Autumn Splendor instructions

Autumn Splendor part 2

Step 1:

Unit A.    Working with 1 set at a time (from the 12 cut from the fat quarters), layer 2 7/8″ dark and light triangles to make squares.  Make 12 sets and keep sets together. Press seam toward the dark fabric. Each unit should measure 2 1/2″ from raw edge to raw edge.

Step 2:

Unit B.   Place 1 light 2 1/4″ square atop corner of 1 dark 2 1/2″ square from step 1. Stitch diagonally from corner to corner of the light square, trim excess fabric 1/4″ from the stitching. (my note says to trim the even side). Repeat on the opposite corner to make 1 B unit. Unit B should measure 2 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge. Repeat with the remaining squares in step 1 for a total of 12 sets.

note:  Unit B is the stem block. So what you are doing here is you are putting the smaller square in one corner then stitching diagonally across that square then trimming from the corner of the larger block. Repeat with the opposite corner of the block. When you are done, you have a small portion of the larger block visible between the two other blocks measuring 2 1/2″.  The block will look something like this:

Block B

This is what Block B should look like

Step 3: The small block

Join:   4 units A from step 1, 1 Unit B from step 2, 3 dark 2 1/2″ squares and 1 light 2 1/2″ square to make 1 block. Press

Repeat to make 48 blocks which should measure 6 1/2″ square from ray edge to raw edge.  This is your leaf block.

Step 4:


Place 1 medium 1 3/4″ autumn print atop the corner of 1 dark 3″ square. Stitch diagonally on the smaller square from corner to corner. trim ecess fabric 1/4″ from stitching and press. Repeat on all four corners to make 1 square-in-a-square.  Make 96. Unit should measure 3″.

Join 26 square-in-a-square units to make 1 strip. Repeat for a total of 2 – 26 unit strips.

Join 22 square-in-a-square  units to make 1 strip. Repeat for a total of 2 – 22 unit strips.

Step four strip

Step 5:  Building the large block:

Lay out 4 leaf units from step 3 with 4 (1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) light strips with 1 (1 1/2″) dark square. Mix or match as desired. Join into rows to complete 1 maple leaf block.  Make 11 more large blocks.

Step 6:  Sashing rows

Join 4 dark 2 1/2″ squares and 3 light tone-on-tone 2 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ strips to make 1 row, starting and ending with the 2 1/2″ dark square.  Make 5 sashing rows.

Block Rows

Join 4 2 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ remaining tone-on-tone sashing strips and 3 maple leaf blocks to make 1 row. Repeat to make 4 rows.

Alternate sashing and block rows and join rows.

Step 7


First inner boarder – add the 2″ x 62 1/2″ dark autumn first inner side boarders to the quilt top.  Then add the 2″ x 50 1/2″ dark autumn first inner top and bottom borders.

Square-in-a-square border – add 1 – 26 unit square-in-a-square border to each side of the quilt top.  Add 1 – 22 unit square-in-a-square border to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

Second inner border – add 2″ x 70 1/2″ dark autumn second inner side borders. Add 2″ x 58 1/2″ dark autumn second inner top and bottom border.

Last border:  add 6 1/2″ wide dark brown border to quilt top centering on each side. Repeat with top and bottom. Miter corners to complete quilt top.

Need help with a mitered border?  click here

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