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Friday, August 3, 2012

Christmas Tree Free Pattern & Tutorial ~ Block #16 for the Free Spirit Christmas in July Quilt-a-thon! Tutorial!

Paper pieced tree pattern designed for the Free Spirit Quilt-a-thon.

I am sooooo excited to be involved with my very first quilt that is a group effort to complete.  My job was to design my very own pattern and tutorial in a 6 inch block size using the fun fabric shown below by FreeSpirit Fabric, (this free quilt block pattern is also available as a PDF on their Free Spirit Fabric site).  So after working through several different designs floating around in my head I thought why not use the 15 degree ruler designed by Erin Underwoods Creative Grids 15 Degree Quilting Ruler Link to Amazon that I had recently purchased.  This ruler is so exciting to me the designs ideas seem endless.  (These rulers can also be found @ Erin Underwood's awesome quilting site).

So please don't be nervous about paper piecing, I had NEVER done it until I made this pattern and I taught myself how to do it by reading up on it and watching some YouTube videos.  This is a link to my favorite video on YouTube that really explained it to me best regarding paper piecing. So after making a simple tree design on paper and numbering it, I was ready to go.  This is what I came up with :-)
Updated block, same pattern & fabric which I
 think highlights the fabric better!

You will need one of these rulers, which already has at least 12 patterns designed for it's use!

Let the fun begin, I hope my pictures and descriptions explain everything you need to know.  Click on any of the photos to see them enlarged. :-)
 

 






              



1st Option also shown :-)

Sewn together, next step is to cut down to a 6" block!






Ta Daaaaa, you did it!!!  Pictures are showing 2 options, it is your block so enjoy the possibilities!  :-)

14 comments:

  1. I really like the Christmas trees and how you did your block.

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    1. Thanks sooooo much Sandi, that means a lot! Do you think you will try making it yourself? :)

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  2. Spectacular I love the fabric choices and you did such a nice job with the description...

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    1. Hugs, thank you sooooo much Sally! It was exciting and nerve racking at the same time, trying to make things just so...phewww 1st one under my belt now :-) haha

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  3. This is a very pretty block. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial.
    I can see this as a Christmas pillow with snowmen edging
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks soooo much Lori, I can picture exactly what you are talking about! :-) Christmas is only a few months away, now that is a scary thought...haha :-)

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  4. Arrived here via Sally's Quilting Corner post. That is a very pretty block. I am going to learn paper piecing next month and I'll have to watch the YouTube video before I go to the class. Thanks for posting the info.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know how you found my blog, thanks for visiting! I watched a many of videos on youtube and that really was my favorite one. It seemed to really simplify it for me, I hope it does for you also. Good luck with your class, I would love to hear how it went and find out what you made :-)

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  5. This is amazing!!!

    Thank you so much for showing your support of the Hopeful Threads project this month by adding the badge to your blog! :)

    I'm also your newest follower!

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    1. Big hugs, thank you soooooo much! I worked really hard on it, but think it may have been too much for the QAL (http://www.freespiritfabric.blogspot.com/2012/08/christmas-in-july-block-16-free.html), no comments there so far :( It is ok, it was my 1st time in one of them and I learn through the process you know :-) Thanks for following me too, I hope to have a button like yours soon too :-)

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  6. Wow! Your first paper pieced block? I'm so impressed--and encouraged to try one of my own. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Beth, thank you! Yes, it was my 1st and definitely not the last, I am currently working on a paper piecing quilt that is a bit involved. I love trying new techniques, luckily no fears as of yet...hahaha. I am glad it has given you the boost to try it out also. I would love to see your block when you get it done too. Do you have a blog I could also follow? Chat soon, Tiffiny :-)

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  7. What a fantastic blog! Love the paper piecing video and I'm.going to check out that ruler. I'm so glad to follow you.

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    1. Thanks "sew" much for stopping in and checking out my blog and becoming a new follower too! You will love the ruler, you may want to check out the dozen patterns she has made for it already too: http://erinunderwoodquilts.com/store.php?cat=3 *** Glad you liked the video I found on Youtube, it really simplified things for me, which I REALLY needed when I was learning on my own. Thanks again for following my blog, I will be making sure I am following yours as well. :)
      Hugs & smiles, Tiffiny :)

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