|Pine Tree block (or Christmas Tree block if you use Christmas fabric like I did)|
The only technique we will be using is sewing along a diagonal line drawn on a square. If you made the Eight Pointed Star, you did the same technique in the first step.
Cut from background fabric
It makes it much easier to cut out a long strip of fabric that is 2 1/2" wide and then cut the lengths you need from the strip (or strips).
(A1) ten 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares (woops! I miscounted and cut out 12 in the photo below)
(A2) two 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
(A3) two 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
(A4) two 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
(A5) two 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangles
(A6) two 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips
Cut from main fabric (green)
You can cut all the strips from the same color, or for a more scrappy look you can cut the tree strips from different scraps of green. If you are using the same color, it is easiest to cut out a strip of fabric 2 1/2" wide x 30" long.
(B1) one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
(B2) one 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle
(B3) one 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle
(B4) one 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle
Cut from brown (trunk of tree)
(C) one 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square
|The two strips at the bottom of the photo SHOULD read "two 12 1/2" x 1 1/2") Sorry for the mistake!|
Making the Tree Points
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on eight 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares (A1)
Pin each A1 square onto a green strip (B1, B2, B3, B4) with the top of the diagonal line pointing towards the center of the strip, and the bottom of the diagonal line matching the corner of the green tree strips.
|Cut 1/2" from the seam on all A1 pieces. In the photo, I've moved the ruler down just a little so you can see that it is 1/4" from the seam.|
|This is what the strip looks like when the corners are trimmed off. On the top piece of the tree you must sew on one square, trim, then press before you sew the second square on.|
|Pin the other A1 background square on as shown in the photo. Sew, trim, and press. This tree top is a Flying Geese unit.|
|Make sure your trunk section measures 12 1/2" long.|
|In this photo you can see how each background filler strip is placed.|
|You can sew the outside filler strips (the background pieces) on in any order that makes you happy! Yes, I pin at the top and the bottom of each 2 1/2" strip because my sewing is more accurate that way, and that makes me happy!|
|Sew the rows together and your tree block is done!|