I have enjoyed making ornaments for Christmas for the last several years, but this year the tree was up and I hadn’t even started any Christmas related crafts.
I reviewed my Christmas Pinterest page, and was suddenly inspired to start making tree blocks from this Patchwork Tree Quilt Block Tutorial by blogger Amy Smart of “Diary of a Quilter” that I had loved and pinned last year. The blocks only have six pieces, and start with a 4 and 1/2 inch square. (Amy also wrote another tutorial this year for bigger versions of the tree blocks which start with a 8 and 1/2 inch square, the Modern Christmas Tree Quilt Block tutorial).
I gathered my fabrics : the pattern uses green fabrics for trees and background, and white and red fabric for alternating trees and backgrounds. I experimented with the fabric I have in my little stash to find combinations that looked good and had enough contrast.
I like that the trees aren’t cut by measuring inches or angles but by taking two squares and cutting them freehand so the blocks will have some variation. I cut most of the squares at the beginning, but I didn’t cut the trees from my squares all at once. I cut them in pairs of two, and then sewed the two blocks, so I could see how they looked before cutting the next pair of trees. I kept in mind that I needed some space on the sides and top so that when they’re sewn together I won’t lose my tree tops.
The bottom part of the block is the background with the tree trunk in the middle. I cut 4 inch long by 1 and 1/2 inch rectangles for this part, and cut them in half later.
I decided to omit some blocks that didn’t have enough contrast or weren’t pleasing to me.
These are fun and fast blocks to make! And it’s nice to have the iron set up this time of year for all the pressing the blocks need as you sew.
I had the idea to make a house in the forest. I’m not sure if I will include it.
What do you think? Do you think it takes away from the pleasing uniformity of the repeated design or adds some interest? Part of me likes it, and part of me thinks it might look like an outhouse in the middle of the forest. Ha – not the image I’m aiming for in a Christmas wall hanging!