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Tumbling Leaves

Autumn's olive, ecru, and cinnamon tones drift indoors in this striking wall quilt.

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Assemble Large and Small Leaf Blocks


1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each cream print 3-7/8" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2. Layer each marked cream print 3-7/8" square atop an assorted red-and-green print 3-7/8" square. Sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1).

3. Cut a pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each triangle unit open, pressing seam toward red print, to make two large triangle-squares (Diagram 2). Each triangle square should be 3-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 16 large triangle-squares total.

4. Press under 1/4" on both long edges of one mottled brown 1-1/8x5" strip. Center prepared strip on diagonal of one cream print 3-1/2" square (Diagram 3); baste in place. Using thread that matches strip, machine-appliqué prepared strip to make large stem unit. Trim ends. Repeat to make four large stem units total.

5. Referring to Block Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out four large triangle-squares, three assorted red-and-green print 3-1/2" squares, one cream print 3-1/2" square, and one large stem unit in three rows.

6. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows to make large leaf block. The large leaf block should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four large leaf blocks total.

7. Repeat steps 1 through 3 using cream print 2-3/8" squares and red-and-green print 2-3/8" squares to make 32 small triangle squares total. Each triangle-square should be 2" square including seam allowances.

8. Referring to Diagram 3, press under 1/4" on both long edges of one mottled brown 1x3" strip. Center prepared strip on diagonal of one cream print 2" square. Using thread that matches strip, machine-appliqué prepared strip to square to make small stem unit. Repeat to make eight small stem units total.

9. Referring to Block Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out four small triangle-squares, three assorted red-and-green print 2" squares, one cream print 2" square, and one small stem unit in three rows. Repeat step 6 to make small leaf block. The small leaf block should be 5" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight small leaf blocks total.

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