18″ Block: Leaf & the Leaf Pile Quilt

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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.

big-leaf-01

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!

Print

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.

swirl-tile-03

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.

Or try an alternate colorway

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Join the AQS Quilting Project Parade Facebook group, or tag us @aqsonline on Instagram. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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