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 on the next page!
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.
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
Final tree quilt block measurement: 3″ W x 3 1/2″ H (exclude seam allowance)
Prepare 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″ red pieces. Piece the red trunk in between the 2 whites with 1/2″ seam allowance.
Tip: To save time, make a longer piece of tree trunk then cut them into 1″ length.
Piece the HST together along with the red triangles with a patchwork foot or 1/4″ foot.
Press seams open on all pieces as shown in the picture.
Trim 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.
Sew to join the pieces to form a tree as shown in the picture.
Press seams open.
The wrong side of the tree quilt block as shown in the picture.
Repeat the numbers of tree quilt block you needed to sew your project.
It is waiting to join a big family of the quilting project.