I am pleased to say – even though I am not a huge purple / pink fan…I kind of like this one.
Finding an exact match was difficult but here are some fun fabrics that are pretty similar to this vibrant shade – Radiant Orchid. I wonder if this will be a popular color in the design world this year?
Ok, so I don’t usually gravitate outside my cozy posts about quilts and family…but I just had to talk about this.
Burton’s 2014 Olympic U.S. Snowboarding Team uniforms were just unveiled and it made the quilter in me quite giddy!
Take a look at the team’s patchwork inspired uniforms. They are constructed out of corduroy, synthetic fabrics and some new fancy waterproof/breathable membrane. Could you imagine creating an “all-terrain” quilt out of this? I mean, I would never be afraid to take a quilt camping, heck – I would drape it over a branch and it could be my tent!
Burton says it’s inspiration is from “Snowboarding’s laid back culture while paying respect to America’s longstanding creative heritage”. Maybe the handmade movement is reaching all areas…or they have run out of ideas and had to go back to square one. Either way I am loving it, and can’t wait to see these in use next year.
Thread – white for your main quilting, red for quilting around your hexies
60 hexies – for these you will need 60 paper templates & 60 squares of scrap fabric cut 2.5″
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue
Scissors, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, cutting mat, iron, pen, clear bowl or cup
Take your center piece and add your border fabric on the top and the bottom of your square, then trim to even. Now add your border fabric to the right and left sides, then trim to even. What you have should now look like the above picture.
Take your top that you just finished and layer it over your batting and your backing fabric creating a quilt sandwhich. Using your method of basting – spray baste or pins – baste your fabrics to prepare for quilting. Use the method of quilting that you enjoy! I am not a free motion quilter so I just stick to straight line quilting. Any way you choose will look great.
Take your quilted square to your cutting mat and using a rotary cutter and ruler measure out 4 inches for your cut. This will even up your square and trim away any rough edges and batting.
Now you can lay out your square and make sure every thing is even.
Fold your square in half and in half again, find your middle corner and using a clear bowl/cup draw a line around where you will make your cut. I like using a clear bowl just so I can see how my fabric is lined up underneath. **If you have a fake tree like I do – DO NOT cut a circle as large as I did! A small hole will work fine. I am telling myself that this will be a good tree skirt to use in the future on a live tree because the hole is too large for my fake tree Going along the line that you drew cut your circle shape out.
Your quilt will now look like this in the middle **And if you were smart the hole will be much smaller
Side note: cutting a hole in the middle of something that you just spent who knows how long quilting is quite painful….
Take your square and fold into half once. Using your scissors cut along the fold like shown above creating the opening to your tree skirt. Remember to only cut one side!
This is what your tree skirt should look like at this point.
Take your 60 hexies, more or less if you change the size of your quilt and press them with your iron on high heat/steam to set the hexie. For more detailed instructions on this process please see this earlier post and for complete instructions on how to make a hexie I highly recommend Ellison Lane’s video tutorial.
Lay your 60 hexies around the line that connects your main fabric to your border fabric. The corner pieces will be at an angle with the top two side points of the hexie on the line. This will allow all 60 pieces to fit. Play around with this layout before gluing to make sure everything fits nicely.
Now you will start to attach the hexies to the fabric. Starting with any hexie, snip the back thread and remove, remove the paper template and apply a thin line of glue around the inside border of your hexie.
Press firmly on the hexie you are gluing down. The uneven surface of the quilting is sometimes hard to glue on when using a very small amount of glue.
Back at your machine it is now time to sew down the hexies. The easiest way I have found to do this is to stitch around one side of the hexies first, going around the entire tree skirt. Once you finish one side, flip the tree skirt around and sew around the other side. I also found that rolling the tree skirt up was the easiest way to handle the size because it does become cumbersome.
Finally time to add your binding and ribbon to finish off the project! I usually bind my projects the same way I do my quilts with my machine. Feel free to machine bind or bind by hand! If you are new to binding a quilt, there are several videos online showing how to do so that are very helpful.
Take your time and pin a lot when going around the middle circle. That seemed to be the toughest to sew.
For my ribbon I just made a tie with some left over binding fabric I stitched closed. You can use ribbon, string or fabric for your tree skirt closure. For placement of the ribbon I placed one about 2 inches from the middle circle and then one 3 inches from the outside edge. Stitch the ribbon in place on the underside of your tree skirt and finish the edges with a no fray glue (fray check) if using ribbon.
You are finished! Here are some more pictures of the finished project, if you make this tree skirt please share with us your work! On Instagram or Twitter: #hexieholidays Or tag me in your post @modernhandcraft.
If you end up making the tree skirt hole a little too large, just place a piece of fabric over the tree base and then wrap with tree skirt.
Here you can see how the corner pieces fit into the layout with the top two side points on the line.
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