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About the Christmas Tree Rag Quilt
Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Pattern

Raggy Christmas Tree Quilt

Janet Wickell
Although its design differs a bit, my Christmas Tree rag quilt pattern was inspired by a quilt in our rag quilts photo gallery.

The Christmas tree quilt can be made with fewer fabrics. One green for the tree and one fabric for the background is perfectly fine. Add a bit more interest and create definition in the ragged seams by choosing a contrasting color for the rag quilt's backing and/or batting, which will both be visible when the quilt is complete.

  • Quilt blocks finish at 4" square; some are cut from plain squares and others are half-square triangle units.
  • Borders are cut from 3-1/2" wide strips.
  • One-piece borders can be replaced with a scrappy assortment of (46) 5" x 5" squares for the top layer, and the same number of squares for the batting and the backing.

Finished Quilt Dimensions: 46" x 50"

If this is your first rag quilt, read How to Make a Rag Quilt before you begin.

Quilting Fabric for Top Layer

Assorted Green Fabrics for Tree

About 1-1/2 yards total of 42-44" fabrics

  • (50) 5" x 5" squares

  • (10) 5-3/4" x 5-3/4" squares (cut only two test squares to begin with)

Assorted Neutral Fabrics

About 1-1/4 yards total of 42-44" fabrics

  • (38) 5" x 5" squares

  • (10) 5-3/4" x 5-3/4" squares (cut only two test squares to begin with)

Brown Fabrics

  • (2) 5" x 5" squares

Middle (Batting) Layer

Cut the same pieces required for the top layer. Choose flannels or cottons to eliminate the need for quilting. Use fabrics that contrast with the top layer for definition in the frays; use fabrics that blend with top for frays that blend.

For a lighter-weight quilt, eliminate the middle layer, but don't expect frays to be as lush.

Backing Fabrics

Cut the same pieces required for the top layer. Consider the same contrast advice mentioned for the middle layer.

Border Fabrics

Same amounts for each of the three layers.

1-1/2 yards for lengthwise grain borders, or

5/8 yard each for pieced crosswise strips, or

1-3/8 yards for all three layers to make patchwork borders from squares.

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