Wednesday, January 15, 2020

20 Years of KTQ BOM - Block #1

Are you piecing along with my 20 Years of KTQ block-of-the-month? For those of you who signed up with KTQ, shipments are arriving in quilters' mailboxes all across the country. Included in Shipment #1 are instructions and fabric for blocks #1-4 (months #1 & 2), plus a large spool of Aurifil 50wt. thread for piecing - and a surprise or two.

Follow along on the 15th and 30th of each month as I offer tips and answer questions on my Facebook page. Today, we're beginning with an easy tree block using assorted sizes of flying geese.

Block #1 - Pine Trees

Step #1 - Cut the (3) green fabrics for trees and the tan backgrounds, as given in the instructions.
NOTE: (Some patterns were shipped before we caught a couple small errors.)
The J-tan piece is 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"  2" x 5 1/2".

Step #2 -Follow piecing instructions. TIP - Press the Connecting Corner (CC) squares toward the corner from the center of the rectangle for less stretching.

Step #3 - I like to lay out all of my pieces for the block in order to make sure they are cut correctly and I haven't forgotten any pieces.  I use sizing at each step of the piecing process to stabilize the fabric and avoid stretching.

Step #4 - Sew flying geese and trunk parts together to create trees.

Step #5 - I still need to add my K-tan piece to the top of the large tree (measures 6 1/2" x 20 1/2").
I think I'll wait to make sure the unit fits perfectly when sewing it to the adjoining block.

One of my piecers, Kathy Limpic, our KT Event Coordinator, is also stitching along. Here are her blocks in the original fabrics. Always perfect!

PS - Not everyone's 1/4" seams are the same. If your trees don't measure the exact size, not to worry. Adjustments may be made in the sashing strips when sewing the blocks together.

See you on January 30th for Block #2.


  1. I am wondering how to find the instructions to make the block. The link above does not work for me.

    1. The instructions are in the 20 Years of KTQ BOM pattern. It is not a free web pattern. Find it on our website at