Bonnie and Camille Patchwork Trees Quilt

Holiday Quilts are so much fun! A few years back I joined the Holiday Patchwork Trees Quilt Along. This is a free pattern by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. The trees are an easy introduction to improv piecing. You have a basic guideline that you are working within for the size & shape of the trees but there’s enough freedom to not be terribly concerned about a cut that goes a stray. It was so much fun! The trees are intentionally wonky and all different shapes & sizes. My quilt turned out nicely and it gets a lot of cuddle action on my couch.

I used a kit from Stitch Supply Co and added a few extras.

Then one day last year I saw a gorgeous Bonnie and Camille version with white sashing between the blocks and I fell in love. This Spring I sat down with my basket of Bonnie and Camille fabrics sorted the low volumes, greens and reds and even ordered a few extra fat quarters to mix in.

The un-quilted top. So much different from my first one!

It was the first time I re-made a quilt pattern. I did change it up quite a bit. Instead of wonky trees I decided to make myself a template and cut all the trees the same shape and size. I used a narrow sashing and gave the quilt a generous border in this great ornament fabric.

Controlled scrappy, same designer and limited color palette, really shine here.

When it came time to quilt it I wanted to try wool batting. It looks so puffy and really shows off the Christmas lights edge to edge design that I chose. This is going to be even more snuggly than my first version! I used a flannel stripe for the binding, it’s so soft, I just love it!

This closeup shows off that wool texture and cute Christmas Light quilting.

This was my first time choosing wool batting. It adds loft without being heavy, breathes and wicks moisture away and gives the quilt a wonderful softness. It can be machine washed but this blend needs to avoid heat, so an air only cycle in the dryer, wool naturally dries quickly. I really am happy with how this one turned out.

Directional fabric can be a bit fiddley, especially when determining yardage for a border.

Have you ever re-made a pattern in a different way? Do you have a Holiday quilt that would benefit from this cute Christmas Lights quilting design? I’d be happy to help you get your tops finished!

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