Easy Winter Tree Quilt Pattern: Free!

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Sew a tree quilt pattern that’s perfect for snuggling up all winter! This easy 64” x 72” throw quilt pattern features simple pine trees in classic shapes. It’s perfect for a beginner quilter or anyone who wants to make a beautiful winter quilt.

By the way, I have more tree quilt patterns:

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Why should I make this Tree Quilt Pattern?

New tree quilt patterns come out every year, and I love them all! This particular pattern uses just 4 different fabrics: 3 tree colors and a background fabric. You can make all your trees different shades of green or imagine a frosty forest with different shades of trees as I did.

This tree quilt pattern features three different tree quilt blocks. Both blocks finish at 12” x 12”. One block has large trees, the other two blocks have smaller trees. Add some strips of horizontal sashing and a border and then this quilt is done!

OPTIONAL: I used my Accuquilt cutter to cut some of the triangles in this quilt and the strips for the sashing and border. If you love to use your Accuquilt fabric cutter like I do, I’ll share the cutting die numbers for the dies I used. Using an Accuquilt is not necessary for this quilt, but I love it! See all my Accuquilt friendly quilts.

How to Choose the Right Tree Quilt Fabrics

Sew through your fabric stash with all my free quilt patterns.

I normally choose light colored background fabrics for my quilts, but this time I decided to go the opposite! I used a beautiful dark gray fabric for the background and brightly contrasting tree fabrics. All of the fabrics I used are are Moda Grunge Basics.

If I were going to make a Winter Tree Quilt with all green trees, I might try something like this. Wouldn’t this make a fun Christmas tree quilt?

You could also use scrap fabrics for your trees for a beautiful homemade scrappy Christmas Tree quilt.

I can’t wait to see all of the tree quilts that my readers make!

Free Winter or Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern

This free quilt pattern includes instructions for 3 different tree blocks. There is a large tree block, and there are two different versions of the small tree block. One small tree block has the tree on the right side and the other tree block has the tree on the left side.

This variation makes the quilt look like an enchanting forest!

The finished throw quilt is 64” x 72”. It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch giving away this holiday season.

You will need:

  • 1 yard of light green fabric for the large tree blocks
  • 5/8 yard of pink fabric for 6 small tree blocks
  • 5/8 yard of turquoise fabric for 7 small tree blocks
  • 3 1/2 yards of background fabric
  • a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and mat
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I suggest thread matching the background fabric)
  • ironing board and iron
  • pencil or fabric marking pen

To sew the quilt top into a finished quilt, you will also need:

  • 4 yards of backing fabric (or enough to piece together a 75” x 65” quilt back)
  • a piece of quilt batting at least 65” x 75”
  • 1/2-5/8 yard of binding fabric (7-8 binding strips)

Cutting:

From the light green fabric (for the large trees), cut:

  • 3 squares 9 1/4” x 9 1/4”
  • 3 squares 11 1/4 x 11 1/4”
  • 3 squares 13 1/4” x 13 1/4”

From the pink fabric (for 6 small trees), cut:

  • 2 squares 7 1/4” x 7 1/4”
  • 2 squares 9 1/4” x 9 1/4”
  • 2 squares 11 1/4 x 11 1/4”
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • Instead of cutting 7 1/4” squares, you may cut six 6” finished HST triangles with die 55726 (in the 12” Qube set)

From the turquoise fabric (for 7 small trees), cut:

  • 2 squares 7 1/4” x 7 1/4”
  • 2 squares 9 1/4” x 9 1/4”
  • 2 squares 11 1/4 x 11 1/4”
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • Instead of cutting 7 1/4” squares, you may cut seven 6” finished HST triangles with die 55726 (in the 12” Qube set)

From the dark gray background fabric, cut:

  • 36 squares 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”
  • 24 rectangles 4 1/2” x 1 1/2”
  • 24 rectangles 4 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • 39 squares 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”
  • 26 rectangles 3 1/2” x 1 1/2”
  • 26 rectangles 3 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • 13 strips 2 1/2” x 9 1/2”
  • 13 strips 3 1/2” x 12 1/2”
  • 9 strips 2 1/2” x 42” (for the sashing)
  • 4 strips 2 1/2” x 42” (for the side borders)
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • Instead of cutting 4 7/8” squares, you may cut 72 4” finished HST triangles with die 55204
  • Instead of cutting 3 7/8” squares, you may cut 78 3” finished HST triangles with die 55009 (in the 12” Qube set)
  • The 2 1/2” and 3 1/2”strips may be cut with strip cutting dies

Sub-cutting

1. Cut all of the 4 7/8” squares and 3 7/8” squares in half diagonally to make half square triangles.

2. Cut the light green 9 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles that are 9 1/4” wide at the bottom. You will need 12 of these quarter square triangles.

3. Cut the light green 11 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles. You will need 12 of these quarter square triangles.

Next, use an acrylic ruler to measure 4 1/2” up from the bottom of a quarter square triangle. With a rotary cutter, trim off the top of the triangle, leaving a 4 1/2” tall trapezoid. Discard the tip of the triangle.

Make 12 trapezoids that are 11 1/4” wide at the bottom and 4 1/2” tall.

4. Cut the light green 13 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles. You will need 12 of these quarter square triangles.

Next, use an acrylic ruler to measure 4 1/2” up from the bottom of a quarter square triangle. With a rotary cutter, trim off the top of the triangle, leaving a 4 1/2” tall trapezoid. Discard the tip of the triangle.

Make 12 trapezoids that are 13 1/4” wide at the bottom and 4 1/2” tall.

5. Cut the pink 7 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles that are 7 1/4” wide at the bottom. You will need 6 of these pink quarter square triangles.

6. Not shown: Cut the turquoise 7 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles that are 7 1/4” wide at the bottom. You will need 7 of these turquoise quarter square triangles.

7. Cut the pink 9 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles. You will need 6 of these quarter square triangles.

Next, use an acrylic ruler to measure 3 1/2” up from the bottom of a quarter square triangle. With a rotary cutter, trim off the top of the triangle, leaving a 3 1/2” tall trapezoid. Discard the tip of the triangle.

Make 6 pink trapezoids that are 9 1/4” wide at the bottom and 3 1/2” tall.

8. Not shown: Cut the turquoise 9 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles. You will need 7 of these quarter square triangles.

Next, use an acrylic ruler to measure 3 1/2” up from the bottom of a quarter square triangle. With a rotary cutter, trim off the top of the triangle, leaving a 3 1/2” tall trapezoid. Discard the tip of the triangle.

Make 7 turquoise trapezoids that are 9 1/4” wide at the bottom and 3 1/2” tall.

9. Cut the pink 11 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles. You will need 6 of these quarter square triangles.

Next, use an acrylic ruler to measure 3 1/2” up from the bottom of a quarter square triangle. With a rotary cutter, trim off the top of the triangle, leaving a 3 1/2” tall trapezoid. Discard the tip of the triangle.

Make 6 pink trapezoids that are 11 1/4” wide at the bottom and 3 1/2” tall.

8. Not shown: Cut the turquoise 11 1/4” squares in half diagonally twice to make quarter square triangles. You will need 7 of these quarter square triangles.

Next, use an acrylic ruler to measure 3 1/2” up from the bottom of a quarter square triangle. With a rotary cutter, trim off the top of the triangle, leaving a 3 1/2” tall trapezoid. Discard the tip of the triangle.

Make 7 turquoise trapezoids that are 11 1/4” wide at the bottom and 3 1/2” tall.

How to Sew the Large Tree Blocks

Use a 1/4’’ seam allowance and a medium stitch length such as 2-2.4.

1. Sew two of the larger (4 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a light green quarter square triangle that is 9 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 4 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Make 12.

2. Sew two of the larger (4 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a light green trapezoid that is 11 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 4 1/2” x 10 1/2”. Make 12.

3. Sew two of the larger (4 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a light green trapezoid that is 13 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 4 1/2” x 12 1/2”. Make 12.

4. Sew two 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” rectangles to the sides of a 4 1/2” x 8 1/2” piece to make a 4 1/2” x 12 1/2” piece. Press. Make 12.

5. Sew two 4 1/2” x 1 1/2” rectangles to the sides of a 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” piece to make a 4 1/2” x 12 1/2” piece. Press. Make 12.

6. Sew three different 4 1/2” x 12 1/2” pieces together to make a 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” tree block as shown above. Press. Make 12 tree blocks.

Sew the Small Trees

Note: Instructions for making the turquoise trees and tree blocks are given below, even though the diagrams only show pink tree blocks. They are assembled in the same way.

1. Sew two of the smaller (3 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a pink quarter square triangle that is 7 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”. Make 6.

2. Not shown: Sew two of the smaller (3 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a turquoise quarter square triangle that is 7 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”. Make 7.

3. Sew two of the smaller (3 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a pink trapezoid that is 9 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 3 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Make 6.

4. Not shown: Sew two of the smaller (3 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a turquoise trapezoid that is 9 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 3 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Make 7.

5. Sew two of the smaller (3 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a pink trapezoid that is 11 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 3 1/2” x 10 1/2”. Make 6.

6. Not shown: Sew two of the smaller (3 7/8”) half square triangles to the sides of a turquoise trapezoid that is 11 1/4” wide at the bottom. Press and trim to 3 1/2” x 10 1/2”. Make 7.

7. Sew two 3 1/2” x 2 1/2” rectangles to the sides of a 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” piece to make a 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” piece. Press. Make 6 pink pieces and 7 turquoise pieces.

8. Sew two 3 1/2” x 1 1/2” rectangles to the sides of a 3 1/2” x 8 1/2” piece to make a 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” piece. Press. Make 6 pink pieces and 7 turquoise pieces.

9. Sew three different 3 1/2” x 10 1/2” pieces together to make a 9 1/2” x 10 1/2” tree as shown above. Press. Make 6 pink trees and 7 turquoise trees.

Sew the Small Tree blocks

1. Sew a 2 1/2” x 9 1/2” background fabric strip to the left side of a tree piece. Press. Sew a 3 1/2” x 12 1/2” background fabric strip to the bottom of the piece. Press. This makes a 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” right sided small tree block.

Make 4 pink right sided small tree blocks.

Make 3 turquoise right sided small tree blocks.

2. Sew a 2 1/2” x 9 1/2” background fabric strip to the right side of a tree piece. Press. Sew a 3 1/2” x 12 1/2” background fabric strip to the bottom of the piece. Press. This makes a 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” left sided small tree block.

Make 2 pink left sided small tree blocks.

Make 4 turquoise left sided small tree blocks.

Assemble the Winter Tree Quilt

1. Arrange the 25 quilt blocks in an alternating pattern on a large table, a quilt design wall, or the floor. Refer to the diagram above for exact placement, or arrange the blocks in a way that you like more.

2. Sew the blocks together to make 5 rows.

3. Piece together 2 1/2” x 42” background fabric strips to make 6 sashing rows that are 2 1/2” x 60 1/2”.

Sew the quilt block rows together with sashing rows in between. Then sew sashing rows to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

4. Piece together 2 1/2” strips of the background fabric to make side borders. The expected length of the side borders is 72 1/2”. I highly recommend measuring the quilt top and cutting the side borders the correct size. See how to cut the correct size quilt borders.

Attach the side borders.

Finishing the Winter Tree Quilt Pattern

1. Cut or piece together a 75” x 65” piece of quilt backing fabric and make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top.

2. Baste together with fusible batting, pins or basting spray.

3. Quilt as desired. Straight line quilting or cross hatch quilting with your walking foot would be fast and easy.

4. Cut 7-8 binding strips and bind using your favorite method. The number of binding strips that you will need depends on the finished size of your quilt and the width of your fabric. This is my favorite quilt binding method.

xoxo,

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