A Walk in the Woods

By: Bob Coon of RacCoon Designs


Fabrics from the Walk in the Woods Collection by Seattle Bay Fabrics

Finished Size: Approximately 60" x 66"

 

Supplies Required:

Rotary Cutting equipment - Mat, cutter and rulers
Tri-Recs Tool from EZ International
Optional - Triangles on a Roll or Thangles to make 2" Finished Size Half-Square triangles

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.


Butting seams, complete the paw unit as shown.

 

 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


Using the 5_" x 14" "Tree" rectangles and the "TRI TOOL", cut three 5_" full Triangles as shown. Align the 5_" line on the tool with the bottom edge of the rectangle and cut along both edges of the tool. Rotate the tool 180° and cut the second full triangle. Rotate the tool 180° again and cut the third full triangle.


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.

 

 

 

 

 


Cutting the Background Full and Half Triangles

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.

 

 

 

 

 


Fold the 54_" border strip in half and crease the center point of one edge. Fold the side edge of the center top in half and crease the center point of the edge.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fold the 60_" border strip in half and crease the center point of one edge. Fold the top edge of the quilt top in half and crease the center point of the top edge. Matching the center points, pin in place. Now match up the ends of the border strip with the end side edges and pin the rest of the edge in place. Sew _" seam and press the seam towards the border strip. Repeat with the bottom 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.

© Bob Coon 2004