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Quilted Little Leaves Tutorial

It’s happening. The temperature’s dropping. Leaves are turning. Slippers are replacing flip-flops as my home footwear of choice. Slowly but surely, fall’s settling across the North Fork. After those long, hot, hazy days of summer, it’s finally time to bust out the boots and sweaters, fill our mugs with homemade apple cider–and decorate!

As I always do this time of year, I’ve loaded up on pumpkins and mums and displayed them all around our old farmhouse. I’ve also unpacked the rust-colored clay dishes, strung up miniature leaf lights, and replaced throw pillows and table linens accordingly. And since the only thing better than some fall decor is more fall decor, I’ve added a little something extra to the annual autumnal display:

quilted leaf block 1

Quilted Little Leaves!

These tiny quilt blocks are quick, easy, and versatile. I’ve made them in Kaufman Essex Linen, but they’d look just as adorable in colorful quilting cotton. And the decorative possibilities are endless! I love hanging them ornament-style on tree branches (brought inside), but they’d be super cute just about anywhere. And they don’t need to be ornaments; you could easily turn them into mug rugs, pillows, napkins, pins, or just about anything. So pour yourself a cup of cider, gather a great big pile of mini-leaves, and jump on in!

To make your own Quilted Little Leaves, you’ll need:
Linen or cotton scraps
Quilt batting scraps
Needle
Thread
Scissors
Seam ripper
Pins and/or basting spray
Pencil or marking instrument
Rotary cutter/mat
Twine or ribbon

Cutting Instructions
For each Leaf A:
(2) 2″ squares leaf fabric
(2) 2″ squares background fabric
(3) 1.5″ squares leaf fabric
(2) 1.5″ squares background fabric
Batting and backing fabric cut to size

For each Leaf B:
(6) 1″ squares background fabric
(1) 2″ x 3″ leaf fabric
(1) 3/4″ x 1″ stem fabric
Batting and backing fabric cut to size

A Few Notes
On seams: I used 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
On stitch length: I used 3.5″ for top-stitching and 2.5″ for all other sewing.

Let’s Start Stitching!

Leaf A
1. Draw diagonal lines down wrong sides of 2″Β  background squares. Place background squares on top of 2″ leaf squares, right sides together. Sew 1/4″ on either side of the diagonal lines. Cut along lines to make four half-square triangles.
2. Press HSTs, then trim to 1.5″.
3. Using the photos below, assemble leaf. Sew squares together first, then rows.
4. Place leaf block on top of batting scrap. Make sure the batting’s a bit bigger than the leaf block. Quilt as desired, then trim to a 3.5″ square.
5. Cut backing fabric to size. Place backing on top of leaf block, right sides together. Pin or baste. Sew 1/4″ around all sides, leaving a small opening for turning. Trim corners, turn leaf right-side out, and press.
6. Pin/clip twine in place to make loop. Sew 1/8″ around all sides of leaf block. This will close the opening and secure loop.

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Leaf B
1. Draw diagonal lines down wrong sides of (4) 1″ background squares. Place squares in each corner of the 2″ x 3″ leaf rectangle. Sew along lines, trim excess fabric, and press.
2. Sew two remaining 1″ background squares to either side of the 3/4″ x 1″ stem. Press.
3. Pin stem row to bottom of leaf, right sides together. Sew and press.
4. Follow steps 4-6 (minus the 3.5″ square part!) from Leaf A to complete Leaf B

leaf b1leaf b2leaf b3leaf b4leaf b5

Make as many Quilted Little Leaves as you’d like, and enjoy!

quilted leaf block 4

quilted leaf block 6

quilted leaf block 3

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