You’ve finished your snowflake (haven’t you?!?) and now it’s time to reveal the second block of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long! April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts designed a Christmas Tree Farm, which is extra fantastic, because April and her husband run their own (real) Christmas tree farm in Oklahoma.
April offers a couple of ways to piece your trees in her pattern. I probably would have chosen the paper piecing option if I didn’t already have a Quilt in a Day Triangle in a Square ruler.
- 4″ x 7 1/2″ strip of gray fabric (Stardust Dark Gray Metallic, Sleep Tight collection for Cotton + Steel)
- 4″ x 7 1/2″ strip of black fabric (from Thicket by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics)
- 4″ x 12″ strip of green fabric (Wintergreen, 25th and Pine collection for Moda Fabrics)
- 1″ x 9″ strip of gold fabric (Glisten, Windham Fabrics)
- 8 — 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares of background fabric (Tinsel Washi White for Cotton + Steel)
- 8 — 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles of background fabric
- 2 — 2″ x 9″ strips of background fabric
To make the backgrounds of your trees, take the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles and stack them either wrong sides together or right sides together (it doesn’t matter, just make sure half are cut face up and half face down). Cut corner to corner to create 16 triangles.
The Triangle in a Square ruler set can be used to make two different sizes of triangle in a square blocks. Since we need 3″ trees, I used the red line on the triangle template to cut the black, gray, and green fabrics into tree triangles.
Make sure you have that 1/4″ seam allowance at the top when you attach the first background triangle.
If you’re like me and can never remember how to align that second triangle to get the 1/4″ seam allowance on top, here’s a handy visual aid:
Instead, the seam allowance on the second triangle should stick out above the first triangle by 1/4″.
Align the red triangle on the square ruler in the set with your tree to trim the right and the top. Flip over the tree and align the those trimmed sides with the red lines to trim the left side of the block. Don’t worry about the bottom, because you’re going to cut off more than this square would have you do.
Okay, now you have to make room for the trunk.
Trim from the bottom of your tree so your block is 3″ tall (but still 3 1/2″ wide!).
Strip piecing time!
Subcut into 1″ trunks, then trim so each unit is 3 1/2″ wide. You should trim each one separately to make sure each trunk is centered.
Attach the trunks to the trees. I pressed toward the trunk, because I got some waviness when I pressed toward the tree.
Voilà! I know there’s not a lot of contrast here with that super busy background, but I’m planning to make the trees stand out a bit more when it’s time to quilt the project.
Head over to JANDA Bend Quilts to get the pattern. Make your own Christmas Tree Farm block, and you can enter to win:
Once you’ve finished up your quilt-a-long Christmas Tree Farm block, you can choose one of three ways to enter the drawing for the prize package of a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop (courtesy of Cocoa Quilts) and a quilt pattern from this week’s block designer April Adams! The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm EDT (US) on Monday, August 28, 2017.
Here’s how to enter:
- Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the JANDA Bend linky party, OR
- Post your finished block on the quilt-a-long Facebook group page, OR
- Post your finished block on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal.
We encourage you to post and share your completed block as much as you’d like, but it will only count as one entry into the prize drawing.
I can’t wait to see your quilt-a-long Christmas Tree Farm block!