Oh, Christmas Tree Quilt



Hi, I'm Amy! Also known to some as Alliekatmom. I am back with my second Recipe for you. I I want to share with you this half square triangle (HST) Christmas Tree quilt, made with Kate Spain's new line Flurry. This quilt is much easier to make than it looks. It goes together quickly and accurately. I hope you love it as much as I do.


1 Flurry charm pack
1 1/4 yard of Bella solid white
1 3/4 yard of Flurry Wonderland Gumdrop 27084 13 for backing
1/2 yard of Peppermint Swirl Gumdrop 27087 24 for borders
1/2 yard of Solid Red Ribbon 27082 for the binding

The first step is to choose 30 prints from your Flurry charm pack. I chose 10 from each color...trying to stay away from the ones with the white backgrounds so it would show up better against my solid background fabric.

You will also need (for your wonky star):
2- 5" charms which you will cut diagonally twice (yielding 4 triangles=total of 8)

** You may use more charms for more of a variety here.
1- 2.5" square for the center of your wonky star


Then you need to cut your white backing fabric. Here are the cutting requirements.
30- 5" squares (four 5" strips of fabric should cover these)
2- 16.5" x 4.5" strips
2- 29" x 4.5" strips
2- 41" x 4.5" strips
2- 17.75" x 6.5" strips
8- 4.5" squares
8- 2.5" squares (these are for your wonky star)

** Borders are up to you! I added the borders by measuring both the top and bottom and dividing by two to get equal border lengths. They are 3.5" wide. Sew the borders to the top and bottom and then measure the sides and divide by two....this will get you the side borders.


If you have a 1/4 inch ruler, you may use it here and follow this technique for your HST's. If not just draw a line down the center of your square (diagonally) and sew 1/4 inch on either side of that line.
With your 1/4 ruler, draw a line on either side with a pencil. Do this for all 30 squares.


When finished with the lines put the fabric front sides together, keeping the pencil lines facing out and on top.


Sew down both sides of each HST. I suggest chain piecing (keep feeding the HTS's in and do one side then with them all still attached to each other, do the other side).


When finished sewing both sides of the HST's, cut them in half...diagonally down the middle.


Then iron them open, pressing seams away from the solid white background.


Trim each of your HST's to 4.5 inches.


** If you wish to make a smaller quilt, or a wall hanging then you can make your HST's as small as you want by either making them smaller here or starting with smaller squares and then squaring them up to the nearest half inch.


Once all your HST's are trimmed to 4.5" squares....You can begin assembly of the top.


First lay out the HST's in rows as it shows above. Take time to get the layout and placement you like best.

Begin sewing your rows together.


Start by sewing the top 4 rows together, pressing your seams so that each row of seams are going in opposite directions. For example, in the top row your seams will all be pressed in the left direction, the second row all the seams will be pressed towards the right. This will make piecing the rows easier. Or if you prefer, you may press your seams open.

Next sew the 4 rows you just pieced together.


Match up each seam and pin before sewing together.


I like to pin them this way so that my needle doesn't get in the way while I am sewing. It works just as well as pinning the other way. Pinning is important if you want your points to match up.

** Tip: In the picture above you can see where my sewing lines meet and make an X, this shows you where to sew and where you 1/4 inch is. As you are sewing, make sure you sew just on the outside edge where that X is, getting as close as you can to the X. This will give you perfect points.

Finish sewing your 4 rows together.


Sew the 16.5" x 4.5" strips to each side of the row.


Sew the next three rows together following the same procedure as the first 4 rows.


Sew the 29" x 4.5" strips to each side and then attach these rows to the top 4 rows.


Sew the next three rows together and attach them to the top completed rows. Then you will sew the 41" x 4.5" strips to each side.

You have one more row (the bottom row) to sew and attach to the completed rows. This completes the tree part.

Next you will make the wonky star for the top of your Christmas tree.


Take your 2.5" white square and put your printed triangle as shown above (you can make it as wonky as you want, just be sure that when you fold it over it will cover the white part of the square completely) and sew a 1/4" seam on the diagonal line. Press and trim away the excess.


Lay your second triangle over the one you just sewed. and sew your 1/4" seam. Press and trim the square to 2.5".

Follow these steps 3 more times.


Layout all of your 2.5 inch squares like the picture above. You will have one center block, 4 corner blocks of white, and 4 star point blocks. Sew these together as you normally would.


Attach the 17.75" x 6.5" strips to each side...centering on the top of the quilt attach it to your Christmas tree.

And your top is finished.
I added 3.5" inch borders to the quilt, quilted with straight line quilting...echoing the HST's and only quilted in the white areas to make the tree stand out more.

Back and bind as you normally would.



One Oh, Christmas Tree Quilt! Measuring 46.5" x 57"



I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and don't forget to stop by and tell me what you think on my blog.

Amy Rivera
{alliekatmom.blogspot.com}

55 comments:

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

super super cute Amy - love love love it.

mctzeng said...

So cute. Thank you for sharing your masterpiece. :)

Anonymous said...

Unique! thank you for sharing your idea.

Linda

Betty said...

Absolutely gorgeous and such a simple idea!
Most genious thoughts are simple, so I think you're a genious!

Marianne said...

Nice and god ide to take care of scraps. Thank and greeting from Marianne in Sweden

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

lovely job Amy !

Maria Wallin said...

Awww, this is such a lovely quilt, thank you so very much for sharing and for giving me a reason to buy a few of the adorable Christmas fabric charm packs I've been eying ^^

Steph said...

That is absolutely adorable! I love it!

~~Steph from My Crafty Life

Steph said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Sherry said...

This is so cute. Love the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Alison said...

LOVE it! I am so making this.

Katie B. said...

Amy! I love this quilt! So fun.

nrnoodle said...

this is so cute. I have some Christmas Charm packs that will be perfect for this project. Thank you for Sharing.

traceyjay said...

it looks so pretty Amy! :) (though I am still a bit partial to mine). ;)

Needled Mom said...

Adorable!!!

MN2NM said...

Really cute! And I could possibly get it done before Christmas. Another great project that uses just one charm pack - nice job!

AllieKatMom said...

Thanks everyone for your kind remarks. I really do love this quilt. HST's are the best :)

Angela said...

love it Amy!!! it's so simple and clever. not to mention fabulous!

denise said...

Cute! I want to make a smaller one for a wall hanging. Can't wait to try it.

Jenny said...

wonderful project! plenty of time till Christmas...right? right??

krisgray said...

Adorable!! Will keep this one in mind!

Jennifer said...

love it! this is defintely going on my to-do list. it would make a good wedding present, too, cause the newlyweds don't often have christmas stuff...

Kristy said...

I love it. I thought I had decided on my Christmas quilt for this year but now I am not so sure

Quiltjane said...

So many possibilities with such a simple and elegant design. Thank you for the great tutorial.

Cherry Red Quilter said...

I really love this and i think I just may have to make one!

Anitra said...

So fun.

Leanne said...

This is a really cute and fresh idea for a holiday quilt, I love it!

Ms. De said...

I love this quilt! This is the one I'm going to do for myself!!

Kristy said...

Love the wonky star on top the tree!

Modern Male Homemaker said...

Uh oh... I had already planned a pattern for my Christmas Quilt, but now it looks like I may need to reconsider. I love this quilt! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Anitra said...

I made this lovely quilt today. A couple things I noticed in the assembly. I needed four 5 inch strips to get my 30 squares of the background fabric. I also needed eight 4.5 inch squares of the background fabric for rows 1, 3, 6, and 9. Otherwise it's fun and easy quilt. Thank you Moda Bake Shop!

amber said...

I love it

VickiT said...

Wow. This is awesome. Love it. Great job. Thank you.

Ellen said...

Its adorable! And definitely going on my to-do list for this upcoming season.

TheRibbonshirtlady said...

It would be very nice if this could be downloaded in a .pdf format.

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Ribbonshirtlady,

Please click on the "Printer Friendy Version" image at the bottom of the post to download a PDF. Thank you!

Meghan said...

Oh this is so cute and so well written Amy!! I think it is going to on my list to do!!!

Kim and Jim said...

Very nice! I love the colors on this one, especially the candy borders. Well done!

susana torres perez said...

ME ENCANTO TU EDREDON ARBOL DE NAVIDAD, ESTOY JUSTO A TIEMPO PARA ELABORARLO Y LUCIRLO EN DIC.MIL GRACIAS

Natasha said...

Super cute. I really like this.

Mama Spark said...

This would make a great Christmas gift! Thanks for the great idea!!

MimiQuilts said...

Great quilt. I saw it when it was posted and ordered my fabric the next day. It has arrived and I need to get to work!

Anonymous said...

Well done Amy...absolutely love it
Thanks for sharing.

Jill Rimes said...

Your quilt looks great! So proud of you!

zumbaqueen said...

Saw it! Had to try it. It's going together very quickly. So clever.

Belinda said...

Super cool! Can't wait to try that!

Katie. said...

Great Quilt! I made it in 4 hours! Easy and Fun!!!! Thanks so much.

Mama Spark said...

Did I somehow miss the cutting requirements for the border?? I made the top and noticed the same thing as Anitra about needing 5 strips and the additional 4.5" background squares.

AllieKatMom said...

Added those cutting requirements to the post. Must have left then out somehow...its updated now.

As for the border, that is up to you...however you want to add the border :) I figure that everyone is different and can do their own unique twist there :)

Anonymous said...

Loved the pattern! Being a "true" beginner, a grid of the pattern would help me greatly. Something to add, if I may make a suggestion.
Diane Côté, Montréal

Laurie said...

I love this! I'm new to quilting (just finishing my first one) and this looks like something I could do as a gift. Love the simplicity of the look of it. Such clean lines. Bravo!

Brenda said...

My GF is making this right now as I type, and she told me where to find this pattern - she has told me it is quick, easy AND she is having alot of fun with it!!!
So now I am going to have to give it a couple days to make MY OWN!!!!

Thank-You!!!!

Simone de Klerk said...

LOVE it!!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

SUPER cute!

Kerry said...

The directions were very clear and easy to follow. My quilt came together quickly and looks beautiful! Instead of using charm packs, I used my own collection of fabric scraps. Thank you!