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)


2 – 5” squares
2 – 4.5” squares

Feathers (oranges)


2 – 5” squares

Body (Oranges)


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


Half Square Triangles


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.


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


Cut along the line.


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


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


Sew together.


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


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.


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.


Next, I drew a triangle for the beak.


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


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


Trace onto fusible.


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


Play around a little with placement before your final fuse.


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!


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


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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

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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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