I actually designed and pieced this quilt top a couple of years ago (you can find the post in my archives), but I didn’t get around to quilting it until this year. My mom moved in with us last month, and she wanted a Christmas quilt for her bed. Since this was the right colors for her room, it was time to pull it out of storage and finish it off. (I’m not the only one who has unfinished quilt tops hanging around, am I?)
2 charm packs or 66 5″ squares of various fabrics. I used Winter Enchantment by Quilting Treasures
2 yards white fabric
Scrap or fat quarter brown fabric (for stump)
1 1/2 yards border fabric
1. Cut 66 of the charm squares into triangles. Mark the middle of one side of the square, then cut from each corner to the mark made. Your squares will end up as shown:
2. Cut six 5″ strips from the white fabric.
3. Using one of the triangles from step 1, align the short edge (the pinked edge) with one of the long sides of your strip of fabric, and cut out a triangle. Flip your pattern triangle upside down, and cut a triangle from the opposite side. Repeat this process until you have cut triangles from all of the strips. You should end up with 75 triangles.
4. Using your half triangles left from the end of each strip as well as some of your squares, cut 22 half triangles. (These will be used to return the seam to a vertical seam instead of a diagonal seam when we are piecing later.)
5. Cut seven 4.75″ wide strips from the white fabric. Then, from those seven strips cut the following:
– Cut two strips into a 25″ length and a 17.5″ length. (You’ll have two strips of each length)
– Cut two strips into a 22.5″ length, a 15″ length, and a 2.5″ length.
– Cut two strips into a 12.5″ length, a 7.5″ length, a 5″ length, and a 10″ length.
– Cut one strip into two 20″ lengths.
6. Cut an additional 4.75″ wide strip from the white fabric, then cut it in half.
7. Cut a 6″x4.74″ rectangle from the brown fabric for the stump.
8. Cut two 2″ wide strips from the white fabric. With scraps left from step five, cut two additional 6″x2″ rectangles.
9. Cut six ” wide strips from the border fabric.
This main part of this quilt is pieced in rows of triangles, each row adding one more triangle to the shape of the tree. I strongly suggest you lay out all of your triangles before you begin piecing to make sure that the random pattern is one you like! After the triangles are pieced, you’ll add strips of fabric to each end in order to bring the row out to the full width of the quilt. These rows will not necessarily all be the same length — any variation on how you pieced the triangles will affect how even the row is — so extra fabric is allowed in each of the strips so you can square up the quilt at the end. Throughout the quilt pattern, the white/background triangles should be pieced with the point going down and the colored/pattern triangles should be pieced with the point going toward the top of the quilt. All seam allowances are at 1/4″.
Row 1 (one patterned triangle): Piece together one 25″ strip, a half triangle (with point down), the full triangle (with point up), a half triangle, and another 25″ strip.
Row 2 (two patterned triangles): Piece together one 22.5″ strip, half triangle, pattern triangle, white triangle, pattern triangle, half triangle, 22.5″ strip.
Row 3 (three patterned triangles): From this point forward, only the total number of middle triangles will be stated. Be sure to alternate a patterned and white triangle on each section! Piece together one 20″ strip, half triangle, three patterned/two white triangles, half triangle, 20″ strip.
Row 4 (four patterned triangles): 17.5″ strip, half triangle, four patterned/three white triangles, half triangle, 17.5″ strip.
Row 5 (five patterned triangles): 15″ strip, half triangle, five patterned/four white triangles, half triangle, 15″ strip.
Row 6 (six patterned triangles): 12.5″ strip, half triangle, six patterned/five white triangles, half triangle, 12.5″ strip.
Row 7 (seven patterned triangles): 10″ strip, half triangle, seven patterned/six white triangles, half triangle, 10″ strip.
Row 8 (eight patterned triangles): 7.5″ strip, half triangle, eight patterned/seven white triangles, half triangle, 7.5″ strip.
Row 9 (nine patterned triangles): 5″ strip, half triangle, nine patterned/eight white triangles, half triangle, 5″ strip.
Row 10 (ten patterned triangles): 2.5″ strip, half triangle, ten patterned/nine white triangles, half triangle, 2.5″ strip.
Row 11 (eleven patterned triangles): Half triangle, eleven patterned/ten white triangles, half triangle.
When all 11 rows have been pieced as rows, it’s time to start stitching them together. THE NEXT INSTRUCTION IS CRITICAL! When you start sewing your rows together, you need to start in the middle of the row, aligning the triangles. Otherwise your quilt will come out not as a triangle. Line up the center triangle and sew to one edge, then flip it upside down and sew to the other edge, being sure all the way across that the points line up. Your side edges will NOT all be the same length at this point. When all of the rows are pieced together, press the quilt and then cut the two sides so that they are straight and square.
Row 12 (tree stump): Using the half-widths of fabric that you cut in step 6 of the cutting instructions and the tree stump piece, sew together a strip, the stump piece, and a strip. Center the stump on your tree and piece to both ends, then square up again.
Step 13. To give the tree a little bit of space from the borders, we’re going to add a small border on the top and bottom. First, stitch together one long strip and one 6″ strip from step 8 of the cutting instructions, then repeat with the second set. Sew one of these long strips to the top of the quilt, and one to the bottom. If necessary, square up again.
Step 14: It’s time to do the final borders. I sewed all of my border pieces together, end to end, and then stitched my borders. Starting with the top border, stitch the border to the main quilt body, then cut off (squarely) at the end of the row. Repeat this process with the bottom border, then with each of the sides.
Sandwich the quilt top with a batting and backing and quilt as desired, then bind and enjoy!
Merry Christmas!! 🙂