Saturday, January 18, 2014

Block 20- Tree

I do love this simple tree pattern. In reading Nancy's column, she suggested using a polka dot fabric and embroidering multi-colored lazy daisy stitches as flowers around the dots. I did not have a piece of green that only had dots so I used one with dots and leaves. It seemed too busy to do multicolored flowers so I just did red french knots. This is the apple tree that my apple in block one came from!

Mildred's block

My block

Block 20- The tree

Flowers that bloom in the spring may appear on trees as well as in gardens. This was Nancy’s thought in designing the tree block for the letter “T” of the alphabet quilt.
In making the tree she planned on using up strands of the various fast colored embroidery cottons she had chosen for stitchery in the earlier blocks. As she explained the pattern to the club members she thought a polka dot material could be used for the tree.
Then the small flowers could be centered around the dots, using the lazy daisy stitch to make the petals. As many or as few flowers could be worked as were desired, and as many or as few colors could be used.
Nancy granted that her finished tree with the pink, blue, lavender and yellow blossoms was closer to a decorated Christmas tree than any actual tree she ever had seen. But what did she care, since every one exclaimed in pleasure over the effect.
The members cut out the paper square and then cut a 6 ½ inch square of white Peter Pan gingham. Holding the gingham over the paper pattern and pressing it close to the window pane they were able to trace the design with a sharp pointed lead pencil.
Nancy suggested that they omit the tracery of the flowers, since could put the blossoms in wherever they chose and could if they wanted to do so, use the paper pattern as a guide. 
That meant that they traced the letter “T:, the tree, its trunk and it’s base.
After tracing the pattern they pasted the paper square onto a piece of light weight cardboard or tag board and dried it under pressure.
The letter “T” was embroidered in fast color embroidery cotton. As usual the members chose the color used for the previous letters and decided upon their choices by the color of the connecting strip of material which could be used to put the embroidered alphabet blocks together.
Nancy used green and worked the letter in a fine outline stitch. Some members used a fine chain stitch.
After the pattern was dry the pieces were cut out and laid onto the cloth chosen for the tree, trunk and base.
Nancy used a white material with green polka dots for the tree, a brown for the trunk and a soft rose for the base.
In cutting the cloth an allowance of one-quarter inch was made on all sides.
In cutting the trunk the material was cut on the bias and was made twice as wide as the finished piece. The raw edges were turned under until they met. All turned under edges were basted down and then pressed in place. The trunk was appliquéd first. Over it was laid the tree and then at the bottom was placed the base.
Appliquéing was done with fine slanting, invisible hemming stitches. The base had a line on running stitch put in as indicated. This gave the base the effect of a top and sides and made it seem less cumbersome and boxy.
The quilt was getting near the end. What would “U” stand for? A picture of the maker or a unicorn? Let’s find out next week.

Click HERE for the pattern.

Until next time-happy stitching!



  1. I get such a kick out of the coloumn from back in t the day! I'm glad Nancy granted that her tree was closer to a Christmas tree! Very charming! And the fabric you chose for your T block is perfect for a tree!

  2. Thanks Karen. The columns are quite funny sometimes!

  3. The blocks and the stories are so much fun. I will get to this quilt one day.

  4. cute. fun to read the story with it too.

  5. Thanks for visiting me from all the way over in Rochester (I'm your new Albany friend!). I look forward to following you via Google+. Blessings, Diana