Step 6b Stitch Sashing To Rows. With right sides together stitch Row 1 Sashing strip to Row 1. Trim sashing strip even with row, removing excess fabric. Save excess to piece together the last long sashing strip.
Repeat for Rows 2 through 5 (Row 6 does not have a bottom sashing strip).
For the steps below, refer to the above 8 Point Star quilt pattern quilt assembly diagram.
Step 7 Stitch Row/Sashing Units Together. With right sides together, stitch Row 2 to Sashing 1. Flip Row2/Sashing2 Unit right side up and stitch Row 3 to Sashing 2.
Repeat for Row/Sashing Units 4 and 5.
Stitch Row 6 to Sashing 5.
Press the seams between the rows down toward the bottom of quilt top.
Step 8 Stitch Borders to Main Quilt Body.
Borders 1 and 2: (6 1/2 inch x 68 1/2 inch), Borders 3 and 4: (6 1/2 inch x 94 1/2 inch)
Step 8a Trim selvage ends from the Fabric H 9 (6 1/2 inch x WOF) strips for borders, leaving a straight edge.
Step 8b Border 1: With right sides together, stitch together two of these long strips short end to short end, to make one Border 1 strip. Press seam to one side. With right sides together stitch Border 1 strip to top of main quilt body. Trim border strip even with main quilt body, removing excess fabric.
Step 8c Border 2: Repeat Step 8b , stitching it to bottom of main quilt body.
Step 8d Border 3: With right sides together, stitch three of these long strips short end to short end, to make one Border 3 strip. Press seams to one side. With right sides together stitch Border 3 strip to left side of main quilt body. Trim border strip even with main quilt body, removing excess fabric. Save leftover excess fabric to piece together with the strips for Border 4.
Step 8e Border 4: Repeat Step 8d by stitching together the two remaining (6 1/2 inch x WOF) strips and the leftover excess fabric from Border 3. Stitch the strip to right side of main quilt body.
Your Maple leaf quilt top is done!
Step 9 Make Quilt Sandwich. Use a lint roller to pick up any loose threads or bits of fabric from the quilt top. Trim any fraying fabric edges. Press the entire quilt top.
Put the Maple leaf quilt sandwich together by layering in this order: backing, batting and quilt top. Pin baste the three layers together.
Step 10 Quilt the three layers together. I suggest a straight line quilting grid pattern of diagonal lines, first going from left to right and then going from right to left of the quilt. Make the grid lines about 2 inches apart. If you know how to free-motion quilt go for it! Or send quilt top out to a longarm quilting service.
Step 11 Bind the Quilt. From the Fabric E (dark green) 3/4 yards cut 9 (2 1/2 inch x WOF) strips, trim selvages and join to make a single long binding strip. Fold in half lengthwise. Iron. Attach binding to quilt.
This a photo of a quilt top stitched by visitor Natalie K. from an early version of this Maple leaf quilt pattern. She chose to do scrappy Maple leaf blocks. Just lovely!
Here's a photo of the finished quilt.
And here's Natalie, a beginner quilter, wrapped in her beautiful Maple leaf quilt. You can see the straight line quilting done on the diagonal across the entire quilt. Great job Natalie...Thanks for sharing!