The maple leaf quilt block traditionally shows the maple leaf against a light sky background, but of course you can choose any colours you wish. It’s good to have a strong contrast between the maple leaf and background, though.

**Cutting requirements**

brown fabric: four 3.1/2″ squares and two 3.7/8″ squares

blue fabric: two 3.7/8″ squares, one 3.1/2″ square, two 3″ squares

**Making the maple leaf block**

Place a 3.7/8″ blue and brown square with right sides together and draw a line along the diagonal. This line will be cut so it doesn’t matter what you draw with. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the line. Cut along the line between the seam to produce two half square triangles. Repeat with other pair of 3.7/8″ squares.

Draw a line along the diagonal of the two 3″ blue squares. With right sides together, place one of them in the corner of a brown 3.1/2″ square with the diagonal in the direction shown. Sew along the diagonal and trim the two lower fabrics 1/4″ from the seam. Do check which side of the seam to trim – it’s easy to cut the wrong side of the line accidentally. Flip the blue triangle down to complete the square.

Place the other 3″ blue square in the top corner of the brown square as shown and sew along the diagonal again. Trim the excess fabric as before and flip the triangle up to complete the square.

That completes the most difficult part of the maple leaf quilt block – creating the stem of the leaf. Now the parts of the block can be sewn together. Lay the patchwork squares out as shown in three rows of three squares.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the maple leaf quilt block.

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