Maple Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial

The Maple Leaf quilt block is one of the true classics of quilting.

It has been made since the days of pioneers and was inspired by nature. It is a attractive block that looks good in reds, yellows and oranges in honor of its inspiration.

Why not make one for this fall? A Maple Leaf Quilt is just the thing for when temperatures begin to fall.

This tutorial teaches even a beginner at quilting how to make a simple Maple Leaf Quilt Block quickly and easily.

Maple Leaf Quilt Block Fabric requirements

Colored fabric:

  • Three 4 1/2” squares
  • Two 5 ½” squares
  • One 1 ½”x 7” rectangle

Light background fabric:

  • Two 5 ½” squares
  • One 5” square
  • One 4 ½” square

Sewing the Maple Leaf quilt block

Step 1

Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the 5 ½” light background squares. Place the marked 5 ½” light pieces right sides together with the colored 5 ½” squares. Stitch ¼” on either side of the marked line.

Step 2

Press to the colored side as shown below.

Step 3

Split the block on the drawn line

Step 4

Trim these blocks to 4 ½” square.

Step 5

Cut the 5” light colored background block from corner to corner on the diagonal. Place the 1 ½”x 7” rectangle between the two pieces.

Step 6

Sew the rectangle to the triangles, being careful not to stretch the bias edge of the triangle.

Step 7

Trim this block to 4 ½” by lining up the diagonal line of your ruler down the center of the colored rectangle.

Step 8

Lay out your blocks as shown

Step 9

Sew the rows together. Press the seams on the top and bottom row to the outside and the seams of the center row to the inside.

Step 10

Sew the rows together, matching the intersections and nesting the seams. Flatten the intersections with your fingers, then press each intersection flat, making an open square at each point. Trim your finished quilt block to 12 ½” if necessary, being careful not to remove the extra ¼” past each point of the leaf.

Maple Leaf Quilt Pattern

 There you have, a finished Maple Leaf Quilt Block. Maple Leaf blocks can be combined with a range of other quilt blocks to make a attractive quilt. The number of patterns they can be used in is virtually endless.