I am somewhat limited for pre-blogging quilts here in Florida, limited in number, and limited because I've already done a couple TBT posts on two of them, Indianapolis and Frostbite.
This tree skirt is not just pre-blogging, it's pre-quilting life! It was the first time I used a rotary cutter and ruler.
All that said, I do love this tree skirt, as do the cats we have had since the first Christmas it was under our tree. There is rather a lot of cat hair on it to prove my point. As I was laying it out to photograph for this post, I started to pick some of it off and then thought na, it's part of why I do love it.
|True to form, and true to the love my cats have had, and Bella continues to have for this tree skirt!|
I tossed it onto the floor after pulling it out of the closet and went to grab my phone to take some pictures. I returned less than a minute later to find Bella snuggled on down in it, happy as a clam! Not happy when I scooted her off it...
We were encouraged to find a print that would work for the centre of each diamond.
|This Old World Santa is my favourite|
I loved that print so much that I made the ruffle with it.
You can see the backing here, a sweet angel no-so-great-quality fabric. It has held up very well. Oh that ruffle... yards and yards and yards. I remember Jenny taking pictures of us gathering that ruffle, pinning and pinning, pulling the threads some more, evening out the gathers and then finally carefully stitching it to the right side of the tree skirt. It took us hours and we burned the midnight oil. This may have been one of those times when it was going on 10 pm and I was about to drive the couple miles home and she said, "Why don't you just sleep over? Then we can keep working..." and of course our girls, then between the ages of 5-9 (she had two as did I) were ALL over that suggestion! We had some wonderful times, she and I, and our four girls.
I remember being perplexed as to what to do at the top. Again the instruction left a little to be desired. In retrospect, I believe it was an inexperienced instructor, and an infant store, not a quilting store as of yet, that all were in play here. But it's all good, as look what I ended up with, and have used it every year but two since! So here's what I did at the top, which was where you turned it right side out.
We used 100% poofy polyester batting that was stitched between the layers (a turned pillowcase technique), and then once the skirt was right side out, I quilted between the second and third round of the diamond. It has stayed in place extremely well! Then again, outside of cats and presents on it for about a month or so each year, it doesn't get a lot of use.
A couple of quick notes:
1. Yesterday was the opening for registration for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. If your blog is more than 2 months and less than 3 years old, and you're interested in getting some tech help, improving your blog, gaining like-minded friends and making long-lasting connections, then you might want to sign up for this worthwhile event. Go to my previous post for more details and the sign-up form. Alumni of former hops, please spread the word on your blogs! Readers, get ready to meet some new bloggers, and oh yeah, enter to win some pretty sweet prizes over the months of April and May when the hop runs a couple weeks during each of those months.
2. Come back tomorrow for the post outlining the details for this year's 30 Quilt Designs Challenge2018 that I'm hosting on Instagram, as well as a couple announcements on upcoming QALs.
All right! Grab a comfy chair, maybe a hot drink or a glass of wine and visit some of the bloggers sharing their trips down memory lane. Quilt stories are the best!