Red-n-White Christmas Tree Tutorial & Give-Away

*Tutorial removed for publishing*

24″ x 28″

I want to thank SewCalGal for hosting this fabulous Blog Hop.


Would you like to win a pre-cut kit for this Red and White Christmas Tree Wall Hanging?
I will be giving one away along with a cute Accuquilt GO! Snowflake die:

You have four chances to win…
To enter my give-away:

1. Leave me a comment about your favorite applique technique
2. Leave me a comment about what you think is the best Accuquilt GO! die and why
3. Follow my blog and comment about it
4. Subscribe to my posts and comment about it

You have till Dec. 24th – I will randomly choose a winner and announce it here on the 25th.


Don’t forget to visit SewCalGal for a chance to win an Accuquilt Baby Go!


…and visit these blogs for more tutorials, tips, giveaways…


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Stay tuned for an all sewing-machine binding tutorial,
yes, no hand work!


355 thoughts on “Red-n-White Christmas Tree Tutorial & Give-Away

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    Martina says:

    What a beautiful tree!Love it! Thanks so much! This Go!s really make things fast! I probably love the hexagon die the most as I am big fan of flowergarden quilts.The hexagn cutting will jut be so much easier!

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    Sunnybec says:

    I am only just learning to applique so it's all a bit new. I prefer doing blanket stitch as I find needle turn really hard to master. My favourite die is the hexie, I use it to make hexies from my scrap. Linda

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    Lesley says:

    The tree is so beautiful and the tutorial is excellent! My favorite applique method is to use fusible web and then do a blanket stitch with my sewing machine,suggab

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    StitchinByTheLake says:

    This tree is the cutest thing I've seen using the Accuquilt dies – I love it! I've used almost every applique technique but my favorite is needle turn if I'm doing it by hand, the blanket stitch if it's wool, and machine applique for the quick, easy projects. Sorry – couldn't choose just one! blessings, marlene

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    Amy says:

    OMG, that is GORGEOUS! Red/white are my favorites, anytime of year!! That's the cutest thing I've seen using the AccuQuilt dies or anything else! My favorite applique techinque (right now) would be the blanket stitch. I'm getting ready to learn needleturn applique though (I hope!)

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    Amy says:

    I love lots of the dies, but my favorite right now would be the circle die. I keep finding more & more uses for it make little things things for Christmas (pincushions, ornament finishing, coasters, etc). But I also love ALL the dies for applique – it's too hard to choose just one.

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    Mommarock says:

    I like to use starch and templates to make my applique pieces, and then stitch them down to the main piece. I am working now on circles, but I have another quilt's templates cut, just havn't got the quilt cut and ready..yet. I don't count that in my WIPs yet.

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    Jeanne says:

    I really like the raw edge applique but I am such a traditionalist, it stands to reason. I have taught myself two methods of needle turn applique and it is okay and very nice but for most of my quilts the raw edge works great.

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    Agnes B Bullock says:

    WOW! What a beautiful tree and tutorial! self taught and new to quilting this year, so this just blows me away! Found your blog only yesterday and signed up as a "follower"!

    My favorite applique technique is the one that I currently use- fusible Pellon! (Have not attempted any other technique, so I hope that doesn't count against me! 😉 )

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    free indeed says:

    The best die would be anything with curves…those would be so time consuming to do any other way, templates or cutting by hand. I like my perfect circles, my curvatious drunkards path etc… 🙂

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    VickiT says:

    Wow. What a beautiful tree and wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much.
    I must honestly say that I can't answer your first question very well. I'm still new enough at coming back to sewing and in learning to quilt that I have done any applique other than with my machine embroidery designs. I'm very much looking forward to overcoming my fear of applique (and paper piecing too) in 2012.
    Anyway, because of the lack of knowledge about applique and the different techniques involved, I can't give you an answer about which might be my favorite technique.

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    VickiT says:

    The Accuquilt Go Die that I feel is the best is all of them 🙂 Seriously though, I think that those which are cutting fabrics on the bias are best done using the Accuquilt Go because it lessons the chance of me stretching the bias on that piece. One that I really like because it can be hard/time consuming to cut, although I don't own it would be the hexagon die.

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    VickiT says:

    I'm a new follower to your blog. I can't wait to look around more because if this tree tutorial is any example of your other tutorials then I will be back often.

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    VickiT says:

    I've also just subscribed to your post via Google Reader.

    I would love to see an option to subscribe via email as well but don't see that. If I've missed that I'd love to know. Thank you

    I hope you and your famliy have a wonderful holiday season.

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    Purl Buttons says:

    My favorite applique technique is the one where the pieces are faced and turned. Sometimes I use tulle, sometimes the same fabric when I want to "puff it up some" and make more of a fabric relief ensemble, and sometimes I use fusible interfacing like Eleanor Burns showed me (and thousands of others)

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    Jenn says:

    My favorite dies at the moment are really all the Sarah Vedeler dies. There's just so much you can do with them, and they save SOOOOOOO much time cutting!

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    paulette says:

    Wow!! This is an incredible give away!!Thanks for the chance to win!! My favourite die is the small tumbler…fast, easy and accurate and adorable!
    Merry Christmas!
    Paulette

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    Teri says:

    OMGosh that tree is beautiful….my husband really liked it also….my favorite appliqué is the spray starch method….I love the fact that it is ready to take and I use Roxanns glue so no pins when appliquéing…

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    Teri says:

    I don't have a accuQuilt go…but I hope to get one soon it is on my xmas list..I think I would like the 5 inch block because I do a lot of Lil twister….

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    Sally says:

    I use to avoid applique at all costs. My Mother made the most beautiful applique quilts. All hand turned and done by hand with no thread showing. Just like it was part of the fabric. I use software to do my applique. My doing anything by hand days are gone. My last machine was an embroidery machine for that reason.
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com

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    teachpany says:

    GREAT TREE!!! Love it. My favorite applique method is the one you showed, and also the one that Eleanor Burns uses, where you sew the iron on interfacing to the back and turn it, then press, so the edges are finished. I haven't tried needle-turned although a friend recommends it. Thanks.

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    teachpany says:

    There are many great GO! dies. I love the strip cutters because they are so much faster than rotary cutting, but also the Drunkards Path, Double Wedding Ring, Tumbler and Blazing Star are great.

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    Robin (RsIslandCrafts) says:

    I change my mind about which die is the best every time I think about it. I think the alphabet dies are wonderful to personalize items. I also like the dies with the multiple squares for the ease of cutting more squares at once.

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    Vicki says:

    Sometimes I think the best Go dies are the ones you want but don't have-lol. Honestly keep changing my mind on that one but am thinking ones with curved edges that get used a lot such as tumbler or rob peter… or sunbonnet sue – see I can't do this – need them all.

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    Granny Kay says:

    Thank you for the precise instructions of the Christmas tree and what a cute design! I am in love with the 2 1/2" strip dye as I use it for making bindings. I recently purchased the AccuQuilter Go, so haven't too many pieces yet. Just subscribed to your blog. Finding your past postings interesting.

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    Tonya says:

    That tree is absolutely gorgeous! You have so much cute quilts & ideas! I'm a follower now, although the follow gadget would work for me, so I'm following thru google reader.

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    Tonya says:

    I finally got the follow gadget to work for me! Woo! I've not attempted much of the applique as of yet, so I don't have a favorite applique technique yet. One of these days I'll give it a go!

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    Nanbon44 says:

    I love my feathers die, I made a similar tree for SCG Christmas contest and it didn;t take long at all. I do like the new feathers but I really want the bird dies, and the ribbon dies.

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    Deb says:

    I think the best die depends on what you want – Rose of Sharon for simple versatile flowers, 3" HST for matching with lots of other dies, double wedding ring because it's so much easier than cutting.

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    Laurie says:

    Santa brought me a full size GO for Christmas so I don't have many dies yet. I've had a blast playing with the circles so far…and can't wait to try more! Would LOVE the snow flake! I can see my entire Christmas list done by June if I had that one snowflake!!!! 🙂 thanks for a chance to win – laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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    Anonymous says:

    I'm an art quilter so my favorite applique technique is fuse & sew!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(athotmail…

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    Anonymous says:

    My favorite GO! dies used to be the shapes like the Bird and the Rick Rack, but now, the Heather Feather dies have risen to the top just like good cream!

    As for the quilt project you posted today, phenomenal!!

    Thanks, again, for the great giveaway!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(athotmail…

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    KatheG says:

    This has to be the most beautiful red and white anything I have ever seen – one of my favorite combos at Christmas. Right now my applique technique is fusing and then small applique stitch by machine. Thanks. KatheGTN at aol dot com

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    Lenor says:

    Love your tree! Thanks for the tutorial.

    My favorite AccuCut die is the 2 1/2" strip. I use it a lot.

    Favorite applique method is raw edge. I use the blanket stitch on my machine a lot. I used to do needle turn, too, but haven't for a long time.

    I'm a follower now. Thank-you!

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    LauraLee says:

    The best Go die is the snowflake right now because it's winter and I would love to be using it! But after seeing what you dreamed up with the Heather Feather dies I would say it's a tie!

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    Janet says:

    I like needle turn applique. I've done some fusible applique but find I usually make a mess. Practice needed I guess. And I do have a Go Baby so I guess it's time to practice. Thanks for a chance to win. Love your tree!

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    LauraLee says:

    I am now following your posts via blogger.

    email (different than one on blogger email) lauraleelien at yahoo – but both work ;0)

    Thanks for an awesome chance to win a really cool prize!

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    Mom C says:

    I like the blanket stitch or the satin stitch on raw edges if I am using my machine to applique. But hand I lit to turn in the edges and blindstitch. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    WoolenSails says:

    I usually do needle turn, I love being able to cut out my shapes and then sit and relax while I watch tv and saw. I do want to do more machine quilting this year, time to learn how to use my machine. Love this piece and would love to make one.

    Debbie

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    WoolenSails says:

    My favorite die so far is the hexagons, I use them all the time, love having them to hand sew when I relax and watch tv. It makes it so much easier to cut them out and such a time saver. This year I made a few runners and still working on a large christmas quilt, so that will be for next year.

    Debbie

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    Dirt Road Quilter says:

    Oh my! What an absolutely beautiful project! I know what's on my Christmas list! I am only just learning to applique, but right now I love the using the blanket stitch. I'm eager to learn more though!

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    Dirt Road Quilter says:

    Right now my favorite die is the hexagon die. I love always having some handwork in the evening and this has helped the cutting for hexagons immensely. Hoping to add the snowflake and that Heather Feather dies next! Cannot stop swooning over your tree!

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    Kylie says:

    I love raw edge applique on the machine since it goes so fast, but I've recently tried needle-turn applique and I love having a bit of hand work to do while traveling/waiting/watching TV. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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    Kylie says:

    I think the Hexagon die is great- you get three sizes of hexies in one die. There's so much hand work involved in a hexie quilt so it's nice to not have to cut them out with scissors- I'd rather spend the time sewing them together. (btw- Accuquilt has the paper templates for English Paper Piecing for download on their site)

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    Connie says:

    My favorite applique technique is doing a free motion applique around the pieces, thanks for sharing such a beautiful Christmas tree and I thought it was so cute that you got the idea in the shower!

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    Carol says:

    I love your tree! Red/white are my favs. I like the hexagon die, I've used it quite a bit. I like the hexagons a lot, they are perfect for working on while watching TV or for taking a sewing project on a trip when hand sewing is the perfect portable thing. My favorite appliqué technique is using heat and bond and blanket stitching on the sewing machine. Next favorite is hand seeing needle turn method.

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    Marcia W. says:

    I want to learn applique in 2012 so don't have a favorite technique yet, though needleturn impresses me as being the most traditional technique and perhaps purist. Though like fused applique too because the blocks can be more complex and more abstract – and as I have large hands perhaps easier to use small pieces. Thanks for the chance.

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    Carrie P. says:

    OOOO! I love that quilt top. What a great design.
    My favorite applique technique is hand applique using freezer paper or template plastic.
    thanks for a chance to win your giveaway.

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    Laurel says:

    When I first saw your red and white tree I was speechless (and that takes a lot for me!)!! It is truly stunningly beautiful! I would so love to win your give-away.
    My favorite applique technique is fusible raw edge. I love to vary the stitch I use to tack down the fabric…it makes it more interesting.
    I love Sarah Vedeler's designs, both embroidery and Accuquilt GO! dies.
    PS–When I was teaching I used to come up with some of my best lesson plans in the shower! 😉

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    Living in La La Land says:

    I love the Christmas tree! It's so elegant, beautiful and unique!
    I don't know if it's a technique for applique, but I love the puff quilt style of quilt right now!
    chacoyaguayo(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Thank you for the opportunity;)

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    teresamnj says:

    I'm now following your blog. I like the fact that you have tutorials, and that you post what is up on your design wall every week. I find that to be very motivating. Thanks!

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    selleck says:

    Sounds odd but my favorite technique is just patience. I made 24 appliqued pillows for Christmas. The first one took 6 hours and the last ones only took 45 minutes. I just needed to be comfortable with what I was doing and relax.

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    paigeg says:

    Hello Cherry,

    I am a new follower. Let me tell you I think your tree is Fantastic! I love red and white together. I really love how you thought out side of the box with the dies you had. Very unique :o)

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    Kathyl says:

    I love love love this little quilt! I don't usually make an exact copy of someone's previous project, but feel a NEED to make this red and white one. I'd love to buy a kit or yardage! I'll keep watching for info. This is gorgeous!!

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    Kathyl says:

    Ooops I need to make specific comments. I was too excited about the pattern! My current favorite die is the smaller tumbler one. It's nice for a simple border and also to make a scrappy quilt top.

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    Gmama Jane says:

    I do not have a Go! as of yet but one day soon. I think I would use the 2 1/2 in. strip die the most. As for applique I like fused applique the best with machine zig zag stitch to adhere.
    Looks like you're new to blogging but certainly not new to quilting. My favorite blog is Sew We Quilt/Sew I Quilt with Madame Samm. Samm is the Best!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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    arlette says:

    Any applique die is good because it makes the cutting so much easier and accurate, I speciallyy like the ones which you can separate them or use in a different way

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    Jodi says:

    What a Beautiful tree! What a neat way to use those shape dies. My favorite form of applique is needle turn. I really enjoy the handwork.

    Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Jodi says:

    I know several designs can be made using one die. This is my favorite design I've seen so far using the die cuts. My vote goes for the Heather Feathers 1 & 2.

    Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    SoozeM says:

    I absolutely adore your wall hanging, I definitely need to get myself those dies! I love fusible applique with a tiny little machine blanket stitch in matching thread.

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    Anonymous says:

    My favorite applique technique is machine blanket stitch with invisfil thread.

    I love the Rose of Sharon dies, makes beautiful baltimore album quilts

    Bev Nichols

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