Sunday, October 9, 2016

Apple Picking Tree Skirt

How About Them Apples....

I bought this super cute pattern, Apple Picking Quilt,  by Lori Holt, a long time ago. 
Apple Picking Quilt   by Lori Holt  { here }
Last week, I bought a bag of Ginger Crisp apples for my mother, and remembered that I had this  Lori Holt apple quilt pattern in my files.

So, I dug into my laundry basket of fabrics that I had pulled to together for making my Farm Girl Vintage Quilt.  ( FGV quilt  block patterns from the book, "Farm Girl Vintage" by Lori Holt.)   You can see my quilt Here

This is what I made....

 A Green Apple 

These 12 inch blocks make up so quickly!

A Red apple

Adding on a third scrappy apple

Before I knew it....

Whiskers is heading over to the quilt top to check out all of the apples
As I was making the apple blocks, I realized that this would make a really "delicious"  tree skirt  !

Inspiration:   I saw a video by Rob, at ManSewing, with Violet Craft, on how to turn an unfinished quilt into a tree skirt  {here }

The finished quilt came out to be 33 " by 33 " , after adding some sashing to the four sides.  
I made the quilt sandwich,  and quilted straight lines, at 1.5 " apart, both horizontally and vertically, using my walking foot.

Then it got hard.... 
I became REALLY nervous when I had to cut out the center circle, and the line out to the edge!!  I held my breath and used my special ( very sharp) Gingher Dressmaking shears, and cut!   Success!!

Next, I  sewed  up 4 ties, and pinned them on to the opening, before sewing on the bias binding.

The ties are pinned 
 I machine sewed the bias binding to the front of the tree skirt.  The binding was then hand stitched to the back side.  

Oops... after reading  checking out the pattern, I realized that I should have embroidered the seeds to the apple blocks  before putting the front and back together!  Carefully, I  stitched the apple seeds without thread coming through to the quilt back .  It was slow going, but worth the effort. I  like the addition of the seeds to the cut apples!   ( Note to self:  make a note on the pattern to embroider seeds right after making the quilt top !!)

Embroidering the apple seeds

And here is the finished " Apple Picking Quilt" tree skirt for my pencil tree!

My "Apple Picking " tree skirt    Susie's Sunroom

Before: The Apple Picking Quilt ...After: the Apple Picking Tree Skirt  ! 
by  Susie's Sunroom

I love the little patchwork apples!
I am so happy with my new little tree skirt!

I wonder how long it will be until it is covered with little black kitty hairs?!  LOL

Don't be afraid to cut into that small quilt to make your own tree skirt!
Next on my "To Make" List-   make a Christmas Tree Skirt before December.  (  I won't be  limited to tree skirt patterns to find what I like!)

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
                       Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio   and
                      Finished Or Not Friday  @ Busy Hands Quilts     and
                         Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts   and
                           Fabric Tuesday   @ Quilt Story  and
                          Finish It  Up Friday  @ Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. Love how this turned out! Those apples are just the cutest! We featured your project over on the FWFS blog! :) Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

  2. omg this pattern and your fabrics are adorable. How totally clever to turn it into a tree skirt too. Great blog by the way!LeeAnna

  3. Wow, I just love the little quilt, those apples look great! It is a gorgeous tree skirt!

  4. This is such a good idea. The apples are perfect - fresh and colourful. Love it Susie.

  5. So pretty! The apples look wonderful. I would have never thought of using it as a tree skirt. Very clever of you, Susie :)


  6. Susie, this is just terrific!! I need to make one! Thanks for the tips and I held my breath too when I saw what you had to cut...Love the feline help you get (like mine) from Whiskers. :-)

  7. Such a lovely quilt/tree skirt! I wouldn't have the courage to cut into this yumminess, but look at the great result!

  8. That does look a nice quick block to make! Tee hee! It's great how our pets join in with the quilting isn't it!
    I love the way you added the seeds later, they really make the apples, don't they!
    Barbara xx

  9. What a great little project! I love that you got brave cutting into that quilt. (It always makes me nervous for a minute.) Those colors are fabulous!


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