Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial

It’s been a crazy couple of days!  I only have myself to blame though for getting behind.  We had a winter weather advisory on Monday so Pip and I decided to lay around, snuggle, watch Frozen and start a huge puzzle.  It was so worth it though!  Sometimes you just need a day like that!  Today’s block is to help you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I hope you enjoy my turkey with BIG feathers!

Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”

A traditional maple leaf twisted into a turkey with BIG feathers!


Supplies and Cutting Instructions

Background (blue-ish)

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2 – 5” squares
2 – 4.5” squares

Feathers (oranges)

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2 – 5” squares

Body (Oranges)

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3 – 4.5” squares (same or different

Head (brown)
1 – 5” x 3.5” rectangle

Beak (yellow)
1 – 2.5” square

Wattle (Orange)
1 – 2” x 2.5” rectangle

Fusible Web – Brand of Your Choice

1 – 7” x 4” rectangle

Black fabric marker

Wash away fabric marker

Directions

Half Square Triangles

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of your background fabrics. Place it right sides together with each 5” square of feather fabric.

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Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line you drew.

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Cut along the line.

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Press towards the feather fabric. Square block to 4.5”.

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You now have nine 4.5” blocks. Lay them on your design wall in the orientation shown above.

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Sew together.

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Rotate block so it’s on point. Now let’s make this leaf into a turkey!

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I want everyone’s turkey to be unique so I’m going to show you how to draw up your own appliqué pattern. First – I drew a 4” block on point. This is the finished size of the center square and that’s what I’ll be suing for reference.

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I decided that I want my turkey to have BIG feathers so – my turkey head is going to fit inside the center block. I drew a sort of kidney bean shape.

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Next, I drew a triangle for the beak.

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And a skinnier kidney bean for the turkey’s wattle.

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I like my sketch so I traced over it with a thicker black marker to make it easier to trace onto the fusible.

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Trace onto fusible.

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Rough cut out the shapes and fuse them to the appropriate colored pieces of fabric. Now cut out shapes along the lines you drew.

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Play around a little with placement before your final fuse.

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To save time – I just drew on my turkey’s legs. In the end I’ll probably go back and add an embroidery stitch. This is completely up to you!

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And with that…your ‘Turkey Leaf’ block is finished!

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TURKEY LEAF BLOCK TUTORIAL

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Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

1 comment:

  1. Great! Thanks for sharing!
    And Happy thanksgiving!
    I'm running a fabric giveaway, would you like to enter?

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