Friday, July 30, 2021

Never Too Early featuring the Jolly Holiday Christmas Tree Skirt

The Island Batik Ambassador July challenge was to make a holiday themed project.  I chose to make a Christmas tree skirt, as I've never had one.  My poor tree has been wrapped in a red and green plaid table cloth all these years.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
I designed my Christmas tree skirt in EQ8.  I was surprised at how easy and fun it was to make this project.

I used the new Holly Holiday by Kathy Engle fabric collection.  I really love the gold fabrics in this collection.  These should be available in your local quilt shop now.  It's the perfect time to begin those holiday projects.

As I pieced the wedges for the tree skirt, I put them up on my design wall.  I thought they looked a bit like candy corn.  Inspiration for a fall project, possibly?

I don't normally mark for quilting, but I felt compelled to use some of the quilting stencils in my collection for this project.  I did feathers on each of the large sections.

I quilted this fun curlicue on the top and bottom edges.

Top edge curlicues.

For this project I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend, which is washable, but recommended to air dry.  It made my tree skirt soft and fluffy.  I used Aurifil thread in matching colors for the piecing and quilting.  And I used Schmetz needles as well.

Pretty folds.

I used Island Batik's Parchment fabric for the backing.  I really wanted to use the green binding fabric, but I simply didn't have enough for the whole skirt.

Close up of the green binding.  Isn't this color gorgeous?  It's my favorite Island Batik green ever!  I made the bias binding with my Accuquilt strip die, following a neat tutorial I found online.

I have a lot of trees in my yard, but no "Christmas" trees, so I modeled the Jolly Holiday tree skirt around the base of a pine tree.  So pretty!  I can't wait to try this on my tree this year.

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Jennifer Thomas

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  1. So pretty! The colors in this line are just gorgeous...

  2. Love this! So glad your tree will have a skirt this year! I love the green in your binding!