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Modern Maples : A Tutorial

July 17, 2013

Hi friends!

Starting on a new Modern Maples Quilt and am so happy to be joining up with a fantastic Flickr group called: Falling for Modern Maples. If you are on Instagram just look for #fallingformodernmaples to see everyone’s progress.


I wanted to share a quick and easy tutorial that I always use when making a Maple Leaf Block. This block size comes to 12” square and has some of the same methods that I also use to make my shortcut Pinwheel Blocks.

So grab some fall colors and let’s all Fall for the Maple Leaf!

I love the look of a patchwork background, and I see many of these quilts using a different background fabric in a similar color. For mine I am using one fabric, but a fun text fabric that adds some character.


Background fabric: Robert Kaufman – Objects – Newspaper Vintage

Maple Leaf fabrics: Timeless Treasures – Sketch – Ruby / Citron / Pumpkin / Latte / Coffee Brown

For each block you will need to choose 2 fabrics:

Maple Leaf fabric – 

  • 1 – 2” x 7” Rectangle
  • 1 – 7.25” Square
  • 3 – 4.5” Squares

Background fabric –

  • 1 – 7.25” Square
  • 2 – 4.5” Squares


Sewing Step 1 : 4 HST Triangles

  • Lay your 7.25” Leaf and Background squares right sides together. Sew around all four edges 1/4” from the edge.


  • Cut corner to corner creating creating 4 HST


  • Iron all 4 pieces and trim each to measure 4.5” square.


Sewing Step 2 : Leaf Stem

You may choose to omit a stem – If so, this block will be a 4.5” square of  your background fabric.

  • Cut a piece of your background fabric in half diagonally. This will make 2 triangle pieces.
  • Line up on each side of your 2” x 7” rectangle piece a triangle, make sure right sides are facing each other. One way to make sure you are aligning properly you may make a small mark at the halfway of each fabric or just fold in half and iron to create a small mark. Line up your marks and pin to sew.



  • Press open and your piece will look like this.


  • Line up and cut the piece to measure 4.5” square.

Sewing Step 3 : Put the pieces together

  • Next to your sewing machine lay out all of your pieces in the Maple Leaf pattern.
  • Sew each row together and press. ( I like to lay out each row on my ironing board and iron the back down in alternating directions so when you sew the rows together they nest together nicely)



  • Stitch all three rows together and press.
  • This block if sewn at a 1/4” seam you should need just a teensy bit of trimming to create your 12” block.
  • Congrats! You are finished with one block!!!


I will be posting some progress pictures on the blog later as I complete some more of the other color Maple Leaves.

Also linking up with Lee’s “WIP Wednesdays” over at Freshly Pieced. She is catching up on a pile of WIP and they are some pretty beautiful ones at that.

Thanks for stopping by!


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  • Reply Susan McAdams December 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I am using your method to do our modern maples for our charity quilt for December.

    • Reply nicole December 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Wonderful Susan! I hope you will share it with us when you are finished :). Mine is unfortunately still sitting on my Work in progress pile.

  • Reply Modern Maple | Ants to Sugar – Fabric. Quilting. Some modern. Some traditional. September 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

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