This is our first block for the Patchwork Village. I started with trees because I use this technique in the houses which follow. And it is has the most pieces.
Please read the instructions right through first before starting as the pictures will show you how the block is built up. You can also refer to my video of how to use the Squares to Triangle set if you haven’t used them before.
The trees use my Squares to triangle Set and please refer back to my first blog of the Patchwork village where I give the overall guidelines and concepts for the village.
First, for the smaller tree blocks. Cut the following squares from calico and your green fabric.
2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, and 3 1/2″.
Cut the following pieces in calico: for the top small block, one piece 2 1/2″ by 5 1/2″, then 2 (4 1/2″ by 7″). Then for the other three triangle blocks, 2 (2″ by 4″), 2 (3″ by 2 1/2″), 2 (3″ by 3 1/2″). These pieces will be stitched to each side of the finished triangle blocks. These pieces will be too wide and too long in most cases, but it is easier to trim than redo!
I have joined the triangle blocks and have laid them out next to their side strips.
Join each triangle block together, then join the side pieces. Creating a row for each triangle. Trim the row horizontally. Don’t worry about that each row is a different length.
For the top small triangle, join the triangle, add the 2 1/2″ by 5″ strip to the top (as shown in the bottom of the picture, than join the 4 1/2″ by 7″ pieces to the sides.
The tree trunk is one piece of brown fabric 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ and 2 (2 1/2″ by 5″). Join the calico sides to the brown strip.
Now join each row together, pinning from the centre triangle. Join the tree trunk to the bottom.
Press the seams as shown, trim the sides so the block is 8″ wide and 12 1/2″ high.
For the larger tree block, start with 3″, 3 1/2″, 4″ and 4 1/2″ squares.
There is no need to add a piece of calico to the top as this block is already 12 1/2″ high. In fact you will have to trim some off.
The side pieces of calico are as follows: 2 ( 2 1/2″ by 4″), 2 (3″ by 4″), 2 (3 1/2″ by 3″) and (4″ by 2 1/2″)
Now that you have completed a few tree blocks, you can play further, and create your own new tree blocks.