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Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner
|by Devon Iott|

There is still more than a week before Thanksgiving…and that means you aren’t off the sewing hook just yet! Don’t you think your Thanksgiving needs a little dose of neon? This project renders the traditional maple leaf block in five bold shades that are sure to make your turkey day table pop. Alternatively, hang it as a vertical banner on your front door, or anywhere you need a little extra zing.

This runner is 14.5″ x 70.5″ when finished. Each block is 14″ finished, so add more or fewer depending on how long of a runner you want. Materials and instructions are listed for making five blocks.
Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Materials

1/4 yd each of five solids of choice for leaves
3/4 yd white/neutral for background
3/8 yd binding fabric (for 2.5″ crossgrain binding)
1 yd backing fabric (cut into half yard pieces and piece together at selvage)
batting

cutting

From each leaf solid cut:

four x 5″ squares
two x 5 3/8″ squares

From white/neutral cut:

five x 5″ squares
ten x 5 3/8″ squares
ten x 4 1/4″ squares

Piecing

All seam allowances 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Make the stem

On one 4 1/4″ white square, draw a line diagonally. Layer over a colored 5″ square, aligning corners as shown.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Sew along line.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Trim off the excess fabric 1/4″ away from stitching line as shown. Make sure you are trimming off the corner where the edges are lined up, NOT the corner where the edges are offset.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Press white triangle away from color.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Repeat process with another 4.25″ white square in opposite corner to complete stem.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Make Half square triangles (hsts)

On two 5 3/8″ white squares, draw a line diagonally corner to corner. Layer over two 5 3/8″ colored squares and stitch a line 1/4″ to either side of drawn lines.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Cut apart along drawn lines and press. Trim off seam allowances dog ears.

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Assemble the Block

Get remaining three 5″ colored squares and one 5″ white square and arrange them with the HSTs and stem as shown below:

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Join the rows together. Press seam allowances in alternating directions from row to row.

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Join rows to form block.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Repeat with remaining squares to make a total of five blocks.

Tutorial: Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner

Join together to create one long row. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. Set your table and feast away!

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DEVON IOTT Miss Make
Devon is a sewing writer and educator living in Nashville. When not obsessively sewing she can be found knitting, gardening, or drinking wine with her two chickens and cat.


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