Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

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Christmas Tree Skirt

I’m pretty proud to say that I finished my first ever quilting project!! I’ve been meaning to try quilting for years, but I have to admit I’ve been a little intimidated. I already know how to sew, so you would think it would be pretty straightforward, but all the quilting terminology and the precision sewing was kinda scary to me! Thankfully, after watching many YouTube videos, I felt brave enough to try.

This is our first Christmas in our new house and our first time ever having a live Christmas tree! It felt appropriate to celebrate the occasion with a handmade tree skirt.

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted
Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

I have to start out by telling you about this tree skirt pattern. I stumbled upon this great quilter on YouTube – Jordan Fabrics. Donna Jordan is so full of knowledge and she shares it so beautifully on her channel. I love watching her quilt and I have learned a lot from her. She posted this video about this tree skirt and it felt very do-able to me! Pretty large pieces, simple construction, and no binding!

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

I wanted a classic tree skirt in Christmas colors, so I went with several green and red quilting cottons from Needlework Hamilton. I love how these mix classic and modern design elements. Donna suggests using a larger scale print for the big squares, so I put the green foliage print there. She also suggests that you do not make the border green so that your tree skirt will pop under the green tree. I’m glad I went with the red border for mine. I sketched out my plan for the placement of the colors using felt markers.

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

Next, I cut out all my pieces carefully and got right into the sewing! I was shocked by how fast this came together. I made the top part of this project in about 2 hours. It is SO satisfying! I can’t wait to make another quilt top soon. I have some fabric left so maybe some holiday placemats or a table runner?

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted
Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

Once the top was sewn I cut my backing and batting to match the star shape. I pinned them together and sewed it. It wasnt until after I clipped and graded all the seams that I realized I SANDWICHED THEM WRONG! When I started turning it right side out, my backing was sandwiched in-between the batting and the top. Moments like these can be so frustrating. I took a second to let out a frustrated groan and I got my seam ripper. Within 30 minutes I was re-sandwiching and re-sewing.

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

Once I pressed everything flat I was ready to quilt it. I knew I wanted to go simple so I started by topstitching around all the edges. Then I added some stitching that followed the pattern in the quilt here and there. I knew I didnt need much since this was a decorative object and the stitching was not showing up very much on the prints. It also became clear that my pieces were a bit warped and bumpy in some spots, so I didn’t want to make matter worse by trying to sew on top of them.

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted
Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted

I am so pleased with how this project came out and I know I will be using this skirt for years to come – maybe even my whole life! It will be a lovely reminder of this first project (first of many, I’m sure).

Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Helen

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilted
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Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

16 Comments on “Christmas Tree Skirt”

  1. That’s a lovely first quilting project. And yes, you will feel proud of yourself every year when you get it out with your decorations!!

  2. I got into sewing via quilting (like so many people…though I haven’t done a quilting project in years & am now all about making clothes). The binding is the best part! It seems scary, & the idea of hand-stitching an entire queen-sized quilt binding can feel pretty intimidating, but it’s so meditative.

  3. I love projects like this! Things that can be used and treasured for years to come! And you get to use all the pretty Christmas fabric. I made my Mom and 2 sisters tree skirts years ago and then ordered fabric for myself but the fabric was sold out by the time they fulfilled my order and I haven’t taken the time to find a replacement. Maybe next year! Yours is so beautiful and I love the colors!

  4. Great job, Helen! Your tree skirt looks so festive. Now that you’ve done your first quilting project, you’ll discover the possibilities are endless when the urge strikes. It’s a great way to use scraps, too!

  5. A beautiful quilt for your first project and, as you say, one you will be using for years to come. One website I find really useful, as they have lots of free videos (you can pay a subscription fee to see all the videos) which give lots of inspiration. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/

  6. Please make a quilt label with the year you made it and your first Christmas in your new home. As your family’s traditions grow, these notations will become very important. Good work! I’ve never quilted before, but this project may make me change my mind!

  7. Brava! I like your fabric choices and placement. How wonderful to have a keepsake of your first year in this house!

  8. Helen, that is so pretty and congratulations on your first quilting project. Had to chuckle about making the “sandwich” turned around, been there, done that!

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