Friday, December 7, 2012

Quilt re-do times two.

For some reason I wasn't happy with this as a quilt.  It needed more of something.  I also needed a new tree skirt.
 So I cut an opening (it felt weird to purposefully cut into a finished quilt) and then traced a circle at the top of the slit using a bowl as a guide.  Then I bound it with red and white binding and threw it in the washer and dryer.  When it came out I was still disappointed.  My binding was horrible.  I did not cut it on the bias (to go around that circle) and I knew it wouldn't look good but I went ahead anyway, thinking I could fudge it and it's just a tree skirt not a wedding dress, and who is going to see it when it's covered with presents anyway, and I'm in a hurry! Gaah!
So I went back to the sewing table, where I cut off the white outer border and the red crappy binding, and added white on-the-bias binding, red ric-rac, and wide red grosgrain ribbon, (saved from a present last year).  I think I like it now.
I would really like to add some pom pom fringe around the outside, but that would take another trip to Joann's, and if I step foot in there one more time this week they are going to add me to the payroll and put me to work!
Now that I'm done obsessing about this tree skirt, I can finally focus on the holidays.  We have been hovering in a barren decorating wasteland between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with nothing on the mantle, shelves or tabletops, besides a fine layer of dust.  Time to get my Christmas on!


  1. Wow!! It looks great! I am so impressed. I think the idea of cutting into a finished quilt would require medication of the psychotropic kind for me. LOL Great job!

  2. I like what you did with that quilt, it looks beautiful as a tree skirt.
    And I bet you have just one more coupon for JoAnnes so you can go there just one more time, hahaha.

  3. Can't wait to see this cuteness under your tree!! ♥

  4. I really like the redo. So pretty and it looks just perfect to be a tree skirt. I'm impressed with the fact that you cut up a pretty quilt and made it even prettier. You go, girl!


  5. I LOVE the tree skirt, in happy Christmas colors! The red ric rac added a ton! Funny you mention ball fringe, because I stopped in at Joann's today to buy more of it myself! That stuff is so expensive, that I had to use a coupon!!
    Get your Christmas on girl!!
    xo Kris

  6. Your bravery certainly paid off Lynne. The tree skirt is beautiful. Well done. Philippa xx

  7. oh my - hate it when projects take on a life of their own like this! But the end result looks worth it - get that skirt around a tree! ;-)
    (I should talk...hope to get our tree today!)

  8. That is totally a great idea! I love it. Save the ball fringe for next year. :)


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