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Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest QAL Week 2

Hi everyone! Welcome to Week 2 of the Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest Quilt Along!

Wow, I’m a little blown away by the excitement and participation in this event! Woohoo! 

So here’s how it goes – each week for the next 5 weeks I’ll be breaking down the Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest Quilt pattern into bite-size pieces as well as sharing tips and tricks for piecing your quilt. If you want to quilt along, you will have a finished quilt top put together by the beginning of November!

And in order to help motivate you, I’ve got some awesome sponsors who will be giving away prizes to those who complete their weekly assignment and share a picture of their work. More on that below.

If you missed the Week 1 and the introduction you can find that here as well as tips for choosing your fabric.

This week your assignment is to create the 28 Small Tree Blocks in the Pine Hollow Pattern.

That might sound like a lot, but these little blocks come together super fast.

If you are using the original Patchwork Forest Quilt Tutorial, choose a set number of blocks (at least 12?) you want to make to go towards your finished quilt. 

To help you along, I’ve created a video demonstration of how I cut and piece my Patchwork Forest quilt blocks.

This demonstration will apply to any size tree block. I’ve wanted to create a simple video demo of this technique for a while, and this finally motivated me to do it!

(Confession, this is not the most professional video you’ve ever seen. My tech crew [aka, my 15-year-old and I] are still figuring out this whole video stuff. And the tools I’d used through YouTube previously to brighten and reduce shake for some reason are no longer available. 🙁 So, I’m afraid you’ll have to take it as it is.)

I know that some of you are better visual learners through video, so I hope this helps. I also know that improv cutting and piecing can threaten to melt some people’s brains when doing it for the first time.

My best tips:

  • Use some fabric you don’t care about to make a few practice blocks first. This will help you get a feel for the technique.

  • To help your trees pop, use contrasting fabrics, colors, and print scales. (This post on choosing fabric for a quilt will help explain.)

  • Cut up to 5 or 6 layers of fabric at a time to save time.

  • Cut the strips that will frame your tree trunks a variety of heights to give your trees more personality.

  • Don’t cut the tips of your tree triangles too close to the edges – leave lots of space at the tops and sides for squaring up.

  • Vary the sizes and shapes of your trees as well as the heights of your tree trunks to really give your quilt some quirky personality and interest.

  • Have fun!! This technique is supposed to be liberating, not stressful or constricting.

There you go!

Now, here’s a peek at this week’s prizes, sponsored by Simply Love Fabrics and Bear Creek Quilts

Simply Love Fabrics is an online Etsy shop that carries a huge selection of the latest popular collections from Riley Blake and Moda. They are giving away a 5″  B&C WOvens Charm pack, an Early Bird mini Charms + a tube of Lori Holt’s popular needles.

Bear Creek Quilting is an online quilt shop with a huge selection of fabric, precuts, kits, tools, and books. They are giving away a $20 Gift Certificate.

To enter to win, share a photo of your completed blocks for this week’s assignment. You can do this by posting on Instagram using the #PatchworkForestQAL hashtag (just type #PatchworkforestQAL in your post), or you can share a picture to the weekly post on my Diary of a Quilter Facebook page (I will put that post up later today -Wednesday whoops, Thursday, sorry!)

Winners will be randomly selected by next Tuesday before Part 3!

(I hope this will allow the most possible people to participate. To be honest, I wish there was an easier way to do this. This is the best I could come up with.)

A big thanks again to the generous sponsors for making this fun! You’ll be seeing more giveaways from them over the coming weeks.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen OGrady
    October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Thanks you for the video, t was great to get a visual for the blocks. Looks like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to start cutting fabrics to make my tree forest!

  • Reply
    Deb Wolfe
    October 2, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Amy – question- watched the video and I have cut and sewn my small tree blocks. I am confused at how big the small blocks should be squared to? I cut 7×9 squares and after sewing they are @ 6×8 1/4.
    Thx for your help,
    Deb Wolfe

    • Reply
      Amy
      October 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Deb! Yep, you’ll need to trim them down. (I make the starting rectangles generous because everyone pieces this block differently.)
      Check the pattern – halfway down on page 5 will give you the measurements for squaring up the small blocks. I hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Debra White
    October 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    For those of us that don’t use social media is there another way to enter and post photos?

    • Reply
      Amy
      October 3, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      This has been the tricky thing that I’ve been trying to figure out. I can’t come up with another way for people to share photos. Any suggestions?

  • Reply
    Deb
    October 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Thanks so much for your help! ?

  • Reply
    Debra
    October 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    All my fat quarters include the selvage in the 22” measurement which messes with the curing diagram. Any suggestions on layout? When I do the block trimming will there be enough to cut it away? I’m having a very slow start and a bit frustrated.

    • Reply
      Amy
      October 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      You’ll be fine – don’t stress about it too much. All of the rectangles (both for the small trees and the medium trees that are cut from the FQ’s) are generously big so that there’s lots of room for squaring up. Just cut them as close as you can. You could even leave the selvage on because it’ll just get squared off when you trim down the blocks.

      Before you cut up all of your fabric though, just cut two sets of blocks and make those to get a feel for how they come together. I always recommend making a few practice blocks if this is your first time making these trees. I hope that helps!

      • Reply
        Debra White
        October 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm

        Thank you Amy! Things have improved since I sent the previous comment. I have my 28 little trees completed, even figured a way to chain piece making things go so much more quickly. It’s all good now.?

        • Reply
          Amy
          October 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm

          Hooray! I’m so glad to hear! It’s always those first few that melt people’s brains, but once you’ve got a few under your belt, your unstoppable. 🙂

  • Reply
    Barbara
    October 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks Amy, for the tree tutorial, and also the Missouri Star Birthday Bash video. You are so nice to take us along on this fun trip to Hamilton.

  • Reply
    Ramona Johnson
    October 5, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Great video, Amy. Anxious to start cutting and creating!!! ?

  • Reply
    Maria
    October 6, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Thank you very much for the video, Amy. I loved it.❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply
    Janie
    October 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    The little trees are so much fun!! They’re quick and as cute as can be!!!

  • Reply
    Barbara
    October 8, 2019 at 7:10 am

    I love tree quilts, this one is so sweet. Where can I get the same iron you are using? Looks like a mini.

  • Reply
    Barb Mckinlay
    October 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Your video was wonderful. Thank you!!

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