Christmas Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirt 2014

Christmas Tree Skirt 2014
Quilt #141 on the 200 Quilts List
(Well, it feels like I made a quilt!)

Comparing oldnew Christmas Tree Skirt

Here I laid out the old Christmas Tree Skirt on top of the new one;  it was made in the early 1970s out of pre-quilted fabric with a tricot backing, and homemade bias tape.  It has served me well, Obi Wan Kanobe, but now it was time for a new skirt.

Christmas Tree Skirt wo Binding

I pieced a little more onto one length of KONA snow in order for the skirt to measure 52″ in diameter, then used Steam a Seam II to cut out shapes.  I was inspired by Betty’s skirt that she made last year, as well as others.  The original inspiration was a tree skirt from Fat Quarterly 2013, but since I didn’t have a pattern and it was all proportional squares, triangles and rectangles, I just started cutting. Here I’ve laid an embroidery hoop so I could judge how the center circle would look.  It took me about two days to get all the houses and trees arranged, partly because I wanted to use my stash and it that necessitated some color and value balancing.  I have a piece of fabric from my first quilt in here, as well as some scraps from dirndls made from German fabric (which I love).  I even have scraps of fabric from cotton I’d purchased in Rome, Italy some 14 years ago, as well as some Japanese fabrics, also purchased on a trip.  Build your stash, everyone.  It’s a fun place to visit.

Deciding on Binding

Binding was interesting.  I thought I’d use a large red/white dot, but when I cut it on the bias, I got this effect.  Nyet!  So I went with a narrower stripe than the one shown, cutting it on the bias so it would go around the curves.  I pieced it, then folded it in half.  A trick I learned in Clothing and Textiles was to press the curve into the bias tape.  It went on like a charm.

Christmas Tree Skirt 2014_detail1

In working on this, I zipped through two books and am in the middle of one more.  The two I couldn’t wait to listen to were both Inspector Gamache mysteries, set in Canada:

Still Life novel

Fatal Grace novel

The Snow Child novelAnd I’m halfway through this one.  Fitting, isn’t it?  I need another project!

Christmas Tree 2014 w new skirtWe finally finished decorating the tree, and I’m enjoying the new tree skirt!

 Bobbin Statistic: 5 (in other words, how many bobbins it took to get this thing quilted)

17 thoughts on “Christmas Tree Skirt

  1. I’m so out of touch with Christmas decorating. Haven’t done it at all for six years now. Our children don’t come home (they have little ones too small for traveling a long distance), so there’s no need to decorate. In one way, I’m glad about not needing to go to all the work to pull out stuff and put on a show, but on the other hand, I miss seeing those long-saved ornaments, and, particularly, getting together with family. I’m trying very hard not to feel sorry for myself to be spending a completely alone Christmas with only my hubby. It will be so quiet… especially knowing that five grandchildren are having happy times without us. I’ve been listening to LOTS of audiobooks while I sew. I’ve recently finished the “Selection” series, three books by Kiera Cass, that I can only rave about. I’ve also latched into “Serial” podcasts which are totally fascinating, especially as I’ve learned they’re based on a true court case! I heartily recommend Seria! Blessings, Elizabeth

    • I haven’t decorated for years, because always end up travelling to family for the holidays. This year, I’m finally putting up the tree. Don’t worry, it won’t be long before your grand kids will be joining you for Xmas and you will have all the fun and mess again 🙂

  2. Your Christmas Tree skirt is beautiful! I love how it looks under the tree! You were right to stick with the stripey binding too! This will bring you joy for many years, I sure! And it is worthy of being called Quilt #141!! (Have you really made another 140 quilts? And do you have photos of them all?)

  3. Stellar job, Elizabeth! Since the 2 I’ve made were actually a commission and a gift, maybe it’s time for me to, finally, make one for myself! Love, love all your choices and it looks so good under the tree.

  4. What makes it not a quilt? Nothing that I can see. And it is a fun one. I love houses and villages and shops and trees and stars and stuff, especially at this time of year. And if you’re shy on new projects to work on, I’d be happy to send you one or twelve. Have a festive Christmas and blessings to you and yours.

  5. That looks amazing! It almost makes me want to put up a tree, just to have an excuse to make a skirt (not that mine would turn out like yours did!) And I love the Gamache books–I wait on the edge of my seat for each new book to come out.

  6. This is one of my favorite Occasional Piece creations–but then, I say that about all your creations! I read The Snow Child. Can’t wait to talk to you about it!

  7. Holy wow! This is the only time I’ve ever been inspired to make a tree skirt! I love the Louise Penny series too. Really enjoyed reading about the process.

  8. Love it! We are in need of a new tree skirt and with my husband’s collection of Dept. 56 houses, this is PERFECT!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. I’m with everyone else in that you should make a written pattern or tutorial for the rest of us. I LOVE THIS! It looks perfect!

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