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Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial

Here it is!  The November edition of Christmas Once a Month is a Christmas Tree Wall Hanging.  Some things are worth waiting for!

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterThis is plan B and I am so happy with how it turned out!  (Plan A was a Christmas stocking, but I just wasn’t feeling it.)  This is the perfect size to use as a wall hanging, but it could go on a table, too.

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterChristmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterMany of the fabrics I used came from Maywood Studio’s collection, All Wrapped Up, as well as a good dose of my own stash thrown in.  I especially love the striped binding that I cut on the bias.

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterChristmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterI had fun with the quilting too.  Lots of swirls and circles around the tree…

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilterand holly leaves in the open spaces….

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty Quiltera little touch of sweetness in the diamonds…

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterHere’s the tutorial so you can make your own.  (If you want to print this out or save it for later, you can use the pdf and print buttons at the top of this post.)

Quilt size:  36 1/2″ x 36 1/2″

Star block size:  9 1/2″ (unfinished)

Fabric Requirements:

  • Star Background (white):  2/3 yard
  • Star Points (red):  1/3 yard
  • Star Points (blue):  1/4 yard
  • Star Centers (green print):  1/8 yard
  • Star Centers (blue print):  1/8 yard
  • Applique Background:  5/8 yard
  • Applique:  Scraps of assorted greens and red
  • Flange (green):  1/8 yard
  • Binding:  1/3 yard
  • Backing:  1 1/4 yard

Other notions:  Paper backed fusible web, Triangle in a Square ruler by Quilt in a Day

All seam allowances are 1/4″.

I’m going to start with a lesson on constructing the star blocks in the border.  I know there are many methods and rulers available to make the star points for this block.

My instructions use the Triangle in a Square ruler by Quilt in a Day.  I like that you start with an oversized unit and then you trim it down to perfection with the ruler. The unfinished size of your block will be 9 1/2″.

Cutting Instructions for star block:

Star Background:  Cut (2) 4″ strips.  Using the triangle shaped ruler, place the red placement line on the bottom edge of strip and cut 12 center triangles.

star point center cuttingALSO, cut (5) 3 1/2″ wide strips; subcut into (48) 3 1/2″ squares.

Star Points:  Cut (2) 5″ strips of red fabric and (1) 5″ strip of blue fabric.  Sub-cut into (32) 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles of red, and (16) 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles of blue.

Star Centers (green):  Cut (1) 3 1/2″ wide strip.  Subcut into (8) 3 1/2″ squares.

Star Centers (red):  Cut (1) 3 1/2″ wide strip.  Subcut into (4) 3 1/2″ squares.

Assembly Instructions:

1.  From the red and blue 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles, you need to cut them diagonally in half.  Make sure that you are cutting them in pairs with same sides together to get a mirror imaged pair.

star points cut rectangle

2.  Place the center triangles and the side-triangles on your surface.  Flip the center triangle onto the left side-triangle with right sides together.  The tip of the side-triangle will extend beyond the center triangle as illustrated below:

star point left side line positionStitch and press towards the side-triangle.

3.  Take the right side-triangle and place it right sides together on top of the previous unit so that the tip of the side-triangles lines up with the seam allowance tip as shown below:

star point right side stitiched and matchedStitch and press towards the side-triangle.

4.  Using the square-up ruler, place the red triangle lines on the seam lines, making sure that you have 1/4″ above the top of the triangle.  Trim the right side and top edge.

star point trim step 1Turn the unit and trim the remaining two sides.  The unit should measure 3 1/2″:

star point trim step 2aMake 32 red/white star points and 16 blue/white star points

5.  Arrange the 3 1/2″ white background squares, 3 1/2″ center squares and 3 1/2″ star points as shown.

star block pieces lay outSew into rows.  Press the center row seams toward the center and top/bottom row seams towards the outside.

star point rows sewnSew the rows together, matching seams.  Press towards the center.  The star should measure 9 1/2″.

Christmas star finishedMake 8 red/white stars and 4 blue/white stars.

Center Applique:

1.  Cut the applique background fabric to 19″ square.

2.  Print the pdf file with templates for the applique circles, tree trunk, and bow.  This can be found here:  Christmas Tree Applique.  Make sure to print this out at actual size (no scaling).

3.  Use your favorite method for applique.  I used machine applique (with fusible web) and a blanket stitch.  You can find my tutorial for that here.  The condensed steps are below:applique steps via the crafty quilterThere are a total of 15 circles for the tree.  Make them as scrappy as you want.  The bottom row of circles should be about 3″ from the bottom edge of background fabric.  There is 1/2″ between each circle.

applique before stitchingAfter stitching the applique pieces down, trim the square to 18 1/2″.

4.  If desired, add a flange to the center applique.  I used 1″ wide strips for mine.  You can see my previous tutorial on how to add a flange here.

applique with flange fullAssemble the quilt:

1.  Sew 4 star blocks together for the top and bottom rows, making sure there is a blue star at each end.

rows long stitched2.  Stitch two stars together for each side.

rows short stitchedMake sure to match the seam well at the star points!

star points match close up3.  Stitch the two side star borders to center applique.

wall hanging rowsStitch the top and bottom star borders on.

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterNow you get to baste, quilt and bind!  Remember to add a hanging sleeve if you want.  Mine is made with polka dots!

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterEnjoy your Christmas Tree Wall Hanging!

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterIf you make one of your own, I’d love it if you sent me a picture!  I’m going to make a Flickr group for photos using my tutorials (once I figure out how).

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterHave a wonderful day!

Julie Siggy-1

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  1. Julie, this quilt is adorable! Would love to make it with my stash. You mention a PDF but I wasn’t able to find it. Is it still available? If not, I will follow your excellent instructions in your blog. Thank you!

  2. Love the pattern and would like to make one for the Christmas holiday, fabric to die for. do you supply the fabric. difficult to get any fabric from USA TO GABORONE, BOTSWANA.


  3. Greetings Julie,
    I love your Christmas Tree wall hanging. I printed the instructions for my own personal use but I also had to print off 6 pages of comments. The printer I use does not allow me to view any of the pages so I had no idea I was wasting 6 pages. It would be great if your print option would print only the instructions to your design. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. You’re the Greatest!!

  4. What a beautiful wallhanging! I love the blocks and your gorgeous quilting!
    This is an excellent tutorial, too, with all of your diagrams and pictures! Even I can learn how to make this with your good directions! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern with us!

  5. Julie, as usual, not only are your tutorials superb but that design is adorable, simple and eye-catching. It’s darling! Fantastic job, I love how the tree has circles! did you fold that applique under? Your projects are really just perfection! : D

  6. Hi Julie, another beautiful project completed! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, your free motion quilting is just wonderful!

  7. This is adorable! I love seeing the traditional star blocks surrounding such a modern tree, with a fabulous variety of Christmas prints. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  8. as always , lovely, thank you… the quilting is beautiful, did you do it or do you have a long armer do it…. or do you have a long arm machine. ?? Lovely

  9. Julie, you never fail to amaze me with the clarity of your instructions for us beginners, yet presenting opportunities for the more experienced. I consider you my mentor. Thank-you yet again ‘smile’

  10. AMAZING! This is just stunning, and so perfect for Christmas. I would love to try making the star blocks, too, any time of the year. Your quilting details are gorgeous, too! Yay!!!

  11. Thank you Julie, I LOVE this project, so cheery and bright! I’m planning on making one and I’ll send you a photo for sure. Thanks again!!

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