This weeks leaf block is one that I saw on a blog recently. I loved the block and wanted to downsize it for our purpose. Lucky for us Julie over at intrepid thread was agreeable! To check out the original block click here. Her pictures are a little clearer than mine so use them for clarification.
To make each set of two leaves, you will need two pieced squares made from complimentary colours. For each square cut six strips of fabric about 1 1/2" x 7". Sew together and then cut into whatever size square you can get. I used a rather scant 1/4" seam allowance so that I could get 7" squares.
Cut one square diagonally from left to right and the second square diagonally from right to left.
Line up the right side of one square with the left side of the other.
Cut a strip 1 1/2" x 9' of a fabric for the vein of the leaf.
Sew the first half of the leaf to the vein as shown. The top is about 1/4" from the edge of the strip and the bottom matches the edge of the strip.
Trim off the excess vein fabric.
It should look like this!
Line the second half of the leaf up with the edge of the vein and sew.
After pressing this is what it should look like.
Trim the square to 6" lining the vein up on the diagonal centre of the square.
Cut two 2 1/2" squares of background fabric and apply to the corners as connector corners (sew on the diagonal as shown by the drawn lines.)
Repeat the process until you have four leaves. I used 1 1/2" sashing so that my blocks would end up being 12 1/2" unfinished. On block has a centre cornerstone that matches the vein, the other block doesn't. You can set your leaves however you like.
Now, for the winners of last months prizes. Donna S. was the winner of the book, and Barbara D. was the winner of the fabric. I will get this month's prizes posted shortly.
I want to share with you a finished quilt from our quilt along.
Peg has used nine of the blocks and made this fabulous quilt. Click here for Peg's touching story of who she is giving this quilt to.
Happy sewing everyone!