I absolutely LOVE Christmas. I think a Christmas tree should just be called a Holiday Tree because I have to put it up as soon as November hits. I just love the extra glow it gives my house and it makes everything feel more cozy somehow.
Personally, I’m a colorful Christmas person. I love lots of mixing of colors and ornaments on my tree and love that look in my tree skirt as well. That’s why, when I decided to make the Giant Dresden Christmas Tree Skirt by Carrie Actually from Upcraft Club, I decided to make it out of some of my favorite Cotton + Steel Christmas fabric. I realize that there are people out there who also love to have all gold or all silver or monochromatic Christmases, so on the back I used the new Metallic Essex Linen in to make it sort of reversible. Be bright and colorful or super classy; your choice!
I was really excited about this project because it was going to challenge my skills. I had never worked with curves when quilting and I had never made dresden plates. Overall it was a pretty easy make. Piecing the dresden petals together was super easy and fast. After that is all pieced, you lay out your backing fabric, the batting and then the dresden on top and baste it. Cut out the hole in the center; I just used a bowl to trace around the center hole and then cut that out. The directions do say that you should wait till after you quilt it to cut the section that goes around the tree, but I found that difficult. I simply cut it before.
As for the quilting, they recommend a really simple quilt design, just outlining the petals. I took my time going around the curve of each petal and even though it didn’t turn out perfect, I was pretty happy with how it looks! You can stop in the shop and see it under our Christmas tree!
The longest bit of the whole process was putting on the bias binding. I used our Accuquilt to cut 2-1/2” strips of binding on the bias. This gives the binding a little extra stretch to go around the curves of the petals. Again, it’s not a hard process but did take a little time. I tried to go slow to make sure that I was doing it properly but for those of you have done a lot of bias binding on curves, I’m sure it would be a quick process.
Overall I was really happy with how it turned out and found that the directions were really good with this project! Time to make some Ugly Sweater quilted pillows to match! If you would like to try to Giant Dresden Tree Skirt pattern too you can download it from UpCraft through our affiliated link.