Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

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If you haven’t been here before I’m Connie and I am excited to be part of the AccuQuilt Fall Blog Hop – I have a tutorial for this Maple Leaf Centerpiece and a giveaway.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

If you don’t have a AccuQuilt GO! Baby don’t worry, I’ll show you how to make this without it and share a template with you.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

I should warn you that I’m a visual person so I like lots of pictures.

First thing we are going to do is make our blocks out of neutral/tan fabrics – this is a great time to dig into your scraps.

Cutting your scraps

  • Cut 9 – 5-inch squares
  • Cut 9 – 2-1/2 inch x 5-inch rectangles
  • Cut 9 – 2 1/2 inch x 7-inch rectangles
Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Sew the 2-1/2 inch piece to the 5-inch square.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Sew this piece to the 2-1/2 inch by 7-inch rectangle.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Make 9 blocks and arrange them however you like. If you look at the layout below you can see that I will only have to match the seams of the 9 blocks.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Sew the blocks together. You now have a piece about 20 inches square.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Now fold the piece in half.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Fold it in half again.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Now we are going to cut a circle.

This is a tool I bought at an art store years ago. There is a point on it that I put at the center of the piece (lower right corner in photo) and then I place the end with the pencil at the bottom left corner just in a bit on the fabric. I tighten the screw on the point and then draw a line from one side to the other.

You can also do this with a pin and a string wrapped around a pencil. Then carefully cut the line with your rotary cutter.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

My circle is approximately 18 inches.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

I used my Accuquilt GO Cutter to cut maple leaves using my Fall Medley die.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

I cut a strip of Heat & Bond Lite and fuse it to a strip of fabric. Since I am only cutting the maple leaf I cut pieces to just cover that die.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

If you don’t have the Fall Medley die or a GO! Baby you can print off this maple leaf that I have for you.

Maple Leaf template

Place the leaves on the top and fuse.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Next place a backing right side down on your table. Put your batting – I used Warm & Natural – on top of it and then your pieced block on top. I then did a free motion applique around the leaves with a dark brown thread.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

You could also use a blanket stitch or satin stitch.

Maple Leaf Centerpiece Tutorial

Then I did a stipple free motion quilting with a cream thread.


Close up of the stitching on the maple leaves.

Closeup of the stitching on the leaves

Now trim your centerpiece and zig-zag or serge around the edges. I then stitched cotton cluny lace to finish it.

You could make a bias binding – if so you wouldn’t want to finish the edges with zig-zag then.

Maple Leaf center piece tutorial

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  1. I am going to make this for my daughter and daughter in law for fall. Your directions are so complete and easy to follow. Thank you. I am new to your blog and look forward to following you.

  2. Would love to win this table centerpiece. Have a GO!, and love it, but not this die. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I didnt even notice the giveaway part until I posted a comment and started reading the other comments, so I am following your blog now. 🙂

  4. Hello~
    I also meant to say or add I become a follower…
    enjoyed my visit—
    I will be back! 🙂

  5. Love your leaves, thanks for the tutorial, what a lovely fall gift to win. I sure like how you pieced the circle, I'll try that.

  6. Thank you for your excellent tutorial – I think I can do it now! Please enter me in the giveaway – I neeeeeed it. thank you for the opportunity to make something so beautiful.

  7. Hi Connie, I hope I'm not to late to win this. It is probably one of the nicest centerpieces I have seen this fall. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I am impressed withyour blog so just became a follower and subscribed to your post via email. Thanks for sharing. Jane

  9. Thanks for the great tutorial. I may try to make something like this after I finish my current quilt which needs to be done in a week. EEEk! Jane

  10. I am a follower of Quilting by the River also.

    Sadly, I do not have a blog as of yet so I'll just cross my fingers that one of my two comments will be liked by that good ole' random number picker. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the chance to win and also for such a great tutorial.

  11. Oh my gosh Connie! This is just gorgeous. I really love the fabric colors and the maple leaves you've used. I would love to be able to make one just like yours.

    I think that it may even become a gift for my son and his fiancee, They have a gorgeous round wooden dining room table this would look beautiful on and they don't have any table decorations yet as they're just starting out. I know she would just love it.

    Thank you for such an awesome tutorial as well. I LOVE extra pictures. I am also a visual learner so the pictures definitely help me also.

  12. I am following Quilting by the River via Google Friend Connect.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  13. With the last name of Greenleaf you just know it want to make your Maple Leaf Centerpiece. I don't have the GO! dies so winning your giveaway is the only way I can make this. 😉

  14. Of course I would like to win. But even if I don't, I am saving the tutorial (and the Halloween one) so I can make one myself. Thanks for the great ideas!

  15. Interesting tutorial. Might even try it. Found your blog and bookmarked it to check out. Thanks for the chance to win your give away. Robert, in northern Iowa.

  16. Great tute! I was actually thinking of making some 'chargers' this way for my Thanksgiving Day table. I really wanted to make them dresden plates, but that will take forever! THis is a faster method and pretty too! Would love the kit!

  17. I thought that was such a cute mat and to have the leaves already cut out. I would love to win a kit to make my own. Thanks for the chance.

  18. I love your fall table topper!! It's gorgeous!!! I love how you free motion quilted the leaves! They look great! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  19. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the way you quilted the maple leaves. I would love to win your kit for your lovely fall table mat. Thanks!

  20. I am a new follower of yours. So glad I found you. Your blog is great!!! I live just up the river from u. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. I'm a new follower of your blog. Looking forward to being inspired and learning lots.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.


  22. Wow! What a great center piece. I'd love to win this. I'm also a visual person and I learn that way the best. Thanks for a great tutorial.

    Yes, Thank you to Darlene for putting together this blog hop and Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  23. How very nice. I am not into Halloween, but I love the leaves. Our maples are turning flame red in the area right now. So pretty.

  24. I'm telling you the tutorials are keeping my attention and I don't make holiday things…well…not very often anyway. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  25. Really appreciate your detailed tutorial and a chance to win the kit. Perfect timing for Christmas gifts by changing the leaves.

  26. That is just the prettiest centerpiece! I just love the way you quilted the leaves and your lace edging is darling! Keeping my fingers crossed that this pretty kit ends up at the end of my dirt road!

  27. This is such a 'classy' looking fall piece and would look fantastic on my entry table under a beautiful vase or even a flower pot. So pretty! I'd love to win this.

  28. The leaves are just about turned here in Vermont and are inspiring autumn quilty projects. This would be so perfect. Thank you for the chance to win – I love this project and will be making it even if I don't win.

  29. Thank you for the giveaway.
    I liked how you made your autumn topper into a circle — think I could find my late father's big compass and use it. Pretty pretty…

  30. Such a beautiful centerpiece! I would love to be entered to win – I would love to make this. thanks for the tutorial – I appreciate the work that goes into these! thanks!

  31. What an inspirational tutorial. I love your Maple Leaf Centerpiece. Excellent. I definitely want to make this. And I have a couple of tables that are now screaming at me to make it for them, or threatening they want to move to your lovely home. Did I say excellent tutorial? Absolutely spectacular.


  32. This is a fantastic tutorial! I love how you stitched around the edges of your leaves too. So great.
    The maple leaf centerpiece is so perfect for this time of year and I do love that fall medley of the accuquilt dies. I would love to win!.

  33. That is a great centerpiece. I really like the background, It is perfect for the leaves to sit on. And what a great idea to make it into a kit. I would love to put it together.

  34. Connie that is lovely! You always have the nicest projects. Please don't enter me in your amazing give-away though since I have that die but I think I might just make one! Great job!

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