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I found this pattern and embroidery CD at the Des Moines, Iowa AQS show in October and really wanted to make this!  So much so, that I found fabric at the show for it AND pulled it out to make in December.  A new record?  The fabric and pattern were only in house for 2 months!  *snicker*

It is 12 sections that are sort of cone shaped and each are embroidered/appliqued separately in the mega hoop for my machine.

tree skirt sectionA

I had the top of the tree skirt done for Christmas.

tree up

I quilted it in early January.

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In February, I added the binding.

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This is the large tree skirt.  Whereas, at this point, I vow to never make this pattern again, there is a tiny inclining in me to make the small tree skirt.  *sigh*  The pattern calls for 1/2 yard fabric for binding.  That is not enough for bias strips for 12 scallops and the back opening and circle.  I thankfully found the fabric online and could make longer strips.  I do continuous bias so used an extra large square and have miles of binding left!  🙂  But not a seam for every scallop as the 1/2 yd would have made.    The fabric for the background is *just* enough for the cones.  Premark before cutting, make sure you slide the cones up & down as you cut, and hold your breath you have enough at the end.  It was a tight squeeze for me.

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Wrong Way Binding

On Saturday, I cut the bias binding for the tree skirt.  Yes, you’ve missed a lot of WIP photos on that one… sorry but we’ll catch up once it is done.  The strips were even longer than my 36″ ruler and mat so it took much shifting and adjusting.  I do continuous bias binding but in the process of that, I rotary cut the strips to within 3 or 4″ of the edge (final seam) so that when in the tube there is only a bit left to cut yet.   I prefer that but really the whole process is a wrestling match most times!

Sunday gave me the chance to sew it on.  I think this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!

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This is the wrong way to handle the inside points of the scallops so back to the ripper and back to my reference, Happy Endings.  One of my long-time stand-bys for all things binding!

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Now all 12 scallops have binding sewn on, the opening edges where I could do the start/stop join and breathe a bit, and the inner circle.  The inner circle nearly proved to be worse than the inside points of the scallops!  I have it clipped and ready for my hand-needle.

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