I finished Block 2, Christmas Tree Farm, for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long almost two months ago but haven’t been able to write about it.
This cute block pattern was designed by April at Janda Bend Quilts and can be found here (scroll down the post and click on the box that says “Download Block 2 Pattern”) if you want to make one. The patterns are free until midnight on January 15th, 2018 so don’t delay, download yours today.
This Christmas Tree Farm pattern comes with two methods to make it: template or paper piecing.
I chose to paper piece the trees but first I had to make the red and white stripe fabric. I didn’t have any candy cane fabric so I made some using 3/4″ wide strips. The stripes are 1/4″ wide.
I chose not to paper piece the trunks.
I followed the directions for cutting and strip piecing the trunks under the template portion. (Sew a 1″ strip of trunk fabric between two 1″ background strips. Press seams. Cut 1″ strips and trim to 3.5″ in length. Sew to bottom of tree.)
Are you Quilting-A-Long?
It’s not too late to start sewing along with us. For inspiration check out the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page or #iwishyouamerryqal on Instagram. I’m still catching up with the first block and the final two are yet to be released.
Grand Prize Alert
At the end of the QAL there will be a link to download a picture of your finished quilt. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must make a quilt top using all twelve of the QAL blocks by January 16th, 2018. Thank you to all these sponsors for prizes.
Here’s all my blocks so far.
To find info on where to get the patterns, view my blocks, and read some construction tips, click on my links below.
- Block 1 – I am still working on block one. You can find the pattern for block one-snowflake here.
- Block 2 – Christmas Tree Farm here
- Block 3 – Santa’s Belt here
- Block 4 – Christmas Memories (ornaments) here
- Block 5 – Snowman here
- Block 6 – Angel here
- Block 7 – Poinsettia here
- Block 8-Presents here
- Block 9-Reindeer Games here
- Block 10-Christmas Lantern here
If you want to see the other hosts version of this block, click on the links below.
- Abbie at Sparkle On
- April at JANDA Bend Quilts Here’s the creative designer behind this second block in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long. You’ll find the pattern on her site as well as a full tutorial.
- Becca at Pretty Piney
- Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
- Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery
- Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
- Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
- Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
- Sherry at Powered by Quilting
- Vanda at Quilt in Piece
Block Release Schedule
- Block 11 – November 21, 2017
- Block 12 – December 5, 2017
- Setting Instructions – December 5, 2017
What I Learned Today:
- I love the heat! The outside temp was 88 degrees yesterday and 84 today here at our Arizona home. It feels wonderful.
- Our little cactus in our AZ yard must have missed us this summer. Something happened to it’s new arm since we left in the spring. It’s now sprouting two and the one growing when we left is lying on the ground. The cactus now stands one foot tall including the two new arms. The fallen arm is one foot tall not counting the floppy ears. You can read more about this little cactus and how it came to be here.
- We will have lemons this year. Our new tree is full!
- I have a larger stash of fabric in this house than I remembered. I’ve had to go buy some plastic totes to store it in as I brought some fabric with that I bought on the 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop this summer (loot posts are still coming).
- I’ve added blog visitors from 5 new countries in the past two days. Welcome!
- I need to be more careful when I stage a photo. The paper pieced pic above is staged. I notice that I have the seam guide on my machine still attached and the needle is set to go down the wrong seam. I should be sewing A1 not A3 first. This might also explain why I had some difficulty getting my candy stripes to all go the same direction.
- It’s been awhile since I’ve learned this much in one day!!
Question: Do you decorate a real Christmas tree or do you use an artificial one? We usually decorate a nine foot artificial tree in our ND house but one year we brought in a real evergreen tree (actually an overgrown bush that had to be cut down anyway) and during decorating we found a bird’s nest-we left it. A few years ago when time and energy were in short supply, we put lights around an artificial palm tree. I think we’ll be doing that again this year.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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