Saturday, February 28, 2009

Autumn Cabins: Leaf Block


12 " Finished Block

**Instructions are for ONE block, you will need FOUR of these to complete the quilt. This will allow you to test the block, then go back and cut for the remaining three.

From Green:
- cut 1 square 4 1/2 x 4 1/2

From Creams/Background:
- cut 1 square 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
- cut 2 squares 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 *Cut in half diagonally by drawing a line from corner to corner, to make 4 half square triangles.
- cut 2 squares 3 3/4 x 3 3/4

From Red/Orange:
- cut 3 squares 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
- cut 2 squares 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 *Cut in half diagonally by drawing a line from corner to corner, to make 4 half square triangles.
(**To make this quilt you will need TWO red leaf blocks, and TWO orange leaf blocks**)


Making the Block:
First, draw a line corner to corner on both cream/background squares measuring 3 3/4". Layer right sides together, one square on one corner of the green 4 1/2" square (as if to make a snowball block). Sew down the line drawn on the cream square. Press, trim seam to 1/4".


Tip: If you draw a line and sew 1/2" away from this seam line, you can get a bonus square of 1/2 square triangles from these.

Repeat this step on the opposite side of the green square, to make the stem of your leaf.


Next, sew 1 red/orange half square triangle to 1 cream/background half square triangle. Repeat for the remaining half square triangles to make a total of 3 half square triangle squares.

Use the following picture for placement of block parts, and sew together to make your autumn leaf block.

2 comments:

Zannah said...

Hi Valerie,
would you mind if I used this block for the swap I'm taking part in? Your instructions are so clear!! and the photos are really useful.

cq4fun said...

Very pretty blocks. I look forward to seeing the whole top.