Autumn Quilt Pattern ~ Majestic Maple Pattern for Beginners

This scrappy, mini autumn quilt pattern, Majestic Maple, is an easy project for even a beginning quilter.  Measuring just 13” x 13”, the Majestic Maple quilt is the perfect size to decorate a shelf or table.  Or add a sleeve to the back of the quilt, and hang this pretty leaf up!!

There’s nothing complicated about the pattern.  This quilt can easily be over the weekend!!  Using such small squares, you can either purchase small amounts of fabric or just use scraps to create this fun project! The full Majestic Maple pattern is included below!

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Autumn is the most beautiful season at the lake, and in September even the scrawny maple trees get to show off their inner beauty against the deep blue sky!  This little maple quilt embraces the colors of the season! 

autumn leaf colors reflection in lake and blue sky
Autumn at the Lake

General Sewing Directions for this Autumn Quilt Pattern

The directions for this quilt are for rotary cutting, machine piecing, machine quilting, and the binding is hand-stitched to the quilt back.

Accurate cutting and sewing enhances your final product.  Pin your pieces together before sewing them to ensure proper seam alignment.

Use a ¼” seam allowance.  I recommend using a special presser foot with a ¼” guide if you have one for your machine.  This will help you get uniform seams, and matching corners!

Follow the directions described below as you press open the seams.  Each individual row is pressed in the opposite direction of the previous row to eliminate bulk and help seams to lay flat.  Rows sewn together are then all pressed in one direction for a uniform look. 

The pattern calls for machine quilting, but this quilt is so small you could easily hand quilt it!

The finished quilt measures 13” x 13”.

Fabric Requirements for the Autumn Quilt Pattern

The leaf in this autumn quilt pattern is created using a variety of dark red and a few orange prints, along with a little brown for the stem. 

For the background I used a variety of dreamy blue fabrics to show off the leaf.  Have fun choosing your color palette, and remember…there are no rules!!  You’ll need at least a 1 ½” wide strip of any one fabric.

Red Fabric: 

The total fabric needed is less than ¼ yard.  However, to achieve the scrappy look of this quilt I suggest using at least 8-10 different prints.  Either raid your stash, or purchase a few new fat quarters. 

Orange Fabric: 

You’ll need a less than ⅛ yard.  Use a few different prints.

Brown Fabric: 

You’ll need a less than ⅛ yard.  Use a few different prints.

Blue Fabric: 

Again, the total fabric needed is less than ¼ yard.  However, to achieve the scrappy look of this quilt I suggest using at least 8-10 different prints.  Either raid your stash, or purchase a few new fat quarters.  You’ll need at least 1 ½” wide strip of any one fabric.

Backing Fabric: 

1 fat quarter                     

Binding Fabric: 

1/6 yard total


You’ll need a piece of 17” x 17” thin cotton batting (like Warm & Natural) to make this quilt.                      .

Cutting Directions

Using the fabrics listed above, you’ll need at least 1 ½” x 1 ½” of fabric scraps to make the squares needed for this autumn quilt pattern.

Red Fabric:

 Cut 68 – 1 ½” squares.   Use a variety of at least 8-10 different prints.  Some of these squares will be used to make half square triangle blocks.

Orange Fabric: 

Cut 20 – 1 ½” red squares.  Use a few different prints.  Some of these squares may be used to make half square triangle blocks.

Brown Fabric:  

Cut 10 – 1 ½” squares.  Use a few different prints.  Seven of these squares will be used to make half square triangle blocks.

Blue Background: 

Cut 63 – 1 ½” blue squares.  Again, use a variety of at least 8-10 different prints from your stash or fun new fat quarters. 


I used a dark blue print for my binding.  In total, you’ll need a binding strip that ends up measuring about 60” long (this leaves room for connecting the ends).  Cut either 2 – 2 ½” x 44” strips, or cut 4 – 2 ½” x 22” strips, trim the ends of each strip at opposing 45-degree angles.


Cut a 17” x 17” square  


Cut a 17″ x 17″ square

Here’s the fabric I’ve chosen for my backing, along with a peek at the batting I’ll be using. Both are cut to 17″ x 17″. 

backing and batting trimmed to size

Half Square Triangle Blocks

The edges of the leaves require a total of 16 red/blue or orange/blue (mix it up!) half square triangle blocks.  The brown stem of the leaf requires 7 brown/blue half square triangle blocks.

half square triangle blocks indicated with arrows

Using a fine pencil, lightly draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the blue square. 

Now, place the right side of a red, orange, or brown square and the right side of a blue square (the one you just drew the line on!) together.  With the diagonal line facing you (wrong side up!), sew along the line.  Trim ¼” from seam.  Press open toward the blue side.  This half square triangle block should again measure to be a 1 ½” square.  Trim if needed.

Assemble the Quilt Top of this Autumn Quilt Pattern

Now that you have all your 1 ½” squares cut out and your half square triangle blocks ready, you want to plan how they’ll be arranged to make up the autumn quilt pattern top. 

I like to lay all my squares on a card table next to my sewing machine and play with arranging them until I get the look I want.  Follow the diagram shown here to obtain the design.  The layout will be 13 squares across and 13 squares down (13 rows).

fabric square layout of majestic maple quilt

Begin stitching squares together (right sides facing) to complete each row. Remember to use a ¼” seam allowance for all seams.  I really like to use my ¼” seam foot to make sure all my seams are exactly ¼”!!  This is especially important when sewing such tiny squares together.  If you don’t have this type of foot, make sure you know exactly where your ¼” sewing line is on your machine, and be careful to follow it!  As you complete a row, lay it back down on the table in the correct placement.

Pressing the Blocks and Rows

I wait to press the rows until I have each of them sewn together.  Be careful to just “press” and NOT “iron” the seams in a back-and-forth motion, or your quilt top will stretch out of shape. 

Begin by pressing the seams of the first row all in one direction.  Press the seams of the second row in the opposite direction.  Continue to rotate the pressing direction of each row until you have the seams of all rows pressed.  Think…odd rows 1, 3, 5, etc. press the seams to the right.  Even rows 2, 4, 6, etc. press the seams to the left.  

By using this rotating direction of pressed seams, you will have nicely nested seams and less bulk when you sew the rows to each other.  This method of pressing distributes the bulk, which will make you happy when you machine quilt your project!  Bulky seams can lead to bumpy quilting patterns, broken thread, and overall unevenness of your machine-quilted quilt top.

Now that you have the pieced rows pressed, sew them together! 

sewn rows laid out in order for majestic maple quilt

Pin row 1 (this can either be the top row or the bottom row) and row 2 together, right sides together.  Make sure to line up the seams so they nest together, and pin directly on the seams perpendicular to the edge (rather than parallel) to hold them in place.  Remove the pins as you come to them when you’re stitching the ¼” seam. 

I like to press each set of rows as I sew them together.  The rows all get pressed in one direction, either towards the top or towards the bottom.  By pressing them all in one direction it will make for a uniform and smooth quilt top.  Repeat until you have all of the rows sewn to each other and pressed.

back of quilt top
Nicely pressed seams are even pretty from the back!

Completing the Autumn Quilt Pattern

Now that you have your autumn quilt pattern top sewn together, it’s time to finish it!

Layering the Top, Batting, and Back

I refer to layering the quilt as “sandwiching”.  You need to sandwich the top and back with the batting in the middle.  For a larger quilt, this process takes a bit more time and steps.  But for this mini quilt, it’s a breeze to sandwich the layers together! 

On a table or countertop, use masking or painter’s tape to tape down the backing fabric.  As you tape the back to the table, you’ll want to make sure the fabric is smooth, without wrinkles.  Also, make sure the right side of the fabric is facing down! 

Lay the batting on top of the taped-down quilt back, and move your hands across it to smooth it all over.  This will get rid of any wrinkles in the batting, and help to adhere it to the backing fabric.  This quilt is so small, you don’t need to use basting spray to adhere the layers together.  Just a few pins will do the trick!

Once you have the batting placed on top of the quilt back, center the top of the quilt (the flimsy!) over the two bottom layers.  Right side facing up, of course!  The two bottom layers of the quilt (the back and the batting) should extend about 2” all around the outside edges of the quilt top. 

Remove the Wrinkles!

Move your hands across the quilt top to smooth it all over, and help remove any wrinkles.  This will also help adhere the quilt top to the batting a little bit.  Once you have the top of the quilt all smoothed out, use large safety pins to baste all three layers together.  I like to use 1 ½” stainless pins, and I keep them all in a cute old canning jar that was my grandma’s.

pin basted layers of majestic maple quilt

Put a pin in each corner of the quilt sandwich, in the middle, and around the quilt so the three layers don’t move around when you’re machine quilting this project.  I used about 8-10 pins to hold the sandwich together.  You really don’t want to use more than this or you’ll be needing to stop a lot when you’re quilting to remove pins, which upsets the mojo of your quilting rhythm, lol!

“Quilting” the Quilt

I used a cute meandering cinnamon bun swirl to machine quilt my layers together.  It reminds me of the autumn breeze blowing leaves!

Here is a video tutorial on how to machine quilt using the cinnamon design

machine quilting on majestic maple quilt

Use whatever free-motion stitch you’d like, or use a straight stitch to quilt in the ditches or along the seams. You’ll need a darning foot to free-motion quilt, and you’ll need to either be able to lower the feed dogs on the machine or place a special cover over them.  If you’re using a straight stitch to machine quilt you’ll need a walking foot.

As an alternative, you can hand-quilt these layers together too.

Binding the Quilt

When you’ve finished quilting the layers together, it’s time to bind the edges of your quilt!  I’ll do my best to describe the binding process below, but if you’re confused by my directions there are lots of videos on the Internet that will demonstrate the process for you.

Prepare Binding Strip

Take your 2 ½” binding strips that you previously cut and prepare to sew them together.  To do this, fold the strip in half.  Using your ruler, find the 45-degree line and lay it along the bottom of the folded strip.  Now, you can cut a 45-degree angle through both layers.  When you open up the strip each end will have the angle facing in the opposite direction.

Align two strips together perpendicularly along the 45-degree ends.  Who ever thought you’d use those 4th grade geometry skills again, lol!  Pin the ends and sew them together.  Press the seams open. 

Then, fold the binding strip in half (wrong sides together), and press. 

pressing binding seam in half lengthwise

You’ll need a finished strip that is about 60” in total length, you will trim it after it’s sewn to the layers.

Sew the Binding Strip to the Quilt

Begin to sew the raw edge of the binding to the quilt by pinning it along one side.  Be careful to sew the raw edge of the binding strip to the quilt, not the folded edge!

I usually start sewing the binding strip in the middle of the quilt side that I’m starting with.  Start sewing about 5” in from the end of the binding strip, leaving a hanging “tail” on the binding.  You’ll sew this to the end of the binding strip when you finish sewing all along the sides of the quilt.

Stop sewing on the first side ¼” from the corner, use a pin to mark this location and sew right up to it.  Backstitch a bit, and cut your thread but DON’T cut the binding strip. 

sewing binding strip on quilt

Making the Mitered Corner  

Now, remove the quilt and binding strip from your machine and fold the binding strip straight up so it’s perpendicular from the side you were just sewing on. 

Fold the binding strip back down on itself and match it to the edge of the quilt you just sewed it to, and the next edge of the quilt you’re about to sew it to.  Pin this fold in place, and pin the binding strip to this edge of the quilt and continue to sew it, again stopping ¼” from the next corner and repeating the folding process described above. 

Continue in this manner until you are on the last side of the quilt, the side you started on. 

Connecting the Ends of the Binding  

Stop stitching about 4” from where you started.  Backstitch and cut the thread (but not the binding strip, not yet!), remove the quilt and binding strip from the machine.

tails of binding strip

You now have two “tails” of the binding strip, one from where you started stitching it to the quilt and one from where you just stopped.  You’ll need to join these tails together so that you have a continuous binding strip to finish sewing down to the quilt.  This can be tricky! 

Here I don’t worry about cutting 45-degree angles on each end of the binding strip to sew it together to make a continuous strip.  If you can master this technique, my hat is off to you!!  What I do is measure how much more binding strip I’ll need to finish sewing it to the edge of the quilt. 

I then cut a straight line along each end of the binding strip, adding ¼” to each end so I can sew the ends together with a ¼” seam (right sides together).  Continue to sew the now continuous binding strip to the quilt.

Trim the Batting and Back

Trim the batting and quilt back to ¼” from the edge of the quilt top.  I use a ruler and a rotary cutter to accomplish this task.  Work carefully, so you don’t cut into your quilted project.

layers of quilt trimmed to a quarter inch past binding

Hand-Stitch the folded binding edge to the quilt back.  This is my FAVORITE part of the process!  Hand-sew the folded edge of the binding strip to the back of the quilt.  When you get to the corner, carefully turn the corner right-side out to make a nice, mitered corner.  I tack a few stitches up the corner to hold it in place, and then continue stitching along all sides and corners until…VOILA!  Your binding is complete!

hand stitched binding on quilt

If you’d like, you can add a label to the back of your Majestic Maple quilt.

I hope you enjoy making this scrappy, mini autumn quilt pattern!!

Happy Quilting!!!

~ Bonnie

majestic maple quilt on the grass with leaves surrounding it

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