SUGAR PLUM

Mix sweet scrappy prints with im­prov piec­ing and quilt-as-you-go tech­niques to make a stylish Christ­mas tree skirt

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - SORBET SPIN - BY EVIE JESPERSEN

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowances, where nec­es­sary.

■ For tem­plates see page 92.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ Wash and press all fab­rics well be­fore cut­ting.

■ Fab­ric sup­plied by Wind­ham Fab­rics (wind­ham­fab­rics.net)

FAB­RICS USED

All fab­rics are from the Su­garplum col­lec­tion by Heather Ross for Wind­ham Fab­rics.

CUT­TING OUT

1

Cut the print fab­rics into strips of vary­ing lengths be­tween 1½in–3in x WOF. These strips can be as var­ied or as uni­form as you like, based on the ef­fect you want.

2

From the bat­ting cut:

■ Two (2) 22in x 60in pieces.

3

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ 2½in wide strips on the bias. Once sewn to­gether, you will need the strip to be ap­prox­i­mately 8¼yds long.

PIEC­ING THE CHRIST­MAS TREE SKIRT

4

Line up one corner of one of the bat­ting pan­els with the 45 de­gree an­gle on your quilt­ing ruler. Mark along the edge of the ruler for place­ment of the first strip (Fig A).

5

Place two strips RST and line up with the marked line, pin­ning in place (Fig B). Sew a ¼in seam along the edge (Fig C). 6

Press open and trim the ex­cess around the edges (Fig D). Put the trimmed lengths aside to use later.

7

Line up the next strip RST on top of the in­ner strip. Sew a ¼in seam and press open (Fig E). Con­tinue work­ing this way, adding strips across the bat­ting panel un­til it’s en­tirely cov­ered.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT MATCH­ING SEAMS, THE IM­PROV STYLE IS PART OF THE FUN!

8

Re­peat steps 4–7 with the sec­ond panel, start­ing with a line di­ag­o­nally op­po­site from the first panel (Fig F). This will re­sult in two pan­els with op­po­site slant­ing lines (Fig G).

9

Use the Wedge tem­plate to cut the first wedge from the panel. Ro­tate

180 de­grees be­fore cut­ting the next (Fig H). Con­tinue cut­ting un­til you have nine wedges from each panel, for a to­tal of eigh­teen wedges.

10

Lay out the wedges, al­ter­nat­ing di­ag­o­nals to make a cir­cle (Fig I). Piece the wedges to­gether along the long edges. Piece to­gether in pairs, then piece the pairs to­gether. Keep work­ing un­til you form a cir­cle, leav­ing one seam un­sewn. This will cre­ate the open­ing for your Christ­mas tree skirt. 11

Even out the edges along the out­side of the tree skirt. Use a large bowl to trace a cir­cle in the mid­dle and trim the pan­els back to your de­sired size (Fig J), mak­ing sure the cir­cle is large enough to fit the trunk of your tree.

12

Cut the back­ing fab­ric in half across the width and sew to­gether along the long edges. Lay the tree skirt on top. Baste around the in­ner cir­cle, open­ing edges and outer edge of the cir­cle (Fig K). Quilt as de­sired. Evie quilted straight lines in the di­rec­tion of her strips. Trim away the ex­cess back­ing fab­ric around the edges.

13

Trim two pieces of bind­ing to 23in lengths. Use these to bind the two straight open­ing edges of the skirt, as you would a quilt. Trim the ex­cess at each end. Evie used a con­trast colour for this. 14

Sew your bias bind­ing strips to­gether end to end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Ap­ply the bind­ing around the outer edge of the tree skirt, as you would a quilt. Leave ap­prox. 12in hang­over at each end to be­come the clo­sure ties.

15

Fold and press the ex­cess bind­ing, and then top­stitch along the length to neaten the ties.

16

Re­peat step 14–15 to add bind­ing to the in­ner cir­cle of the tree skirt to fin­ish.

YOU WILL NEED■ Six­teen (16) to twenty (20) print fab­rics: ¼yd each■ Back­ing fab­ric: 3yds■ Bat­ting: 45in x 60in■ Bias bind­ing fab­ric: ¾yd■ One (1) copy of the Wedge tem­plateFIN­ISHED SIZE ■ 52in cir­cle

piec­ing THE CHRIST­MAS TREE SKIRT

Evie Jespersen Af­ter sewing for ten years, Evie re­cently started quilt­ing FCKN[!CU!C!YC[!VQ!"PF!C!UGPUG! of calm and fo­cus evquilts.com evquilts

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