Christmas Tree Farm – HCB week 5

Welcome back to Holiday Craft Bash week 5!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday project fun that Jacey, Jessica, Meredith and I have been dishing up for you.  Between the four of us, we have a lot of different styles so there must be something for everyone here 🙂

This week I’ve made a cute little wall hanging/mini quilt to share with you.  Since I had some lovely pieces of the Joy fat quarters I bought for last week’s project left over, I decided to use one for the background and some scraps for the trees.

Here’s what you need:
background fabric:  12 1/2″ x 18 1/2″
10 scraps for trees (approx 3 1/2″ x 5″)
fusible webbing:  1/4 yard (sorry – forgot to include this in Meredith’s post!)
binding: 2  2 1/2″ x WOF strips
batting and backing:  15″ x 21″
hanging triangles:  2  4″ squares of scrap fabric

I used two tree shapes for this wall hanging.  You can get the individual tree templates and the tree placement templates here.  (Edited to add:  You must download the templates prior to printing them).  Or, if you’d like to draw your own, both trees are isosceles triangles.  The “A” tree is 4″ tall and 3″ wide.  The “B” tree is 4 1/2″ tall and 2 3/8″ wide.

 

Trace 6 A trees and 4 B trees onto the paper side of the fusible web.  Cut the shapes apart without cutting on the traced lines.  To keep track of which trees go where, I suggest labeling the A trees, b, d, e, g, h, j and the B trees, a, c, f, i.

Further cutting marks need to be made on all trees except trees c, f, and h.  For example, lay the b fusible tree over the b tree on the placement template.  Noting where the c tree will be in front of the b tree, draw a line about a quarter inch past the line where the trees overlap.  This will allow the fabric from the b tree to go underneath the c tree without adding a lot of bulk.  Repeat this process for the other fusible trees.

Now, remove the paper backing and stick the fusible to the wrong side of the tree scraps and cut them out on the drawn lines.

To make the placement templates easier to work with, cut them out along the outer lines and turn the whole piece over.  At this point, I like to put my background fabric on the ironing board so I can fuse the trees once I get them in place.  Place the bottom corner of the far right tree in the 4 tree grouping 4″ up from the bottom raw edge of your background and 1 1/4″ in from the right edge.  Remove the paper backing from your trees and slide them under the template to their final position.  Fuse in place.

Repeat the process for the 6 tree grouping, placing the far left corner of the first tree 6 1/4″ below the top raw edge of the background and 1/2″ from the left raw edge.

Satin stitch all the trees in place.

Layer the quilt top with the batting and backing and quilt.  I started my quilting by drawing a modified “Z” from the upper left corner to just below the upper line of trees, then I switched direction til  I was even with the bases of the bottom row of trees and then turned back the other way.  I echo quilted around this line right over the trees.

Prepare your binding as usual but before you stitch the second half down, fold the hanging square triangles diagonally and align them with the raw edges along the upper edges of the quilt back.  Stitch the binding in place as usual.  Cut a dowel rod to the same size as the quilt back (about 12″) and insert each end into the pocket made by the triangles.  Hang and enjoy!

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11 Comments
  • Sue Moore
    Posted at 15:17h, 25 September Reply

    How can I get this pattern without printing out all the replys too? Thanks.

  • Betty Follett
    Posted at 19:19h, 20 September Reply

    The trees are isosceles, not equilateral, triangles. Equilateral triangles have all three sides the same length. Take this from a former geometry teacher!

  • AYEXA MARINA ABREU MATUTE
    Posted at 12:27h, 02 December Reply

    GRACIAS, SU EXPLICACIÓN DEL PROYECTO ES MUY SENCILLA Y FÁCIL DE HACER,ESPERO REALIZAR LO PRONTO. FELICES FIESTAS.

  • eileensideways
    Posted at 01:00h, 26 September Reply

    i intend to make this but not use the satin stitch on the trees. i think the raw edge would give the trees a 3D effect.

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 20:01h, 09 December Reply

    We sure are late to the Holiday Craft Bash ! Our apologies!! Hopefully it's not too late to leave a comment and let you know that we love your creative holiday projects. We just posted your cheerful Christmas Tree Farm on our sidebar… thanks so much for sharing your wonderful projects!

  • Victoria
    Posted at 23:03h, 15 November Reply

    What a great little Christmas quilt!!

  • Jacey
    Posted at 14:34h, 15 November Reply

    I really love yours, Debbie! And you put such a great hanger on the back of yours! I always skip that step, but it makes for such a great finish.

  • Patchwork and Play
    Posted at 18:56h, 13 November Reply

    This is so sweet! Wish I had a space to hang one!

  • Marg
    Posted at 17:15h, 13 November Reply

    Might try to do this when I have some spare time. I have the perfect spot for it to hang.. Thanks for the tute.

  • Amy DeCesare
    Posted at 14:44h, 13 November Reply

    It's awesome! I love that binding, too…super sweet!

  • Lucinda Miller
    Posted at 13:38h, 13 November Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Wanted to tell you that last week after seeing your table mat I went right up to my sewing room and made one…just needs binding. It's a quick project. Will have to post a photo when I'm done. This one looks like something I'll probably do soon too. Trouble is today I have homework and a paper due and I am just not in the mood! Wish me luck that I get to my sewing station soon!

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