I’m feeling very Autumnal today, I think it must be this typical ‘bank holiday’ weather.
We’ve had some beautiful fabrics in this week that perfectly fits that feeling…..
Perfectly Seasoned by Sandy Gervais for Moda features a smorgasbord of spicy autumn shades of orange, golds & browns with a touch of purple & teal.
Forest Friends from Makowers Henley Studio collections features foxes, owls & toadstools in warm autumnal colours
Forest Fancy by Deb Strain, again Moda fabrics, has a lovely panel featuring an owl sitting on a pumpkin, plus some lovely leafy prints to co-ordinate with it.
This panel has inspired me to make the ‘maple leaf’ block…. and I thought you might like to know how to make them too (if you don’t already)
This is basically a ‘nine-patch’ block and as such needs to be divisible by 3 ( so 6″ or 9″ or 12″ finished block size) I chose to make 6″ blocks
So for a 6″ block I cut:- 2 x 2 7/8″ squares in background fabric (brown in my block) 2 x 2 7/8″ squares in main fabric (this will be the leaf colour) 1 x 2 1/2″ square in background fabric 4 x 2 1/2″ squares in main fabric 2 x 2 1/4″ squares in background. I known that’s more than 9 units but stay with me – it will work out!
Taking your 2 x 2 7/8″ background squares, mark the diagonal on each one…
Place them right sides together with the 2 x 2 7/8″ main colour squares
Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line
and the cut in half along the marked diagonal line
press them open with the seam to one side
If you do this with both sets of 2 7/8″ squares you will have 4 half square triangle units.
To make the ‘stalk’ unit, take one of the 2 1/2″ main colour squares and the 2 x 2 1/4″ background squares. Mark the diagonal on each of the background squares. Take one of the background squares and place it in the corner of the main fabric square…..
sew along the marked diagonal line
cut the corner off 1/4″ away from the sewn line
Press the background fabric away
and repeat the process on the opposite side
then arrange your remaining 2 1/2″ squares, half square triangles and ‘stalk’ unit in the following pattern
join these units together in rows of three using a 1/4″ seam
and there you have it one ‘maple leaf’ block.
Until next time Happy sewing Jane X