Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...

Yep.  Summer is the perfect time to sew Christmas things; helps to take the mind off how hot it is outside!

Santa Bottle Covers, a Nancy Halvorsen pattern
It's my day to participate on the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop... thought you would get a kick out of these cute little Santa Elves (hee hee).  Thanks bunches to Madame Samm of SewWeQuilt for rounding up some great giveaways, and our own "Christmas Carol" of JustLetMeQuilt for organizing the hop and cheering us on!!

Lots of quilters must have the same idea, getting a jump on holiday sewing, that is -- many of my online pattern sales recently are for my little quilted Star Medallion Tree Skirt!


I love making this festive tree skirt - all with half-square triangles - NO Y-Seams, Yeah!  The top comes together in just an hour or two, but it does take a little time to add the binding with its odd-angles.  You've got plenty of time, though.


If you don't want to fuss with odd-angled binding, an Envelope Finish works too!  Have you tried this?  Sometimes it's called a knife-edge finish.
Star Medallion Tree Skirt with Envelope (knife edge) finish,
featuring A Merry Little Christmas by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs
Stitch the backing right sides together with the quilt top, all the way around the outside edges.  Trim the backing.  Then lay the quilt top wrong side down on the batting, pin and stitch on the same lines as before; trim off excess batting, about an inch from stitching line.  Make a slice and cut the center circle to fit around your tree, clip the inner corners, and turn the quilt right sides out.  I don't clip the corners, I use a quick folding technique to flip the corners (tutorial HERE).  Then you only need to bind the cut edges.  Machine or hand-quilt your new tree skirt--It will look so festive under the tree!

I made this one today - just needed an example.  Right now it's unquilted, but I have time, right?
Here's the back. 
If you want to use the tree skirt as a table topper for Christmastime, skip the slice and simply leave a space (about 8") for turning the quilt right side out, then hand-stitch the opening closed. You may even want to leave out the batting for a tablecloth flimsy.

Here's a fun tree skirt I made for my sister on her little ranch in Idaho.  She wanted blues and rust to match her decor.  She and her husband raise cattle, and she has loved riding horses since she was three years old.  She sometimes competes in a barrel racing league.  It's her birthday today, so "Happy Birthday, Buckaroo Jan!


Horseshoes and bandanna print...

Cowboys, saddles and spurs for the backing:
Fussy pieced so it could be reversible.

Thanks for visiting my little Tree Skirt showcase - and here's a slideshow from some of my classes.  Fun to see how unique each one is.

Tree Skirt Slideshow:

A random comment-er will receive a free Star Medallion Tree Skirt pattern after the hop.
For more Ho-Ho-Holiday inspiration, Ho-Ho-Hop on over to visit these lovely ladies today!

Quiltscapes (thanks for stopping by!)
Just Sew Quilter
full lineup HERE

(Timeless Treasures is a sponsor for this Hop)

See the Hop Giveaway details at www.sewwequilt.com.
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UPDATE:  Contest is over and Winner announced HERE.

133 comments:

Frederika said...

What a lovely christmasprojects. Thanks for sharing

Britt-Inger said...

Your Christmas tree skirts are so wonderful. It is hard to say which is my favorite. I love them all
Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this blog hop

Heleen Groot said...

I love your little Santa's. They look really good. Loved the tree skirt slide show! Thank you for that tip. I will have to try that too..... Well, there is still LOADS of time till Christmas.....

Lorene Holbrook said...

Love your tree skirt. Your santas are pretty darn cute too!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

What a cute, quick idea for a Christmas gift. I think I'd cheat and finish them all with a pillowcase finish. I like that clean look and it has to be faster than binding. Your Santas are precious. The guy with the hat that sticks up is vying for attention!

Meredith said...

Just love those Santas! Your tree skirt is also wonderful, all the different looks. Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

Hihi great work :) Those santas are cute :) Thanks for sharing :)

GNIESZKA said...

Krzysztof - That was me ;) I forgot log out from my husband profile ;)

Francine said...

Oooooo I'm intrigued by that envelope finish-must try it on something immediately!! Love all your skirts!

KaHolly said...

They are all pretty, but that first one is to die for!! I love the quilting on it. I am practicing and practicing my FMQ, but it isn't easy! Still, I see progress everytime I sit down and try again. Great hop stop.

Debby said...

Those tree skirts are beautiful, as is your quilting on them! And I do love the envelope finish; have used it from time to time. I like the idea of a tree skirt in cowboy fabrics - who says they have to be red and green? My cowboy husband would get a kick out of that!

Catherine said...

It`s time tree skirts have a new look. Your patterns are joyful and refreshing.

evelyn said...

I love all those skirts! Envelope finish, no y seams, half square triangles- you make it look doable.

JoyceLM said...

Your tree skirts are lovely & the Santa elves have me green with envy. Thanks.

lauraluvsloons said...

I love your tree skirts. That shape is my favorite pieced block too, like the center of a Dutch Rose block. Love how cute the tree skirt is in all the fabric variations. Thanks for the how to tip on the envelope finish too.

Donna said...

I love the tree skirt(s)! I'm am needing to make one and the envelope finish and no y seams sound divine. And, I love the finished skirt.

Joan and Kevin said...

Love your tree skirts!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your tree skirts are so wonderful! What a great pattern. And I really like those Santas too.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh they are gorgeous!!

Tammy said...

What gorgeous projects. Thank you for shareing them with us today. What a fun ho ho ho hop this is.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your tree skirt Deonn - and the idea of doing an envelope finish is great! blessings, marlene

Carol said...

Beautiful! I love your tree skirts!

Marla's Crafts said...

Oh I really love the tree skirt. It looks so very easy and the first one is my favorite. Nice job and thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

Wonderful projects and love Santa's elves!

Barbara said...

My favorite post yet! I LOVE your tree skirt, and would love to make some. If I don't win the pattern I'm definitely going to have to buy it! Thanks so much for sharing.

http://thankfullga447 said...

Outstanding - you are a true artiest. Stunning.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What cute little Santa Elves and your tree skirts are beautiful! My favorite is the red with the neat feathers quilted on it. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

What great tree skirts! (and I love the little Santa elves!)

Bobbie said...

The Santa elves would be great at my bazaar! Such a happy looking throng of holiday cheer! Your tree skirts are fabulous. Half square triangles are so much fun

tmmw said...

I love your tree skirt! Somehow I have trouble finding a pattern I reall ylike--must be too picky,huh?

Vicki B said...

LOve your tree skirt. I made a similar one 20 years ago and still love it today.
tvbart@charter.net

Vickie said...

Stars are my thing..sew I really like the tree skirt star. Thanks for sharing today.

tink's mom said...

This is a great pattern. Love all of your versions and the hint on non binding.

Betsy said...

I love your little santas. Thanks for hoping today

apple blossom said...

oh, those are gorgeous tree skirts and the santas are cute. you did what I thought about doing but forgot...put a countdown on the post. thanks for sharing

Judy B said...

Love your tree skirts and the unique bottle Santa's! Thank you for sharing.

Beth said...

Love the idea for a table topper! I always think there is loads of time before Christmas, but it always catches up to me before I am finished!

Kathy L said...

Love your tree skirts. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sharon J. Hughson said...

Great tree skirts. I'd take that class.

Unknown said...

Oh these are wonderful....I cannot tell you which one I like the best. Depending on the fabric used it makes the pattern look a little different. Wonderful idea as a table topper. Now my sister would love this too but only in any kind of ocean fabric. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

charlotte said...

Very nice job. Love the Santas.

Carol S. said...

Those cute elves would be perfect next to the wallhanging I made...I need to make one of them! Your tree skirts are all beautiful and your quilting on them throws them over the top. Just lovely!

Margaret said...

Your tree skirt is awesome. I am making tree skirts for my girls for Christmas. This pattern would come in really handy.

Jeanie said...

Great tree skirts! I love seeing the same pattern using different fabrics. Lots of choices!

Margaret said...

I fell in love with your little santa elves. Your tree skirts are great nice to see them in different colors.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

LOVE your Santa elves! Absolutely adorable!
Beautiful tree skirts. Love how the different fabrics give them a different look.
Thanks for sharing.

Josie McRazie said...

Way to cute and oh so versatile! I have been using a plaid flannel sheet for 19 years now. Every year I say I am going to make a tree skirt... and this year we wont even be home so no tree!

SashaGirl said...

Lovely tree skirt. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway. I love the Christmas season.

Kathy H said...

Very cute tree skirts and the envelope style for finishing looks really nice (and faster). I love the Santa's elves. They are so cute.And what is better than one cute project...lots of them!

Dee D said...

This is such a cute tree skirt! I also love your Santas!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Deonn your Santas are darling and those tree skirts are just gorgeous! I even think the back side in all one fabric looks great too.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I love Christmas tree skirts - they are my go-to wedding presents for close friends. I'd love to try your pattern :)

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Both projects are great but I love the Santa's! What pattern did you use or is it an original? Thanks for sharing.

Barb Neiwert said...

I truly love your tree skirts. I have wanted to make one for myself for years now, but only think about two weeks before Christmas, and by then, who has time? But I could do it this fall and be all decked out and ready for Christmas.

Bonnie58 said...

Love the tree skirt pattern. It is great, unique and so elegant. Thanks so much for sharing

Leah said...

Super cute Santas! and Love all those three skirts!

Needled Mom said...

The Santas are so cute and I love the tree skirt. It is a great design.

pinsandneedles said...

Deonn, Your little Santas are adorable and of coarse your tree skirt is lovely. So many options!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous tree skirts, Deonn! Love seeing so many versions and think your sister will love the one especially made for her.

Thanks so much for sharing your Ho Ho Ho inspiration!

HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n said...

You really went to town! I love the FMQ and creative edge of that skirt. Thanks for sharing your beautiful project :)

Quiltsmiles said...

Your Santa elves are adorable, what pattern did you use??? We started a sewing group for girls ages 4-12 and that project ould be a great one for them.
Your tree skirts are beautiful and I love the tips you shared, thanks. Jane

Unknown said...

Sew very fun! Thank you for sharing! pbstrand@msn.com

Teri said...

Love the Santa's.....WOW.....on the tree skirts....thank you for such s wonderful giveaway....

Anonymous said...

HI,REALLY LIKE YOUR TREE SKIRT!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Calicojoan said...

What adorable little santas. And those tree skirts. Wow, love your quilting!

Dagmar said...

I love all your pictures of the tree skirts. they put me in the christmas spirit.
thanks for sharing

dagmarkb@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love all your tree skirts and would love to win that pattern.

(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

Robyn said...

Love the tree skirts and yes I bought the pattern. I would love to know where I could get the pattern for the adorable Santas! Thanks

Gloria said...

I love those Santa elves! Did you make them yourself? Could you link to a pattern if you did, please?

Jane's Quilting said...

Your tree skirts are all beautiful, I expecially like the first one (the red and white). Your quilting is beautifully done.

Stitches said...

I love the little Santas and the tree skirts are really neat too..

Sarah Correa said...

omg - the santas!!! love 'em! And your beautiful tree skirts too!

Sharon Dawn said...

Your skirts are lovely! I am sure your sister will be thrilled with her's! Your little santa elves must be fun to decorate with. Thanks for sharing!

gpc said...

Those are fabulous! :)

Vivian said...

I love your tree skirts. SO cute!! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Your medallion tree skirt is stunning-wish I could machine quilt like that! From California, thanks for sharing.

Thearica said...

Love the tree skirts! and my friend would love the one for the ranch!

cyndiofthevortex said...

I never win so I just went and ordered your adorable tree skirt pattern! Now how about telling us how you made those too cute Santa Elves? I love them!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Stunning!!

nan_c said...

I have been wanted to try making a tree skirt for the last couple years! Maybe this will be there year I give it a shot! Your's are beautiful!!

maggie said...

I LOVE your Santa elves, How cute. And the tree kirts! Wow! Each one is lovely.
Thanks for sharing.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hi Deonn,
I knew that it would be a pleasure to visit you today, I love your tree skirts.
Thanks for sharing.
The Santa Elves are so-o-o cute. Did you make the pattern for the Elves?
xo
Bente

Kwilt Krazy said...

Thanks for sharing! I like them all, the red and white is extra pretty! I may have to actually put up a tree this year so I can make that tree skirt.

Lou said...

Love those adorable santas!!!!
The tree skirt is gorgeous in all the different styles!

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

Fun skirts/table toppers! Thanks for joining the blog hop...

Suze said...

The Santas are adorable and set the mood for Christmas immediately. I love the tree skirt/table topper. It is a very versatile pattern and no Y-seams - hurrah. You are a talented designer and someone is going to be thrilled to have a great pattern. I would love to make a table topper for some family members for Christmas. My quilt guild has asked members to make table toppers and small quilts for auction for our quilt show in June 2014. This looks like a perfect pattern. So, maybe... Thanks for participating, adding to the festivity of Christmas, inspiring us, and sharing your creativity.

Sallie said...

Love what you shared. Thanks!

krislovesfabric said...

Love those 'staches on your Santas and the tree skirts are beauties!

Joanna said...

Love those Santa's; very original and cute.

Teatime Creations said...

What a sweet little tree skirt. And love the Santas. Cute

jagarland said...

Love your "no y seams" tree skirt. looks hard but I bet it's easy

Just Quilt It said...

I love this Christmas tree skirt. I may have to put up 2 trees so that I can make one like this plus use the one I showed yesterday. lol Beautiful work. I love your quilting. You always do such an outstanding job and raise the bar for the rest of us.

sewspeciallady said...

Santa is soooo cute and like the tree skirt also thank you for sharing

Nita said...

well...it's still summer at my house, and I think that tree skirt would look pretty sharp done in something bright and fabulous by Kate Spain or Kaffe Fassett and gracing my patio umbrella table, lol!

Ale jc said...

Apologies for me coming in at the end today...with blog disappearing...well you know...
WE are back and here I am letting you know how much I adore your tree skirts...I am going to buy that pattern today,
as my daughter wants to make some ....and you are D best over and over again..

Joyce Carter said...

The Santas are so cute. I really love the tree skirts and the quilting-WOW! Just gorgeous! You really did a fantastic job. Thank you for sharing.

Baa. xxx said...

Santa's elves look busy and very cute! The tree skirts are very cool and would make such a great gift to give for Christmas.

Janarama said...

Your tree skirts are beautiful. Congratulations on being in the top 3 today.

kathy said...

I need a new tree skirt and your pattern looks great! I also love the Santas. Where do you get the pattern for them? Thanks!

Beth said...

What beautiful tree skirts! Thank you for sharing.

Sandy said...

This pattern is so cute...would love to win it. Each fabric combinations make it look completely different. Your Santa Elves are darling. Thanks for sharing with us.

Linda C said...

Wow, each of the tree skirts looks so cool, in each of the colorways. You are right though---these would also work well for a table topper!

Brandy said...

You come up with some really awesome designs Deonn, and thank you so much for sharing!
~Brandy
brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

The tree skirts are all so pretty! Hmm...remembering a request from my daughter now that I'm thinking about it!
Can you tell us about the little Santa's Helpers too? What's the pattern for them called?! I love their little knotted mustaches and the fabric selection is luscious!

Unknown said...

I would love to watch you machine quilt... I have sooo much to learn but it is all so fun.
Hugs

Createology said...

Your Santa dolls are sew very adorable. Your Star Medallion Tree Skirt is stunning. Every lady showing hers is very proudly smiling and that speaks to the designer and her pattern. How generous you are giving one with this hop. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Beautiful tree skirt, love the quilting too!

Snoodles said...

Hi Deonn, love that pattern! And no Y seams? Sweet!

ShirleyC said...

I love all of your little Santas, but all of the projects are also great!

In stitches and seams said...

Great tree skirts and love those little santas.
thanks for sharing with us in the hop
in stitches

Audrey said...

Those Santas are adorable. I really like the tree skirts. Lovely areas to showcase your quilting.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

I love the first tree skirt you showed...Thank you for sharing...Nice projects

Unknown said...

Wow! That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature at Sew We Quilt!

Gloria said...

what great variety with your tree skirts all from the same pattern. I would love to make some for gifts!!

Vicki H said...

My favorite is the first tree skirt, I love those fabrics. I would love to make one for myself.

jeifner said...

That is a gorgeous tree skirt! I could see that in French General's christmas fabrics, mmm.

Rhonda D. said...

I love your Red & White tree skirt. Thanks for sharing with us!

usagypsy said...

I love all your projects! The cowboy tree skirt is so cute. I love that fabric!

nicolesender said...

Your tree skirts are really great! i especially like your sister's tree skirt.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Gill said...

Great tree skirts! and I love your Santas too!
Thanks for sharing!

Melody said...

Love your tree skirt design. It's delightful.

Renee G said...

I love these tree skirts.

Anonymous said...

Hiya Deonn!!! Love that tree skirt, easy enough that I can do it lol. I'm a beginner quilter, but I can handle HSTs. Happy birthday to Jan, her tree skirt is so cute. Thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

Judy1522 said...

I love your tree skirt pattern and seeing all the different fabrics you you made it with.

BizyStitches said...

Thanks for being part of the fun blog hop. I enjoyed your blog.

Nana said...

I love your tree skirt pattern. I loved following your blog since I met you at the quilt shop in Midway! I loved that shop! And you are so very sweet. Thanks for sharing your talent!

LJ said...

Your designs always amaze me with your sense of color. Fab! The Santa elves are adorable. Is that one of your designs, too?

Emily C said...

Lovely tree skirts. Love the fabric for your sisters.

Cecilia said...

Your tree skirts are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Anita said...

Love the skirts and the adorable bottle covers :)

JustCallMeElle said...

ooo... I love those Santas. They are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

sandra said...

Your Christmas tree skirts are beautiful and I adore the Santa bottle covers, thanks for sharing.

Michele said...

They are really wonderful and thank you for sharing the slideshow. I do love your red and white one the most.