Saturday, October 11, 2014

RSC Sampler - Maple Leaf

I'm on a roll! In order to keep rolling right along, I'm choosing nice simple blocks and building up momentum.
This block uses 2.5 inch strips in light and dark brown.  I chose golden hued tones, to resemble fall leaves.  
Place the two strips right sides together.  Using the easy angle ruler, cut 4 HST units.
Now separate the strips and cut 4 squares of dark brown and one square of light brown.  I didn't want to find smaller strips, so I just cut two more light squares down into 2 inch squares.
So here is the total inventory of strips:
4 - 2.5 inch HST units (light and dark)
4 - 2.5 inch dark squares
1 - 2.5 inch light square
2 - 2 inch light squares
Take a small light square and place it in the corner of dark square, right sides together.  Use a pencil to draw a line corner to corner.  Sew along the line.  Open and finger press the light square toward the corner.
Repeat this flip and sew procedure for the opposite corner, leaving a strip of dark fabric showing in the middle of two light corners.
Here is the layout for your block.  Three dark squares form the body of the leaf, with HST units for the edges.  Place the light square in the upper right corner, and the stem in the bottom left corner.
Go ahead and sew as a nine patch and press the seams to reduce bulk as much as possible.  The unfinished block will be 6.5 inches.  


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