My husband surprised me yesterday with a trip to the Christmas tree lot. It’s one of those where you can cut a tree down for yourself, but we ended up going with a precut one to save $30. It’s nice to have a truck for times like this. No tie-downs necessary!
First things first. Let’s get the camera out to take some photos for the blog. Well, my husband wasn’t having it. This is the best shot I got of the goof. Can you see him in there?
We hosed the tree down. This is a good step to get loose needles and dirt off before it comes in the house. And bugs. No bugs in the house please! After a few hours drying in the front yard (with the trunk in a bucket of water) we lobbed the bottom off and brought it in.
Here it is all pretty. It’s mostly decorated as is the mantle above our fireplace. Tree skirt’s in the wash and bubble wrap for the ornaments is all over the floor. The cats are going after that for now but I’m sure there will be sparkly ornament casualties soon.
Help wanted! If you’re making trees please send them my way by January 20th, 2016. Thanks guys.
Here’s a little tutorial for the treeline border blocks my friends and I are making for the turtles quilt. This quilt has been a collaboration from the start so it makes sense for this last bit to be made by many artists as well. If you want to help out and make one, I’d love that! As you can see from the last photograph I’ll need a lot of them to make it all the way around.
You’ll need some medium/dark greens and light blues for this 8 x 11.5″ block. This can be as scrappy or not as you’d like it to be. Use one green and one blue or a bunch of ’em.
Four 4″ green squares
Four 4″ blue squares
One to four strips of blue 1.5″ wide which add up to 40″ in total length
Time to make some half-square triangles. Mark the diagonal line on each of the blue pieces. Sew them, right sides together, to the blue pieces on either side of the marked line. So, you’re going to get two half-square triangles out of each one. I like to chain-piece these, sewing 1/4 inch to the left of the marked line and then flip ’em to sew 1/4 inch to the right of it.
Cut right down that marked line. Press ’em to the dark side and now you have 8 half-square triangles. Sew them into sets. You’re making a larger triangle shape with each one now. Press.
Decide which piece will be the top of your pine tree. Set that one aside. Cut the other three by measuring 2.75″ from the bottom. Chop the tops off at that point and discard.
Stack the pieces together and sew ’em up. Hello little tree! Border on all sides with the blue strips you cut and then trim the whole block down to 8 x 11.5 inches. This block is my own design. No need to worry about super-precise piecing on this one.