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
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.
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 - 2-½ inch x 5-inch rectangles
- Cut 9 - 2 ½ inch x 7-inch rectangles
Use a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Sew the 2-½ inch piece to the 5-inch square.
Sew this piece to the 2-½ inch by 7-inch rectangle.
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.
Sew the blocks together. You now have a piece about 20 inches square.
Now fold the piece in half.
Fold it in half again.
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.
My circle is approximately 18 inches.
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.
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.
Place the leaves on the top and fuse.
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.
You could also use a blanket stitch or satin stitch.
Then I did a stipple free motion quilting with a cream thread.
Close up of the stitching on the maple 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.
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