Saturday, November 12, 2016

a Pretty Patchwork tree skirt!

Ziggy Round Christmas tree skirt

Happy Crafterday!  I spent a few hours today finishing up my new Christmas tree skirt.  It came out just exactly as I had hoped, so I'm on a patchwork high at the moment!!!  Here are some details in case you'd like to make your own....

Tree Skirt in quilt-as-you-go

First, fabrics.  The best part.  I chose all my fabrics from stash in a Denyse Schmidt-inspired, faux scrappy color scheme, cutting a couple 2.5" strips from each.  Using large batting bases measuring 26" wide, I quilted-as-you-go diagonal stripes on a 45 degree angle and then cut them into wedges. Each wedge is 24" long, cut to 8" wide at the base and 1.5" wide at the tip.  See this post for more details. 

Ziggy Round Christmas tree skirt

I wasn't sure how many wedges I'd need until I got them sewn together!  Turns out 16 did the trick. Using a walking foot, I joined my wedges with a generous 1/4" seam and pressed those seams open, batting and all.

Ziggy Round Christmas tree skirt

For the backing I pieced together two large scraps of Ikea home decor fabric.  After pinning the quilted top to the huge, square backing, I cut out the backing shape to match the skirt top.  Then, I quilted in the ditch of each patchwork wedge to attach the skirt top to my backing.

Ziggy Round Christmas tree skirt

With all three layers now securely attached, I cut edges flush, rounding out any slightly cornered spots where wedge-edges meet. Since I'm working with curved edges, I needed a bias cut binding.  You'll want three packages (9 yards) of store bought double fold binding to finish the edges.  Oh, and Clover wonder clips are soooo handy here.  I only have these because I've received two packs as gifts.  I prefer pins for regular quilt binding, but for ready-made/already-folded binding, these clips are more effective and so much easier to use.  You don't need enough clips to hold binding around a whole skirt all at once.  Just use what you have, sew the binding down and then clip another long section.  Repeat!

Ziggy Round Christmas tree skirt

A few fabric ties made out of binding bits and attached with the binding finish her off.  Nothing fancy here.  This part is always hidden behind the tree anyways.

Ziggy Round Christmas tree skirt

Hip, hip, hoorah!  After a false start choosing fabrics, I am so glad I did some Pinterest research, got inspired and tried again.  This balance of colorful/saturated with large helpings of low volume really hits the spot.  I want to kiss it!  Smooch.

Or at least figure out something fun to make with my leftover bits and pieces...

Loving this color scheme?  Stash Denyse Schmidt fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop and Westwood Acres or from Polka Dot Tea in Australia or from Mad About Patchwork in Canada.

37 comments:

  1. This is such a awsome idea. I have many fabrics in my resource center. I need to try this. Thank you for sharing your inspirations.

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  2. I have been needing a new tree skirt for a couple of years but have put it off because I couldn't find a pattern that suited me. This is perfect! Thank you so much for all the details! Beautiful!

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  3. This is gorgous!! Do you know how many 2.5 inch strips you used for each panel?

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I don't know how many 2.5" strips I used. I cut 2 width-of-fabric strips from all of my fabrics. All of those were used up, and I needed to cut 6 or so more to complete the work. You could try to count the fabrics in my fabric pull to estimate how many strips total.

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    2. Thanks for your reply Rachel. I'm going to start with 25 fabrics, 2 strips of each.

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  4. Oh, it looks like a twinkle light starburst! And yes, I am loving the color scheme :)

    It's all getting closer isn't it - Christmas, Thanksgiving, BABY!!!!!

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  5. Oh, my, it IS a pretty patchwork tree skirt! Well done! XO

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  6. I love it! It's so cheery, like multicolor Christmas lights.

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  7. Very cool! I wasn't so sure about the scrappiness of when you started but I quite like it and I hope you show us how it looks under the tree! (Even though you might be very busy then!!!). Best wishes for years of enjoyment with it!

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    1. Yes, I will plan to get a picture to share =) Thanks!

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  8. Wow! It turned out beautiful. I love it!

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  9. I love this! I don't have any Denyse Schmidt prints but I do have a TON of her solids. Maybe I could use those.

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  10. That's a very happy finish indeed!

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  11. From reading the previous drawing and cutting post you referred back to: did you cut two batting rectangles and draw the diagonal lines one way on one then the opposite way on the other, sew the strips on each, cut them into wedges, then alternately sew the wedges to form the circle?

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  12. Oh lovely! A new skirt for our tree would be nice, but I'm afraid that won't happen before Christmas 2017. Well, something to look forward to then. :D

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  13. Your tree skirt is so bright and so much fun. thank you for the post.

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  14. Totally beautiful tree skirt/gown 😀

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  15. Really beautiful. Makes me want to make one too.

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  16. The angled sections and strips cut/pieced on the diagonal creates the impact for me that a designed quilt does. The fabrics chosen are beautiful!. Thank you for sharing.....as always!

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  17. Isn't this about baby time? I hope all goes perfectly and baby girl is everything you wish for.
    (The tree skirt is lovely).

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  18. Love the tree skirt. Not so Christmasy with the fabric choices but it gives a "coat of many colors" feel. Just LOVE it.

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  19. This looks great and far less busy than I expected, now I am excited if we will see it under the tree :)

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  20. Turned out great! Your tree will be very well dressed!

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  21. I keep saying I'm going to make one... but I'm doubtful it'll be this year either lol. Love your colors! The QAYG was a great way to piece it : )

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    1. Thanks, Sarah =) I hope and think the QAYG will be very durable too. I have to wash mine every year because of tree sap!

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  22. Love the tree skirt. The colors are so happy! Karen

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  23. Such perfect timing for me - I have a pile of christmas fabric and needed a immediate project to distract myself from the news, and this is perfect. I don't know if I'll manage your perfection in colors though ... You have such a good eye!

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  24. Very pretty! You can put any colored ornaments on your tree and they'll coordinate with that skirt. I haven't yet used my 9-degree ruler to make anything, but perhaps you made this with a 100-degree ruler. In any case, it's adorable.

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  25. I like it. Now this is on my list :-)

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  26. Oh, I love it. Is it totally weird that I kind of want to wear it? It's so HAPPY! I wonder if the Mr. would object to it (lying under the tree, that is -- he would certainly object to my wearing such a garment!) ...

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  27. It's so festive and happy looking! Perfect for under the tree. I like the non-traditional fabrics and the points remind me of star points.

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  28. It's super cute! I want one ��. As for the leftover bits, you could make a set of matching mug rugs to put your Christmas morning cup of coffee/ tea/ cocoa on. Enjoy.

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