Pine Tree and Temperance Tree are so similar it seems pointless to make two separate tutorials.  In fact, the main difference is the size of the trunk.  Pine Tree is fat, Temperance Tree is thin.

I was intrigued by the name “Temperance Tree”, so I did some checking to see what I could find.

treeoftemperanceThis lithograph was published by Nathaniel Currier (later of Currier & Ives) in 1849.  The trunk is Health.  The limbs are Happiness, Prosperity, Strength of Heart, Strength of Mind.  Beneath the image were the following five scriptures:

Ye shall know them by their fruits – Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matt.: VII. 16_ Ho, every one that thirsteth; come ye to the waters, Isaiah, I.V. 1. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. Ephesians V. 18… And if he be thirsty give him water to drink. Prov. XXV 21 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1. 3..

In the mid-1800s, women began to stand up and and together to defend themselves from the tyranny of men.  They recognized that strong drink caused normally placid men to become violent and abusive.  And normally abusive men could – and sometimes did – kill.  Those behind the temperance movement felt avoiding alcoholic beverage could cause a kinder, gentler environment for women and children, and might even induce some men to attend worship services on a more regular basis.  The temperance movement gained enough momentum in the US to lead to the Prohibition Act of 1920.  This ran through 1933, when it was repealed.  It’s a great idea, really, but not very practical.

2014-01-26 15.01.39I started with the trunk, and sewed 1 background triangle to either side of the trunk and press the seams.  Then sew the #14 triangle to the trunk portion.  This creates a large square that goes in the lower right portion of the block.



2014-01-26 14.55.20Next I made a four-patch by using the two #19 squares and two light/dark HSTs, aligning them so the squares are opposite each other, and the light portion of the HSTs point in to the center.  Following that, I sewed the remaining HSTs into two groups of 4 by 2.  One group must have the light triangles pointing up, the other group pointing down.  Essentially, they point toward the center of the tree.  Sew the four-patch to the top group of HSTs.  Sew the left group of HSTs to the trunk segment.  Finally, sew the top HSTs to the trunk section.  Press all the seams well, give it a good steam et viola!  C’est finis.


2014-01-26 15.08.55Pine Tree on the left, Temperance Tree on the right.  Personally, I like Temperance Tree better.  Which do you prefer?