Oh Canada Flag Quilt Block (Maple Leaf Block)

Oh, Canada! Oh, Canada!  Let's make an Oh Canada Flag Quilt Block.  

My grandson's wife, who is a Canadian citizen, inspired me to make some quilted gifts with a Canadian theme.  I rolled the idea around in my head and decided to commemorate her heritage by designing a Canadian Flag Block and making items using it. 

This Canadian Flag block is versatile! Make one block or make a dozen. So many things can be created with our free maple leaf quilt applique block from wall hangings to table runners to mug rugs to a maple leaf quilt to pillows to totes.  The possibilities are endless.

This is the first in a small series of free projects with this free block pattern made for my granddaughter to celebrate and commemorate her Canadian spirit and national pride.  

Canadian Flag Quilt Block Tutorial - facebookDIY MAPLE LEAF QUILT BLOCK

Designing The Block
I designed this Canadian flag quilt block in perfect proportions to the present-day Canadian flag with its red fields, white center square and 11-point maple leaf in the center.  The present-day Canadian flag was adopted by both houses of Parliament in 1965 and has become a recognizable national symbol of Canada.

This simple, but attractive, quilt block is quick and easy.  Start to finish, it can be done in under an hour.  Basic sewing skills are all that's needed to piece it together and fuse the appliqued maple leaf.

The block in this tutorial was done in true Canadian colors of red and white.  Or the block can be made with any color you like.  Piece together from scraps in multi-colors for the perfect autumn maple leaf quilt.

It's time to learn to make this Canadian Flag Block!  Watch this video or keep reading this post for a quick step-by-step photo tutorial for this free quilt block pattern.

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how to make Canadian maple leaf quilt block

This free pattern outlines how to make a single block.

Canadian Flag Block Complete


  • Maple Leaf Template (free template near the end of article)
  • White Cotton Fabric
  • Red Cotton Fabric
  • Heat 'n Bond Lite Iron-On Adhesive
  • Cutting Tools
  • Sewing Machine and Thread

Candadian Flag Block Supplies

INSTRUCTIONS for making one Canadian flag block:

STEP 1: maple leaf applique

Download the free maple leaf template which is located at the end of this article. Maple Leaf Block Pattern Image

Place a piece of Heat n Bond (paper side up) over the template and trace the maple leaf onto the Heat n Bond with a pencil. Maple Leaf Block Tracing Pattern Canadian Flag Block Pattern Traced

After it is drawn on the Heat n Bond you need to rough cut it out.  Cut it out about 1/4" from the design.  DO NOT CUT ON THE LINES. Canadian Flag Block Rough Cut Out Pattern

With an iron and using the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the maple leaf applique to the wrong side of the red fabric.  Canadian Flag Block Iron Onto Fabric

Next, use a scissor to cut out the applique on the pencil line. Canadian Flag Block Cut out leaf pattern Set it aside. 

STEP 2: FABRIC CUTting instructions for Canadian flag block

Red Fabric
Cut two 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles

White Fabric
Cut one 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square

STEP 3: assembling the block unit

Candadian Flag Block Place Leaf on Fabric

To assemble the Canadian Flag Block, remove the paper backing from the red maple leaf applique and center it on the pretty side (right side) of the white fabric.  Then, iron it to fuse it to the fabric. Canadian Flag Block Leaf Fused

Next, we need to sew the red rectangular pieces to the block.  To finish the Canadian Flag block, sew a red piece to each side of the white piece using a 1/4 inch seam. Canadian Flag Block Sewing Sides

Press the seam allowance toward the red fabric. Canadian Flag Block Press Seams

And the block is finished.  Super Quick! Super Easy!

Canadian Flag Block Sew Side FabricsIt's time to incorporate this block into a project.

When you quilt the block or project, for the applique use the zigzag stitch, blanket stitch or edge stitch.  

Canadian Flag Block Finished

If you are Canadian, show your love for Canada by making items with the maple leaf quilt block to display on February 15 for Canada National Flag Day or on July 1 for Canada Day or anytime.

I hope all our Canadian readers have a wonderful day!

Happy Quilting!



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