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Here’s the second Christmas tree skirt I made.  It was another custom order and has a totally different feel than the first.  Although the pattern is mostly the same (a few slight modifications to the widths of strips used) the group of fabrics used is much more traditional and simple than the first.  I really love this tree skirt.  I used a group of fabrics I bought last Christmas season, comprised of the same reds, greens, white and black in 13 different designs.  Gorgeous, if I do say so myself!  

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Christmas Projects

In between projects I’ve made a couple of Christmas things and I thought I’d post some pics. The bib has already found a good home and the pillow cases are for the kiddos and yes, I totally added ric rac to them.  Couldn’t resist.  Hope everyone is having a great time preparing for the holiday!

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It’s almost Christmastime!!!  Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.  Obviously, I’m thrilled that Christmas, and all the awesomeness it brings with it, is right around the corner.  I’ve gotten into the Christmas spirit even earlier this year while working on a custom order tree skirt.  I need no further excuse to crank up the Christmas music and start making cookies.

This tree skirt is an original design inspired by this quilt by Ashley at Film In the Fridge.  The fabrics used are from Michael Miller’s holiday fabric.  I also incorporated some mixers from the local fabric store.  It’s about 56″ in diameter.  There are 4 “layers” to each block.  This block style is a take off on a log cabin block, called a “square in square”.

Here are some pictures of the tree skirt while it was being made.  The first is of the quilt top once it was finished.After I attached the back and batting (pin basting method) and quilted it (free motion) I found the middle, and formed the quilt into a perfect circle.  My engineer husband helped me do this.  It involved a string, pencil and it took 2 people.  I then used a 5″ round tupperware container  to trace a circle in the middle to cut out, and chose where to cut the straight line up to the circle. After I got everything cut I bound the whole thing with bias binding that I made with the same fabric I used for the back.  I added the ties, 3 total, and then I was finished!

I’m in the process of making a second tree skirt with completely different fabrics.  I’ll write about that one as soon as I’m finished with it!

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