Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern Tutorial

Make this easy Christmas tree quilt block using a 60 degree quilting ruler. Create an entire forest in no time!

Picture of a Christmas tree quilt block.Christmas tree quilt block made using a 60 degree quilting ruler

Sixty (60) Degree Ruler (Template)

Of course you know I love a 12 inch block! And, I wanted a big, but not humongous, Christmas tree block.

If you're like me you have a lot of quilting rulers. I checked my stash and decided that the 60 degree ruler could best get the job done. It's tall and wide, or big and bold if you like.

It took me a number of tries to get the measurements just right for 12 inch Christmas tree block. I can't tell you how many pictures I took. Several hundred, maybe. I know, a lot, right? :-)

Here are the results!

Block Fabric Requirements

Fabric A: Christmas tree, or main triangle (blue print)

Fabric B: background (cream)

Fabric C: tree trunk (med gray)

Measurements for Main and Side Triangles

Block Size

(inches)

Fabric Size

(at least)

60 Degree Ruler

Measurement Line*

6 inch

1 (5 x 7 inch) main triangle

2 (5 x 3 1/2 inch) side triangles

5 inch

5 inch

12 inch

1 (11 x 13 inch) main triangle

2 (11 x 7 inch) side triangles

11 inch

11 inch

*Use the same ruler measurement line for both the main triangle and the side triangles.

Fabric Measurements for Tree Trunk

Block Size

(inches)

Fabric B Background

(at least)

Fabric C Trunk

(at least)

6 inch

3 x 2 inch

1 1/2 x 2 inch

12 inch

5 1/2 x 2 inch

2 1/2 x 2 inch

Choose your block size, 6- or 12-inch, and let's make a Christmas tree quilt block!

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Instructions

WOF= Width Of Fabric
Unless otherwise noted seams are 1/4 inch.

Cut Out Christmas Tree (or Main Triangle)

Step 1 Refer to size chart above. From Fabric A cut a piece of fabric or a WOF strip. Place the ruler's measurement line on the bottom edge of the fabric and 1/4 inch in from the straight edge of the fabric. Align blunt tip with the top edge of the fabric.

Step 1 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: align ruler on top of fabric.

Step 2 Using a rotary cutter, cut the fabric on each side of the ruler, leaving a 60 degree triangle. The left side triangle can now be used in another 60 degree quilt block.

Step 2 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: cut out the tree or primary triangle.

Note: To cut more main triangles from a WOF strip, rotate the ruler 180 degrees. Align the blunt tip with the bottom edge of the fabric strip. Align the ruler's measurement line (according to block size) along the top edge of the fabric strip and the left side of the ruler with the angled fabric edge. Make a cut along the right edge of the ruler.

Note: rotate the ruler 180 degrees. Align the blunt tip with the bottom edge. Align the ruler's measurement line along top edge and the left side of the ruler with the angled fabric edge.

Cut Side Triangles

Step 3a From Fabric B cut a piece of fabric or a WOF strip. Cut a straight edge to remove the selvages. Place the ruler's horizontal measurement line on the bottom edge of the fabric strip while aligning the left vertical dotted line along the cut straight edge.  Make a cut along the right edge of the ruler.

Step 3 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: align ruler to cut side triangles.

Step 3b Cut along the left tip of the ruler, removing the bit of fabric. Removing this bit of fabric will help to align the side triangles with the main triangle in a later step.

Step 3b Christmas Tree Quilt Block: cut side, or background, triangles.

Note: To cut more side triangles from a WOF strip, use a regular quilting ruler to cut a straight edge to the right of the angled edge of the fabric.

Place the ruler's 1/4 inch measurement line 1/4 inch in from the angled cut along the bottom edge of the fabric strip as shown in the photo below. Make a cut along the right edge of the ruler.

Note: how to cut additional side triangles.

Now you have more side triangles. To cut the next one use the 60 degree ruler as in Step 3a. Continue to alternate between the two rulers to finish cutting the strip into side triangles.

Cut Christmas Tree Trunk Fabric

Step 4 Refer to the size chart above. From Fabric B, cut two rectangles. From Fabric C, cut one rectangle. Arrange all fabric pieces as shown in the photo below.

Step 4 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: cut fabric for tree trunk and background.

Stitch Background Side Triangles to Tree Triangle

Step 5a With right sides together, align the left side triangle along the left side of the main triangle. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam.

Step 5 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: stitch left side triangle.

Step 5b Be sure to match the bottom flat tip of the side triangle with the bottom edge of the main triangle as shown in the photo below.

Step 5b Christmas Tree Quilt Block: match  bottom flat tip of the side triangle with the bottom edge of the main triangle

Step 6 Press the seam towards the background Fabric B, leaving side triangle right side up.

Step 6 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: press left side triangle right side up.

Step 7 Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for the right side triangle.

Step 7 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: stitch right side triangle and press.

Make Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tree Trunk

Step 8 With right sides together, stitch the tree trunk fabric piece (Fabric C) to the left background Fabric B.

Step 8 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: stitch tree trunk to left background fabric.

Step 9 With right sides together, stitch the left Fabric B background piece to the Fabric C tree trunk piece. Press seams toward the background Fabric B.

Step 9 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: stitch left background fabric to tree trunk.

Stitch Sections Together

Step 10 Fold both sections in half vertically and finger press a crease in the center of each.

Step 10 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: Fold both sections in half vertically and finger press a crease in the center of each.

Step 11 With right sides together, match the creases on both sections. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam. Press the seam towards the main triangle, Fabric A.

Step 11 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: With right sides together, match the creases on both sections. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam.

Trim Christmas Tree Quilt Block

Step 12 Trim the block to size. Trim the Christmas tree block 1/4 inch past the
three points on the tree, or main triangle. Trim any excess fabric from the
trunk.

For a 12 inch Christmas tree block trim to 12 1/2 inches square. For a 6 inch Christmas tree block trim to 6 1/2 inches square.

Step 12 Christmas Tree Quilt Block: Trim the block to size.

Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern

I call this quilt pattern the Christmas Tree Forest. It's approximately 76 x 88 inches. Almost queen-size.

four orange peel quilt blocks together to see what a scrappy orange peel quilt would look like

Twelve inch Christmas tree quilt blocks alternate with 6-inch blocks that have 3 inch borders to make a 12 inch block. There are 6 blocks per row and 7 rows. It has 42 total Christmas tree quilt blocks. Twenty-one of each size. To make a larger quilt simply add more blocks to each row and/or add more rows.

Two inch borders in the background fabric surround the forest. And a binding done in the same fabric as the darkest tree encloses the forest.


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