November 2017 Block – Tree Block

Congratulations to Irene T who went home with about 16 Migrating Geese blocks at our meeting.  Thanks, Irene

November 2017 – TREE BLOCK

The Tree Block is my interpretation of a block I saw in a Tomte quilt on the wall at Calico Creations in Mount Vernon and on Pinterest.  It took a few tries to figure out that I could do it from four Flying Geese blocks.  The RELEVANT WEBSITES show how to make the four geese without waste.  The rest of the block is my own design.

Please bring your blocks to the December Luncheon meeting and enter them in the lotto.  One ticket for each block.


You will need a Christmas print fabric with a green or red background and a white solid or white-on-white (I had some Christmas themed white-on-white) for the background of the block.

1 – 7 1/2″ square of Christmas fabric
4 – 4″ squares of background white solid or white-on-white
1 – 1 1/2″ brown tree trunk square
2 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ white background
2 – 2 1/4″ x 10 3/4″ white background
2 – 2 1/4″ x 9 3/4″ white background


To make Flying Geese:  

Use the 7 1/2″ Christmas fabric square for the geese and the 4 white smaller squares for the background.

Draw faint lines along the diagonal on the wrong sides of background squares.

Lay two of the  white squares, right sides together, on opposite corners of the coloured square. The diagonal lines will line up. Pin. Sew 1/4″ seams on each side of the line.  Press to set the seams.  Then cut along the line.  You will have two units.

Press the seams towards the geese.

Lay the remaining 2 white squares on the other corners of the coloured fabric.  Pin.  Sew seams on each side of the lines.  Press to set the seams .  Cut along the lines,  press seams toward the geese and you will have the geese.  Do not trim yet.

To assemble the tree:

Trim to straighten the long edge of the geese.  Pick the one with the best point for the top.  Then cut off the bottom of the goose at 2 3/4″ from the top.
Cut the other three geese so that they measure 2 3/4″ from the bottom of each goose.

Lay out your four geese.  Join the trimmed geese to make the tree.  Assemble the 1 1/2″ trunk square and the two 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ background strips to make the bottom.  Sew to the tree. Square your edges, size may vary slightly with each person.

Use the 2 1/4″ strips to frame the tree using the Courthouse Steps method.  Sides first, trim to fit, then top and bottom of the block.  Trim the block to measure 9 1/2″ x 13 1/2″.


Happy Quilting,
Marilyn C

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