How to make a maple leaf quilt square

Learn how to make this classic maple leaf quilt square, then let your imagination run wild.

By Austen Gilliland
Photography by Paul Chmielowiec

Materials and getting started
This story was originally titled "So Square It's Hip" in the July 2010 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

The classic maple leaf quilt square comes together quickly when you use rotary-cutting and speed-piecing techniques, and it would be a marvellous base for a Canada Day–themed quilt. Will you make one block for a pot holder, or four for a wall hanging, or will you make enough for a festive picnic blanket?

The possibilities are endless – you may be surprised by what you come up with!

Take a look at a larger image of the quilt squares.

You need:
• 1 fat quarter (45 x 55 cm/18 x 22 inches) white or neutral fabric, for background
• 1 fat quarter (45 x 55 cm) red or red print fabric, for maple leaf
• Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and self-healing cutting mat
• Pencil or disappearing-ink fabric marker
• Coordinating thread
• Sewing machine fitted with ¼-inch presser foot and needle appropriate for fabric
• Iron and ironing board  

To make:
1. Using rotary cutter and acrylic ruler and working on cutting mat, square up white fabric and cut two strips (see image of this step here): 11.5 x 23 cm (4½ x 9 inches) and 12.4 x 24.8 cm (4-7/8 x 9¾ inches). Cut 11.5 x 23 cm strip into two pieces, each 11.5 cm (4½ inches) square.

2. Square up red fabric and cut three strips: 11.5 x 34 cm (4½ x 13½ inches), 12.4 x 24.8 cm and 4.5 x 18 cm (1¾ x 7 inches). Cut 11.5 x 34 cm strip into three pieces, each 11.5 cm square.

Page 1 of 2 - learn how to make the rest of the quilt square on page 2.

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