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[ Island Batik Ambassadors 2021 ]

Never too early for holiday quilts

Time flies – it’s a cliche, but seems so true as we turn the calendar to summer, then back-to-school and Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive in the blink of an eye. Which means that it’s Never Too Early for holiday projects. Get started now by sewing a holiday quilt!Never Too Early

Design Decisions

When Island Batik asked the Ambassadors to plan a holiday project in the middle of summer, I toyed with the idea of a wall-hanging but quickly changed my mind to dive in to a bucket list quilt – Lori Holt’s Vintage Christmas. Have you made any of her samplers, such as the Farm Girl quilts? I love the mix of traditional-looking pieced blocks with fun, recognizable objects.

Since I have plenty of bed quilts, I decided to make a tree skirt. A simple layout of blocks framing a plain center seemed the best option. I collected a variety of Island Batik fabrics in holiday colors and chose Rice as my background. See the full line of Island Batik Foundations here and use the store locator to find a shop near you.

Disclaimer: I used materials provided by Island Batik, Aurifil, Schmetz, and Hobbs Batting. This post includes affiliate links. I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase. Full details available here.

Island Batik colorway Rice

 

Island Batik fabric squares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilting a Tree Skirt

With 42 blocks to choose from in the Vintage Christmas pattern, I settled on stars and a few holiday elements such as an ornament, lights, and candy canes.

never too early for holiday quilts

Piecing with Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread is a dream!

I quilted the tree skirt with Hobbs Natural Cotton batting and my favorite “Dancing Snowflakes” pantograph from Willow Leaf Studio.

How to make binding for non-square corners

Then it was time to cut a hole in the quilt. What a terrifying thought! But, necessary for the tree skirt to actually fit around a Christmas Tree. A few deep breaths and I was on my way.

cutting a quilt

Since I made an octagon quilt, with a hole in the center, I needed some new skills to finish the project. First, a curved project needs bias binding. The stretch of the bias made it easier to go around the circle I just cut in the center of the tree skirt. Luckily my friend Kimmee, at On Williams Street, just posted a tutorial about bias binding! Thanks for the help. And with the non-square corners of my octagon, I used the Creative Grids Angle Finder to mark the pivot points for my mitered corners.

marking corners with Angle Finder toolAll done! Now we just need to wait 150-some days until Christmas! (Get the official countdown here…)

batik christmas tree skirt

Never too early for holiday quilts!

Looking for more fun holiday projects? Find inspiration from my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors:

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio

Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting

Jennifer Fulton ~ The Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania For Quilts

Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke, Fiber Artist

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Claudia Porter ~  Create with Claudia

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute and Quirky

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

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