Friday, December 16, 2016

A North Woods Christmas Tree

A North Woods Christmas Tree

A few months ago, I won a beautiful fabric panel :  North Woods { by Kate Spain for Moda !}  Thank you, dear Lara, at Buzzin Bumble blog!! 

North Woods fabric by Kate Spain   

After laying out my panel, and looking at it for days, an idea came to me.  Could this cute Scandinavian style  table topper be converted into a tree skirt for my little tree?   The diameter was just a bit small... at 32" across.   I did not want the green leg-ends of the tree stand to stick out from underneath the skirt.

Here is the tree that I wanted to make a Christmas Tree Skirt for...

My "up year-round" Pencil Tree.... with my Apple Picking Tree Skirt
Quilt Design by Lori Holt    blogged here

I ran through various solutions in my mind,  and after talking to my mom, she suggested I could make little cream fabric pouches around each leg- end.  Like the pedals on her piano...which had a velvet pouch around each pedal to prevent scratches.   Eureka!!

The printed table topper
It was fast and fun to  quilt the topper, using my favorite Aurifil #2021 50 weight thread and my walking foot, to make diagonal lines.

It was SCARY to cut into the topper, but I knew it would turn out to be sew cute!!***

**** Don't look at the below  picture if you get queasy cutting into quilts!!****
Cutting the slit into the center of the topper

I sewed up four red ties, 4 little cream booties, and  some cream binding.

Binding clips are sooooo handy

And before I knew it,  my North Woods Tree Skirt was all done!!

North Woods Tree Skirt and center ornament !

You can see how it perfectly fits my pencil tree!  Do you see the little cream booties peeking out under the tree skirt?  

My pencil tree and North Woods Tree Skirt 

It was fun and quick to make the ornaments from the panel, too!  I added some ribbon to the center that was cut out, and it became the first ornament!!

Birds, pears, hearts , stars and Christmas trees came after!

Cutting the backing for the bird ornament!

Bird ornament
Have you noticed this beautiful Star of Bethlehem ornament?  My beautiful friend, Esther, gave that to me!!
I quilted a little around the fun Kate Spain Doodle Designs from the panel, too!
Scandi cuteness!!

Pear ornaments

Tree with hearts and Christmas tree ornaments

My tree is slowly filling up with these Scandi ornaments!  
I may have to  finish them up in January, if I don't have time to make them all  before Christmas.   I like to machine sew and stuff them, and  then leave the handstitching (of the stuffing holes)  to do while I watch tv with my hubby in the nighttime.

Thank you , Lara, for my lovely giveaway gift !  I will think of you every Christmas!
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
                            Finish It Up Friday @  Crazy Mom Sews   and
                           Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts   and 
                           TGIFF   @ Sparrow In Flight   and
                          Finished Or Not Friday  @   Busy Hands Quilts  and
                            Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew @ Celtic Thistle Stitches


  1. What an adorable tree skirt for your adorable pencil tree!!

  2. This is so sweet! I love the tree skirt and the little booties. What a great idea! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Very sweet. I love the Scandinavian them for Christmas 🎄 and you could keep it up for the winter months.

  4. Oh it's so pretty! I adore the skirt and ornaments on your darling tree!

  5. That is just so darling Susie! What a great idea for the tree skirt and I also think your mom is clever to have thought of the booties. You put that Kate Spain panel to perfect use.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!

  6. Oh! What a lovely way to use the panel. And a darling tree! Thank you for sharing.
    (not queasy about cutting quilted stuff) xo

  7. That looks amazing, Susie! What a beautiful tree skirt and the ornaments look lovely. I am surprised not to find Whiskers sitting on the tree skirt :)



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