I made this little English paper pieced Christmas tree and had intended on making it into a wall hanging before posting it. However, it’s becoming glaringly obvious that with the Christmas presents I’m working to finish up, that isn’t going to happen in time for Christmas. So I figured I’d show off my work in progress.
I’m planning on 2015 being the year I make a triangle quilt so I wanted to do a little test project before I dive in. The tree went pretty quickly and I love how it looks.
I’ve never actually done any quilting before and I’m not entirely sure how successful I was with it. I bought this fusible batting that claimed to not need basting, but it didn’t work very well and shifted a lot. Apparently I’m not the only one who didn’t have luck with it, someone left it a 1 star review. I also probably should have considered marking out my lines because they’re pretty shaky. But it was my first time and I think it was a valiant effort.
Here’s the PDF template for the triangles for the tree. You will need 30 total, 25 green and 5 brown. Christmas Tree Triangle Template
Now I just need to do the binding, which I’ve never done before. Do you have a favorite binding tutorial or technique? I’d love to hear it!
I love this tree! Haven’t tried the fusible battings, but have always heard challenge stories about them. In terms of bindings, I’m a big fan of the classic double-fold. Christina did a nice how-to in the back chapter of Quilting Happiness, or Heather Bailey has a nice illustrated PDF: http://www.heatherbaileydesign.com/HB_QuiltBinding.pdf
Yeah I think I would have been better off just using regular batting. I guess that’s what I get for being lazy! And thanks for the PDF, I’m hoping to finish the tree this week in the post holiday lull!
Ann Knechtel says
Shiny Happy World has great how-to videos. Here is the one on binding http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2011/05/video-how-to-bind-a-quilt.html
Ooh thanks! I love Wendi and I hadn’t thought to check her site for binding!