Wonky Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern and Quilting Tutorial
Time to read 11 min
Time to read 11 min
This Wonky Christmas Tree quilt pattern can be pieced in a day! Learn how to make this funky quilt step-by-step with several quilting videos to guide you. This Christmas quilt pattern is improv quilting at its best! This is a no math Christmas tree quilt pattern, so it's the perfect relaxing stitching project for your holiday season.
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The Wonky Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern is a no math quilt, or improv quilting pattern, so we don't have an exact fabric or cutting list. This is a list of the fabrics I used to make many Christmas tree wall hanging quilts:
There is a big range in the fabric amounts listed here. If you wish to make several wonky Christmas tree quilts for gifts, purchase more yardage of your background and border fabrics.
If you only wish to make one small Christmas tree quilt, you'll only need ½-1 yard of each.
This is a very untraditional Christmas tree quilt pattern. Do you need to see improv quilting to understand how it works? Watch this video to see how to cut and piece these improv tree quilt blocks:
This is a no math quilt pattern! The size and shape of your blocks will be random. It all depends on the size and shape of fabric strips you cut. Just in case you prefer reading instead of watching, here's the free Christmas tree quilt pattern written with all the steps to making these improv quilt blocks:
Wonky Christmas tree quilt blocks are pieced from the bottom up. The first step is to sew a strip set with tree trunk fabric and background fabric. This technique is called strip piecing and quilters use it to simplify and speed up the piecing process.
I cut and pieced the following strips together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance:
These are the widths of strips that worked for me, but please feel free to mix up these measurements if you wish. Do you like the look of skinny tree trunks for your tree block? Cut a 1-inch wide strip of brown fabric instead.
Now let's try some improv quilting! Cut across the tree trunk strip set to create 1-3 inch wide pieced strips. Angle your ruler to create wonky angles for one cut. Straighten your ruler for the next cut and you will have a wide variety of tree trunks prepared for your quilt blocks.
We're really making up this wonky Christmas tree quilt pattern as we go! There are so many ways to make these Christmas tree blocks uniquely your own. Slicing the tree trunks at funky angles will make your trees slant at different angles. Cutting wider strips will result in tree blocks with very long trunks.
The only way to know what you'll get is to play around with the shapes and experiment mixing the fabrics together.
Patchwork Quilt Piecing Tools
Warning - these Christmas quilt blocks are very addictive! Only after slicing up all 10 fat quarters did I realize just how many quilt blocks I could make. For every Christmas tree you piece, you'll be able to make 2 quilt blocks. Make sure to prepare your fabric before cutting so this quilt goes together easily!
Here are the basic steps to improv tree quilt blocks:
My wonky Christmas quilt blocks ranged in size from 4 - 20 - inches.
You don't have to use Christmas colors to piece your tree blocks. If you use black and white fabrics to piece this Christmas tree quilt pattern, you can make beautiful quilt blocks and a fun holiday tradition too!
Black and white fabrics can make a coloring book quilt. Each year you can color a tree block with your family using fabric markers.
I gave my Christmas tree blocks to my son and let him color them in. For coloring like this, I prefer (affiliate) Fabrico Markers because they create bold colors and don't bleed. To set the color, press the blocks with a hot iron.
With dozens of improv quilt blocks pieced, it's time to put them together to make a quilt. In this part of our Christmas tree quilt pattern, we even out all the different sizes and shapes of our quilt blocks.
In this video, you'll see how to sew your quilt blocks together into rows. I also share my method to join the rows with a curvy strip of "snow" to make a beautiful Christmas tree wall hanging quilt:
I turned the edges of my blocks under to create a soft curve. This made the tree blocks look like they were sprouting from snow banks. You can use the Mini Slide or Super Slide quilting rulers to create your turning template, or to cut fusible appliques.
If you cut up 10 fat quarters for this wonky Christmas tree quilt pattern, you're going to make dozens of quilt blocks!
Because each quilt block made two Christmas trees, I easily pieced twenty quilt blocks in all shapes and sizes in less than an hour. Most were around 8 inches wide because that's how wide my tree trunk strip set was from the beginning. The length of my quilt blocks varied from 4 inches to 20 inches.
So how do we sew quilt blocks together that are all different lengths?
Simple - piece additional background fabric to the blocks until they are all the same height. Follow the next steps in this Christmas tree quilt pattern to sew your quilt blocks together into a row:
When you've completed piecing one row of your tree quilt, piece a 1-2 inch wide background strip to both sides. This will add a little more "sky" around your Christmas trees and help to even out the widths of the rows.
Piece more quilt rows, then trim the edges so they are all the same width.
If you've followed this wonky Christmas tree quilt pattern up to this point, you should have a few rows of pieced quilt blocks that are cut to the same width.
To sew the rows of quilt blocks together, you can simply piece them to a 2-3 inch straight strip of white fabric.
But a far more interesting way to connect the rows is to add a bit of applique to this quilt! I used a curvy ruler to create the gentle curving effect. Any curvy edge ruler or even a curvy line you draw yourself will work just fine.
You can turn the edges of your rows as I shared in the video using a turning template. Or you can save time and just to fuse the fabrics together with fusible web. I thought of this after making my quilt and realized it would be a faster and easier method.
I pieced 3 1/2 inch strips of white fabric to both sides to complete my quilt. Feel free to expand on this wonky Christmas tree quilt pattern with additional borders or quilt blocks. You can always increase the size of your quilt by adding additional border strips in festive Christmas colors!
We've completed the patchwork piecing portion of this Christmas tree quilt pattern, which is where most quilt patterns stop. I'm sure you've seen “quilt as desired” before.
Machine quilting is my passion so I have three more Youtube quilting videos to teach you how do we quilt your Christmas quilt. If you'd like to get your Christmas tree quilt finished in time for this holiday season, the simplest method is stitching in the ditch.
See how stitching in the ditch works in this quilting video:
Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern Machine Quilting Tools
Here's a few machine quilting tools from our quilt shop to help you with stitching in the ditch and free motion quilting. These tools are specifically helpful for doing sit down quilting where your machine is set in a sewing table.
The main reason I stitched my Christmas tree quilt in the ditch was so I could see where the trees were located from the back of the quilt. Quilting from the back is a fun way to play with decorative bobbin threads like Razzle Dazzle:
When quilting with thick bobbin thread like this, make sure to increase your machine's tension on the top. This will help the top thread pull the bobbin thread tight against the quilt. Also you may need to loosen your bobbin tension so the thicker thread can feed smoothly. This is a great reason to have an extra bobbin for decorative quilting.
Crazy Curves is a very simple, free form quilting design and it's the perfect choice for a simple finish to this Christmas tree quilt pattern. See how I quilted in the narrow border and between the tree blocks in this video:
Would you rather quilt Crazy Curves with ruler quilting? The Super Slide and Mini Slide rulers can both be used to make our curvy snow applique and for ruler quilting this quilt!
I would keep the snow areas very simple with curvy lines of quilting that echo the curves we've appliqued in the quilt. With busy fabrics and funky colors, sometimes simple quilting is the best!
How do I piece this Christmas Tree quilt pattern so all the blocks look alike?
If you're wanting to make identical tree quilt blocks that all measure the same size and shape, this is not the right quilt pattern for you. This is an improv quilt pattern, so every quilt block you make will be different from the last. The idea here is to embrace the unexpected and let go of control.
What size seam allowance should I use for these quilt blocks?
I typically stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. For this wonky Christmas tree quilt pattern, because the piecing is so freeform, you can piece with any seam allowance you wish.
Is there an easier way to add the curvy snow between the quilt blocks?
Yes! Press 1-inch strips of fusible web to the bottom and top edges of your blocks, then cut the edge into a curve using a curved ruler. Layer the row over a strip of white fabric and press to fuse it in place.
What is a good size for a wall hanging quilt?
I like to piece wall hanging quilts 18 to 30 inches wide. Measure your wall where you want the quilt to hang, then subtract a few inches so the quilt fits nicely.