18″ Block: Leaf & the Leaf Pile Quilt


Leaf – 18″ Block

Big Girl Leaf Block Image

Fabric Requirements

Leaf Points – four scraps of at least 7″ 

Leaf Body – one scrap of at least 13″

Background – 5/8 yard


Cutting Instructions

Leaf Points – 

4 – 7″ squares


Leaf Body – 

1 – 13″ square


Background – 

1 – 6 1/2″ square

4 – 7″ squares

1 – 13″ square


Assembly Instructions

  • Using the leaf point squares and background squares, make half square triangles. Size to 6 1/2″.

 BGB Leaf 1   BGB Leaf 1a

  • Using the leaf body square and the background square, make a half square triangle. Size to 12 1/2″.

BGB Leaf 1BGB Leaf 2

  • Sew the Leaf block together.

BGB Leaf 3b  

Want to make a quilt?

Leaf Pile

72″ x 72″ 

leaf pile color image

  • Make sure the blocks are trimmed to 18 1/2″ and lay them out in rows. 
  • Turn them the direction shown or something completely different!
  • Sew the blocks into rows and rows into the quilt.

Here are two ideas for quilting Leaf Pile, one focuses on straight stitch, while the other offers a meandering swirl.


Here is Leaf Pile with straight quilting every 1″. 

A few tips to get you started:

  • Start with the diagonal lines going from corner to corner and meeting in the center. Then quilt the long lines that follow a seam (ditch) from one side of the quilt to the other. This will help stabilize the quilt.
  • Use repositionable tape to mark the 1″ lines.
  • Sew ever other line in one color and come back with a different color to fill in the lines in the gap. A metallic would be striking!


Here is Leaf Pile with a continuous line quilt design. Those gusts of wind sure do scatter the leaves!

Take a look at the pattern and practice backtracking to pick up all the swirls.


This sample is a tile, but the idea is basic and can be used to meander over any size area. This pattern also lends itself to covering large areas quickly.

Download Leaf’s quilt designs here.



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