28 March 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Simple Christmas Tree block #17

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL! Today's tutorial is for the Simple Christmas Tree 6" quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Simple Christmas Tree

Simple Christmas Tree 6" quilt block


Simple Christmas Tree block #17
Green
A
1 @ 2.5” X 10.5”
White
B
1 @ 2.5” X 10.5”
Green
C
10 @ 1” x 4.5”
Green
D
2 @ 1.5 x 3.25”
White
E
1 @ 1” x 6.5”


Sew the (A) and (B) rectangles together. Crosscut into (10) @ 1” strips. Sew the (C) rectangles on top of the (AB) strips.


Green
White
White
Green
2”
1.25”
1.25”
2”
1.75”
1.5”
1.5”
1.75”
1.5”
1.75”
1.75”
1.5”
1.25”
2”
2”
1.25”
1”
2.25”
2.25”
1”
Trim the (ABC) strips to make them the widths listed in the chart on the left, as shown by the red lines in the diagram below. Arrange the (ABC) units and sew together into two columns. Sew the (D) rectangles onto the bottom of the two columns. Sew each of these to the side of the (E) rectangle. Press the seams toward the (E) rectangle.







I chose to display my Simple Christmas Tree block using the Sweater #2 option, using the Asparagus fabric in place of the yellow. 




Sweater #2 Assembly Instructions:


Pink
A
2 @ 1” x 12.5”
White
B
2 @ 1” x 12.5”
Yellow
C
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Yellow
E
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
Yellow
F
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
Background
G
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
Yellow
H
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Pink
J
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Background
K
2 @ 3.5” squares
Background
L
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
Pink
M
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”


















Block finishes at 12” square



Step 1:  Sew the (A), (B) and (C) rectangles together. Crosscut into 1 unit @ 6.5” wide and 2 units @ 2.5” wide.



Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (ABC) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (ABC) units @ 2.5” wide.



Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (G) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.



Step 4:
  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (HJ) rectangle on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam and press open.



Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.





Don't forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5" half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2" away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.







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