Modern Maples : A Tutorial

Modern Maples : A Tutorial
July 17, 2013 nicole

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.

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

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.

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

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

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

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.

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

  • Cut corner to corner creating creating 4 HST

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

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

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

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.

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

  • Press open and your piece will look like this.

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

  • 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)

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

  • 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!!!

Modern Handcraft // Modern Maples Tutorial

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


Thanks for stopping by!


Comments (6)

  1. Susan McAdams 5 years ago

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

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    nicole 5 years ago

    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.


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