Super-Sized Maple Leaf Throw Quilt

Hi! I’m Anjeanette and I’m back with my most favorite recipe yet. If you follow my little blog, you have seen my Fall Leaf runner that I made last year using a charm pack. I get so many repins and tons of hits on my blog from that one tutorial. I thought it would be perfect to use in a larger size for a throw. I had been searching for a maple leaf shape that wasn’t an applique, and also looked fairly realistic. I couldn’t find anything I liked so I came up with my own, which I am sharing with you today. I taught a class on the runner recently, and came up with some tips for accurate sewing that you may want to check out on my blog too.

1 Layer Cake {Honeysweet by Fig Tree and Co.}
1 Charm Pack {Honeysweet by Fig Tree and Co.}
4 yards background fabric {Honeysweet Solid Biscuit 20199 38}
3 1/2 yards backing fabric {Autumn Rose Biscuit 20210 18}
3/4 yards binding fabric {Scrollwork Persimmon 20214 15}
Kite template
Tri-Recs Ruler if you have one

Each leaf will need one piece from the layer cake and one matching piece from the charm pack.

Make sure you are cutting carefully to get all the pieces you are going to need from the layer cake piece.

For one leaf you will need:
(6) 2 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ (from the layer cake)
(1) 2 1/2 X 2 1/2″ square (from the layer cake)
(1) 4 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ square (from the charm pack)

From Background fabric:
(1) 4 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ square
(6) 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ square
(2) diagonal pieces from backing fabric (as described below)

From backing cut (1) WOF x 5″. If you have a Tri-Recs ruler, you will use it here to make your diagonal cuts.

If you don’t have that ruler, cut to 5″ X 3 1/2″. from the top left, measure over 1/2″ and mark. Measure from the bottom right 1/2″ and mark. Match a ruler on those two points and cut.

***(If your backing fabric is printed or has a wrong and right side, make sure you are cutting two layers with wrong sides together because you are going to need a right side and left side of these cuts.)

You will need a pair of these diagonal cuts for each leaf.

To make one leaf:
Start with one long printed rectangle piece and one square background piece. We are going to do a corner flip here, aka snowball. Lay the two pieces right sides together with the small square matching along the top of the rectangle. Sew diagonally from corner to corner of the square. Trim the excess and press.

Three of your pieces like this will be angled from the right bottom to the top left and the other three will angle from the bottom left corner to the top right. You are going to need to press them in alternating directions. All three with the angle going to the right top need to go in one direction and all three with the angle going to the top left need to be pressed the opposite way. This will make them nestle nicely when sewing together in a “flying geese” shape.

Take your large patterned piece from the charm pack. Lay the kite shape template on top.

Cut off excess pieces. You should have a kite shape now.

Sew your diagonal pieces to each side with 1/4″ seam and press towards the background fabric.

Trim to square. I always put the point in the first cut of trimming because I want to make sure the tip does not get cut off. Make sure there is at least 1/4″ beyond the tip when you make the cut.

Then turn the block and trim to size.

Lay out your leaf. Sew together in rows. You will need to sew the bottom right pieces together and press before you can complete that row.  Press row seams in opposite directions. Top row to the left, second row to the right, bottom row to the left.

Press your whole block.

Your block should be roughly 10 1/2″ square. Finish all your leaf blocks and get a rough idea how you are going to lay them out. Which way are the large points going to face etc. To the right side of each block add one 10 1/2″ x 3″ sashing piece and press.

Add a 13″ x 3″ sashing piece to the bottom and press. Finish all your blocks this way. They now should be roughly 13″ square.

Lay out your leaf blocks and your solid blocks the way you want the quilt to go. You could use a leaf in each block, or add in some 13″ X 13″ blocks as I did below. I used 9 blank blocks in my layout. Sew together in rows, pressing seams in opposite directions, i.e. top row to the right, second row to the left etc. Sew the rows together to your quilt top.

Using my instructions for adding borders, add a 3″ border to the top of the quilt, press. (You will likely need to sew two pieces together to make each border).

Add a 3″ border to the left side of the top. Press.

Make your quilt sandwich, quilt and bind.

A wonderful 63 1/2″ X 63 1/2″ leaf quilt that you can easily use from the end of summer all the way through Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

Anjeanette Klinder