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 December!
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!