I love triangle shapes, solid fabrics, modern quilts, and Christmas decor. What you do get when you put them all together? Modern Trees, my next Quilt Along. You can read about the inspiration for this quilt in my recent teaser post. Scroll down for the QAL schedule.
Since solids are my favorite fabrics to work with, I’m using Kona Cottons for my trees, but you can use whichever fabrics you like!
My quilt will finish approximately 43″ x 50″ – perfect for hanging on the wall or draping over a couch or chair. The finished size of each block will be 6″ x 8″. You can make a larger quilt with more blocks, or by adding sashing or borders.
Quilt Along Schedule: All links will be active when the post is published.
- Step 1 – Cutting and Sewing the Tree Blocks
- Step 2 – Assembling the Quilt Top
- Step 3 – Backing and Basting
- Step 4 – Machine Quilting Part 1
- Step 5 – Machine Quilting Part 2
- Step 6 – Binding to Finish
You will notice I included plenty of time for machine quilting and finishing. I like to encourage and enable others to finish their projects rather than simply adding to a pile of UFO’s. Machine quilting is not as scary as you think and you just may find, like me, that it’s your favorite part of making a quilt!
Although I will be making the version shown at the beginning of the post, here are a few inspiration images for you to make it your own! You can use a triangle setting (with 15 blocks), a more traditional set with sashing (16 or more blocks), or a whole forest of trees (number may vary).
How about making a pair of blocks as a placemat, or a single smaller block as an ornament? You could even stitch together one row of blocks for a quick table runner if you are short on time. The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity!
Fabric Requirements to Make my Modern Trees Wall Quilt
- Fabric for Trees – Scraps to total about 1 yard. (You will need one 7 inch square per tree.)
- Hint: If you are cutting multiple trees from the same fabric, you can get about 10 trees per 7″ x 42″ strip of fabric (so leave your strips uncut). However, if you are using a directional print, you will only be able to get about 6 trees per strip because you will not be able to cut them as efficiently.
- If you would like to make some improv trees, sew bits and chunks of fabric together randomly to make your own yardage. Then cut the tree shapes from your “home-made” fabric!
- Fabric for Tree Trunks – 1/8 yard brown (or scraps)
- Hint: You can cut about 20 tree trunks from one 2 1/2″ strip of fabric.
- Background – 2 yards white or cream. I’m using Kona Snow – (get it?)
- You will use less background if you choose the traditional set, or perhaps more if you decide to quilt a forest of trees. :-)
- Binding – 1/2 yard of your choice – or you can make it from leftover scraps!
- Batting – a piece at least 35″ x 45″ (craft to crib size). I recommend a pure white cotton, polyester or wool.
- Backing – 1.25 yards (or more if making it larger)
- Hint – if you are using a lot of white on the front, be sure to choose a light colored backing so that it does not shadow (show through) on the front.
Optional: You will need 1 – 1.5 yards if you choose to add 2″ strips of red sashing all around your blocks for a traditional setting, plus 1/4 yard of a contrasting color for intersecting squares. You will be on your own for this version, but I’m happy to answer your questions as you sew!
Basic Sewing and Quilting Supplies
- Tri Recs ruler set (note: these are not 60 degree triangles!)
- Quality cotton thread, 50 wt for piecing (such as Aurifil)
- Cotton or polyester thread in blending colors for machine quilting
- Cotton thread to match your binding fabric
- Brand new sewing needles (use a new one for every 8 hours of sewing)
- Safety pins for basting
- Walking foot or even feed for straight quilting
- Free Motion (Darning) foot for free-motion quilting
- Optional: Machingers Quilting Gloves, Free Motion Slider for FMQ
- Optional: Clover Wonder Clips for binding