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The Shaded Pine Tree

This is the first block in the Woodsy Collection.  The top of this tree is made of Squares and Half Square Triangles.

The block pictured is done in shades of green, but it would be striking in Flaming Autumn Colors also.

You can see the divisions of the units in the picture.  The squares are made to finish at 2-inches.  That means you will cut the squares at 2 1/2 inches (to allow for the seam allowances), and when you make the Half Square Triangles you will use two squares right sides together cut at 2 7/8 inches.

You can make this square more realistic by having one half of the tree in lighter shades of your chosen color, as if sunlight were shining on it.

It is a lot of fun to arrange the different squares until you find a pattern you like.  Sew the top of the tree together before you do the bottom.  At this point, it should measure  8 1/2 - inches wide, and 6 1/2  - inches tall.

Piece together the bottom of the tree by cutting a piece for the trunk, and then pieces for the sides.  I wanted my trunk to finish at 2-inches, so I cut my piece for the trunk  2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Cut the last two pieces 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches each.

(3 1/2 plus 3 1/2 plus 2 1/2 is equal to 9 1/2 inches.  Subtract 1 1/2 inches for the seams and border allowance.  That equals 7 inches.  Divide this by 2, and you get 3 1/2 inches)

Piece these together, and then do the horizontal seam. There are no seams to match on this last piece, but be sure to sew the piece with the seams on top so you don't accidentally turn any of them when you are sewing.

 

Finished Size of Block - 8 Inches

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