Free Pattern 12" Block: Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf (12" Finished) Block
From Fabric 1 cut 3 pieces measuring 4 1/2" Square
From Fabric 1 cut 2 pieces measuring 4 7/8" Square
From Fabric 1 cut 1 piece measuring 1 1/2" x 7 1/2"
From Fabric 2 cut 1 piece measuring 4 1/2" Square
From Fabric 2 cut 2 pieces measuring 4 7/8" Square
Take all of the 4 7/8" squares from both of the two colours (there will be a total of 5) and cut these on the diagonal to create a total of 12 half triangles.
Take 1 triangle you have cut from Fabric 1 and 1 triangle you have cut from Fabric 2 and sew together. Repeat to create a total of 4 newly sewn squares.
Take the remaining 2 triangles you hav cut from Fabric 2 and sew these either side of the rectangle that you have cut from Fabric 1. (don't worry if the ends do not meet)
This piece that you have just sewn is for the stem. You now need to trim this block to a 4 1/2" Square. The method that I use for this is to cut a
4 1/2" square from template plastic. Mark a diagonal line from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner. Then mark 1/2" either side for this centre line.
Place this template onto your sewn block lining up the centre line with the centre of the red rectangle and the lines and that you have marked either side of this centre line should line up with the side of the rectangle you have sewn. Then trim the block to a 4 1/2" Square.
Using the photo below layout all your sewn squares. Sew Block 1 to Block 2 and 3. Sew Block 4 to Block 5 and 6. Sew Block 7 to Block 8 and 9.
Now sew your rows together. Sew Row 1 to 2, and then to Row 3. Iron and you are done.
This is a great pattern to use up your scraps and this pattern is also Charm Pack Friendly - A Charm pack contains pre-cut 5” squares, you will just need to trim them down to your desired size and have 1 strip piece for the stem.
This pattern has been designed by Berrima Patchwork. Berrima Patchwork @ 2011. www.berrimapatchwork.com.au This pattern is free to use for personal use. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed for commercial use, in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the publisher