The Free Motion Quilting Project: Wonky Christmas Tree Quilt Blocks

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wonky Christmas Tree Quilt Blocks

Yep, this post will contain affiliate links that help support my business. So what is the best thing about getting a Quilty Box? It's like getting a Christmas present every month of the year filled with quilting supplies you actually want!

This month was a terrific assortment of fabrics and supplies selected by Natalie Barns of Beyond the Reef Designs. She included a huge pack of 10 fat quarters which included 5 bright prints and 5 black and white fabrics.

I jumped right in and got the fabrics prewashing, but then made a mistake when I dried them together. Some of the pink and blue fabrics got a bit too friendly with the black and white. But instead of being frustrated, I love the effect! It made me think of coloring books and what better shape to color this time of the year than Christmas trees!

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These wonky Christmas tree blocks are going to challenge you a bit if you really love math and measuring and piecing precisely and every block finishing exactly the same way. Because it just isn't that kind of pattern!

No, these Christmas tree blocks are designed for anyone suffering from a lack of brain cells or an overindulgence of wine this holiday season. There's hardly any math, no exact cutting, and if you piece it wrong? Stitch another scrap on the corner and it'll square up just fine, honey.

I admit I needed a project I could sit and stitch without thinking just to enjoy the feeling of pretty fabrics slipping through my hands and the weird sense of accomplishment that comes from slicing up fabric just to piece it back together again. These blocks more than fit the bill!

The only downside? I think I'll be piecing these Christmas tree blocks for all of 2017! Seriously, these blocks seem to multiply every time I head downstairs. For every tree shape you piece, you can make a second tree from the scraps, so you may piece enough Christmas tree blocks to make everyone a holiday quilt next year.

Now the video quilting tutorial ended up stretching a bit long so I've split it into two parts. This week we'll learn how to piece the blocks and next week we'll learn how to piece the blocks together to make actual quilts.

What do you think? Are you needing some easy, stress free piecing this week? I hope these wonky Christmas tree blocks fit the bill!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. The trees look like a fun and easy block to make. Don't know if you've tried them or not but Color Catchers are a life...or rather laundry saver. I'm not a pre washer so I put a couple in with my quilts when I wash them the first time and also with new clothing that may bleed and have never had a bleeding issue. They are available in most grocery store laundry aisles. I always keep a box or two on hand. Thanks for the tree tutorial and Merry Christmas!

  2. I love your wonky trees - am definitely going to give them a go (for next year's xmas to-do list at least!) Thanks for sharing your skill and ideas - have a wonderful, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'll be camping in a tent at Lake TeAnau in Fiordland so will be taking a break from quilting for a couple of weeks (doing LOTS of reading instead) and will be all charged up for sewing in January. Cheers!

  3. Love it!!! I would never have thought of this, so thank you for the inspiration. I've pre-washed the fat quarters, but have no idea what is going to happen with them here. The vibe that came from this entire Quilty Box told me that whatever happens with this fabric collection will be good. (And don't you love the ring pincushion?)

  4. These are just too cute. Thank you for this pattern and tutorial.


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