My Christmas tree skirt, designed by Karen Neary of Sew Karen-ly Created, has progressed very well to the point that it is sandwiched and pinned just waiting for me to start my quilting.
It was an amazing project to put together. There are 12 blocks sewn together, 6 in one way, and 6 in another. Then the fun began as I played with the arrangement of the blocks. I put them together in 4 different arrangements and then Woodworker Hubby and I decided on the one we liked the best. It was interesting that we both chose the same one. Here are the four ways with the first picture being our choice.
When I sandwiched the skirt, that's when I realized how nice and large it is! It is almost 60" from tip to tip, so besides being a tree skirt, may be also suitable as a lap quilt or ladder quilt, folded up to hide the centre hole which I will cut out once quilted.
When I cut the edges off, I had lots of batting and fabric left to use in another Christmas project. I loved the Christmas Cottage block that was posted on December 3 for the free Moda Bake Shop Countdown to Christmas quiltalong. The block was designed by the Sterling Quilt Company and is just so cute in Christmas colours! I decided to make a few cottages using some greys for the houses.
With 4 blocks completed, I figured I had enough for my Christmas Cottage neighbourhood! But it needed something else besides sashing and a border, so I found some cute letters in my Jingle All the Way Art to Heart book and used the fusible applique method to adhere the letters to my background.
Do you notice that the background fabric looks like Santa's beard? I'm always looking for an excuse to sit in my quilting chair and watch a Christmas movie, so off I went to add the blanket stitch to the letters.
I finished the little top ...
and then I sandwiched it. It is a nice little size and will finish at about 20" x 24.
Now it is ready for quilting, waiting patiently on the dining room table!
It is always a great day for quilting!