Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July Blog Hop and Sparkle Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced soon!


Today I am over at Benartex's blog Sew In Love With Fabric sharing a super fun tutorial for a simple modern tree skirt that you could whip up in a weekend to dress up your tree this year or to give as a gift!


This project uses 2 yards of background fabric, a few fat quarters, backing, and a half yard for binding to create a fun tree skirt from Amanda Murphy's Sparkle line. Check out all of the fun prints in this line!


You will need:

2 yards of a background fabric
Various print fabrics (I used parts of fat quarters, but you could use scraps!)
2.5 yards backing fabric
0.5 yards for binding

It is also helpful to have a larger 30 degree ruler. I own and used this ruler, which I highly recommend (NOT an affiliate link!).

From your background cut:

Twelve (12) 30 degree wedges 13 inches long



Three (3) 12 inch squares -- cut each in half diagonally twice for twelve (12) triangles
Twenty four (24) 3 inch by 6.5 inch rectangles
Forty Eight (48) 2.5 inch squares
Twelve (12) 3.5 inch squares

From your print fabrics cut:

Twelve (12) 2.5 inch squares total (can be all different fabrics!)
Thirty six (36) 3.5 inch squares total -- you will need twelve pairs of matching squares (see below)

Making your Ohio Star blocks (Make 12 Ohio star blocks)

For each star you will need:
Four (4) 2.5 inch background squares
One (1) 3.5 inch background square
Two (2) matching 3.5 inch print squares
One (1) contrasting 3.5 inch print square
One (1) 2.5 inch print square



Draw a diagonal line on each of your matching 3.5 inch squares.



Pair one with a background fabric square, pair the other with your contrasting 3.5 inch square. Sew on each side of the line, cut apart on the line, and press towards your matching square fabric.



Cut each HST unit in half diagonally perpendicular to the seam you just sewed.



Pair half units together so that each QST unit has two matching side triangle, one background triangle, and one contrasting triangle. Trim each unit to 2.5 inch squares.



Lay out your star as shown below, sew into an Ohio star block -- make sure that your points are all pointing in the correct directions.





Making your wedges

Now that your stars are completed, sew the following to each star:
-- sew a 3 x 6.5 inch rectangle to the right and left of the star block
-- sew a 30 degree wedge piece to the top of the star block
-- sew a 12 inch triangle piece to the bottom of the star block

Using the lines of your 30 degree wedge piece, trim the sides of your wedge unit so that the entire unit is a large 30 degree wedge with a point at the outer edge as shown below.



Putting it all together

Lay out your twelve wedges in the order that you desire them. Sew wedges together in sets of 3 to begin. You now have four "quadrants" to easily sew into pairs, and then finally sew two halves together.




NOTE: You do not need to worry about all of your points lining up in the center since we will be cutting a hole in this area! Whew!



Once your top is all together, quilt as desired. I quilted mine with loops in each wedge. At this point, you can choose to trim your tree skirt into a circle as I have or you can choose to leave your wedges with points. Trace around a circular object (I used a can of vegetables) to define your inner circle opening for your tree trunk. Choose one of your wedge seams and cut up the length of the seam to your drawn circle and cut the circle out. If trimming into a circle, make marks 20 inches from your center around the edge of your quilt and cut along those marks.



Now you are ready to bind and add your choice of ribbons, buttons, or hooks-and-eyes to keep the opening of your tree skirt shut during the Christmas season!



Before you head over to Sew In Love With Fabric to check out the full tutorial, enter to win a set of Sparkle fat quarters for yourself!

Two possible entries to win:

-- For everyone: Leave a comment with what your Christmas tree skirt looks like -- mine is brown satin with brown velvet trim -- yes, I have a store bought tree skirt AND stockings. *blushes* (If Christmas isn't your winter holiday of choice, share a favorite winter tradition!)

-- For followers old and new: Leave a comment with how you follow and your favorite Christmas fabric line.

Thanks for visiting and check out the other stops this week on the Christmas in July hop!

Wednesday: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts, featuring Sparkle
Thursday: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework, featuring Holiday Cheer
Friday: Benartex blog design team featuring Joyful

164 comments:

  1. My tree skirt is made up of log cabin blocks in deep red and green. I used a bunch of my Christmas fabrics to make it. Yes, I have tons!

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  2. I follow you on Bloglovin'. I don't have a favorite Christmas fabric line at the moment since I'm trying not to buy any more Christmas fabrics but Sparkle is awful tempting!

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  3. i follow on bloglovin. i dont have a favorite christmas fabric line. i love all christmas fabrics
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  4. your tree skirt is lovely. mine is from 32 years ago. first one my husband and i bought together after being married. It is bright red with angled quilted lines in a shiny thread with a ruffle on the edges. Almost time to replace

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  5. Every year I say that I will make a tree skirt because I use a red tablecloth... But I haven't mad one yet!! Love yours and the pattern would be a perfect Christmas theme!!

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  6. My tree skirt is quilted red and green with eyelet lace handmade by my grandmother in 1984. She made one for each girl in the family that year. It has been under my tree every year since then. I don't change up my colors because red and green is what she chose. I miss her since she passed away in 2006, but love looking at her handiwork every year when I pull it out.

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  7. I follow with GFC and you are in my blogger dashboard!

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  8. I follow by e-mail. My tree skirt is snowmen all around that I made a couple of years ago.

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  9. My Christmas tree skirt is a lavish one that I won a few years ago. It is a plush red velvet and has appliqued bells and ribbons with real bells! It is very pretty! It replaced a simple one I made about 20 years ago...that one went to my daughter who loves it.

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  10. I am a Bloglovin' follower of yours. I wouldn't say I have a favorite Christmas fabric designer or line I go to, but I do like Moda fabrics for their quality and variety!

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  11. My Christmas tree skirt is a white sheet. You have just inspired me to make a quilted tree skirt for myself. At this time of year I am making runners, quilts, and place mats for others Christmas gifts. I think I will stop and create your skirt. Thank you so much for the inspiration. janie(dot)mccombs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I am a new subscriber via e-mail.

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  13. My tree skirt is made up of diamond shaped log cabins which results in large pointed edges rather than a round edge. Fabrics are traditional reds and greens and many have gold metallic highlights.

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  14. My Christmas tree skirt is a wedge design made many years ago. I'd like to make a new smaller one.

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  15. I signed up to follow your blog.

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  16. White hook rug with holly. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  17. Following on Bloglovin'. Let It Snow Fat Quarter Bundle Laura Berringer for Marcus Brothers Fabrics is one of my favorties. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  18. My tree skirt is an Art to Heart design with four Santas and is square. I loved making it!

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  19. I follow via my blog roll. My current favorite Xmas line is Lori Holt's new one.

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  20. Mine is burgundy felt with snowmen and Christmas tress. And yes, it's store bought. One of these days I'll get around to making a quilted one, haha.

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  21. I made mine, but it is the pre-quilted gold, red and green fabric, lol. Hideous, but I never get around to MY tree skirt, lol.

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  22. I follow via Bloglovin' and I have no idea what my favorite Christmas fabrics might be. I love them all or anything with a cuteness about them. So all, I guess, lol

    barbara.dougherty126@gmail.com

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  23. When I was growing up our tree skirt was red flannel with white fake fur trim. over the years the trim began to turn yellow but when I trim my tree, I always think of that tree skirt. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  24. I actually don't have a tree skirt. It is on my quilting bucket list!

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  25. I follow via e-mail and I haven't really explored all the Christmas lines yet but this Sparkles fabric is really fun! I like it!

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  26. I get your newsletter. I haven't begun to look at Christmas fabric yet so don't have a favorite line...yet. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  27. My Christmas tree skirt is latch hooked with trees and candy canes on it.

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  28. I also have a purchased tree skirt. It's a Martha Stewart in gold with buttons down the opening; very nice. I like your version and tutorial. Thank you.

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  29. I am a new follower subscribed by email. I love Christmas fabric. I have a huge basket full and love every piece. This week I like every line I have seen so far. Hopefully, I'll get to make something from all of them.

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  30. I am in need of a new Christmas skirt, and this looks like a real winner.

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  31. I follow via email. No favorite Christmas line right now. But, I better start looking.

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  32. Our Christmas tree is always outside on the patio surrounded by wrapped boxes on top of evergreen branches.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  33. I have a Christmas tree skirt that my mother made for me and each of my sisters about 25 years ago. She hand-embroidered scenes from "The Twelve Days of Christmas". My mom passed away a few years after giving me the tree skirt, and I think of her and love her each time I see that skirt!
    nancy_sue_ryan@yahoo.com

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  34. I follow my email.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  35. My tree skirt was made using a long something degree ruler -- I can't say what because it has vanished. I loaned it to someone, she returned it and I can no longer find it. Sigh. I used gold fabrics along with a ruffle in red and it seems huge. I need to make a little tree skirt for the smaller trees we put up at Christmas. This might just be the ticket once I figure out how many blocks I would need to make.

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  36. I follow you by Instagram.
    nancy_sue_ryan@yahoo.com

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  37. My tree skirt is from a pattern called Star Weave Tree Skirt by Deonn Stott. I made it in reds on a white background.

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  38. I follow you with bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. Mine is so old. It is a feathered star pattern that I made when I first started quilting. Guess it is time to update!

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  40. My tree skirt is a round, hooked rug that my mother made many moons ago. It has a green background and Santa on it. I'm looking for a tree skirt to make so this pattern might do the trick.

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  41. I follow you by email. And on your Flickr Group.

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  42. I have a kit for a cross stitch skirt and several patterns for a quilted skirt. None made after all these years. I use a pretty vinyl Christmas round tablecloth that I split to fit. Sigh.

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  43. mine is store bought to , made my daughter one last year.

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  44. Mine is a pretty brown and red star one i made.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  45. I follow on bloglovin... happyness044312yahoo.com

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  46. FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN'!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  47. Ours is a Red+Cream cotton quilted skirt!
    Thank You for your Blog+this neat Giveaway!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  48. My tree skirt is light blue felt with multi colored felt trees all along the border.

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  49. I follow you via Bloglovin and email. My favourite Christmas fabric is All Bundled a Up by Debbie Mum.

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  50. My Christmas Tree skirt is non-existent as we do not have room for a tree. But I do put up Christmas stockings.

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  51. Just stunning.I follow by email.My tree skirt is a round green felt.

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  52. I don't have a tree skirt as we don't usually put up a tree anymore because we are seldom home for Christmas.

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  53. One of my favorite christmas favric is Cosy Christmas by Lori Holt.

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  54. I follow you via email. I don't have a favorite Christmas fabric line. It is rare that I like all the fabrics in a single line and designs change so quickly. I do tend to favor those with nativity, snowmen, or snow(flakes), or winter wonderland themes.

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  55. I have a store bought round fuzzy red trimmed in fuzzy green. It is so pretty that I just can not give it up. LOL. I have really been bitten by the Christmas fabrics the past couple of years and am further being enticed with all of the fabulous patterns that are available to make with them. So, with special beauties like your tree skirt pattern my tree skirt may disappear this year! Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

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  56. I follow Honey, Bunny, and Doll on Craftsy and have been doing the "Summer on the Coast Mystery". My favorite Christmas line is the "My Little Chickadee".
    dhardenburg (at) prodigy (dot) net

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  57. Mine is a Nativity scene. I really like the one you made here. Very nice.

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  58. My tree skirt is also store bought. It's red fuzzy fabric with white fur round the outside edge. My two cats love to sleep on it so I keep it. I think I just might make a quilted one for this year. and see if they will use it. Rina

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  59. I follow you via blogger and Instagram. Rina

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  60. My Christmas tree skirt has a cream print, red binding & ties, with a fuzzy bear on it. I've had it for more years than I can remember.

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  61. I follow you via bloglovin".

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  62. I have a quilted skirt I made years ago that is just squares. I think it's time to make a new one - this one!

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  63. We use a green sheet with a pretty design for our tree skirt. I think this year though I will try to make something. Thanks for the pattern!

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  64. I'm one of your google followers - can see my face in the little boxes!

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  65. We have a mini tree at Christmas and the skirt is a 15" circle of burlap with appliqued holly and berries, about 20 years old. Your tutorial will be great to use my CG 30 degree angle ruler and make a skirt for our new full size tree for this year!

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  66. I follow by email and my favorite Christmas fabrics are by Laurel Burch.

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  67. I purchased my tree skirt sometime in the 1970s at a craft show. It is a simple red, green and white eyelet pieced skirt. Needless to say, it has been washed numerous times (the cats like to lay on top of it when there are no packages under the tree), and I am needing a new skirt. Your tutorial is inspirational. Maybe this Season.

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  68. My tree skirt is one I made years ago and one that I just do not like at all. I made two back then and the one I loved so much more someone else really loved it, so I was nice and gave it to them. I was and still do want to make a new one for our tree. Honestly, I hate mine so much, I try to forget what it looks like until I pull all the decorations out each year and then sigh thinking I still have to use that because I still haven't made a new one. LOL I can tell you it has a horrible ruffle around the entire thing so you can imagine it was made in the early 1980's.

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  69. I need to make a new skirt. The one I made over 30 years ago is red satin with ribbons in a design, and a cream chiffon and lace overlay. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  70. I follow via bloglovin. For holiday prints, I prefer traditional colors, and a little glitz. I didn't find only one collection that's my favorite, as many have something that I love.

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  71. My tree skirt is a white twin size sheet. It is the one that we used when I was growing up and I am sentimentally attached. I love the tree skirt you made and just might give it a try.

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  72. I follow you via Bloglovin. I am crushing on Juniper Berries by Moda.

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  73. I am already a follower of your blog on Bloglovin' and also with email notification.

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  74. my tree skirt is store bought it is red with a green holly ruffle.

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  75. I did make my tree skirt many years ago, and it was made with red and green satins in an elongated log cabin design. I just love it!

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  76. I'm ashamed to say that my Christmas tree skirt is purchased also it's green and red my favorite Christmas colors

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  77. I'm a email subscriber.... I love Moda Holly Night Metallic Poinsettia & Holly

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  78. My Christmas tree skirt is a green towel. ( I am hanging my head in shame). I do at least buy a new towel each year, lol.

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  79. My granddaughter (aged 13) and I made a new tree skirt last year. She was helping me go through some totes in my storage and found one with christmas fabric. So off we went and made the front that was a panel for a nativity scene and for the back...Yes she picked out the santa driving a pink cadillic...so much fun we had..and she would love to switch up the skirt to either side for how her mood was...Love you ohio stars...I love star quilts.....

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  80. I'm a traditionalist and would make mine red white and green. But the background would probably be red.

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  81. Mine is red and green and needs replacing!

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  82. My tree skirt is red felt with green felt trim - store bought. My stockings are hand made though. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  83. I follow you on Bloglovin and my favorite Christmas fabric line is Believe. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  84. My tree skirt is a pre quilted fabric with bias tape binding made in the 80's. Scott_3508@netins.net

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  85. My tree skirt is navy blue wool with snow men appliqued on with wool embroidery I bought 1/2 price at Kohls. My daughters stockings are handmade but I'm working on making some for my husband & I.
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  86. I follow you on Bloglovin and I love all Christmas fabric.
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  87. I have an old skirt I made from a panel a long time ago. It is time for a new one and this would be the perfect one.

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  88. I'm a follower via Bloglovin.

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  89. My tree skirt is traditional reds and greens and is star shaped. Made by my MIL about 30 years ago.

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  90. I follow via GFC and I love Kate Spain's Jingle line and also a new one called Jol.

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  91. We don't usually put up a Christmas tree as our cats find it too much fun to play with everything. However, I do put out lots of holiday table runners. Thanks so much. Diane O

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  92. My grandma made my tree skirt - it is blue felt with appliqué

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  93. I use an extra white flat sheet for my tree skirt. It gets covered up with gifts anyway so I don't feel any crafters guilt =)

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  94. I follow via Feedly and Instagram. I love the Christmas lines from BasicGrey and Kate Spain.

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  95. My tree skirt is red and white that I crocheted about 30 years ago.

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  96. Last year I finally made a new one. The old one had painted on bears instead of appliqué bears and my kids said ,enough.so I made a new one with modern fabrics and the wedge rulers

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  97. I made mine about 13 years ago, double sided. One side red velvet or flip to the other side, gold lame' jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. No tree skirt. My dogs can't resist a tree, & my cats aren't much better. WE block our tree off with wood boards; no one would see a tree skirt

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  99. I bought a piece of fabric, red and green Christmas plaid, that looks like a fringed blanket and that is what wraps around the base of my Christmas tree. I have cats who like to drink the water (I still love real trees) so I need to cover the base of the tree real good.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  100. I follow your blog via Bloglovin. I do not have a favorite line for Christmas fabrics. I love Christmas time and love the fabrics also so I will buy whatever catches my attention.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  101. I don't actually have a tree skirt so I need to win these lovely fabrics and get making! My stockings are handmade though x

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  102. I follow via Bloglovin. I do not have a favorite line for Christmas fabric, I love them all.

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  103. I have a really old felt looking Christmas tree skirt that has Christmas designs printed on it. Really ugly and definitely not homemade.

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  104. My tree skirt is felt with embroidered snowmen on it.

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  105. Great tutorial Alison! My tree skirt is red and white quilt blocks!

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  106. My tree skirt is an old tri-chem-red velvet type fabric (which is falling apart), surrounded by painted partridges in a pear tree-very pretty at one time-just old & worn out.

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  107. I follow you on bloglovin. Any Christmas fabric by Moda, Riley Blake or Kaufman-I love them all!

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  108. my tree skirt is made with pie shaped pieces of several christmas prints with a ruffle around the edge. i made it about 12 years ago in a class.

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  109. Your tree skirt looks like it would be fun to make, and I definitely need a new one! Mine was made for us by my mom back in the 70s and it looks like it - lots of bright red and green with some blue and yellow, too!

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  110. I always run into you at the RSC link-up on Saturdays, but now I'm following you on Bloglovin!

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  111. I have to admit that my tree skirt is an old sheet that I pluff up around the base of the tree. I've wanted to make a tree skirt - this one looks so great, I think I can find time to make it!

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  112. I follow you by having your posts pop up in my inbox! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  113. My tree skirt is faces of santas all around it.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  114. I am even more shameful than you! My "tree skirt" is an old sheet draped artfully aroundthe base of the tree. I have resolved to make one this year!

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  115. My tree shirt is just a white sheet....lol

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  116. I am following via Bloglovin as Linda Meyers-Gabbard

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  117. No tree, no skirt...sorry! Rather buy fabric than a tree to decorate.

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  118. I made a very simple patchwork tree skirt when I got my first apartment. 35 years later, it's a bit worn and a lot dated, but I still love it!

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  119. I did not have a tree skirt for a long time because I just didn't like the ones at the store. I finally caved and have one with typical Christmas characters and presents. I am hoping to sew something more my style.

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  120. My Christmas tree skirt is made by my mom using one of the felt kits of the past.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  121. Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  122. Wellll.... ashamed to admit it.. :/ but we have an old white bedsheet we pouf around bottom or tree...like snow giggle

    Thank you for chance to win this Give-a-way...maybe tree will get a new Skirt!!! :D

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  123. Already follow you thru Email, Bloglovin ^& Pinterest :)

    Thought my fave Christmas fabric was "Jingle"...BUT think this "Sparkle" has definitely won out!! LOOOOVE IT!

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  124. I just bought my first tree skirt last year. It has snowmen all around it. I was using an old table cloth that has poinsettias on it. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  125. Very cute! I have a gold fringed circular piece of felt for my tree skirt.

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  126. I have a silky burgundy one. Pretty fabric and skirt.

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  127. I have a quilted patchwork scrappy tree skirt that a friend made me 15 years ago! I love it!

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  128. I am a follower with bloglovn!

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  129. My tree does not have a skirt. :)

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  130. I follow via blogger follower. hmmm I dont have any favorite Christmas fabric line but I once acquired a Riley Blake reindeer fabric which I sew as throw pillow cover.

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  131. My tree skirt is a purchased one with Appliqued gingerbread men. Keep meaning to make one one of these years!

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  132. I follow you on Facebook & I'm very fond of Benartex fabrics for Christmas & in general!

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  133. My Christmas tree skirt is one my mother made me that is red and green christmas squares.

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  134. I have a beautiful tree skirt I made years ago with gold metallic laced fabrics. It looks like it used a 30* ruler, but I know I didn't have one...can't remember now how it was done!

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  135. Our Christmas tree skirt is burgundy with holly berries cotton fabric. And yes, it is my creation!

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  136. I don't have a Christmas tree skirt. Well, a *finished* one, anyway... 8) (Note to self: try to figure out which box that partially pieced one is in)

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  137. I have two skirts made by my Grandmother. They are nearly identical, but I rescued one that a brother was discarding. They are felt with lots of sequins sew on the trapunto-appliqued trees. I wonder how many of these she made. One day I want to copy her pattern with with quilting cotton.

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  138. A new email subscriber!
    I still love the Figgy Pudding line!

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  139. Love your tree skirt! Mine is a quilted one I made, mid-90s when I had first started quilting and had no real clue what I was doing, log cabin technique but diamonds...my BFF and I took a class for how to make them. I remember the RUFFLE...yards and yards and yards. I still use it every year.

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  140. I follow you on bloglovin and just now found you on Instagram!

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  141. My tree skirt has paper pieced santas on it. I need to make a new one for my daughter who just got married.

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  142. I follow you by email and my favorite Christmas line is my little chickadee.

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  143. Our Christmas Tree Skirt is reversible with a red background and green holly on one side and a green background with snowflakes on the other. I bought the fabric on my first trip to the US in 1983 and made it up for that Christmas. We have used it ever since - in 4 homes and 3 countries!

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  144. I don't have a tree skirt anymore as I am in a very small apartment. Love your design though! chocolatewiskers@aol.com

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  145. We still use the tree skirt that I made the first Christmas I was married. I keep saying I need to make a new one, but just never have gotten around to it :-) Love yours!

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  146. I don't have a tree skirt, but use a piece of fabric with gold glitter and drape it around the base of the tree.

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  147. My tree skirt is dark green and red with satin ribbon (a gift from my brother and sister-in-law). I adore your tree skirt and I definitely want to make one. The sparkle fabric is beautiful and I would love to win some. Thanks for the inspiration and for making some quilter very happy.

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  148. My tree skirt is velevets, solids and stripes. It has jingle bells on the tips. It is store bought and after seeing your tree skirt I need to make one.

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  149. My stockings are all handmade but my tree skirt is store bought, one day I will make one, I really like the one you made.

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  150. I follow your blog via bloglovin. My favorite Holiday line is called Joy by Kate Spain, it is several years old.

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  151. We don't use a tree skirt anymore. Now we wrap red/green/white quilts around the bottom of our tree. It looks very nice and homespun, and when the cats sleep under there with the gifts, they are especially comfy.

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  152. I'm a follower via email (wordygirl@earthlink.net) and my favorite Christmas line right now is Winterberry. I haven't made anything with it yet, but I have lots of ideas for it.

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  153. I suspect I missed the deadline for the giveaway. Too bad because I love the fabric and what you did with it ... and I don't have a Christmas Tree Skirt! dezertsuz at gmail

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  154. We don't have a Christmas tree but when we did I wrapped the base in a 1/2 yard of gold and 1/2 yard of white see through lace.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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