Saturday, February 8, 2014

Block of the Month #2

Block of the Month #2
Modern Maple – Log Cabin Style
Presented by Mary B

12.5" unfinished block
1/4" seam allowance
Press most seams away from darker fabric or open

Cutting Instructions and layout:

Maple Leaf fabric (solid colors)
  • (1) 2” x 7” rectangle (dark blue)
  • (1) 7-1/4” square (green)
  • (3) 4-1/2” squares (your choice of solid colors) OR make 3 log cabin squares that measure 4-1/2” square.
Background fabric (white)
  • (1) 7-1/4” square
  • (2) 4-1/2” squares

  • If making log cabin blocks – make those first.
  • Use a 2” green square and then build out the logs with 1-1/2” and 2” strips of the other fabrics.
  • Or use improvisational piecing and create a wonky log cabin.
  • They should measure 4-1/2” square (trim if needed).
  • Make 3.

Next – let’s make the ½ square triangles.
Lay the 7-1/4” background and maple fabric squares right sides together.
Sew 1/4” around the edge of all 4 sides.

Mark 2 diagonal lines from corner to corner after sewing.

Cut on the marked lines to make 4 triangles.

Press open and trim to 4-1/2”

Now let’s make the stem for the maple leaf.
Take the dark blue rectangle and a background 4-1/2” square.
Cut the 4-1/2” square on the diagonal to make 2 triangles.

Mark the center of the rectangle and triangle and match up – sew seam on both long sides of the rectangle.

Trim to 4-1/2”

Now – time to put it all together!
Lay out the block as desired.
Notice the placement of the log cabin blocks – you can rotate them any way.

Inspiration for this block from:

Flickr links

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