Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Tree Skirt

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Christmas Tree skirt @Freemotion by the River
I finished a new tree skirt out of a Christmas fabric strip set I had. I had to wait for Builder Bob to get our little skinny tree out of the storage building and when I brought it in the house.....the cats went crazy!
Cats checking out the Christmas tree

I am entering this in the 2012 Christmas quilt show - be sure and check out all the other neat things people have made. Deadline is the 30 of November if you would like to enter.
Cats checking out the Christmas tree
I forgot all about the fact that the cats love to climb up on the tree so we usually put 2 bricks on the base to hold it, we just used a couple oak logs for now and you can see the tree skirt should have been a little bigger. Normally it would fix perfectly and this will probably go to my daughter's house.

The kitties are finally over their fascination with the tree....I took the pictures Monday planning to get a post up but there have been too many things going on while we got ready for my dad's surgery.

He will be having his surgery today, the 29th of November.....double bypass and a heart valve replacement. If everything goes well he will be in the hospital 6 to 10 days so I'll be spending a lot of time there.

Originally I planned to make a Christmas quilt and had this on my design wall for the last couple of weeks.
Christmas quilt top
 I showed it to my daughter at Thanksgiving but she didn't sound interested in a small Christmas quilt so......I cut it into a circle and made a tree skirt. There wasn't much waste.
Christmas Tree skirt cutting circle
After I cut it into a circle......kind of a rough circle.....I quilted it. Then I trimmed it to make a better circle and cut a slit and a circle out as shown below. Then I used bias binding.
Christmas Tree skirt cutting


63 comments:

Kiera, It's Sew Kiki said...

That is just so pretty Connie! Rufus likes the Christmas tree too...he likes to swat the ornaments on the lower branches...maybe he's part cat. I'll be keeping your Dad in my prayers..keep us posted!

Silvana said...

It's so pretty, Connie! My cat likes christmas tree too!
Have a wonderful day!

Michele said...

Did they cats love tasting the tree? The skirt came out great. I hope that your Dad does well and will heal quickly.

Lesley said...

Connie, your tree skirt is wonderful! Love the color, pattern, and fabrics! Way to be creative! Perfect for the show!

Mommarock said...

My favorite colors, and the quilting on this is stellar!!

Chatty Kathy said...

That is really nice, Connie. The white really pops against those deep reds. May I ask where you got the pattern? Or can you tell me how long the strips are; I can probably figure the rest out. Thanks, Kathy

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Lovin the red and white tree skirt! Very festive!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the tree skirt - have to love pinwheels! Well wishes for your Dad.

sew.darn.quilt said...

It will be a shame to cover this beauty with presents! Love it :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

the life of a kitten!!! lol Love the tree skirt

Carla said...

This is very pretty Connie. I'm not sure I could cut a quilt, but it turned out great!

Denise Russell said...

Connie, what a great idea! Looks beautiful... Good luck with the Christmas show, and I pray your father's surgery will be successful!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Beautiful tree skirt! Love all of the red fabrics and the pattern too. And your kitty cats.

sara said...

It's very pretty!!

P. said...

That is so cute!

Love the photo with your cat. That could be a Christmas card. :)

Needled Mom said...

It looks so pretty, Connie. I love the fabrics with the white pinwheeels. Very striking!

Missy Shay said...

I love the tree skirt and your cats are going to love it when you put the ornaments on the tree!

Karin said...

What a pretty tree skirt! I love the pinwheels dancing across those blocks. I made a similar one with diamonds for a baby quilt. Must make one with pinwheels now. :)
Sending prayers for your Dad today.

Madame Samm said...

ohhh i just love this...you made it look so easy

Elly D said...

LOVE your tree skirt! It is so gorgeous!

All the very best wishes and prayers for your Dad's surgery to go well.

Sheila said...

It is a beautiful tree skirt Connie !

Barbara said...

Very cute!

Marls said...

That is a gorgeous Chrisstmas tree skirt-might have to head to the sewing rooom myself.
Hope you dads surgery goes well and he has an uneventful recovery.

Frances said...

What a lovely joyful quilt. With December around the corner it has really put me in the Christmas spirit.

Angie said...

Connie, this is the cutest tree skirt ever. I love the pattern and the colors. I'm going to save the photo to look at because I think I just have to make me one too. :D

Michelle May said...

That's beautiful Connie!

Michelle said...

It's bright,and beautiful!!! I love it!

LethargicLass said...

I adore it! The pinwheels in it are great :) I hope your dad's surgery went well.

LynCC said...

Wow - This made a stunning tree skirt! Love the pics of the felines chewing on the tree - We've got that problem. ;D Hey, you ought to link this up at the 2012 Christmas Show. Lemme rustle up the link for you -
http://www.quilting-tutorials.blogspot.com/p/2012-christmas-quilt-show.html

LynCC said...

And I really hope your father's surgery went well today.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great idea!
Hope all goes well with the surgery.

Nanbon44 said...

lovely tree skirt...
hope all goes well with the surgery, take along a project to work on because he will do a lot of sleeping. I took my cross stitching when my husband had his bypass..

Mrs.Pickles said...

Lovely tree skirt. Sending positive thoughts to your Dad!

Hilachas said...

Your tree skirt is beautiful Love it.

Karen said...

This is a great way to use the quilt. The skirt looks lovely.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

So pretty! Wonderful work.

Sofia/MªRosalia/Raúl said...

Good morning...
Lovely.......
I could see the snow on it.....
Wonderful....
Hugs
Maria Rosalia

Eileen said...

Beautiful tree skirt. Love fabrics and layout. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

The Quiltwhinny said...

Striking contrast! Blessings to your dad. It will be good to have something to stitch while you are praying and waiting.
Barb
Across the river in Elizabeth, IL

Nancy in IN said...

Since my DDL wants a new Christmas skirt, this is where my mind is, so you read my mind. I love. She wants gold lamae' and burgundy, so I have to go shopping.
Thanks for sharing.

Barb N said...

Three things:
Love the kitty eating the branches!
Love the tree skirt design - great way to use some stash fabrics
Prayers and thoughts going your way today for your dad's surgery and his speedy recovery!!!

prairieharmony said...

You did a very nice job on your tree skirt! I like the idea of using a small quilt and making it into a tree skirt instead of worrying about making pieces to fit a circle pattern. I will keep your dad in my thoughts and prayers. I went through heart surgery with my dad as well and know how you are feeling. I did a lot of cross stitch while waiting in the hospital pre,during, and post op and the entire stay. Busy hands helped sooth my mind a little. Hugs Amy :)

Carolyn said...

I love the tree skirt Connie! I bet that it was easier to make it from a quilt than it is to make it a circle to begin with. Hope you dad does well with his surgery.

Cyn said...

Darling tree skirt. Love it. The kitties... what a hoot!
Prayers for your Dad and the family that all goes well.

Carrie P. said...

love that little tree skirt. so glad to hear you dad is doing well.

whistlebet57 said...

Great Job. It looks great under your tree. Elizabeth

Mary said...

Good Idea to re purpose the Small Quilt into a Christmas Tree skirt! It will be fun to use and remember.

Nina Marie said...

ohhh great idea!! I need to get a skirt done and yours looks great - maybe I'll look at my stash and see if I can repurpose one too!

Christine M said...

Lovely Christmas tree skirt. I love the fabrics you have used.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a beautiful Christmas tree skirt Connie!!! Love the fabrics!!! Have a great weekend :o)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just love it Connie. It would really look great under my tree...grin.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what a pretty skirt - love the colors

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Love how you when about turning i into a tree skirt

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Loving this tree skirt - I love pinwheels :)

Judy B said...

Very pretty Christmas tree skirt!Thank you for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Leah said...

I love this tree skirt! It is perfect! Thank for sharing!!

shez said...

gorgeous Connie,well done.xx

Patricia said...

Love the red with pinwheels! It reminds me that I have a stack of tree skirts that need quilting... don't think it will happen this year.

Goldogmom said...

Connie, I hope your Father is doing well and on the mend.

I have some holiday fabric that would be perfect for this. Did you use a pattern? If not, can you share the lengths you used? I see the pattern design, but as a relatively new quilter, I would appreciate knowing the size you cut the pinwheel pieces and strips.

Happy Holidays!
Michelle

Marie said...

WOW! This is really beautiful. Unfortunately I am only seeing it now but know that had I seen it earlier it would have had my vote. So nice.

VickiT said...

Connie ~ I am so happy you linked to this from your post today (oops ok so I'm behind and you linked here on Dec 21st)as I hadn't seen this yet. I love the tree skirt and the quilt too actually before cutting it into the skirt.

I know I ask this all the time but is there any way you might consider a quick tutorial to make this at some point in the future? I really like this design and can't recall ever seeing it anywhere before now.
Thank you.

Podunk Pretties said...

Love your tree skirt! Good luck in the roundup give away!

Marla's Crafts said...

Nice job. It's very pretty.