Unfortunately, today I just don’t have a post, with not having the ability to go upstairs and sew I didn’t finish my project. Its all cut-out and ready to sew, but that’s as far as it got.
Yesterday was reallllllly bad day for us, while I can at least walk now, I can’t get quite make it up the stairs, but I’m so happy, I see it coming at least. But that’s not the bad news… Hail hit Colorado Springs today and our basement got flooded by a broken window that blew out. You remember that basement if you read the post here where I showed all the fabric stored downstairs. Now I remember why that investment in those bins seemed pretty darn expensive at the time, but so worth it in the end. My post is late getting posted because we spent the night starting to move everything into the garage. They can’t take and start working on getting the water out of the carpet until we move everything out of the basement…
I do have a giveaway today, so be sure you pop inside and read the rest of the post…
I am making the X-Blocks Santa Baby Tree Skirt pattern. I loved this tree skirt a few months ago when we were choosing patterns to make for the X-Blocks blog hop and so got it then with the additional ruler I was going to need. I thought it would make a lovely gift for my newly married nieces and nephews.
The pattern uses X-Blocks 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 rulers
So, I’ve chosen to use batiks once again, a kind of play really, on the Santa red, I am using a batik that has little crabs stenciled on them, I thought it would be quite fun and a little ironic, but I don’t think all cut up and put into place you’ll ever know that it was a crab print.
Where the green is in the pattern I chose purple… because as you know, everything I make somewhere in it has purple… That to me is my signature…
Where the small white print is, I did actually use white which is something I rarely do.
The red stripe is the hint of green in my tree skirt.
Now the beard is this really cool fabric I bought back in the 90’s of Santa’s beard, at the time, I loved this fabric so much I bought a whole bolt of it from the quilt shop. It is perfect for Santa’s beard and is the only fabric that isn’t a batik in the tree skirt.
The fabrics were tested and pre-washed, the red bled, so all fabrics were pre-washed and I am not a pre-washer, but I do not want that red bleeding into the white fabric down the road since this is going to be a gift.
For Santa’s eyes, I found some of those really teeny tiny baby buttons at JoAnn’s.
The backing is yet to be determined, I have two fabrics that would work, I just haven’t decided which I will finish it with first and I rarely determine that until I finish a top anyway.
I will be adding little pocket triangles tho to the corners of each of the tree skirt, and then I will add some drapery weights to each pocket. I do this also with table runners or anything I want to stay in place, the weight is just enough to keep the runners from moving so easily. I like things to stay in place. For a tree skirt, I would absolutely want the runner to stay in place under the tree and too often they scoot into the trunk area because of the presents going under the tree.
I created this pattern for today, its part of a new bunting series I am doing. There is a free pattern on the post from Saturday.
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