In addition to cleaning I finally decided to finish a project that I'd been planning and working on for a good year and a half (or maybe it was two and a half) - a Christmas Tree Skirt. I got it done with just enough time to wash it on gentle (to get the markings out) and dried before everyone got here on Christmas Eve.
|The FINISHED Tree Skirt|
|Love this pattern!|
I used a great pattern from Chickadee Hollow Designs. It's a Log Cabin sewn around a hexagon. It was quite easy to piece. I've made several of these table-toppers, but decided to modify it by slitting it up one side and cutting a hole in the middle to accommodate the tree trunk.
|This book has nice continuous line quilting motifs.|
I used the holly, doves and tree motifs from "501 Quilting Designs" from Quiltmaker magazine. I traced them using Don Lin's tulle pattern technique that I learned in April. It worked great!
I used gold metallic thread for all of the quilting and ended up
The doves weren't continuous line, but I like doves to start with, and I thought they'd be perfect for this project.
And I just had to make trees on a tree skirt! These were very forgiving. You do know that not all trees are exactly the same, don't you?
I made my own pattern for the large trees in the center - a tree that matches the ones in the border, with a diamond "star" added in the middle.
|stars and loops|
To finish off the quilting, I did stars and loops in the portions between the trees. I had to piece the backing, and that metallic thread kept breaking every time I went over the seam. So, I marked where the seam was on the top and avoided it. I finally got all the stars done and turned it over only to find that the tension had messed up when I changed a bobbin. I had to take all of one section of stars out! ARGH!
But I persevered and the back looks good too! I even added Velcro to the slit so it would stay closed. Unfortunately, I discovered that the lower branches of the tree sit right on top of the tree stand so it doesn't quite fit the way I wanted it to, but it still looks good!
Here's another view or two...
I used 80/20 cotton/polyester batting. Other than the metallic thread breaking, the batting worked great. I washed the tree skirt in cold water, but then I dried it in the dryer on regular. I was running out of time! It shrunk a bit, but not so much that it bothers me.
I got the tree skirt all done (in time for Christmas!) and then put presents on top of it, and it's on the floor... and it's really hard to show off down there! Oh well, I know it's beautiful! But I sure wouldn't mind you "ooh"ing and "ahh"ing over it! ;-)
Merry Christmas and Happy Quilting!