Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial

Remember yesterday when I had that random mug rug in the picture with the Pillows?? Well, today I’m going to re-share the tutorial on making the block! Back in July at the Fabric Shop I was working in, we had a Christmas in July celebration and everyone made a block! I decided to make a Christmas Tree block! So in case you missed it….

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It’s not a complicated block at all, would you like to try to it?

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I started with fat quarters of each of the 4 prints and just a 2.5 inch strip of the solid.

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Step 1: Cut out your pieces. You’ll need a 2.5×4 piece for the inside of the tree, an 1×18 strip for the outside of the tree, a 1.5 inch square for the tree trunk, and a 2.5×12.5 inch strip for the ground. For the background you’ll need (2) 4×7 rectangles, a 1.5x 6.75 strip, a 4×6 rectangle and a 7.5×10.75 rectangle.

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Step 2. Make the tree. Trim the inside of the tree so the bottom is 2.5 inches wide. Trim the 18 inch strip into a 4 inch piece and (2) 7 inch pieces. Then sew on the bottom piece, then one side and then the other. Lastly, trim the tree. Ha! Trim the tree…

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Step 3: Sew the (2) 4×7 pieces onto each side of the tree. Then trim. Start by trimming along the straight edge of the bottom of the tree. Then the sides so that you end up with a 4×5.5 block.

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Step 4: Trim a 1.5 inch strip from each of the scrap pieces of the side of the tree.

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Step 5: Sew the strips from Step 4 to the tree trunk pieces.

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Step 6: Piece the background. Start with sewing on the trunk to the tree. Then add the 1.5×6.75 strip to the left side of the tree. Next sew on the top square, the 4×5.5 piece. Then the large side is to be sewn onto the right side of the tree. And lastly, sew on the ground.

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Step 7: Trim to a 12.5 inch square.

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And viola! You’re done! Yea! What are you doing to do with yours?

Everything Blue Blog Hop, a Tutorial and a Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be a part of Clothworks Everything Blue Blog Hop!

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We sell a few of their lines at the shop I work at, Stash, and I have fallen in love with their fabrics. Then when I found out they were a local Seattle company, I was even more in love!

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Then!!! I had the opportunity to participate in their Everything Blue Blog Hop to help spread the word about their new line and I was super excited! My new friend at Clothworks, Susie, who set this whole thing up even hand delivers the fabric to my house! Ends up we’re neighbors! How cool is that???

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So here’s the deal! I was given about a 1/2 yard of the three fabrics above and was asked to make 1 block (or two). I had to use some of each of the fabrics and then you were allowed to add a little of either blue, red, white or cream. I knew I wanted to add a little red! So I did! A little bit of red from the Clothworks Everyday Organics solid line!

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My first block was a little abstract something!

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I added a little red stitching around the blocks of color.

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And my second block was what I call a ‘Rose Block’, but I’m not sure that’s really what it’s called! I’ve also seen it called a Flip and Stitch block. This is the one I knew I wanted to do as soon as I saw the fabric. I’ve loved the block for a while, but when I saw the fabrics had a floral print to some of them, I knew I had to try this one!

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I love the red for the center. Or should I say the ‘off center.’

And for the tutorial… I looked for a tutorial for this block but couldn’t really find one (maybe since I don’t know it’s true name… I should find that out!), so I thought I’d show you how I made mine. Of course, I didn’t make the tutorial when I made the block… So just pretend that the fabrics in the tutorial are the same as the fabrics above! Most of them are Clothworks though…

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It’s super easy and might not even need a tutorial, but hey! So start by gathering your fabrics and then cutting strips. I don’t use a straight line, because I don’t want any of my pieces to be the same size!

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Then, cut the center piece and start adding the second fabric around. I sew a piece, trim, sew a side, trim, sew a side, trim… Get the pattern here?

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Then I go to my second fabric and repeat. The second color is where I start trimming. I lay my ruler over the block and just start moving it around until I get the right corner angle that looks good to me.

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And then guess what…. More repeating! Add the third color, then trim. Next color, then trim. Repeat for as many colors as you’d like to use… And trim.
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And you’re done! Yea!

And the most exciting part… The Giveaway! Yea!

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Clothworks has graciously offered one reader 12 fat quarters of the new Everything Blue line with a little red and coral thrown in for good measure!

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Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1) Head to Clothworks’s Website  and tell us which fabric is your FAVORITE !

2) Become a fan of Clothworks on Facebook.

3) Become a fan of Feelin’ Crafty on Facebook.

4) Subscribe to Feelin’ Crafty.  

5) Share the Giveaway on your blog.

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. The giveaway will close on Monday, September 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

And for a couple of extra entries, you can sign up to follow Clothworks Blog, The Works, or follow on Pinterest! Just be sure to leave extra comments if you do!

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And also, be sure to follow along and see what everyone else in the blog hop creates!

September 2nd: Anita Peluso // Bloomin’ Workshop

September 3rd: Debbie Vyse, Jean Seamster, Joyce Kronkhite // Clothworks Team

September 4th: Louise Wackerman (+giveaway!) // Feelin’ Crafty

September 5th: Lorrie Franz // Bean Counter Quilts

September 6th: Bonnie Mitchell, Angela White, Kathleen Malarky // Clothworks Team September 9th: Marsha McCloskey // Feathered Star Productions

September 10th: Pat Sloan, Pat Sloan, the Voice of Quilting

September 11th: Meagan Taylor and Kristi Jones: Meags and Me and Bev Getschel

September 12th: Shayla Wolf // Sassafras Lane

September 13th: Toni Bush, Shirl Nelson, Susie Philipsen // Clothworks Team

September 16th: Stephanie Di Cola // September 17th: Sandie Holtman // Sleepy Owl Studio and Anshu Jain: Blooms and Bugs

September 18th: Margie Ullery // Ribbon Candy Quilts and Candice Hoffmann // Clothworks Team

September 19th: Cheryl Kuczek // Paradiso Designs

September 20th: Generation Q Magazine

September 24th: Heidi Pridemore // The Whimsical Workshop Studio and Chandra Wu // Mildy Gifted

September 25th: Cassie // Elegantitus and Kristen Ballou

September 26th: Lynne Shandley // Yarnivorous

September 27th: Scott Hansen // Blue Nickel Studios

It’s Christmas in July with a Quilt Block Tutorial

I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I work at a fabric shop, right? Well, we’re celebrating Christmas a little early this year. It’s Christmas in July at Stash and everyone is making a block! I decided to make a Christmas Tree block!

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It’s not a complicated block at all, would you like to try to it? Click on over to Stash for the whole tutorial!

 

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Low Volume, Bright Contrast Crosses Postage Stamp Quilt Block Tutorial

Yep, more quilting! I’ve been debating and debating over what quilt design I wanted to do for my next do Good Stitches quilt. Then I figured it out! I love postage stamp quilts. This low volume thing is kinda cool. I’ve seen a lot of little cross quilts lately that I am loving. So why not combine all these?

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Ta-da! This month’s block is going to be a ‘Low Volume with Bright Contrast Crosses Postage Stamp Quilt block’. How do ya like that title!?! Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? But it’s not! Seriously! Trust me!

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First off the fabrics! And you’ll need a 20×20 inch piece of the thinnest fusible interfacing you can find, like featherweight or sheerweight.

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For the bright crosses, I poured out my scrap bag and found the colors that I had enough to make 5 2×2 squares out of. It can be patterns, but please include an all solid cross (or two). (yellows are not good… You’ll see as you read along!)

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The background is the low volume part. Use whites, light greys, small colored patterns with white backgrounds.

The amount of fabric you’ll need really depends on the amount of crosses you want to make. In total you’ll need 100 2×2 squares, the majority being low volume fabrics. Since each cross is made of 5 2×2 blocks, if you are doing 5 crosses you’d have 5 colors and then an assortment of 75 2×2 blocks. And etc, etc….

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And then how to put it together? You can do it however you’d like, but this process makes it super easy! I can’t take credit for the process, by any means. I found the process tips from Oh, Fransson. I’m going to show you here because I also want to talk a little more about the low volume part! (bear with me, there’s a lot of pics!)

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First, cut out all your pieces!

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Ok, so I have to apologize for the pictures. I have a can light right over my work space and it doesn’t lend itself to very good photography!

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OK, so back to your pieces. See how I lined up my low volume pieces. Don’t!

The low volume pieces are going to be as random as can be. And for me it’s easier to be random when I’m not picking them out of their special stacks. Hence the reason for the bowl. I mixed and mixed the squares in the bowl!

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Then I remove my cutting mat to reveal my secret postage stamp quilt block work area!

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Did you notice my owl picture? I love how this owl stares at me as I make things, like, ‘Um, what are you doing now?’

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Ok, once the cutting mat is removed, you can see my set up. A bit of batting over the countertop for ironing. Then my grid. And notice the white over my grid? That’s where I accidently had my fusible interfacing facing the wrong way one time.

So be sure the fusible side of the interfacing is facing UP!

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Lay out the crosses. Right sides UP!

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Then infill with the low volume.

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Then I take a quick pic, turn pic to black and white and see how it looks.

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I felt like the yellow ended up being to low volume and these grey and blue squares were too high contrast. So I took them out.

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And filled in with a different high contrast color and more low contrast background pieces.

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Take another picture, turn it black and white and what do you think? I think it works much better!

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Once you are happy with the lay out, iron. I lay a piece of thin fabric over it. Don’t pull the iron around. It works best if you iron a spot, pick it up, move it, iron a spot, over and over and over until it’s all ironed!

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After it’s ironed together, it’s kinda like you have a new piece of fabric!
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Next, fold between each row of pieces and sew with a 1/4″ seam.

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Repeat for each row.

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Trim the rows. You can snip the seam with scissors, but I find it easier to just trim off about 1/16th of an inch. barely anything!

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Then iron each seam open.

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And repeat the sewing, trimming and ironing in the opposite direction.

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And viola, you’re block is done!

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So for the do. Good Stitches group, please send me one block. I need 12 blocks for a 45×60 quilt. There are 10 of us and I made one extra, so I’d need one extra.  If anyone wants to do more than one, I’ll gladly take more. The more I get the bigger the quilt! But it’s totally up to you guys! One each is perfectly fine!

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Thanks to all the do. Good Stitches Nurture Group! And to everyone else, enjoy the tutorial!

 

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