Friday, November 3, 2017

A Tree Skirt Finish

A few Christmas's ago, I noticed one of my sisters wrapping a blanket around the base of her tree and decided she needed a quilty tree skirt.  My plan was to have one made by the following year, but - well, that just didn't happen!



I decided to go with just a simple patchwork and keep it in a square shape.  I used 4" pieces so the skirt measures 48" square.  I sewed and quilted a BIG square patchwork piece.  After it was trimmed, I cut into the center and used an 8" bowl to create the circle.  I didn't want to mess with cutting a bunch of biased binding, so I cut just enough for the center AND used straight grain binding for the rest.



I used a low loft poly batting and just quilted some easy echo quilting.  This created the look of little pillows for the gifts to rest on. My sis loves traditional and this piece really has a vintage vibe to it.  I think she is going to really like it.



I used up a bunch of fat quarters on the back.  I would have preferred one big piece but I didn't want to go buy any fabric.  Besides, who notices the back of a tree skirt!

My sister has a birthday in November so I plan on sending this off to her soon.  It is nice to finish something that has been on my list for a while!




I did use my AccuQuilt fabric cutter to cut all of these squares.  I see they have some great deals on both Cutters and Dies through the weekend.  It sure makes cutting so much faster!






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19 comments:

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

What a fun tree skirt!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I like it square. Great finish.

Vicki in MN said...

I couldn't agree more about how satisfying checking something off our list that has been a long time coming!!! She will be so happy to see it arrive at her house.

Nicole said...

If it's not round, it's not a skirt. We call square ones "tree pants"! Looks great though.

Cathy said...

Nice! I used to wrap a sheet around my tree but finally made myself a tree skirt a few years ago. And then my daughter and daughter-in-law wanted one that they still don't have. I need to follow your example!

Wonderful finish! Great gift! And you used stash! Congrats all around.

Ann said...

Everyone should have a tree skirt. How kind of you to gift one. I use the same binding trick when going around a bit of curve and a lot of straight. Fun that we think alike. It's holding up very well. The straight stabilizes better but the bias flattens the curve.

Karen's Korner said...

What a lovely gift to give and receive.

Jasmine said...

This is a lovely tree skirt. I'm sure she'll love it.

Pamela Arbour said...

She's going to love it and it is reversible. Almost two gifts in one!

Louise said...

Very festive and fun! Did you quilt the whole thing first, then cut the circular opening? I like that you kept it square.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I think that looks great! Thanks for explaining how you put it together, too. I may have to shamelessly copy your idea because I need a new tree skirt, too, and I have tons of Christmas scraps!

Mystic Quilter said...

I have seen circular tree skirts but I love your square one much more! Thanks for posting detailed instructions, I'm definitely going to make one for our tree.

Linda Swanekamp said...

What a great idea- a square! It should look great against a green tree. I have bought the basic sizes and geometric shapes so far- what is your favorite go to die?

Bonnie said...

Lovely tree skirt. I'm sure she'll be thrilled. And YEA! for getting a long planned project finished.

Barb Neiwert said...

She will love it! And it's brown :)

sewyouquilt2 said...

love it thanks for sharing.......I may need to get busy!

Bernie Kringel said...

This is so cute and looks super easy. Thanks for the details. I had pulled out a random bag of holiday scraps this weekend and I may try this. Really cute!

Kate said...

A very fun gift. I like the vintage vibe.

Sandy said...

So cute! Isn't it fun to notice need and then do something about it? Way to go!

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