A few weeks ago, Caroline of Sew Can She emailed to see if I would be interested in reviewing her latest Craftsy class making a Quilted Tree Skirt. Well, I’ve been wanting to make a tree skirt for a while now, and when I saw the picture I LOVED it and definitely wanted to learn how to make this one!
Caroline’s pattern is SO clever and easy to follow. The pattern is pre-cuts friendly – it calls for 2 1/2″ strips. So you can use your favorite pre-cuts, or easily cut your own strips (which is what I did) if you want to use your stash.
In addition to quilt piecing techniques, thanks to an easy strip-piecing method, Caroline also teaches how to easily quilt the tree-skirt yourself. I was a little worried about doing this because of the odd-shaped “quilt” with the many points, etc., but her method is SO SLICK and she makes it look so simple. She uses some quilt-as-you-go techniques to save a lot of time and headache. I loved it!
Caroline walks you through the whole process step-by-step in the video class. She also discusses quilting and how to make these tassels yourself from embroidery floss for the perfect finishing touch.
I use a more formal Christmas tree in my front room that has needed a tree skirt for way too long. (For the past few years I’ve been using a folded up table cloth from Target.) So I was very excited to finally make a pretty tree skirt for this tree. The tree is mostly gold and red so I choose these Gold Sparkle fabrics from Riley Blake (available here, and here) for a sparkly, fancy tree skirt.
The project came together really quickly for me and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! (I think part of the reason I enjoyed it so much is that I’ve been spending a lot of my quilting time lately trying to figure out how to tell other people to make something. So it was SO refreshing to not have to think and to just let sometime walk me through the steps for creating this project.) And Caroline’s instructions are awesome.
Here’s a sneak peek of how it’s turning out so far. I love it and I can’t wait to finish it up! I was amazed how quickly it came together – I got most of it done in one afternoon. (I think I could have got a lot farther if I hadn’t had to stop and help proofread an 8th Grade US History paper about North American explorers. But that’s important too, I suppose.)
I’m feeling pretty proud of myself for being ahead of the holiday game this year. (Usually I’m the queen of last-minute Christmas sewing, which then turns into post-Christmas sewing. By which time I’m kind of done with Christmas and it goes in a bag until next year’s last-minute-Christmas sewing. It’s a vicious cycle.)
If you are interested in Caroline’s Quilted Tree Skirt Class, you can find it here, on Craftsy*. I think it’s a great class for a great price! It’s basically the same price as most individual patterns, but it’s got a full video class to walk you through all the steps! I’ve enjoyed making it so much, I’m definitely going to make another one this year. Someone will get the coolest gift!
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