For the past few weeks I've been posting sneak peeks of this project on my instagram stories and it was making my mom mad. She bought cute Christmas fabric and was planning on making me a quilt for Christmas, and here I was making my own quilt! When she told me this I laughed and explained that this Christmas quilt is actually HER Christmas present from me. So we get to switch :)
I loved Jill Howarth's Way Up North fabric from the first time I saw it. I thought that it would pair so well with many of my fabrics from my two collections. Surprise, surprise, my mom and I don't do traditional colors for Christmas so I wanted to make something simple, modern and full of color. I'm a super beginning quilter (and by no means a pattern maker) and I totally made this up as I went along. Which is why several of the measurements are strange, but you'll get the gist. Find the (very basic, not super detailed) tutorial below.
I used mostly scraps from Way Up North, Wild Bouquet, and Guinevere for this collection (all produced by Riley Blake Designs). I used 1.5 yards of Confetti Cotton in Cloud for the background fabric and a fat quarter of Teddy Bear for the trunks. I used 1.5 yards of for the binding and 1.5 yards of Guinevere Pink Bows for the back. My finished runner is 52" by 17 1/4".
For each tree square, you will need:
One 4.5" triangle of patterned fabric
Two 4.5 " half triangles of the background fabric
Two 2.5x2" rectangles of the background fabric
One 1" x 2" rectangle of the trunk fabric
I bought these rulers to cut triangles with a built in 1/4" seam allowance.
1) Sew one half triangle to the triangle and press towards the triangle.
2) Sew the other half triangle to the triangle and press towards the triangle.
3) Sew the two 2.5"x2" pieces to the trunk. Press towards the trunk.
4) Sew the trunk piece to the triangle piece.
5) Square up the blocks. My blocks ended up being 4 1/4" by 5 3/4".
6) Sew 18 tree blocks.
7) Cut sixteen 2" by 5 3/4" white strips.
8) Sew the strip to one tree and then to the neighboring tree. Press.
9) Continue attaching 9 tree pieces on one side with the spacer white strips between.
10) Sew together the other side of 9 tree pieces and 8 spacer strips.
11) Cut a 47" by 6 3/4" strip of white fabric. Or you can piece several different lengths together like I did.
12) Sew the tree pieces to the large white center strip. Press.
13) Cut two 17.5" by 3.5" strips.
14) Sew those pieces on each short end.
15) Cut the batting and the back fabric.
16) Baste and quilt all three layers together. I just did stitch in the ditch.
17) Make and sew binding around quilt.
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