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Maple Leaf Log Cabins

Each leaf in this wall hanging stands out from its low-contrast, neutral-tone frame. The high-texture fabrics are from Lonni Rossi’s Black and Tan and Peppermint Party collections for Andover Fabrics.

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Assemble Maple Leaf Units


1. For one Maple Leaf unit, gather the following gray print pieces for the background: one 2-3/8" square, three 2" squares, and two 1-1/2" squares. Then pull the following pieces from one assorted light or medium print for the leaf: one 2-3/8" square, one 2" square, one 2x3-1/2" rectangle, and one 2x5" rectangle.

2. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line on wrong side of two of the gray print 2" squares and all gray print 2-3/8" and 1-1/2" squares.

3. Layer marked gray print 2-3/8" square atop the light or medium print 2-3/8" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line
(Diagram 1).

4. Cut apart on drawn line to make two triangle units (Diagram 2). Press each triangle unit open, pressing seams toward darker print, to make two triangle-squares (Diagram 3). Each triangle-square should be 2" square including seam allowances.

5. Align a marked gray print 2" square with one end of the light or medium print 2x5" rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of marked line). Stitch on marked line; trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle to make a long rectangle unit. The unit still should be 2x5" including seam allowances.

6. Align a marked gray print 2" square with one end of the light or medium print 2x3-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 5; again note direction of marked line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a short rectangle unit. The unit still should be 2x3-1/2" including seam allowances.

7. Align marked gray print 1-1/2" squares with opposite corners of the light or medium print 2" square (Diagram 6). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a stem unit. The stem unit still should be 2" square including seam allowances.

8. Referring to Diagram 7, lay out the two triangle-squares, long and short rectangle units, stem unit, and remaining gray print 2" square in three rows. Join pieces in each row; press seams in one direction. Join rows to make a Maple Leaf unit. Press seams in one direction. The Maple Leaf unit should be 5" square including seam allowances.

9. Repeat steps 1–8 to make 12 Maple Leaf units total.

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