Starting the sewing, let’s begin with the block that is the most work, and get easier as we go. We need 8 leaf blocks, so let’s do those this week. We’ve made these many times over the years of Autumn Jubilee, but this year they are smaller, just six inches finished. This time, the leaves will be totally scrappy. Start by pulling the elements you need from your cutting step.
Using the strips and 8 of the 3-inch background squares, make the stem unit. Cut the background square in half diagonally, and sew one long edge to the strip with a quarter inch seam.
Align the second half of the square on the other side of the strip and sew.
Press towards the background, and square up to 2-1/2 inches.
Make half square triangles by marking two lines diagonally one-quarter inch from the center line on the remaining 3-inch background squares. I find the Quilter’s Magic Wand is the best tool for this job as it has a thin center line.
Chain sew. If you need a refresher on this technique, see my post Chain Piecing Half Square Triangles.
Cut in half diagonally between the stitching lines.
Square up to 2-1/2-inches.
Arrange the elements as shown with the stems pointing to the corner.
Sew in rows, pressing seams in opposite directions to nest rows.
Make eight. Here’s a pdf for your sewing room – Autumn Jubilee Leaf Blocks.
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