Maple Swirl Block of the Month

Oooh, this is one of my favorite quilts.  It’s had been hanging in the store, with the binding just machine basted, so I got it done and finished stitching it by hand.  And, no, I don’t see this as a chore; I rather love sitting and doing the hand stitching of binding. 

Maple Swirl is my own design and pattern.  We  previously offered it as one of our Saturday Block Bonanza quilts in the shop from March of 2009 to February 2010.  I’ve now uploaded pictures of the finished quilt and changed it on-line to a regular Block of the Month for on-line participants that includes the finishing kit in the price. 

For the first 11 months, a participant receives a block kit for a 12″ finished pieced maple leaf block.  In the final month, they receive the 12″ block kit, as well as:

  • pre-printed fusible web for the applique leaves
  • fabric for the applique leaves, all background, border, and binding fabric
  • finishing instructions

All the fabrics are batiks and bali watercolours.  The pieced blocks are fairly easy, and the applique is done with fusible web and machine stitched down.  I used 100 weight silk thread with a 70 microtex needle, and a small zig-zag for the stitching around the leaves.  The silk thread was used in the top and bobbin, and  five different colours were used – YLI numbers 226, 227, 228, 233, & 256.

Jane Goddard did a wonderful job quilting a maple leaf  block design in the pieced blocks and the border, and a stipple and the odd matching maple leaf around the applique.  King Tut thread was used for the quilting in colours 911 & 933 for the top, and 933 for the back .

We’ll be hanging it once again in the store and this is the right season for it!


Original Publication October 16, 2010 on

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