Monday, December 20, 2010

Design Wall Monday--Dec 20, 2010

I wasn't sure there was going to be Design Wall Monday today, but I missed it last week.  I had a request from DD Elaine for a Christmas tree skirt.  She and her boyfriend brought home and decorated a small tree so she didn't want to buy a standard size tree skirt.  I let her choose the skirt fabric (and she picked one of my stash favorites, darn it!).  Then I showed her some ornament designs I could fuse onto it.  She liked the plan so I got busy playing with fabric and figuring out the tree skirt size, which is about 30":

These designs were from the 2010 American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar, a pattern called Vintage Ornaments.  I used Steam a Seam 2 and cut from scraps and stash.

These two prints are vintage stash!  I've had them for nearly 30 years.

A scrap of a gray scrolled print from son Nick's quilt was perfect for the "silver" ornament hanger tops.

The background skirt fabric is Redwork Romance from Alex Anderson.  Wish I'd bought many more yards of it when it was around!

The ornaments have been fused and the skirt is pinned to batting and backing.  I wanted to use either purchased bias binding or hem facing I had on hand.  The cream colored bias binding was stained from being wrapped on the cardboard, it was so old, and I was short of the hem facing by eight inches.  So the skirt is unfinished.  I may use some of that vintage stash fabric for the bias binding.  Or would that white print be too bright?  Hmm, pondering.  See other Design Walls on Judy's blog

14 comments:

Vicki said...

That is adorable. I need to replace my old store bought tree skirt. That is a great idea for next year. Ok, I need to start in Jan to be sure it is ready for Christmas.

Big Rig John said...

Love the ornaments - do you know if the pattern is published somewhere other than on the 2010 calendar?

scraphappy said...

Great tree skirt. Sounds like steam a seam saved the day. Good luck finding some binding fabric. I think a stripe would be cool. They look so nice cut on the bias.

Shay said...

Love the applique shapes. So cute Annie.

Tree skirts dont exist over here (unless people have seen them on the internet and have made their own up!)

Sheila said...

The tree skirt is adorable. I don't have one either. I need to put that on my list to do in 2011.

Quilt Hollow said...

Fantastic tree skirt!!

Michele said...

Love the tree skirt! I keep moving the stain on mine to the back of the tree.....maybe it's time for me to make a new one too!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great tree skirt....way to go! One of these days, I'm going to make a tree skirt too!

Barb in Mi said...

Neat tree skirt! And from stash - good for you. Happy holidays!

Joyful Quilter said...

How Cute! very festive.

Sand and Sunshine said...

Try soaking the stained bias binding in Vinegar. I know it sounds odd but I did that with some fabric that was from when I was little - allowing it to soak nearly all day (or was it all afternoon?) anyway I messed with it a little through the course of the day and the fabric came out clean and beautiful. The vinegar on the other hand...

Kate said...

Very merry and cute.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Cute skirt! I dipped into my Christmas stash today, (much of mine is vintage, too!) to whip up some bitty stockings to hold gift cards. I'm glad to have the stash when I need it! Merry Christmas!!

Stephanie said...

Pretty tree skirt. Each year, in December, I say I'll make one. Maybe I'd better say January, that way I'll have 11 months to motivate myself.