I have this new little pencil tree tucked in a corner and I thought… wouldn’t it be fun to make a
Trip Around the
World Tree Skirt!
It was actually my nephew Sammy that brought it up…
Imagine my embarrassment! He was right… smart puppy!
My tree skirt is made from four of these 12″ scrappy trip around the world quilt blocks.
I used this yummy In from the Cold fabric by Kate Spain!
Let’s get started!
Cut yourself six fabric strips 2 1/2″ x 16″ ~ I used fat quarters so mine were a little longer @ 18″ (but that’s ok)… cutting accuracy is key so make some good 2 1/2″ cuts here!
Sew the strips together using 1/4″ seam… slow and steady so your strips are nice and straight… You’ll thank yourself later!
This magnetic seam guide (below) helps me keep things straight when sewing long strips. The magnet sticks to the plate on my machine bed :) and I can position it based on my seam allowance. Handy! If you can’t find one in your quilt shop look here on amazon.
Press seams in opposite directions… press from front as well, to be sure there are no folds at your seams…
Your strip set should measure 12 1/2″ wide if your 1/4″ seams are accurate.
Cut yourself a straight edge at the end of your strip set… notice how I have the horizontal lines on my ruler lined up with the seams on my pieced set? This is important to get a squared up edge cut.
Next, cut six 2 1/2″ units from your ‘tube’…
Since I wanted the red fabric to be the center on the diagonal, I used my seam ripper to open up the seam right above the red block…
For each tube, open the next seam above… sounds easy enough, but it can get confusing so double check before you pick that seam open. Lay them out as you open them up to check that you’re diagonal fabrics all line up…
Sew strips together, nesting and pinning @ seams ~
Be careful to keep strips in order while sewing. Double check before you sew it.
When you finish sewing those strip units together, your first block is done! Look over your block and be sure that all your fabrics line up on the diagonal and you didn’t turn any of your strips while sewing…
This is how I quilted my tree skirt… (read my quilt sandwich tute here)
First sew your four completed blocks together, and layer:
1) tree skirt backing, right side down
I spray basted mine together
and quilted on the diagonal in both directions using my walking foot.
Then I trimmed off the corners, cut a slit from the center to one side (right down seam) and added a circle cut out in the middle (I just traced a large jar for circle).
All that’s left is the binding. You will need bias binding due to the circle. I cheated and cut one small strip of bias binding to do the circle and then I attached it to straight grain binding to do the rest… mainly because I had some of the straight grain binding left over from another Christmas project.
If you need a refresher on how to make bias binding or how to attach binding, check out my tutorials. On the tree skirt you can tackle these obtuse angled corners the same as a 90 degree corner. Stop 1/4″ before edge, fold the binding to the right and line up with edge… Then flip back to the left, pin and sew starting at edge.
If you want to make a larger tree skirt make four larger trip around the world blocks. Here are the measurements, read the column down for each size.
|24″ tree skirt
|42″ tree skirt||48″ tree skirt|
|Cut six 2 1/2″ x 16″
|Cut six 4″ x 25″
|Cut six 4 1/2″ x 28″
|Cut tubes into 2 1/2″
|Cut tubes into 4″
|Cut tubes into 4 1/2″
|Makes one 12″ block||Makes one 21″ block||Makes one 24″ block|
|Make 4 blocks||Make 4 blocks||Make 4 blocks|
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