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Maple Leaf Table Runner


The maple leaf block is a classic block, perfect for the autumn season.  It is a really easy block to make, and can be done in different sizes as needed.  Essentially it is just a nine patch block of squares, with a few half square triangles and a stem.  Putting five of them together with a border makes a quick and easy, seasonal table runner.

Maple Leaf Table Runner finished 1

To begin, make the maple leaf block.  Make five in five different colors. Each one will finish at 12 inches.

Maple 5 Leaf Table Runner -1

Here’s what you will need – 

Background for each block –

Two 5-inch squares

One 4-1/2-inch square

One 6-inch square

For Each Color –

Two 5-inch squares

Three 4-1/2 inch squares

One strip 1-inch wide by 8-1/2 inches long

Border and Binding – about 1/2 yard of fabric

To begin, make the half-square triangles by drawing lines diagonally on the back of the 5-inch squares. Pair with the same size color squares and sew 1/4 inch away from your drawn line.  Cut on the line and press open.

Maple Leaf block 2

Cut the 6-inch background square in half diagonally. Place on either side of the color strip, aligning the points to help center both triangles.

Maple Leaf block 3

Press all the pieces.

Maple 3 Leaf Table Runner -6-2

Square up the stem block to 4-1/2 inches by aligning the diagonal color strip on the 45-degree line. Ignore the measurements in this picture, I forgot to take one of the larger stem. This pic is from another project.

Maple Leaf block 5

Square up the half square triangles.

Maple 3 Leaf Table Runner -3-2

Lay out the Maple Leaf block as shown.

Maple 3 Leaf Table Runner -4-2

Sew in rows, pressing seams opposite to nest them.  Yes, I changed colors on you, LOL!

Maple Leaf block 8

Maple Leaf block 9

Repeat with four more colors. If you cut all your pieces at once, you can assemble them by chain piecing.

Maple 3 Leaf Table Runner -5-2

Place finished blocks end to end, varying the placement of the stem. Add a border.  Mine is approximately 3 inches in width before sewing for this cute border print.  See my Border Tutorial for instructions. A print that contains the colors of your leaves will look the best, however you can also use one of the leaf prints.

Maple Leaf Table Runner finished 3

Quilt as you like. This runner is small enough to do easily on a domestic machine. Bind as usual.  I used a straight-of-grain binding on this runner as it will not get a lot of stress on the edges, and it saved fabric.  Cut the binding 2-1/2 inches wide, join pieces as needed to get the total length you need.  See my tutorial on Binding a Quilt for specific directions on joining pieces, attaching to the quilt, and making perfect corners. Here it is finished.  It measured at 17 x 64 inches.

Maple Leaf Table Runner finished 2

And here it is on display in my kitchen.

Maple Leaf Table Runner finished 4

With some seasonal decorations too.

Maple Leaf Table Runner finished 5

Quick and easy!!  You can make them different lengths by the number of leaf blocks you use.  Use just three blocks for a shorter table topper.  Use four blocks in a square for a fast table topper.  Next,  I’ll show you a second Three Maple Leaves Table Runner design that will work up even faster!!

Happy Quilting!!


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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


14 thoughts on “Maple Leaf Table Runner

  1. It looks very nice, I will try do make one!

  2. I love it! Especially your quilting.

  3. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. It came out beautiful!!

  4. The maple leaf is my new favorite block! Love yours!

  5. Love the runner! I had some of the same fabric as your yellow and your orange that I used down to the tiniest scraps. Wish I could find more!

  6. This is so pretty! I love the colors you chose.

  7. Very nice and thanks for the tutorial. Your mountain view and my mountain view look very much alike!

  8. I made 2 of these blocks for a Bee and loved them – they look really good here in table runner form – perfect for autumn!

  9. Very pretty. I got fabric for a fall table runner and promptly forgot the pattern. Maybe I’ll replace it with some maple leaves! Love that the orange and yellow ones are made out of leaf fabrics. 🙂

  10. one of my fave blocks. Great color fabrics
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  11. Love this. I have been wanting to make one of these but it keeps getting put on the back burner!

  12. Beautiful and just perfect for autumn! Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday!

  13. Such a beautiful runner! Just appropriate for the season. Thank you for sharing at the Nov. Linky Climb.

    -Priyam @

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