How to Sew this Scrappy Pine Tree Quilt Block called Spruce - a Free Tutorial

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Here's a tutorial for a scrappy pine tree quilt block that I'm calling Spruce. This is a large (20" x 20") block that will be great for a holiday wall hanging or pillow. With only Half Square Triangles, squares and strips the Spruce block is easy to construct! So dig into your scrap stash and let's get sewing!

spruce tree quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 20" Square Spruce Tree Quilt Block:

  • Light/Cream: 2 - 2.5" x 14.5" rectangles, 2 - 2.5" x 9.5" rectangles, 2 - 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles, 2 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, 9 - 3" squares, and 2 - 2.5" squares
  • Assorted Green Prints: 53 - 3" squares
  • Brown (not pictured): 1 - 2.5" square

spruce tree fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Half Square Triangles:

Step 1:

Pick out nine of the Assorted Green Print 3" squares and all the Light/Cream 3" squares and sew together 18 Half Square Triangle units.

  • Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of the Light/Cream squares.
  • Match up a Light/Cream and an Assorted Green Print 3" square, right sides together, and sew 1/4" (or a little less) on each side of the marked line.
  • Cut along the diagonal line.  You will have 2 half-square triangle patches.
  • Open up the patch and press the seam allowance toward the Assorted Green Print fabric.
  • Trim the unit to 2.5" square.

For a detailed tutorial check out my blog post at

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Here's a picture of the completed Cream/Green Half Square Triangle units:

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Step 2:

With the remaining 44 Assorted Green Print 3" squares, make 44 Half Square Triangle units like the ones shown in the picture below. (For convenience sake, I'm only showing half of the units in this picture.)

spruce 2

Trunk Unit:

Step 3:

Sew together the Light/Cream 2.5" x 9.5" rectangles and the Brown 2.5" square as shown below.

spruce 3

Step 4:

Press the seam allowance toward the Brown fabric.

spruce 4

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Putting It All Together:

Step 5:

Lay out the unused Light/Cream rectangles and squares, plus all the Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. 

Don't drive yourself too crazy when laying out all the greens. Since you have two of every color Half Square Triangle, I would suggest splitting them into two piles - one for each half of the tree.

spruce 5

Step 6:

Sew all the units into columns as shown in the picture below.

spruce 6

Step 7:

Press the seam allowances in opposite direction from column to column as you can see in the picture below.

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Step 8:

Sew all those rows together! Almost finished.

spruce 8

Step 9:

Press the seam allowances. I pressed mine all in one direction but you can do whichever direction you like.

spruce 9

Step 10:

Lay out the Trunk unit at the bottom of the tree as shown below.

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Step 11:

Sew the units together.

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Step 12:

Press the seam allowance away from the tree unit as shown in the picture below. You're done!

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I had so much fun designing and sewing this Spruce quilt block together. While it did take a lot of time trimming all those Half Square Triangles, I think it was worth it. You could substitute 2.5" squares for the Assorted Green Print Half Square Triangles if you wanted to though.

I think you could have a lot of fun embellishing this block. You could use colorful buttons, beads, applique or costume jewelry for Christmas/holiday ornaments. Yarn or ribbon could be used as garland. Of course, you can leave it as is to use year round.

If you decorate for the holidays in a specific color scheme, you could substitute those colors for the green fabrics to make a coordinated wall hanging.

I would add a 2" cream border to set the block off and then add either a scrappy border or simply bind it with a red print.

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Happy Quilting!


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P.P.S. I have a pattern for this block now - slightly different construction - check it out at

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