Christmas in July blog hop!

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has come up with an amazing blog I am not that much of a Grinch, am I Dr Seuss?hop for this month. Welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July blog hop! I am going to be honest here: Christmas is not my favorite holiday.  My best friend died on Christmas Eve years ago and since then….not my favorite holiday. 🙁 However! I am slowly coming out of my Grinchiness. Will it ever be my favorite holiday again? I don’t think I will ever enjoy it as much as I did before. It’s amazing how anniversary days like these can be completely change the way you view certain days.

Last year around Thanksgiving though, I kept seeing a gorgeous tree skirt come up on my browser, even on Facebook. I became obsessed with this tree skirt. As I looked more into it, I found out it was a tree skirt pattern from Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield at Sew Can She. Caroline has an amazing class over at Craftsy where she shows exactly how to make the tree skirt. She has videos and the template available for only $10 at Craftsy.

Strips of holiday fabric ready for cutting!The best part I loved about making this tree skirt is that it is made from 2 1/2″ strips. Anything that I can make from pre-cuts makes me so happy. However, I did not originally make it from a jelly roll. I bought Christmas and holiday yardage from Joann’s and cut it into strips. Afterwards, I used poster board to cut out a more lasting template.

Backing it all with red flannel!I cut out all the blades for the tree skirt, then used red flannel as backing and batting. At that time, I was still very unsure of my sandwiching abilities. I still am, but I am pretty sure I can handle a tree skirt.

The tree skirt ready to go around my tree last yearSince our Christmas tree is usually put into a corner of the room, instead of making the entire circle, I made a little over half a circle. It sort of looks like angel wings to me, perfect for Christmas. Overall, this project took me a few hours to make and helped me get into the holiday spirit!

This is definitely a project I see myself making again and again. It was super easy, and with the leftover 2 1/2″ strips I made, I can make no-sew quilted Christmas ornaments!

Here are the rest of the stops on this blog hop that has been so much fun!

July 23

Creatin’ in the Sticks

MooseStashQuilting

Lily Patch Quilts

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Melva Loves Scraps

Sew Many Yarns

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

 

July 24

Wont-To-Be-Quilter

Words & Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Desert Sky Quilting

Thimblemouse and Spouse

Seams To Be Sew

Clever Chameleon Quilting

 

July 25

Quilt Doodle Designs

Kwilty Pleasures

Creative Blonde

Just Because Quilts

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Quilter in Motion

Made By Marney

 

July 26 

Quarter Inch Crafter

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Ms P Designs USA

Selina Quilts

Beaquilter

Mountain Quiltworks

 

July 27 

Life in the Scrapatch

Quilt n Party

Days Filled With Joy

Quilt Fabrication

All Thingz Sewn

Sew Golden A Chance

Just Let Me Quilt

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Great tree skirt! Your strips line up so perfectly, I am impressed! Perfect for the holidays!

    1. Thank you!

  2. You know, I’m such a rule follower, it would never have occurred to me that I didn’t have to make ALL the tree skirt! Sometimes, I am so blind. =) I like this a lot and will have to investigate that on Craftsy!

  3. I totally understand about your concern about Christmas. My favorite grandparent, my maternal grandmother, had a stroke on my 18th birthday which was around Thanksgiving. I was a freshman in college. She died the day after Christmas the next year. My mom and I along with my grandfather were with her when she died. I was devastated. I lost my mother years later at Christmas time, too. It makes the holidays much harder. I’m glad that you made the tree skirt. You are very creative. I would not have thought to just make a partial skirt. How clever! Thanks for letting us know about the class and pattern. I like the idea of using the flannel, too. Hope this coming Christmas is even better.

  4. Great idea..to make part of it…love it

  5. I can see why it would be hard to get excited about Christmas after losing your friend during that time. Those type of memories definitely change how we feel about certain times of the year. Your tree skirt is really beautiful! I’m with Susan…why didn’t I think I could just make part of a skirt. I love the look it created with the fabric strips…I’ll have to check out this Craftsy class. Thank you for sharing your tree skirt and joining in on the hop! :O)

  6. Awesome tree skirt and I discovered I have the Craftsy class already! Now I will have a new tree skirt this year!!!

  7. The tree skirt is gorgeous; I can see why you searched and searched.

  8. Love that the beautiful skirt is only 2/3 of a circle. Great idea. Thanks for letting us know where it was that you tracked down the pattern.

  9. thank you for sharing today. your tree skirt is lovely. i like the idea of only three quarters like you did for trees in the corner.

  10. That is a fun tree skirt. Heck I’d even love it closed with a circle appliqued on top for a table topper.

    1. That’s a great idea!

  11. What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing.

  12. can see why that is super cute

  13. Your tree skirt is lovely, what a great idea!

  14. Lovely tree skirt and an idea I will consider when the next grandchild gets married. I have done this for each niece/nephew and their spouse as they have married as a gift.

    Also I totally get how anniversaries of sad events in our lives can affect a holiday or whatever. My first husband passed away 5 days after our 15th anniversary though we had 36 yrs together total. Also my maternal grandmother passed away ON my birthday. I hope we can remember the impact they made on our life with love and treasure those memories instead of dreading the day itself. I am not quite there yet about my deceased husband even though I am happily remarried.

  15. Your tree skirt is gorgeous! I’ve made something very similar and really enjoy getting out each year. Here’s wishing you peace at that time of year.

  16. This tree skirt is lovely, and what a great way to use up scraps!

  17. That is one fabulous tree skirt! Looks quick and easy to make

  18. Wonderful tree skirt! I like that you adapted it to fit your space and it does look like angel’s wings.

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