Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Block of the Month- Bring to November, 2018 Meeting

 Bring your block to the November meeting for a chance to win all of the blocks!

Christmas Tree Block

Finished Block Size: 10 1/2-inches square
Tree Branches, Green
    • one 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strip
    • one 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strip
    • one 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" strip
    • one 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip
Tree Trunk, Brown
    • one 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square
Background, Neutral
    • ten 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • two 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" strips
    • two 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" strips
    • two 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strips

10.  Gather your 2-1/2" background squares and your green tree strips.
11.  Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each square.
12.  Align a square with the right end of the shortest tree strip as shown in the upper left of the illustration, right sides of the fabrics together. Be sure to position the drawn line as shown.
13.  Sew a seam directly on the drawn line. Press to set the seam (a good technique for all seams).
14.  Trim away the excess fabric, leaving about 1/4" of both layers extending past the seam line as shown. Flip the triangle right side up, pressing the seam allowance either direction.
15.  Repeat to sew another square to the opposite end of the green strip, positioning the line as shown. Trim and press.
16.  Repeat to sew tips on the remaining three green strips.
17.  Arrange the Christmas Tree quilt block components as shown in the illustration, upper left. Start by placing your tree strip units in front of you, from shortest branches to longest working downward.
18.  Arrange the background strips:
§  a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" background strip on each side of the shortest tree strip unit
§  a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" background square on each side of the 6-1/2" long tree strip unit
§  a 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" background strip on each side of the 8-1/2" long tree strip unit; the 2-1/2" edge will be sewn to the tree.
§  The 10-1/2" long tree strip unit is complete as-is.
19.  Place a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" background strip on each side of the 2-1/2" brown square.
20.  Sew the components of each Christmas Tree row together. Press seam allowances in tree branch units towards the background strips. Press seam allowances in the trunk unit towards the brown trunk.
21.  Sew all five rows together, aligning strips carefully 

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