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Converting Merry Christmas to a Wrap Around Tree Skirt
Step 1: Simplify the quilt. Eliminate the star in the center and replace it with a 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece. Eliminate one of the holiday lights blocks and replace it with an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece.
Step 2: Trim the 8-1/2" piece 1-1/2" from the upper right and lower left corners. Discard the smaller corner.
Step 3: Layer with batting and backing and quilt.
Step 4: Before binding, cut through all layers from the center of the edge with the plain setting triangle to the center of the quilt. Cut a circle 4" in diameter for the center. Depending on the size of your tree trunk you could make this larger or smaller.
Step 5: Bind the quilt including both sides of the slice line and the center circle. Note that a bias binding would be easier to use for the center circle.
Step 6: Add iron on velcro pieces along the cut edge. Space them about five inches apart. The number needed will vary depending on the size of your quilt. The bottom velcro pieces (on the left side) should be applied to the top of the quilt and the top velcro pieces (on the right side) should be applied to the bottom of the quilt.
Joy Candy Cane Quilt
I went to the alphabet blocks and found a couple that I thought might work.
After some playing, I realized I couldn't nicely just add the candy cane stripes. So I decided to just start from scratch and create the blocks in Easy Draw.
My video tutorial this week will share with you how to draw these candy cane blocks for yourself.
Would you like to piece this quilt. Click on each image to obtain a download of the foundation pattern printed from EQ8 (9 inch finished size)
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