MAPLE LEAF RAG QUILT PATTERN


Maple leaf rag quilt

Maple leaf rag quilt

This rag quilt is made using the maple leaf design quilt block.  This has two maple leaves opposite each other and no stems and I tried to use autumn (fall) colours for obvious reasons.

Cutting requirements

for each block you will need:  background fabric:  two 4.1/2″ squares, four 2.7/8″ squares, four 2.1/2″ squares

leaf fabric:  four 2.7/8″ squares, six 2.1/2″ squares, two t.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, two 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles.  You can get all the 2.1/2″ pieces from one strip cut across the width.  The leaf fabric can be cut from a fat quarter so it’s a great pattern to use up some of those fat quarters that you have lying around and give some variety to your quilt.

Making the maple leaf design quilt blocks

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

 

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place two leaves with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  You need eight of these per quilt block.

 

 

The two halves of the quilt block

The two halves of the quilt block

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows

 

The maple leaf design quilt block is made of two mirror image halves.  The top and bottom rows are made up of a gold square, one half square triangle, one pink square and the 6.1/2″ rectangle.

 

 

Sew the smaller squares together first

Sew the smaller squares together first

Sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

 

For the next row sew the smaller squares together to make 42 pieces and then sew them across the row.  The third row is the same but just place the other way up in the maple leaf quilt block.  Sew the rows together to complete the quilt block.

 

Framing the maple leaf quilt block

Sew a red frame on the quilt block

Sew a red frame on the quilt block

Put a red frame on the maple leaf quilt blocks to continue the autumn theme.  Sew two 12.1/2″ by 2″ strips to the sides of the block and two 15.1/2″ by 2″ strips to the top and bottom.

 

 

 

Layering the quilt blocks

Trim the wadding

Trim the wadding

 

Cut backing fabric the same size as your quilt block and lay it with right side down.  The wadding needs to be 1/2″ smaller all the way round.  I found it easiest to cut the wadding roughly the same size as the backing fabric and then trim it when it was placed on the backing fabric.

 

Maple leaf quilt block complete

Maple leaf quilt block complete

The back of the quilt block

The back of the quilt block

Pin the three layers and quilt them together.  I stitched along the outline of each leaf and then again 1/4″ away from the first line of stitching.  I didn’t quilt on to the sashing, but thinking about it now it probably wouldn’t have made any difference if I had.  That’s one maple leaf quilt block complete.  Make nine of these.  I used three different fabrics and made three maple leaf blocks from each one.

Sewing the maple leaf blocks together

Place the blocks with backing together

Place the blocks with backing together

Sew the seam twice

Sew the seam twice

Place two maple leaf quilt blocks with wrong sides together.  I really struggled on this because I instrinctively wanted to put right sides together.  Using a 1/2″ seam, sew the two blocks together and then sew another line of stitching close to the first line.

 

 

Snip the seam allowance

Snip the seam allowance

Fringe on the seam

Fringe on the seam

The idea of a rag quilt is that you have fringing between the blocks, so snip the edge towards the line of stitching at 1/4″ intervals.  I prefer to do this with each seam as I sew it because if you leave it all to the end there’s an awful lot of snipping to do.

 

 

Join three blocks across each row in this way and then join the three rows together.  The snipped seam allowances will fray with time and washing to give a lovely silky fringe to your rag quilt.

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