Friday, December 11, 2009

Finished Tree Skirt

I can't tell you how relieved I am that this tree skirt is finished:

quilted tree skirt front

We're hosting our family holiday party next Saturday and this and the tree are the only decorating I'm planning to do. But you know how I like to wait until the last minute...I fully expected to be working on this tree skirt up until the morning of the 19th.

I used Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial but modified it just a little. My blocks are each 8.5" unfinished and I made 22 instead of 15. Next time, I'd just make 15. These log cabins took forever!

It's reversible even though I'll probably never use this side because the front took way more work which makes me feel like it should always be on display:

tree skirt back

I ended up doing all machine binding and I can say without a doubt that I like the look of hand sewing much better. It was definitely faster, though...so if I'm in a crunch, I might try it again. But if I'm not, I'm going to stick with hand sewing.

The finished size is about 40"x40" which just fits under my larger-than-I-thought-it-would-be fake white tree. We're decorating with green and red ornaments (very original, I know). It was all part of the plan, though...I wanted to use this red/green fabric for the tree skirt so red/green ornaments only made sense:

quilted tree skirt

So, how about you? Are you making any holiday decorations this year? If so, feel free to link so we can all see!