|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.
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)
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
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.
Sew along line.
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.
Press white triangle away from color.
Repeat process with another 4.25″ white square in opposite corner to complete stem.
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.
Cut apart along drawn lines and press. Trim off seam allowances dog ears.
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:
Join the rows together. Press seam allowances in alternating directions from row to row.
Join rows to form block.
Repeat with remaining squares to make a total of five blocks.
Join together to create one long row. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. Set your table and feast away!
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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