Countdown to Christmas: Mod Tree


Hi!  I’m Jessica Dayon (Instagram @jessicadayon) and I’m so excited be a first time chef in the Moda Bake Shop as part of the Countdown to Christmas.  Today I am sharing a tutorial for my 6 inch Mod Christmas Tree block.  I have been making these trees like crazy lately.  They are tons of fun, so versatile, and quick.  You are going to love making them!

This block finishes at 6″ x 6″.

1 5″ x 5″ square of green fabric or green fabric scraps
1 Layer Cake square or 10″ x 10″ of background fabric {Bella Solids 9900 97}
2″ x 1.25″ rectangle of brown fabric {Stacey Iest Hsu Farm Fun 20536 18}


We use a template in this block, so let’s start by making that.  You’ll need a piece of card stock or thin cardboard and a pen.  I used the cardboard from the back of a Layer Cake.  I find it’s the perfect thickness.  Measure a 5″ square from your cardboard, trace it, and cut it out.

Then at the top of the cardboard make a dot with your pen right in the center, at the 2.5″ point.

Use your ruler to make a line from the dot at the top that you just made down to the bottom corner.

Repeat on the other side.

Then cut out the triangle out.  This is your tree template.

Now we will start making the tree portion of the block.  This is the fun part.  You can use anything to make the tree.  You can use a whole piece of fabric to make a solid tree.  You can use a bunch of fabrics to make vertical strips, horizontal strips, bias strips, or any kind of scrap to make a crazy tree.  You need any whole piece of fabric or combinations of fabrics that your tree template fits on.

Use a solid fabric that’s about 5″ square or a scraps assembled together to be about that same size.  Lay the tree template on top.  Use the ruler and rotary cutter to cut away the edges.

And you are left with a perfect tree!

Here are some of the other ones that I made.

Next, we will make the rest of the square.  You’ll need a 6″ x 8″ rectangle of your background fabric.

Place your tree template in the middle.

Make a cut on the right side of the tree using your ruler and rotary cutter.

Then cut the left side.

Swap the white tree for your the tree you made above.

Sew the tree to the left side of the background.

Press and then trim off the little bit of background.

Sew the tree to the right side.

Press and trim off the extra background at the bottom.

To make your trunk, you’ll need 2- 2″ x 3.5″ pieces of background and 1- 1.25″ x 2″ trunk piece.

Sew them together. Press the seams towards the trunk.

Sew the trunk piece to the tree piece.


Trim your block to 6.5″ x 6.5″.  I used a 6.5″ square to do this.

When I trimmed mine, I made sure my the top line of my trunk was at 5.25″ and the tree center was at 3.25″.  That way when I made a bunch of these to put together, all of my trees would line up nicely.

The Mod Tree block finishes at 6″ x 6″.

Thank you for following along with me today.  If you make one of these blocks, please share a photo on instagram and tag me (@jessicadayon) so I can see your creation!  You can also head on over to my blog (Skein and Hook), where I’ve posted instructions for making a pillow or mini quilt using this block (or other ones from Moda Bake Shop’s Countdown to Christmas).

Jessica Dayon
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20 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Mod Tree

  1. Just thought I’d let you know that Pinterest would not allow me to “pin” this block. Says “Link blocked because it’s a redirector

  2. WesternNYLady says:

    I couldn’t pin #15, #18 and #19. Get the message blocked because it’s a redirect. No problem with all the other pins. Some help please.

  3. Great tutorial. Will there be a printable page link?

    • Hi Karee, Thank you! There is a printable PDF that is right below my name at the bottom of the post. You can just click on that button, you will be able to get a printable version.

  4. ArtsyOne says:

    Great tree! At first glance I thought it was paper-pieced, but I like this random fabric-making much better and will definitely make a few. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Hi,

      Thank you! You will have so much fun using all your scraps to make a bunch of these trees. Tag me on Instagram @skeinandhook – I’d love to see what you make!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I too thought it was paper pieced, which I enjoy. But I like the way this one is done and how easily the made fabric gets inserted as part of the block. Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. Diana W says:

    Love this Block! Thank you for sharing, I see some of these in my future

  7. Sandy R. says:

    I love this block too, maybe I can really use up some small scraps with this one!! Thank you so much..

    • Hi Sandy,

      Thank you so much! I love using tiny scraps in these! I hope you enjoy making them as well. Tag me on Instagram – @skeinandhook- I’d love to see your blocks!

  8. stefanie says:

    Beautiufl block!!!

  9. Deb F says:

    Thank you for sharing your pattern for this block – I love it. Can’t wait to try some. Merry Christmas!

  10. Kathy says:

    Jessica, I love this. But I’m really new at quilting. So can I ask a question that might be obvious to others but not to the inexperienced? When you say sew the background to the right or left side of tree, is it the usual right sides together and a 1/4 inch seam? Thank you for this project. I love trees and Christmas, I want to keep my eyes open for fabrics to add to my stash and get started early for Christmas 2018!

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, you sew them right sides together with a 1/4 inch seam. If you have any other questions, just let me know. You can post here or email me at Also, I have a few christmas fabric bundles left, if you are interested, just contact me! Good luck and happy sewing!

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