Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Modern Maples Quilt

I finished this maple leaf quilt last year but never was able to get some good photos of it.  So a few weeks ago when my kids asked to pick out pumpkins at the local farm stand, I grabbed this quilt and my camera - I didn't want to miss this perfect opportunity!  I do realize it's a little strange to bring a quilt to the farm stand by the way :) 

Modern Maples quilt done in all solids  - love the color!

For this quilt I used this pattern, called Modern Maples.** I followed the pattern to make my blocks, but I worked out my own layout, placing solid background blocks where I liked them and rotating the leaves as well.  I made a total of 25 leaves, using 17 different solid colors. 

**Original pattern is no longer available at that link, but here is a similar block pattern you can useThere is a free PDF printable available, and it includes both the 12.5" and 9.5" size Maple Leaf quilt block pattern.

Modern Maples quilt done in all solids  - love the color!

The fabrics are all Confetti Cotton solids from Riley Blake Designs.  They're so soft, and my local quilt shop carries all of the gorgeous colors.  I'll list the colors I used in the details below.

I quilted this freehand on my longarm.  I was going for a mix between wood grain and a windy-swirly look.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I didn't get a photo of it, but the backing fabric is a butter-yellow, super soft flannel.  

Modern Maples quilt done in all solids  - love the color!

The same week we went to pick out pumpkins, we also headed up the nearby canyon to enjoy the scenery for a bit.  Fall is so bittersweet for me.  I LOVE the colors, but I almost can't enjoy them because I know what's coming next.  I hate when the leaves fall from the trees and the mountains turn a dreary brown.  

Utah mountains in the fall

But enough about that!  How about that color?  

Utah mountains in the fall

Modern Maples quilt in Riley Blake solids

Quilt details
Pattern:  Modern Maples (use this block tutorial)
Size:  60" x 72"
Fabrics used:  all colors are Confetti Cotton Solids (Riley Blake Designs)
Pearl (background color)
Riley Orange

Teddy Bear
Riley Burgandy
Riley Green

Get access to the free printable Maple Leaf quilt block pattern here (includes a 9.5" and 12.5" size Maple Leaf quilt block)


  1. Gosh, golly, this is a beautiful fall quilt accompanied by some gorgeous fall photos!

  2. Yes, your photos are so lovely! I like how you changed up the placing of the leaves. The quilting is perfect as well! Thanks for sharing this idea. . . .

  3. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love the simplicity of the quilt - the blocks, the layout, the "blanks" (solid blocks) you interspersed. And I feel just the same - like I'm storing up light and color and beauty against the dark, wet months ahead! Happy fall :D

  4. Love it. I especially like the quilting. I have this same pattern quilt on my bed right now, and it looks so different. Maybe I need to make a new , updated version.

  5. Cute quilt and creative backdrop! :)

  6. Your quilt is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it and the wonderful views!

  7. I really appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Beautiful, modern Fall quilt. Thank you for the block pattern. I have the perfect fabric for this!


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