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Finish Sewing the Christmas Tree Quilt Block
Assemble the Christmas Tree quilt block.
© Janet Wickell
Use a 1/4" seam allowance
to assemble the remaining portions of the Christmas Tree quilt block, placing units right sides together for sewing and matching raw edges carefully. Use straight pins to hold fabrics together if necessary to keep patches aligned.
- 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 to longest working downward.
- 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.
- Place a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" background strip on each side of the 2-1/2" brown square.
- 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.
- Sew all five rows together, aligning strips carefully. Press
The Christmas Tree quilt block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2". If the quilt block is smaller, or skewed, press again and recheck. If it still isn't quite right, use my easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.