Pine Trees Crossroads Block Tutorial

I’m back with another tutorial for the 52 Twisted Tradition Blocks Quilt Along

Pine Tree Crossroads Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 16” x 16”

By twisting the traditional block ‘Kentucky Crossroads’ we can create a pine tree forest!

Cutting Instructions

  Nine Patch Squares (brown and green)

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Color 1 (brown): 5 – 2.5” squares
Color 2 (green): 4 – 2.5” squares

Tree Trunks (brown)
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4 – 2.5” x 6.5”


Tree Branches (greens)
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4 sets of 4 – 3” squares (they could be 12 of the same fabrics or a mixture of fabrics)

Background (Blue)
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12 – 3” squares
2 – 7” squares, cut in half diagonally
8 – 2” x 6.5” rectangles

Directions


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Layout the four 2.5” green squares and the five 2.5” brown squares in the placement shown above.

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Sew them together into a 9 patch. Place it on the diagonal on your design wall.

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 3” background square.

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Place the 3” background square right sides together with one of the 3” tree fabric squares (green). Stitch a quarter inch seam on both sides of the line you drew.

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Cut along the line. Press toward the darker fabric.

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Line up two squares so they ‘kiss at the seam.

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Square the half square triangles down to 2.5” squares. Repeat this with the remaining 3” background fabrics with the 3” tree fabric. You will have 24 HSTs when you are finished.

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Lay them out as shown above with the trunk fabric.

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Sew each tree section together.

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Cut your 7” background squares in half diagonally.

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Layout the triangles on your design wall as shown above. Sew this all together by sewing into three diagonal strips first and then sewing the three strips together.
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Okay – the first time I made this block I made it completely like the Kentucky Crossroads block would look like.  Here’s what happened:
IMG_3455Those pine trees really needed a top.  I was going to be lazy and just leave it but my friend Trish said I should really add the tops for this block.  So … here they are!
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Let’s make our corners! Take your remaining 3” tree square and sew a 2” x 6.5” strip onto one side.

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Sew the other 2” x 6.5” background strip to the other corner.

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With your ruler, line up the two corners of the squares.

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Trim off the excess fabrics.

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Find the center of the trunks and place a pin there.

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Find the center of the triangles and match it to the center of the trunk – pin these right sides together.

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Sew the triangle onto your tree block.

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Trim off the excess fabric and square up the block. Repeat with all four corners. Square entire block up to 16.5” by 16.5”.

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And with that…your ‘Pine Tree Crossroads’ block is finished!

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