Saturday, February 25, 2012

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Quilt

This little quilt is really effective when made of lots of scraps. Dig in your scrap bags for any tan or green scraps--not just Christmas themed fabrics. Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout and press all your seams open. Great beginner quilting project!!

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

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50- 3" x 3" various green squares
10- 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" various green squares
38- 3" x 3" various tan squares
10- 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" various tan squares
2- 3" x 3" brown squares

About 32" x 34" of backing and batting
About 138" of binding (I used green)

Step 1) Make 10 half triangle squares with the 3 3/8" green and tan squares. With a pencil, draw a line on the back of the 10 tan 3 3/8" squares from corner to corner. Put 1 green 3 3/8" square and a marked tan square, right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam on either side of your pencil line. Using a pair of scissors, or a rotary cutter, cut along the pencil mark. Press your seams open. when finished, you should have 20-3" squares.

Step 2) Arrange your squares to resemble the tree (there should be 10 squares in each row and 11 rows total). Try to keep similar fabrics away from each other. Keep re-arranging until you love how it looks.

Step 3) Sew your rows into strips and iron the seams.

Step 4) Sew your strips to each other and iron and seams.

Your quilt top is now complete!

Step 5) Sandwich the quilt top, batting, and backing and safety pin every few inches.

Step 6) Mark your quilt pattern. I used an "x" pattern to join my layers together. Using a ruler and a pencil, mark where you want to sew your lines. One easy way to do this would be to sew an "x" in the middle of each square by starting at the farthest corner of your quilt and sewing all the way to the other corner, using each little square's corner as your guide (no marking needed in that case, just eye-ball where you want to go).

Step 7) Bind your quilt. Click here for a great video tutorial of how to make binding and apply it to your quilt.

Step 8) I hand-sewed a few loops onto the back of my finished quilt to thread a pole through to hang it. I used some scraps that I had. Just don't sew through all the layers so it won't show on the front.

Step 9) Hang and enjoy!

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