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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
All done! Now we just need to wait 150-some days until Christmas! (Get the official countdown here…)
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