13 Nov 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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