Tutorial! Caroline’s Christmas Tree Quilt
Caroline made the beautiful Christmas Tree Quilt in our new Christmas shop window display and we get so many comments on it! Festive and bright, it mixes traditional colours with modern prints and lots of metallic gold for wow factor! She created this quilt design based on her long-time love of strip piecing and recent discovery of triangle rulers, two elements that simplify the construction.
We put together a bundle of the fabrics Caroline used for her quilt and you can find it in the shop here. Please note, the default option for this bundle is skinny quarters because that’s what Caroline used so if you want fat quarters please be sure to leave us a comment on your order. Doesn’t this bundle just make you want to start singing dec the halls?
Update/correction: Caroline used 11 fabrics for her quilt. The one that is missing from this picture is Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Cranberry Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller) because it is now sold out. You need at least nine different quarter metres for this project but you are free to use more!
Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Pixie Noel – Pixie Floral in White by Tasha Noel (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Red by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Sparkle – Snowflake Sparkle in Gold Metallic (Riley Blake)
Juniper Berry – Holly Berry in Winter Vanilla by Basic Grey (Moda)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Burgundy Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller).
Postcards for Santa – Deer in Gold by My Mind’s Eye (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Green by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Winter Essentials III – Ribbons in Red (Studio E)
Now, over to Caroline! This tutorial will make a 39” x 59” finished quilt – a great size for a throw.
- At least nine skinny/long quarters. I used the bundle above. (you need 40 patchwork triangles; 8 groups of 4 strips each. You will have triangles leftover for bunting or other projects!)
- 1 metre of white fabric for contrasting triangles. I used Winter Essentials IV – Large Snowflake Pigment on White (32 triangles and 16 corners). Another good option is Winter Essentials III – Ribbons in White
- 1.5m for backing
- ½ metre for binding (or use all your scraps like I did)
- Cot size wadding – I used Dream Puff
- 8 inch 60-degree triangle ruler
1. Cut your fabric into 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips.
2. Lay the strips out in groups of four. I used eight groups of four strips each. Sew the strips together and press the seams to the darker strips.
3. Use your triangle ruler and cut the patchwork strips into 40 triangles. Your seam allowance is in the ruler.
4. Cut your white triangles on the grain. For your half triangles, make sure to leave a ¼” seam allowance and trim with your ruler. I am using the patchwork half triangle for a reference only.
They will look like this:
5. Lay out all of your triangles. Number your rows and take pictures so you can refer back to them when sewing your triangles together.
6. Let’s sew! Sew your triangles together, making sure to match the corners.
7. Once you’ve completed your eight rows, sew the rows together. After joining the rows, press the seam upwards, so your triangles end up with a sharp tip.
8. Baste and quilt as desired. I used Dream Puff wading for a fluffier quilt and quilted in the ditch so the quilting lines are two inches apart. If you use Dream Puff, I don’t recommend quilting closer together or you could get some bunching.
I use Pilot Frixion Pen to mark my quilting lines. The lines disappear with a hot iron (but test your fabric first!)
9. I used all of my scraps to make a fun binding. My binding was about 5 ½ metres long. Bind using your preferred method.
Have fun!!! And be cosy this Christmas.