The tree skirt is quilted!
I did my best to make this a complicated and long project but successfully talked myself off that ledge every time. The quilting is done so it's time to cut it into a tree skirt. The binding fabric is being dyed as I write this so I might get this finished next week.
My first going-to-far ledge was a plan to stitch in the ditch EVERY seam in the pieced blocks. If I did that I'd still be quilting this at Christmas. I talked myself into just quilting around each color group and that, frankly, was just right. It would be nice if this think kept some amount of drape to it and stitching ever seam would make it stiff as a board. You can see where I stitched for the opening. I'm cutting it open in the middle of a star point because I want a star point as the center front of the tree skirt.
I practiced a bunch of feather motifs for the background until I realized that feathers don't go with this quilt at all. Simple (and fast) sunburst effects was the ticket to get this one wrapped up in an afternoon.
Next I'll prepare a back for the test flip and sew placemats and I'll get started on those.
2/4/2022 11:50:03 am
so you cut the opening to go around the tree after it is quilted? I wondered on that - I made one two years ago and machine quilted it but it was made with the opening already there. It looks good - so many seams I'm sure it was a little difficult to handle
2/4/2022 07:20:58 pm
The skirt is awesome. I can't imagine ever making something like that. Congratulations on finishing.
2/5/2022 08:40:33 am
That is just stunning! Your quilting looks great, the rays were definitely a good choice!
2/5/2022 09:26:27 am
It looks amazing Vicki, and I'm wondering, since you gave your sister-in-law all your hand made ornaments, if you have to buy new ones, or do you, like me, have enough ornaments to fill 4, seven foot trees, all for different themed trees, all sitting in boxes in a very large closet in one of the upstairs bedrooms. I really need to get our grandchildren to come over and take what they want, from that closet, which would help me get it cleaned out, at the same time.
2/5/2022 10:34:52 am
2/5/2022 11:57:41 am
Nicely executed Vicki! This will be stunning under your tree.
2/5/2022 09:01:11 pm
This is such a gorgeous finish. You continue to amaze and inspire.
2/6/2022 07:53:20 am
Beautiful, congratulations of finishing
2/7/2022 08:49:40 am
The quilting looks great. It will be nice to turn that beautiful piece into a useful item.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.