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Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Tree Quilt Block Pattern

January 7, 2013 /

tree quilt block pattern

When I sewed the Quilted Snowman Pillow covers, I wanted to make 3 of them a little different, so, I added some pine tree quilt blocks at the side panels on one of the snowman pillows. You have seen the one with bird prints at the previous tutorial, now, this is the tutorial to quilt a tree block with Half Square Triangles (HST). Coming up next is the pinwheel piecing. Piecing up a tree block has never been so easy with the basic half-square triangle units, don’t trust me but see it for yourself in the tutorial section below!

In fact, I have a question floating in my head while sewing this: Has anyone seen this technique to piece a tree quilt block from HST before? Maybe from books or another website? I was scratching my head and squeezing some brain juices to come out with this pine tree shape. I hope it is something new that hasn’t been published before. If it is an old technique, I wish I knew it earlier to save my time to design it 😉

It could be too late for 2012 Christmas….lol…. it sure is too late for 2012, but, plenty of time for 2013 Christmas to piece up a tree quilt block. Save up this tutorial either in your browser’s bookmark or pin it on your Pinterest board.  I love Pinterest as I can see clearly what I had pinned with a picture to show. Hope to see you sewing something with this tree block soon. Remember, time flies, in a blink of an eye, Christmas will be just around the corner.

christmas tree quilt block

 

Tree Quilt Block

To make 1 tree quilt block.
Tools & Materials:
1. Half Square Triangles (HST), 2 inch square, 6 pcs
2. Tree trunk piece, 3 1/2″ x 1″, 1 pc
3. Sewing machine with 1/4″ patchwork foot
4. Ruler & Roller Cutter
5. Cutting mat
6. Scissors
7. Iron

Final tree quilt block measurement: 3″ W x 3 1/2″ H (exclude seam allowance)

half square trianglesPrepare 6 pieces of 2-inch square Half Square Triangle (HST) and a tree trunk piece.
The tree trunk piece is made of 2 nos. of 1 3/4″ white and 1 no. of 1″ square red pieces. Piece the red trunk in between the 2 whites with 1/4″ seam allowances on each side.
Tip: To save time, make a longer piece of tree trunk then cut them into 1″ length.

piecingPiece the HST together along with the red triangles with a patchwork foot or 1/4″ foot.

componentsPress seams open on all pieces as shown in the picture.

trimTrim away 1/2″ from the bottom of the first piece, 1/4″ at each top and bottom of the second piece, and 1/2″ from the top of the 3rd piece.

tree measurementSew to join the pieces to form a tree as shown in the picture.
Press seams open.

wrong sideThe wrong side of the tree quilt block as shown in the picture.

easy tree quilt blockRepeat the numbers of tree quilt blocks you needed to sew your project.
It is waiting to join a big family of the quilting project.

 

christmas tree quilt block

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Suzanne Evans

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

What a lovely block. I am getting in early for Christmas being housebound. I am making a table runner and require the block to measure 12 1/2”, can you please advise how to enlarge the tree block to this size. Any advice would be helpful.

Craft Passion

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

The original tree block (after sewn-up) is 3.5" in height and 3" in width. If you want the tree to be enlarged to 12.5" (I supposed you mean the height and after sewn-up) and still look exactly like this tree in proportion, the easiest way is to multiply everything by 3.57 (derived from 12.5/3.5), this includes the seam allowance too. If you can tolerate the tree block to finish with 12.25" Height and 10.5" width) then you may just multiply with 3.5. So, instead of 2" HST, you can make the big HST of 7" square. Sew with a seam allowance of 7/8" instead of 1/4" (you may trim away 5/8" before sewing with 1/4" seam allowance). The same applies to the rest of the dimensions. I hope this quick solution helps, however, it might not be the best solution because of the wastage.

Christine

Friday 30th of August 2019

Hello, I LOVE this block and want to put it into a quilt I am making however I need the block to be a bit bigger. So, I was wondering how I would figure the measurements to end up with a 6"x 6 1/2" block? I have been trying to make the adjustments but having trouble with it. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!

Lucile

Thursday 14th of August 2014

I have two sons who are farm crazy. I don't suppose you have a similar pattern but with farm machinery? Would be more than willing to pay for it. The Road Runner quilt is absolutely beautiful!

Craft Passion

Friday 15th of August 2014

Sorry, Lucile, I don't have the farm machinery pattern and I have no inspiration to design one yet, but I might design it when the idea hits and share it out :)

Jan

Saturday 14th of December 2013

One word, gorgeous!