Maple Leaf Dance Quilt
- Cotton fabric, 42”x44” wide, 2-3/4 yds. total, scraps: brown, gold, orange, red
- Tan cotton fabric, 42”x44” wide, 1-1/4 yds.
- Backing fabric, 65”x65” square
- Batting, 65”x65” square
- Binding, 6-1/2 yds.
- Sewing machine and coordinating-color threads
scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, mat, squaring ruler, fabric pen
- 1. Sew nine-patch blocks (16 blocks). Cut following pieces from brown, gold, orange, and red fabrics: 80 2-1/2” squares, 64 2”x3-1/2” rectangles, 64 2”x5” rectangles. Cut 64 2-1/2” squares from tan fabric.
- 2. Arrange five random 2-1/2” color squares and four random 2-1/2” tan squares to form nine-patch unit. Sew together in rows. Press seams of rows 1 and 3 to right and row 2 to left. Sew rows together to form block. (Note: Pressing this way will help seams to align next to each other and make assembly of block easier with minimal pinning). Press seams in one direction. Repeat process to make 16 nine patch units.
- 3. Sew random 2”x3-1/2” color rectangles together along short ends. Press seams to one side. Sew random 2”x5” color rectangles together in same way. Press seams to one side. (Note: You should have 32 2”x6-1/2” units and 32 2”x9-1/2” units.)
- 4. Sew one short unit to right and left sides of each nine patch center. Press seams away from center. Sew one long unit to each remaining side. Press seams away from center.
- 5. Arrange blocks to make four rows as shown in photo. (Note: Blocks alternate – long-pieced side is oriented toward top on half of blocks, and short-pieced side is oriented toward top on remaining half).
- 6. Make Maple Leaf (make 20). Cut following pieces from color fabric scraps: 60 3-1/2” squares, 40 3-7/8” squares, 20 stems. Cut 40 3-7/8” squares and 40 3-1/2” squares from tan fabric.
- 7. Beginning with half-square triangle units, position color square and lighter color square right sides together. Draw line diagonally across lighter square. Sew 1/4” from either side of line. Cut along line. Press seam toward darker fabric. Use squaring ruler to assure that half square triangle unit is 3-1/2” square.
- 8. Cut 20 3-1/2” tan squares diagonally creating 40 triangles. Sew one triangle onto each side of stem piece. Use squaring ruler to assure that each stem unit is 3-1/2” square.
- 9. Arrange four random half-square triangle units, one stem unit, one 3-1/2” tan square, and three darker color 3-1/2” squares to form block. Sew together in rows. Press seams of rows 1 and 3 to right and row 2 to left. Sew rows together to form block. Press seams in one direction.
- 10. Assemble quilt top. Arrange leaf and nine patch blocks as shown in photo. Sew together in rows. Press seams of rows 1, 3, and 5 to right and rows 2, 4, and 6 to left. Sew rows together to form quilt top.
- 11. For border, cut darker color fabric strips into 2”-wide by 6”, 9”, and 12” lengths. Sew together on short ends and press seams to one side. (Note: You will need to create total of 230” of border strip.) Cut two strips into 54-1/2” lengths; sew to sides of quilt and press seams away from center. Cut two strips into 57-1/2” lengths; sew to remaining sides of quilt and press seams away from center.
- 12. Layer backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Pin or baste. Quilt as desired. (Note: The sample quilt is quilted with continuous curves in leaf blocks, simple motif in each square, and meandering in open areas. Quilt may also be tied instead by using six strands of embroidery floss). Sew binding to quilt.