In Pieced Quilts of Ontario, Dorothy Burnham includes a quilt made in 1840 in Ontario that uses the same block placed in the same way (4 across, 5 down, facing each other), but with an appliqued vine border. She claims the block is derived from the "Delectable Mountains" block, but has been altered to represent a maple leaf, and she states, "... Perhaps here we have a very rare thing, a genuinely Canadian quilt design".
This is a great block and can be manipulated in so many ways to make exciting, beautiful quilts. Here are a few examples
In traditional Canadian colours
And a few others
It's also really nice with a dark November-sky background
Or as a Christmas quilt
Like all good block designs, it can be used to create beautiful simple or complex quilt designs.
In Ontario's Heritage Quilts by Marilyn Walker, she shows an example of another Canadian-created maple leaf block design. She states that it is from Quebec and was taught to young women in convent schools in the late 1800s. She names it, Madame's Maple Leaf. Unfortunately, the photograph she has of the quilt is quite small, but she states that the leaves are appliqued onto the white background and set on the diagonal. In the intervening squares, the quilt-maker appliqued realistic maple leaves in a lighter colour. Here's the one I mocked-up on EQ:
And here's the block itself
I think it's quite lovely.
Next time, I'll share a block I've designed, but until then
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