Bay Leaf Quilt Block - Quilt Square Patterns

There are several names and variations of this lovely design of the Single Wedding Ring Quilt, but the block which is set together here is perhaps the most geometric of the variations. You’ll find this a fascinating quilt to make and one that can be worked on leisurely – for once the piecing is memorized, the stitching is easy!

Bay Leaf Quilt Pattern

The Bay Leaf quilt is simple to appliqué whether you use one color (as shown in the drawing) or many colors, by cutting the motifs from scraps of leftover fabrics. You’ll be surprised how quickly this coverlet can be made and how pretty it is when completed.


Without Border – 60” x 108”; With Border – 68” x 116”.

Number of Blocks

45 – each 12” square. Number of Units: 12 for each block.


(Yards listed are approximate and use 36” wide fabrics unless otherwise noted.)

6 yards of 39” wide White fabric for blocks; 4 1/2 yards of blue for motifs; 2 yards of blue or color desired for border. Quilting Thread.


(Wash before cutting to size.) 3-1/4 yards of 72” wide bleached white muslin sheeting.

Cutting Pieces and Blocks

When cutting pieces, allow 1/8” seam turn in. Cut White fabric into 45 blocks, each 13” square (allows 1/2” for seams).

Applique Block

Fold block into three equal sections lengthwise, then crosswise and crease. Pin motifs in place along these lines – have outside tips 1/2” from outside edges of block. Turn in seam allowance – tips of motifs just meeting at centers; whip-stitch in place. Make 45 blocks in this manner.

Setting Quilt

Stitch 5 blocks together to form a strip. Make 9 strips in this manner. Stitch these strips together for quilt.


Cut 6 strips lengthwise, each 5” wide. Stitch two strips together for each side border. Find center points of strips; top, bottom and sides of quilt. Matching these center points, stitch to quilt making 1/2” seams. Miter corners.

Lining and Interlining

Cut 1” smaller around than quilt. Place quilt, wrong side up, on floor or other flat surface; place interlining on top of quilt, then the lining (right side up, smooth out wrinkles) on top of the interlining. Baste from center out through the three layers. Turn in border seam allowance (1/2”) and whip-stitch in place.


Use matching thread and fine running stitch to quilt around each motif. If desired, quilt background in diamond design – diagonal lines crossing each other, spaced about 1/2” apart. Work under motifs, not through them when quilting background.

Bay Leaf pattern:

  • Bay Leaf Quilt Pattern