Design Wall: Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt

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Despite the summer heat here in Colorado, I’ve managed to find relief in the air-conditioned bliss of my sewing studio, setting the stage for the upcoming holiday season.

This week I had the gratification of finishing a Christmas tree skirt and some family stockings several months ahead of time. Before I brag too much about being so prompt you should know my claim of being early remains under debate at my house.

For too many years my husband has grumbled about the cheap, ugly, store-bought tree skirt we kept using. Each year he would say, ”You’re a quilter…why don’t we have a decent tree skirt?”

Okay, so I’m several years late and a few months early completing my holiday projects, depending on who is right…!

christmas-tree-skirt-kringles-kaleidoscopeThe tree skirt was made from a pattern called Kringle’s Kaleidoscope, by McKenna Ryan.

The tree skirt came together quickly, it was fun to quilt with some straight lines and a ruler, and the bias-cut binding was a snap to attach, even around the center hole. Here’s how mine turned out:

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For the stockings, I created my own design and used a fat quarter bundle from the fabric line, “Postcards for Santa” by Riley Blake. For the embroidered names, the size 12 Kalligraphia font that came with my Husqvarna Viking Ruby Embroidery Machine fit perfect on the cuff.

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I added a pretty scallop trim to each cuff and a little bling with some hot-fix Swarovski crystals.

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I even made a few extra to have on hand for future additions to our family but stopped short of attaching the cuffs so I would be able to embroider the names on them.

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So now that I have a jump on my holiday projects, I think it’s time to cool off with a yummy snow cone! Ho Ho Ho!

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