Sewing Pine Tree Quilt BlocksMost quilters prefer to use as few templates as possible when making a quilt. If we assign a 'normal' size to this quilt block, let's say 12" square, and then calculate the size of its patchwork units, all of the pieces in the Pine Tree block would have to be cut using templates. To fix that issue, I gave the tree leaves rotary cuttable dimensions first, and let their measurements determine the quilt block's finished size. Only one piece is cut using a template as a cutting guide -- the tree trunk.
Like other quilt blocks, there are many ways to construct the Pine Tree design -- we'll use mostly half square triangle units.
Pine Tree quilt blocks look nice separated by sashing in a straight setting, or in a strippy set quilt -- designs with horizontal or vertical rows separated by long sashing strips.
Finished Block Size: About 13-1/4" x 13-1/4"
Cutting for One Pine Tree Quilt BlockRead the entire pattern before you begin and change cutting as necessary to use a different method to construct half square triangle units.
For Tree LeavesDark green fabric(s):
- (13) 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" squares
- (1) 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" square, cut in half once diagonally
- (1) 4" x 4" square, cut in half twice diagonally
Light green (or green-gold) fabric(s):
- (15) 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" squares,
- OR (13) 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" squares and (2) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares if you prefer to use unpieced squares in the two spaces directly above the tree trunk
For Tree Trunk
- Download the tree trunk cutting guide/template and cut one shape -- green, brown or another color. Place the fabric's straight grain parallel to the trunk's long edges.
- (2) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares to match tree trunk
For Light Background
- (1) 7-1/2" x 7-1/2" square cut in half once diagonally
- (1) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" square cut in half once diagonally