Dress a tabletop tree with a skirt pieced in traditional blocks and a classic color palette. Fabrics are from the Winter White collection by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics.

September 28, 2020
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Inspired by: Azure Skies from designers Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken

Quilt tester: Diane Tomlinson

Materials

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 3/4 yard total assorted light prints (blocks)
  • 3/4 yard total assorted dark prints (blocks)
  • 5/8 yard red print (binding, ties)
  • 1 yard backing fabric
  • 33"-square batting

Finished tree skirt: 24-1/2" square

Finished blocks: 8" square

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted light prints, cut:

  • 18—4-7/8" squares

From assorted dark prints, cut:

  • 18—4-7/8" squares

From red print, cut:

  • 3—2-1/2×42" binding strips
  • Enough 2-1/2"-wide bias strips to total 40" in length for ties

Assemble Blocks

These measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each light print 4-7/8" square.

2. Layer a marked light print square atop an assorted dark print 4-7/8" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching  1/4" on each side of marked line (Diagram 1). Cut apart on marked line. Press open to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 36 triangle-squares total.

3. Referring to Diagram 2 for placement of light and dark fabrics, lay out four triangle-squares in pairs; sew together in pairs. Join pairs to make Block A. The block should be 8-1/2" square. Repeat to make five A blocks total.

4. Referring to Diagram 3 for placement of light and dark fabrics, lay out four triangle-squares in pairs; sew together in pairs. Join pairs to make Block B. The block should be 8-1/2" square. Repeat to make four B blocks total.

Assemble Tree Skirt

1. Referring to Tree Skirt Assembly Diagram, alternate blocks in three rows. Sew together blocks in rows. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row.

2. Join rows to make tree skirt top. Press seams in one direction. The tree skirt top should be 24-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Finish Tree Skirt

1. Layer tree skirt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Trim away excess batting and backing.

3. Referring to Diagram 4, use a ruler and pencil to draw a line from the tree skirt center to the center of an outer edge. Using a compass or saucer and pencil, draw a 2-1/2"-diameter circle in the tree skirt center. Cut on marked lines to create a tree skirt opening.

4. Starting where the opening meets the circle, use red print binding strips to bind tree skirt opening straight edges and outer edges.

5. Turn under  1/2" on each short end of pieced red print 2-1/2×40" bias strip; press (Diagram 5). Fold bias strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside, press, and unfold. Fold long edges to meet in center; press. Refold in half; press.

6. Referring to Diagram 6, use prepared bias strip to enclose tree skirt circle edge, leaving 15"-long tails. Topstitch bias strip edges to make ties and bind circle opening, completing tree skirt.