are you ready? Today we’ll start by sewing our first trees for a one tree quilt along. I’m so glad we’re going to start cutting and sewing with our lovely fabrics. I can’t wait to see the first trees appear on Facebook and Instagram.
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We’ll start today with our first block of our tree friend Flynn. Flynn is such a happy little fellow. Well, small it is actually the tallest among our tree friends. If you happen to come across it, you’ll likely hear it hum to a song as it sways in the wind. Or you will find him playing with the children of Mr. and Mrs. Dove who have just hatched from their eggs on his branches. If you ever need a cheer, be sure to visit Flynn, his hilarious jokes are sure to put a smile on your face.
In this blog post
In this blog post, you’ll find Flynn’s base paper deconstruction pattern. If you are experienced with this technique, go ahead and sew four blocks in this pattern. If you haven’t finished taking apart the base paper, don’t worry. I recorded a video tutorial and provided written instructions to help you.
You’ll also find a chart of what fabrics you’ll need to make cork in and where it will appear in the quilt.
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This blog post is part of One Two TREE Quilt Along. This is a FREE QAL where you will learn how to quilt yourself with confidence by freestyle quilting and ruler quilting.
We’ll first sew 16 trees and those trees we’ll use as quilting fabric have a different pattern on each. We’ll take it slow and start with the basics. You want to join? Start here and read more about quilting along, fabrics, and materials.
You will need the following amount of fabric to make it one cork to forbid. This block measures 12.5 x 15 inches, which is 13 x 15.5 inches including seam allowance.
- Tree 20 by 18 inches (50 by 45 cm)
- 4 x 8 inch (10 x 20 cm) tree trunk
- Background canvas 8 x 12 inches (20 x 30 cm)
When you work with QAL’s Rainbow Fabric Kit, you’ll make Flynn with the following fabrics.
When you work with the Green/Teal or Orange/Pink combination, Flynn will be made with the following fabrics. Make sure to use only half of each piece of fabric, as you will need to make two trees of each color.
This is where the cork will be placed in the quilt.
Here is the link to download the pattern for Flynn. Go ahead and print it out in full size. Select Don’t Scale, or set your printer settings to Scale: 100%. To check if you printed the pattern at the correct size, you can measure one inch square.
The finished block measures 12.5 x 15 inches and 13 x 15.5 inches including seam allowance.
Prepare your own style
Assemble the C-section by cutting the dotted line and joining the two pieces together.
Now take a piece of freezer paper and transfer section A, B and C to freezer paper. Place the shiny side of the freezer paper down. Paint on the “paper” side of the freezer paper.
You only need to make one pattern for each section. The great thing about working with freezer paper is that you can use it multiple times.
I like to use a pen instead of a pencil to transfer the pattern. In the next step we will fold all the lines of the pattern and the pencil tends to smudge a little. You don’t want it on your fingers and on your pretty texture (talk from experience here.. whoops!)
Cut around your pattern piece by less than 1/4 inch. You can now fold your freezer paper over the lines of the form, from side to side of the paper. Folding this on the front hand will help a lot when we start sewing.
cut the cloth
Before you start cutting the background fabric, be sure to set 40 inches aside to connect between the blocks and the border around the quilt. You’ll follow the cutting instructions for these strips after we’ve finished all 16 trees.
When you’re done transferring your pattern, you can use the pattern as a die cut to cut out your fabric.
Make sure to place the template piece, right side up, on the back of the canvas when using the print canvas. When you use solids, it doesn’t matter which side you place the molds on.
I like to cut all of my fabric for the hand so I have everything in place when I start sewing.
If this is your first time piecing together a base paper, start by cutting a few pieces. And be sure to cut your pieces large. This makes it really easier when you try it for the first time.
Let’s start sewing
If you want to sew with me, just start the video below and create a Flynn kit together. Or read below for written instructions for breaking up base paper on freezer paper.
Make sure the iron is plugged in somewhere near the sewing machine, we’ll be using it a lot today.
The first steps are the hardest. You can always start with some snips until you get used to this method.
I use a light box to put my fabrics in the photo and video. But just holding the fabrics toward the light will help you position your fabrics, too.
- Lay piece A1 wrong side up on the ironing board. (I’ve pictured Section B here, but the idea is the same for each section.) Lay your freezer paper over it, and make sure the A1 piece on your pattern is inside your piece of fabric
- Fold the paper back onto the fold between pieces A1 and A2.
- Place piece A2 right side up under piece A1. So A1 and A2 are now with the right sides together.
advice: Here’s a little trick to make sure your piece is in the correct position every time. Make sure that piece A2 is under piece A2 of the pattern you folded back. You can see how I check this out in the video for this block. When it is under the A2 piece in the folded part of the pattern, it will come up in the correct position after sewing and pressing the open piece A2.
Now you can sew along the fold. Try not to sew through paper
In the photo below I’ve folded the freezer paper back a bit to show you the seam. You should leave the paper attached to the fabric and then fold it open.
- Fold the paper, unfold it, and unfold the fabric. Press your fingers into the fabric and then press it with the iron to adhere the paper to piece A2.
advice: Make sure the shiny side of the paper is not touching the iron, as this will make the paper stick to the iron.
- Fold the paper back on the line between A2 and A3
- Take your Add-a-Quarter ruler or regular inch ruler and place it at a 1/4 inch mark on the fold of the paper. Trim any access canvas.
- Lay the A3 piece of fabric under the A3 piece on the folded back pattern. Lay it out as you did in step 3. (If you’re a bit confused at this point, check out the video for this class, my other video on paper freezing technique, or join the foundation paper assembly course)
- Now sew along the fold in the freezer paper and there the third piece will be added!
- Fold the paper, unfold it, unfold the fabric, press it with your finger, then iron the fabric onto the freezer paper. Press everything well from the back of the freezer paper.
Now you can continue adding all the other pieces by repeating steps 6 through 10. The steps are the same for all the pieces you’ll be joining, regardless of their shape or size.
Square your section
When you’re done with the first section, you’ll square it. Cut all around the pattern piece leaving 1/4 inch on all sides. This is why you should cut your freezer paper pattern less than 1/4 inch around, so you don’t have to cut the paper.
Remove the aaa freezer paper, you’re done with your first section! You can now repeat these steps to make sections B and C.
Be sure to arrange the sections in a square shape before removing the freezer paper.
Putting blocks together
Now you have finished all the sections you can put the blocks together. We cut our sections 1/4 inch in diameter so we could piece them together using a 1/4 inch foot on your sewing machine.
First sew the bottom parts together, sections A and B. Then sew section C to section AB.
And here’s the first one over!
Was this the first time you tried to break up base paper? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. You can share your trees with the hashtag #onetwotreeQAL on Instagram to share them in a Facebook group. I’d like to see how your trees turn.
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with our next tree friend!