Monday, January 11, 2016

Joyful Jelly Roll {Tree Skirt }

It's never too late to make a holiday project for the next Christmas season NOW!

Actually, I always find this time of year is the best time to make all the things I ran out of time to do during the busy holiday season.  The guests are gone.  Santa's workshop is closed.  The kids are back to school. The decorations are getting packed away.

Stitch one up and find a wonderful surprise in 11 months! 

I realize this tree skirt is FAR from the traditional tree skirt fabric. I LOVE this pattern in the fun collection Jingle by Kate Spain and other holiday fabrics, however for this tree skirt I used Kindred Spirits by Bunny Hill Designs.

We have three Christmas trees in our house.  A large one in the family room decked out in greens, golds, burgundy, and red with a burlap tree skirt.  A kid tree in the basement, decked out in all the adorable kid projects and their favorite characters from Star Wars and the like with a ruffled tree skirt.  

And then there is our Angel Tree.

In 2009, our family started the tradition of collecting Angel Ornaments, each Christmas, in honor of Jamie Lynn, our very own angel.   We also have picked up more than one a few times for other family members that have passed on.  In particular, my beloved aunt who succumbed to breast cancer.  We were excited to finally have enough to get a slim 6 foot tree for our "formal" room.  It's interspersed with the ornament colors you see in the photos. The fabric could not be more perfect.

I can honestly say that this tree skirt did not take me very long at all.  I started it New Year's Day.  I never felt rushed.  I enjoyed the process. I was even bold and decided to cut the shape out with a 3" border instead of squaring it up like the original pattern.  I have to admit, I adore the tiny pink dot background fabric.

I quilted it with a floral free motion pattern on my longarm arm.  Made biased binding with the teal/aqua striped fabric from the line.  The backing is the one of the blue background florals.  Instead of ties, I opted for button and loop closures.   I love covered buttons because you can make them either blend in or pop out.  Can you guess which option I went with?

Have I convinced you yet to get a jelly roll and make a tree skirt right away?

If you do make a Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt (#joyfuljellyrolltreeskirt), or any of the quilts featured in the Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015, make sure to post it on Instagram before January 31st with the hashtag #FQSTop10 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!


  1. I LOVE the fabric you chose and the way you added more angles to the outside. It looks more like a tree skirt that way. I wish I would have thought of that!

  2. Beautiful job! The angels will be so happy!

  3. Your tree skirt is so sweet! I love your choices!

  4. I love your tree skirt. I didn't like the squeareness of the original pattern. And your colors are gorgeous!


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