As always, my brain thinks in quilting. Even as I was watching the competition, amazed by their speed and skill, I was constructing this small wallhanging in my mind. As soon as I got home, unpacked, and threw in the first load of laundry, I pulled fabric from my stash and got to work (or should I say play?) I decided to use this quilt as my first attempt at making a tutorial. So here goes!
|fabrics used in the wall quilt|
Cut your fabrics as follows:
Background fabric: 24 - 3" squares; 8 - 2 1/2 x 3" rectangles
Tree fabric (flying geese): 12 - 3 x 5 1/2" rectangles
Tree trunk fabrick: 4 - 2 x 3" rectangles
Focus fabric (center of the quilt): 5 1/2" square
from corner to corner. (Fig 3) Cut off the excess leaving a quarter inch, and iron your little goose flat.
Next sew the background fabric rectangles to the tree trunk rectangle. After you have sewed all the geese and tree trunk segments, it's time to assemble. Sew three geese and one trunk to make a pine tree. (Fig 4)
Next you will continue around the center square, adding trees as you go. (Fig 7 and 8)
Now for the finish. Place the final tree at the edge of you wallhanging. You will need to fold down the extra part of your first tree block to keep if out of the way. This is why it was important to stop 1/4" away from the end of your center block. This allows you to sew the last block in place. Once you've sewn this block on, fold the block so that you can finish sewing the first tree block to the last. (Fig 10)
Sandwich your wallhanging and quilt as desired. I chose to quilt circles, to represent the rings of a tree trunk.