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Pine Tree is a great pattern for scraps or for a collection. This traditional block pattern set on point will work with just about anything. Use a soft, light background fabric, so you have enough contrast, and experiment with lots of bold color on the main pieces. Traditional patterns are wonderful and timeless, but sometimes, it's fun to reinvent them. Go ahead and try something new!
From the collection of Sue Harvey
Skill Level: Intermediate
Quilt Size: 80 1/2" x 80 1/2"
Block Size: 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Number of Blocks: 16
- 3 yards green print
- 4 1/4 yards cream solid
- Backing 85" x 85"
- Batting 85" x 85"
- 9 1/2 yards self-made or purchased binding
- All-purpose thread to match fabrics
- White quilting thread
- Basic sewing tools and supplies
Step 1. Prepare template for A; cut as directed on pattern.
Step 2. Cut two strips cream solid 6 3/4" by fabric width; subcut into 6 3/4" square segments. Cut each square on both diagonals to make 32 B triangles.
Step 3. Cut one strip cream solid 2 7/8" by fabric width; subcut into 2 7/8" square segments. Cut each square on one diagonal to make 16 C triangles.
Step 4. Cut three strips cream solid 3" by fabric width; subcut into 32 squares 3" x 3" for F.
Step 5. Cut 10 strips each cream solid and green print 3 3/8" by fabric width; subcut into 3 3/8" square segments. Cut each square on one diagonal to make 224 E triangles of each color.
Step 6. Cut two strips green print 8 3/8" by fabric width; subcut into 8 3/8" square segments. Cut each square on one diagonal to make 16 D triangles.
Step 7. To piece one Pine Tree block, sew B to opposite long sides of A as shown in Figure 1; add C and D to complete the trunk unit, again referring to Figure 1.
Step 8. Sew a green E to a cream E along the diagonal; repeat for 14 E units.
Step 9. Join three E units to make a row as shown in Figure 2; repeat for four E rows.
Step 10. Join two E rows to make a side unit as shown in Figure 3; repeat.
Step 11. Sew a side unit to the trunk unit as shown in Figure 4.
Step 12. Sew an E unit to F as shown in Figure 5; repeat. Join the E-F units, again referring to Figure 5.
Step 13. Sew the E-F unit to the remaining side unit as shown in Figure 6; sew to the trunk/side unit to complete one block. Repeat to make 16 blocks.
Step 14. From cream solid, cut the following: nine 13" x 13" setting squares; three 19" x 19" squares, subcut on both diagonals to make side triangles; and two 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" squares, subcut on one diagonal to make corner triangles.
Step 15. Join the pieced blocks with the setting squares, and side and corner triangles in diagonal rows as shown in Figure 7; join the rows to complete the pieced center.
Step 16. Cut and piece four strips 5 1/2" x 71" green print. Cut four 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares cream solid.
Step 17. Sew a strip to opposite sides of the pieced center; press seams toward strips.
Step 18. Sew a square to each end of the remaining strips; sew to the remaining sides of the pieced center to complete the top.
Step 19. Prepare quilt top for quilting and finish referring to the General Instructions. Note: The antique quilt was hand-quilted in a spiderweb pattern in the setting squares, side and corner triangles and border squares, in the ditch of block seams and in a diagonal crosshatch pattern in the border using white quilting thread.
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