By: Bob Coon of RacCoon Designs
Rotary Cutting equipment - Mat, cutter and
Fabric Requirements/Pre-Assembly Cutting:
Trees - 18 rectangles of each fabric - 6" x 14" or 1 yard of one fabric
Tree Trunks (Walk 04 - Dirt) - 1/8 yard. Cut two - 1_" strips for the strip piecing of the Tree Trunk segments.
Background (KF651 Black) - 3 yards
Cut one 61" strip. From this piece, cut two - 6_" x 60_" strips and two - 6_" x 54_" strips. Set these four strips aside for the borders.
Cut 6_" x 61" strips from the remainder of the 61" piece. Use these strips to cut the full triangles as instructed in the cutting directions below. From the remainder of the background yardage, cut one 6_" x 42" (Width of Fabric - WOF).
Cut two 6_" x 42" (Width of Fabric - WOF) strips. Use these strips to cut the half-triangles as instructed in the directions below.
Cut one 6_" x 42" (Width of Fabric - WOF) strip. Sub-cut ten - 3_" x 6_" rectangles.
Cut four 3_" x 42" (WOF) strips.
These will be used for the strip piecing of the Tree Trunk segments.
Cut one 2_" x 42" (Width of Fabric - WOF) strip. Sub-cut 14 - 2_" x 2_" squares for the Bear Paws.
For the Bear Paws - Following the instructions for Triangles on a Roll or Thangles, cut the fabric to make 56 half square triangles. If you are not using either of these construction techniques, cut the following pieces to make the Bear Paw toes.
Background - Cut two 27/8" x 42" (Width of Fabric - WOF) strip. Sub-cut 28 - 27/8" x 27/8" squares. Sub-cut each square on one diagonal to make 56 triangles for the Bear Paw toes.
Bear Paws (Walk 05 - Brown) - _ yard
Cut two 27/8" x 42" (Width of Fabric - WOF) strips. Sub-cut 28 - 27/8" x 27/8" squares. Sub-cut each square on one diagonal to make 56 triangles for the Bear Paw toes.
Binding (Walk 03 - Dirt) - _ yard
Backing - (Walk 01 - Black) - 4 yards
CONSTRUCTION OF PAW UNITS
Use your favorite method to make 56 - 2_" half-square triangle blocks. Separate the half-square triangles into two equal stacks.
Use one stack of half-square triangles and the 2_" x 2_" background squares, sew into sets as shown. Press the seams as indicated by the arrows.
Sew the other stack of half-square triangles into sets as shown. Press the seams as indicated by the arrows.
CUTTING AND ASSEMBLING THE TREES
Using the 1_" Tree Trunk strips and the 3_" background strips, make two sets of strips as shown. Press the seams towards the Tree Trunk fabric.
Sub-cut the sewn strip sets into 54 - 1_" trunk units.
Cutting the Trees
Fold the Tree Triangle in half to find the center of the bottom of the tree. Crease the center fold at the bottom edge. Fold the Trunk unit in half to find the center of the trunk and crease the center point. Align the center point creases of one tree and one trunk unit and pin. Sew _" seam. Press the seam towards the tree.
Using the full TRI TOOL, trim the excess background on both ends of the trunk unit as shown.
Full Triangles - Using the 6_" Background strips and the TRI TOOL,
cut 36 Full Triangles and instructed above.
Half Triangles - You will need both Half triangles and a Reverse Half Triangles. For ease of cutting, leave the 6_" background strip folded in half (wrong sides together). Using the RECS TOOL, cut 17 pairs of half triangles. Don't forget to nip off the little corner at the top edge of the half triangle.
SEWING THE ROWS/SETTING THE TOP
Following the diagram, sew the nine rows as shown. Press each seam towards the tree. Pay special attention to the orientation of the Paw units so that they "walk" around the woods. Press each row seam towards the top of the center top.
Matching the center points, pin in place. Now match up the ends of the border strip with the end top and bottom edges of the side and pin the rest of the edge in place. Sew _" seam and press the seam towards the border strip. Repeat with the other side edge.
Layer, baste and quilt as desired. Bind your quilt and sign and date it.
For other great patterns, contact Bob at raccoondesign@MSN.com or write to Bob Coon, P.O. Box 910, Tacoma, WA 98401-0910.