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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

12 Days of Best Christmas Quilts!

The new issue of Best Christmas Quilts 2012 from Quilters Newsletter is in quilt shops and bookstores now!  You can also find it through www.quilt andsewshop.com both in hardcopy and digital editions.  At $9.99 it's a great value because it has more patterns than most books at half the price. 

For the second year in a row, I just happen to have another project in this wonderful Christmas issue!  It is probably my most favorite class I have ever taught, and a favorite pattern.  It's called Holly and Ivy Tree Skirt, and also is known as my Spiral Tree Skirt! 
What I really love about this pattern is that it looks so complicated, yet it is so easy to make and there are absolutely no points to match!  The secret is the use of a 9 or 10 degree wedge ruler that is 24" long to cut your wedges out of a strip set.  When the ruler is placed at an angle on the strip set it automatically makes the fabrics "spiral" around on the tree skirt! 

Leave a comment on this blog post before 11:59 p.m. MDT tonight (August 29th) for a chance to win
this beautiful prize of Fat Quarters of Fresh Fallen Snow from Maywood! 
VERY IMPORTANT!!!!  Please include your eamil address when leaving a comment so that you can be contacted if you win!  There will be one winner at random for the Fat Quarters, and I will also give
away an issue of this magazine for a second and third prize!  Again, leave your email so I can contact you.  It may not be Christmas in July, but August works just as well!  I'll announce the winners on August 30th.
Thanks for stopping by, and keep quilting!!!

148 comments:

Jill said...

What a great idea! I'd love to try it!

Cecilia said...

I love this tree skirt! I've been wanting to make one for myself, but haven't found one I like. I really like yours, especially the fact that I don't have to match points. :) Thank you for the chance to win.
ceciliayoung at gmx dot com

giddy99 said...

Wow!! I've been agonizing on creating a new tree skirt (or two) this year. Maybe I can try this one... It's gorgeous!

Carla G said...

What a beautiful tree skirt!! I love it! Thanks for a chance to win! :)
bcgeates at netbistro dot com

Tina said...

I am new to quilting although I have been sewing and embroidering for most of my life I just never had the time or space to quilt. This past year though I am catching up. Your Tree Skirt is beautiful and I hope to try this design idea and add some embroidery to it as well. litlone@cox.net

Terry said...

Cute Christmas tree skirt. Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabrics!

lindamid said...

I really like the tree skirt. winning the fabrics would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance

Mikki Lawrence said...

I love this pattern, and all the more because it's easy. The Maywood fabrics are lovely as well.

Sharon said...

Great tree skirt. Enjoying this fabric giveaway.

Sowing Stitches said...

Oh my goodness this tree skirt looks very complicated! Seriously complicated!!! I am going to have to try this for sure, especially since you say it really is very simple. It would make a great birthday present for my sister...I had better get busy!!! :D

sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

CynthiaT59 said...

I love how you cut the pieces to this tree skirt.

ctaylor@wowway.com

oneoldgoat said...

You are right- that tree skirt does look really complicated. I promised my brother and his wife a tree skirt for Christmas - about 10 years ago. I may have to give this a try! Thanks for the giveaway drawing!

TheMugglePuggle said...

Love the tree skirt! I've been wanting to make one, but I have not gotten up the courage since it is all curves. I need to try sometime, though :)

Barbara Sindlinger said...

I have purchased one of those wedge rulers but haven't used it yet. This would be a great gift (and a chance to play with the ruler).

vwlady said...

I NEED TO MAKE A NEW TREE SKIRT...THIS ONE IS QUITE NICE. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

NTZASQRL2@MSN.COM

brownj6610 said...

I love the Seminole look created in the tree skirt. Beautiful.

lindawwww said...

Your tree skirt is beautiful. Just want I need to sew for Christmas.
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

Lisa Marie said...

That tree skirt is simply gorgeous! I can't wait to get the magazine so I can give it a try.

B Greene said...

I live your tree skirt - I have been fascinated by the wedge ruler, so I will definitely take a close look at your project! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
beckygreene10 (at) gmail (dot) com

Marcia W. said...

This is a gorgeous spiral tree skirt - and we need a new one for our home. Thank you for the chance to win this generous prize. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

Karen Rogers said...

Oh my goodness, I looked at that and thought, "beautiful, but it is too hard for me to make." Then I read your comments, and maybe there is hope, I will try!

Karen Rogers said...

Beautiful!

Rachell said...

hi! Nice to meet you. and I'd love to try your technique--spirals and diamonds at once are neat!
And I really do want to make my own tree skirt.
Those fat quarters would be perfect, because I want my tree to be silver and blue color-themed.
Thanks so much!
reillyr2@hotmail.com

amroth98 said...

I love that tree skirt. Would make a lovely Christmas gift! Thanks for offering the fabric in a giveaway! amroth at knox.edu

Enhance your environment with decorative expressions that enrich, uplift, and inspire. said...

Can't wait to try this new intriguing technique! Love it!

Sharon S said...

I've always wanted to make one of these tree skirts.

Diann said...

Very nice tree skirt.

laurie said...

great tree skirt - 4petersen dot family at comcast dot net

Wilma said...

It is a beautiful tree skirt. You say it is easy to make, but it doesn't look easy, that is the secret.
I would love to win.

wiesm@hotmail.com

Eva said...

So grabs my attention, love the colors. Congrats on your quilt making it into QN

eva961@yahoo.com

thel said...

this is the most beautiful tree skirt i have ever seen. i am soon to be 60 and have just started quilting and i love that you talented quilters share your talent with us newbies and everyone else to inspire us to know what we can work toward. theljones@hotmail.com

Dawn Frisch said...

Diane - I've never seen a more beautiful tree skirt! I just love the design - it is so unusual. The fabrics that you used were just perfect too. Congrats on the second year of being published in the Christmas magazine. I'll definitely pick up a copy of it this week. The best to you in your future endeavors! Wish I could take the class that you offer! : )Dawn Frisch
array-dawn@cox.net

Elaine said...

I love the design and colors of the tree skirt!

Dianne said...

Terrific tree skirt. It does look complicated. Can't wait to see it in the magazine.

rebecca said...
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rebecca said...

beautiful tree skirt. I need a new one!

rjgaulton@gmail.com

~Allison~ said...

Congratulations to you! And thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us!! Beautiful projects!

Lindsey said...

Love the tree skirt and the fabric bundle! Thank you for the chance to win!

linds7702@yahoo.com

Amanda Best said...

Palomastarr82@gmail.com

Beautiful tree skirt, it does look very difficult. I love projects that look hard yet are very easy! Thanks for holding this giveaway!

Gill said...

What a stunning tree quilt!
I love it!
gillwatson(at)mailbox(dot)co(dot)uk

Cathy B said...

what wonderful fabric!!! thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

sewinggranny said...

I love the colors and am an avid quilter. What a wonderful surprise that would be to any quilter or person that sews.

Laura McCullough said...

Love the tree skirt! Great colors!
lauramc511@gmail.com

Michele Etter said...

Love this pattern! I've been looking for a tree skirt pattern to make for my daughter that just got married! Someone gave me one 27 years ago and it's just not Christmas without it under the tree I want to start a new tradition for her!

sue said...

Love the spiral pattern on the tree skirt! This would make a nice gift for our newlyweds.

Melzee said...

Very fun tree skirt. Gotta love it when a quilt looks complicated, but is very easy. And no seams to match! How great is that. Thanks for the chance to win!
Melzee5656@aol.com

Wilma said...

What a great Christmas tree skirt! I would love to be the lucky winner today! I want to get this pattern and make this project.

SewCalGal said...

What a fun way to get ready for the holidays. Beautiful fabric giveaway too!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Your tree skirt is beautiful. It will become an heirloom, for sure, an item of beauty, made with love.

janevancho@comcast.net

Pam at Antique or Not said...

What a gorgeous tree skirt! I think I might be ready to tackle a project like that...

maggi said...

The tree skirt is lovely and I love that you don't have to match points. It really adds a nice touch to the decorated tree! Great job!

Kay said...

No points to match! Wooo Hoo! And it looks so complicated, but beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win

DebsontheWeb said...

I absolutely LOVE this tree skirt, I would love to make

Deb G. in VA said...

I love your Spiral Tree Skirt! Thanks for a chance to win.

SherryB said...

Wow, congrats for having a project in the Christmas Quilts magazine 2 yrs in a row! This DOES look complicated but I will believe you when you say it's not! I will have to get the magazine & try it out myself. Enjoyed scrolling through your blog!
slbook3@aol.com

Diana Louise Carter said...

Your tree skirt looks lovely. I love the idea of not worrying about matching seams.

blueloon@rochester.rr.com

Barb said...

I just purchased that ruler a few weeks ago but haven't done anything with it. Congrats to you.

valerie clinansmith said...

Love it--I have something like it but not quite the same

Sharonkay said...

Just love the tree skirt!!!!

Gail Mandli said...

Your christmas tree skirt is awesome. Looks so intricate - hard to believe that it's "easy". Love it!

karen said...

Love the Tree skirt, and colors.. Great blogsite too!!

Patty said...

Love your tree skirt!Thanks for the giveaway.

Pat said...

Great tree skirt. Thanks for the idea.

Diana said...

This tree skirt just says "Christmas!" Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sherill said...

Congratulations on having your beautiful tree skirt in the Christmas edition! Lovely fabric for the giveaway!

Nancy said...

Nice tree skirt pattern! It does look complicated, but I'll take your word that it isn't. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Audrey Allene said...

Love it,

Been wanting to make a tree skirt. Do I have time to do it before Santa comes??

Anne said...

What a great Tree skirt. It looks complicated bt u says it's not hard so I'm definitely gonna try it. It'll be a birthday gift in Nov for my girlfriend. Thanks for the chance to win some very pretty fabric.
Anne
kittymom7@aol.com

Jeanne said...

Just love your spiral tree skirt!! I need to make one of these! Thanks for the giveaway.

Audrey Allene said...

So beautiful, amazing in fact. I hope to make one similiar someday. Thanks for a chance to wiin some fabric.

grannyanne said...

What beautiful fabric and the chance to win!

Audrey Allene said...

Love it, love it, love it!!

Elizabeth Monahan said...

Wonderful idea. And no fabric waste in the cutting!

teachpany said...

That tree skirt is so pretty! I love the idea, espeically no points to match. I can't wait to see the magazine! Thanks.

sue b said...

This is such a great use of the prints you have chosen! It really shows them off. I would love the fat quarters, too. suequilter at hotmail dot com.

Joan said...

Congratulations! Beautiful tree skirt! Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Sandra J. Strickler said...

That pattern is so beautiful!!!
craftymomof5 at roadrunner dot com

Debbie said...

Love, love, love this tree skirt! You're right that it does look complicated, but I hope that it truly isn't because I would love to make one like it. Congratulations on being chosen for QN!
tpilgrim@windstream.net

The Beach House said...

Congratulations! Terrific tree skirt.

Deb said...

This is on my to do for this Christmas!!!! It is so beautiful and I would love to make it in the blue colorway. Fingers crossed and thanks.

sassysewer53 said...

I have Christmas Fabrics I need to make a skirt for my tree. This one looks like it would be fun and easy to do! I love it!

Deb said...

The blue colorway is just gorgeous! I'd love to win. debgiro at wildblue dot net

Colleen G said...

I love this tree skirt!!
Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabrics.
mudbunnie at gmail dot com

Jane S. said...

I love projects that look harder than they really are -- they make my sewing look better than it really is!! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

Sue said...

this is one I HAVE to try!!

jmniffer said...

I've been looking for just the right tree skirt pattern...I think I have found it! Love the look of this one and no matching points is a huge plus. Not sure where to find the wedge ruler you mentioned, time to do some internet searching. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your marvelous giveaway.

BarbaraG said...

Wow - what a striking tree skirt! I love it. Thank you so much for sharing this and inspiring me to think 'out of the box'

Unknown said...

Love the tree skirt...very unique!
didash55@gmail.com

diane said...

Very nice pattern! Thanks for the chance to win.

Debbie said...

This is a beautiful tree skirt. Thanks for sharing

BizyStitches said...

Congrats on being in the magazine. Love the tree skirt. It would be fun to win the bundle of fabric. Thanks for the chance.

Dana Womack said...

Love the ease of the tree skirt but looks so difficult.

Diana Gulley said...

This is lovely! I've often thought of trying something like this but I kind of freeze up! Actually there's no kind of to it! I'm going to be brave and give it a try! Fingers crossed! Will the pattern be in the new issue? Is it the same thing as stack and whack cutting? My email is ggulley@cox.net I'm looking forward to your next quilted piece!

Dana Gaffney said...

I really want to check out that tree skirt, no points to match and it looks like that, wonderful. Thank you.

Amanda said...

Your tree skirt is fantastic - I can't wait to get the magazine and try it out!

Susan Schneider said...

Thank you for offering this giveaway. The tree skirt looks very complicated but it's great to hear that it is so easy.

Susan Schneider said...

Susan Schneider - I forgot my email address: quiltingsusan@q.com

Carol V. said...

Spectacular tree skirt! I need a new one; think I'll try it!
jcvic@frontier.com

b188bda8-f220-11e1-93ca-000bcdcb5194 said...

This looks wonderful, would love to make it for the holidays!
jjensen124@aol.com

Susie Schutte said...

Love your tree skirt!

Patty said...

Love this tree skirt!!

ckitterer said...

What a cool, complicated looking pattern! And the fat quarter give away is my favorite.
ckitterer@gmail.com

Lawana said...

beautiful tree skirt... would love to try this.. thank you for the chance at the fabric

Shirley irwin said...

The tree skirt would be perfect for people in assisted living homes just the right size. I will try it if I can find the magazine. Thank you.

Sharen said...

Really LOVE the tree skirt & the fabrics, as well!

Gale said...

Beautiful tree skirt. Great idea. Thanks for the chance to win fabric.

Kaye M said...

Your Christmas tree skirt is so pretty and shows off the fabrics beautifully. And like you said--no points to match so that makes it easy to do! Thanks for a great design. tkmattson@hotmail.com

Martha said...

Looks like a fun, quick skirt to make for the holidays.

Baglady said...

I have been looking for this kind of tree skirt for years. Hope I win the magazine!

rayne.garnsey@gmail.com

Tamra Corley-Dunn said...

I am a newbee to Quilting and absolutely love my new found Hobby, very addicting. I have been sewing and embroidering for years and decided it was time to try Quilting since my children are all grown and have flown the nest. Would love to win this fabric for a wonderful project. Thank you for this opportunity.

Gunda said...

SO pretty, thank you for sharing it

lindav said...

Beautiful tree skirt! And another new blog I've bookmarked...what nice projects! Thanks for sharing.
bverburg@juno.com

Lori said...

That looks like a tree skirt that even I can make! Love the fabric too! Thanks,
lorisummers02 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

1I love your tree skirt. I will have to make one for my daughter. I have one of those wedge rulers, but have never used it. Thanks for the chance to win. berrylious_2000@yahoo.com
Sharon in Florida

M Fleming said...

What a clever way to make such a playful Christmas tree skirt.

Janet said...

Beautiful and so unique!

Jill said...

I just love this tree skirt, I have to make one!

vickievanphd said...

That fabric is awwwwsome...I love the wedge rulerit is a fun one to create with :) Thanks for the chance to win

Joyce said...

Lovely tree skirt and fabric as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win these :)

Maria Kievit said...

Wow! Love that treeskirt! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

Kristen said...

LOVE your tree skirt!!! The fabrics are beautiful also, and of course who wouldn't love the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Sweetheart said...

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your work. XXOO

fastgo said...

Beautiful fabrics with a neat pattern. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway. fastgo@palouse.com

Diantha said...

I love your tree skirt! That diagonal pattern is so cool!

diantha.howard@gmail.com

Janet said...

I love the tree skirt and even more so the lack of matching!

Denise Wallace said...

Tree skirt is awesome!

Becky said...

I love this skirt ! Beking61@aol.com

AmyBee said...

I saw this as a sample in my LQS and bought the ruler and pattern, but haven't made it yet. If I win, I will use the fabric to make it, I promise!

Michele said...

This tree skirt is fantastic! Now to go add "buy wedge ruler with magazine" to my shopping list.......

chestersgarbage at yahoo dot com

Beth H. said...

orrkof5endrsacI am getting in the mood for Christmas with this tour. Love the tree skirt. Thanks for allowing us to see your work.

Kathy Stone said...

Your Holly and Ivy tree skirt is great. If you are ever in the Pacific NW, I love to take your class!

AuntieBelle said...

I absolutely love this tree skirt. I have been wanting to make one for some time but haven't found the right pattern. I would love to make this one.

Charlotte said...

I love this tree skirt design. Great movement and colors. Thank you for the chance to win fabrics and the Christmas pattern book.
Charlottemassey@suddenlink.net

Karrie S said...

I love your tree skirt! It is so beautiful!

Mary said...

I have seen a table topper done with the ruler, but your tree skirt is gorgeous!!
marysmmandm@gmail.com

Terri said...

The tree skirt is beautiful! I love things that look complicated but aren't. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
terriestesquilts@gmail.com

CathyK said...

What a BEAUTIFUL tree skirt!!!! O love it!

Kim said...

I love the tree skirt. kmtcmi@gmail.com

Ellen said...

What a stunning tree skirt. Love it!

Carol said...

189 I love this tree skirt. It seems that it would be a fun one to do.
Thanks for the chance to win fabric!
Dblenickel@comcast.net

wildcatmom said...

I love this tree skirt! And I've already got the ruler, so to get these lovely fabrics, would make it per-fect!!!
Wish me luck.;)
kboehner at gmail dot com

Sorcha girl said...

What a beautiful gift this tree skirt would make for my granddaughter who is setting out on her own.

Thank you for the opportunity to win a prize. And thanks for participating in the 12 Days of Best Christmas Quilts--I would not have found your blog, otherwise.

Quilt n Queen said...

WoW!! Diane, your Holly and Ivy Tree Skirt is lovely. It would look perfect under my tree. I don't have a tree skirt, I just wrap about 5 yards of fabric round and round. Congratulations for having your pattern in the magazine. Thanks for the chances....would love to win the Fresh Fallen Snow FQs and/or a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2012 magazine...(o:

Judy @ CQC Library said...

What a gorgeous tree skirt. We could use a new skirt for our tree. I love to win anything I can!

Pamela said...

Hope I didn't miss it. I love the tree skirt and in market for a new one this year. Happy Quilting!!

Beth in TN said...

I've been wanting to make a tree skirt for my daughter, and yours looks like the winning pattern for it! So clever!!!

Michelle Mosier said...

I love this tree skirt! I have been looking for one that is more unusual than most and this definitely fits the bill! Thank you so much for sharing.

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