In August I was contacted by Art Gallery Fabrics asking if I would be interested in participating in their month long Makers project for Sewing Month in September. It took me about to 2 seconds to write that "Yes, please and thank you" response. Having sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics before I knew how wonderful the quality was, how soft the feel, how luscious the final products would be. Of all the wonderful new collections the one that spoke to me immediately was Artisan by Pat Bravo - it's a collection that feels so warm and natural that I found it irresistible and inspiring. So today I'm revisiting a favorite block and sharing how to create some gorgeous settings for your Autumn Table. Thanks to Art Gallery for the fabrics and the invitation and please stop by the Art Gallery Blog to see all the rest of the projects this month.
The Modern Maples block has been a favorite of mine since the very first time I made one, I was completely hooked. Of course I've made them big and small and I decided to use two sizes for these different projects, a 9" maple for the table runner and 3" maples for the place mats.
I'm dreaming of cooler weather and falling leaves even as I look at this gorgeous set on my table! I thought I'd share the measurements for the Modern Maples blocks and do a quick little tutorial for them. The process is the same no matter what size you make them. The photos and directions will use the measurements for the 3" block with the 9" measurements in parenthesis. The nice thing about these is that you can measure your table and combine the leaves with whatever size sashing and borders you like to customize them for your own table. I'll share my measurements but feel free to play around and change them to suit your own needs! All seam allowances are 1/4".
From background color (BG) cut one 1.5" ( 3.5") square and three 2" (4") squares.
From leaf color cut three 1.5" (3.5") squares, two 2" (4") squares and one .75"x3" (1"x6")piece for the stem.
Use 2" (4") squares of BG and main color to make four HST. I prefer to draw a diagonal line, sew on either side and then cut in half on diagonal line.
Press open and trim to 1.5" (3.5"). I use a little painter's tape when my ruler is too big just to make the cut lines a bit easier to see.
Cut the 2" (4") BG square on the diagonal.
Sew each half of BG square to one side of the stem piece.
Press open and trim to 1.5" (3.5").
How you should be able to line up your nine blocks and start to see the maple!
Sew block together in row, pressing seams in opposite directions.
Finally join rows and voila! Finished maples! Now don't you feel proud? Small are 3" (3.5" unfinished) and large are 9" (9.5" unfinished).
The other measurements:
- I made five 9" maples for my table runner and added 2.5" borders that I trimmed to square up after quilting. I used four 2.5" strips for binding and my finished runner measures 13.5"x49.5"
- For the place mats I made my small maples and then added 2.5"x3.5" on top of the maple and 3.5"x7.5" on the bottom of the maple, the right piece is 2"x12.5" and the left piece is 12"x13". the dark blue borders were 2"x12.5". I was just kind of making these up as I went along and I'm so please with how they turned out! Don't be afraid to do a little improv on your first one and keep track as you're playing with your measurements, you'll end up with a personalized pattern! I decided to back these with Fusible Fleece and turn them inside out and then quilt which eliminated the need for binding. I like the clean flat look it gave the finished mats. I cut my Fusible Fleece 1/2" smaller than my finished mat size to reduce bulk in the seam allowance once they were turned right side out. My place mats measure 12"x19".
- Napkins were mitered edge napkins that each started with a 17" square and followed this excellent tutorial on making napkins at Nicole At Home. The finished napkins are 16" and probably the nicest napkins I'll ever own!
Thanks again to Art Gallery Fabrics for the lovely material and sponsoring this post and thanks to you for stopping by! If you make a runner or mats I'd love to see them :-)