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Tree of Temptation Quilt Block Pattern

Tree of Temptation Quilt Block

Janet Wickell
The traditional Tree of Temptation quilt block is usually sewn with green leaves and red 'apples,' but I think it would make a wonderful block if stitched with the oranges, yellows and reds we see in the fall. Play with the colors to see which looks suit you best -- a completely unrealistic appearance would be lovely.

A few pieces are cut with template guides -- the tree's trunk and the background surrounding the trunk. You could come very close by rotary cutting, but it's easy to place double sided tape on the back of these simple templates, stick them onto fabric and cut around their edges. A bit of gluestick between fabric and template is another way to keep layers from shifting as you cut. Stack a few layer of fabrics if you're making multiple quilt blocks.

Download the Tree of Temptation PDF file before you begin.

  • Print at 100% -- do not allow the printer to scale the images
  • Lines with arrows at their ends indicate the placement of the fabric's straight grain, either crosswise grain or lengthwise grain
  • One shape must be cut in mirror-image pairs -- just flip the template over
  • Mark the seam intersections of patches if you have a difficult time aligning them prior to sewing; stick a straight pin through matching intersections and then pin along the length of the fabric

Finished Block Size: 12" x 12"

Fabrics Required

Light green print, (1) 1-1/2" strip cut from selvage to selvage

Dark green print, and (1) 2-1/2" strip cut from selvage to selvage

Red print, (1) 1-1/2" strip cut from selvage to selvage, and (1) 2-1/2" x 5-1/4" strip

Brown print for trunk, a scrap approximately 6" x 6" (perhaps more if you plan to fussy cut)

Light print for background, about 6" x 12"

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