Quilting

Return to Winter’s Lane Christmas Tree Skirt

I have been wanting to make a quilted Christmas tree skirt for a while. With my growing collection of Christmas fabric, I figured this year was the year to get at least one made. I decided to use the Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt Pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company for my first tree skirt. After looking through my fabric stash, I settled on the Return to Winter’s Lane fat quarter bundle by Kate and Birdie for moda fabrics. I love that this fabric feels Christmasy without being traditional.

I cut four 5″ squares from each piece of fabric, winding up with about 96 squares. I ended up using 76 squares for my tree skirt. I had originally laid out 80 squares, thinking I would cut each of the corner squares diagonally, but I wanted the tree skirt to look more like an octagon than a square, so I removed the four corner squares from my layout. I also did not place a square in the centre, as I didn’t want to waste a square where the opening for the tree trunk would be.

With my tree skirt pieces laid out, I sewed the squares together into strips, winding up with 9 strips of squares. I then sewed the strips together, being careful to match up the seams, particularly around the centre opening.

Since I opted to remove each of the corner squares, I cut across two squares for each of the corners. This helped make my tree skirt look a little more octagon than square.

Once the squares were all sewn together, and my corners trimmed, I put the quilt top on my quilt wall to help visualize how I wanted to finish the skirt. I was just planning to bind the tree skirt without adding a border, but when I looked at the finished quilt top laid out, I decided a simple solid red border would add a nice finish.

I didn’t want too big or bold of a border, so I cut some solid red cotton fabric into 1.5″ strips. This provided a nice border around the printed fabric pieces, without standing out too much. I used the same solid red cotton for my binding.

I kept the quilting simple, following the seams of the squares and creating a double line grid pattern on the back. Once the quilting was finished, I created the opening on one side by cutting a straight line evenly down four squares from the centre opening to the outer edge.

I was debating between cutting the centre into a circle or an octagon shape. In the end, I kept the square shape and cut the corners into a curve using and apple core template. I was a little concerned the centre of the tree skirt would look weird, but I like the way the shape of the centre works with the overall shape of the tree skirt.

With the tree skirt quilted and my opening cut, I added my binding. I trimmed everything, the centre opening and the outer edge in the same red fabric as the border.

I now have a pretty, handmade quilted tree skirt to dress my Christmas tree come December. If I had a full-sized artificial Christmas tree, I would be tempted to start decorating, just to put out my tree skirt.

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