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‘The Hood’ : A Christmas Tree Skirt

The Hood Tree Skirt

Finished just in the nick of time! I’m not sure why I continue to do this to myself year after year, but once again I started a project for Christmas just days before needing it to decorate. All year I told myself I needed to make a new Christmas tree skirt. Our old one was pretty cheap and junky and literally falling apart. Last Friday I decided to “whip one up”. Ha, famous last words, right?

The Hood Tree Skirt Front

I knew I wanted to make this particular pattern after seeing it in last year’s Fat Quarterly Holiday Special. This pattern was designed by Brioni Greenberg.

Tree Skirt Progress

I think I was delusional in thinking this project would only take me a few hours. Friday I spent the day cutting and placing the houses. Saturday I spent the day pebble quilting. I ran out of thread in the middle and had to stop and go to the store. Sigh… This quilting technique took a long time, but after seeing Brioni’s example, I had to do it. It is SO cute and my daughter thinks it looks like clouds. I also spent some time Saturday stitching down the houses. I finished those and the stars up yesterday and also added the binding. I used a red polka dot print by designer Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line.

The Hood Tree Skirt Buttons

Overall I’m really happy with how this tree skirt turned out. The pattern was fabulous. Well worth the $5 cost of the issue. I know this particular holiday decoration will be getting years of use at my house.

The Hood Tree Skirt Pebble Quilting

Things will be quiet here on the blog for the next few days as I take some time away from the sewing machine and enjoy being with my family. Wishing all my US readers a happy Thanksgiving!

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61 Responses to “‘The Hood’ : A Christmas Tree Skirt”

  1. 1
    Krista E says:

    You are so amazing it is ridiculous! this is truly fantastic!

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    nicke says:

    very very cute faith! i love the colors and the pebble quilting is spectacular!

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    Andria says:

    This is so cute! I don’t have the holiday issue and now I may have to go purchase it! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Shari K says:

    I love it Faith! I have not made a Christmas Tree Skirt. I’ve been quilting for 20 years and it’s been on the list for 20 years!!! Maybe 2012 is the year! : )

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    Michele says:

    How neat! I love it!

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    I think that may be the cutest tree skirt I’ve ever seen! Now you have me wanting to make one, and I just don’t have time! I need to keep telling myself that. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Debbie says:

    This is the cutest skirt ever. So fun and different and lovely – what a great finish!!

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    kelly says: :) SO SO SO SEW CUTE!!! :) Happy Thanksgiving. You’re way ahead of me… All I have is thoughts of making cute stuff for Christmas. *sigh*

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    Bethany says:

    That is delightful! I’m pretty sure you should give it to me. Y’know…for karma. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Lindsay says:

    Super cute! Aside from the fact that you were working on a circular pattern to begin with, I know how hard that must have been. Bubble quilting, though pretty, can be such a pain to work with sometimes.

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    elsa says:

    Love it! it’s so fresh and lovely! I’ve never wanted one till I saw this ~ have to make one for next year!

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    Kati says:

    I love this! I’ve wanted to make it since seeing it last year as well. Too cute. Maybe next year for me.

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    Cyndi Nelson says:

    SO CUTE!!! So bright and cheerfull : )

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    Angela says:

    Such a gorgeous version of this pattern! You will definitely love that for years to come.

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    Angie says:

    Oh, Faith, this is gorgeous! I love, love, love that red polka-dot binding. Maybe I can try one for next year (and start next November…LOL!).

    I must laugh, I’ll be doing just the opposite the next few days – spending loads of time at my machine. Tonight is dinner at my mom’s, then my kids are staying with her, spending the night…yay!

    Happy Turkey-Day to you!!

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    Carolyn says:

    Makes you want to have the Christmas tree up year round. Maybe it’s not too late for me this year!

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    Jeannette says:

    That is just too cute! And once again, we’re totally on the same page, I have a new tree skirt waiting for binding as we speak. We went for a table top tree this year and my big round one is just not so cute on an end table.

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    Linz says:

    That is delightful!! It makes me smile!! … I may have to “whip one up” too! LOL!

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    Vicki says:

    Adorable! Great quilting and the binding is way too cute!

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    Berene says:

    So fresh & colourful. Really lovely.

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    Kelly says:

    see, i’m the opposite. i had PLANNED to make a new christmas tree skirt all year long. but that’s going to be one thing on my list that doesn’t get crossed off. :) i was thinking about going with this pattern, too, but after reading it, i don’t know if i want to do something so time-consuming! yours turned out super adorable, though. it’s a cute pattern, for sure!

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    Natalie says:

    Wow, I totally love this! I have yet to make a tree skirt for our house, and this is by far the cutest one I’ve seen! I feel so inspired :)

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    Heather says:

    Totally cute. Love it.

  24. 24

    Faith, I just love it. It is really spectacular and so cheerful and happy. The quilting is wonderful. Great job!!

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    Karen says:

    Oh my!!! That is so darn cute, I can’t even stand it!!! :-)) Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

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    Ann-Marie says:

    that is the CUTEST tree skirt I have ever seen – and the quilting is amazing!!

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    Marcia R says:

    You have to be my favorite quilter! If there was any doubt before, there is none now!

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    You are so amazing! I LOVE this tree skirt! It is so happy, bright, and cheerful. I love the pebble quilting! this may be my favorite project of yours to date! So hard to say as you create such lovely things but this is really spectacular! Well done!!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  29. 29

    Great tree skirt – worth the time for sure! Enjoy your weekend!

  30. 30

    Yes the quilting was definitely worth it!

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    Annie says:

    This is cute to the degree. Love it! will try to make it myself. Thanks for all the time you spend on your blog so newbies like me really see whats out there.

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    Marianne says:

    I love it! It is so cute! I made a Christmas tree skirt years ago and gave it away as a present. I need one for me now….

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    Katy says:

    Oh I love it! Great mix of colours and fabrics, and love the pebble quilting

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    Teje says:

    Hi! This is the most beautiful tree skirt I have seen! I think I would love to use this idea also for something else…
    Have a lovely holiday and enjoy your time with family! x Teje

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    Jessica says:

    Lovely! I wanted to make one last year and never got around to it. I highly doubt I’ll do it this year, either. Next year, maybe?

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    Brioni says:

    Hehe…CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!! I need you to make me one now!! The one i made went off to the US for a Christmas Swap. Mind you, with a toddler in the house this year i’m not even sure that a tree is going to be a good idea!
    Happy Thanksgiving and i hope your back recovers from the mammoth pebble quilting session :-)

  37. 37

    Looks fabulous! Definitely freshening up the holiday. Have a good one!

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    Ann says:

    Absotivley posilutely love this tree skirt!!!

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    Britt says:

    Truly inspirational. This is beautiful, whimsical, fun and functional. You have such a creative eye and use scraps so perfectly. Thank you for sharing this and all your other creations.

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    Tracey says:

    That is absolutely adorable. I love it!!!!

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    Katie B says:

    So cute, Faith! You’re going to love getting this out every year.

  42. 42

    Faith, that is SOOO cute! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  43. 43
    Jen says:

    Love this! I want to make a skirt for our tree but I’m thinking it will have to wait til next year.

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    Gina f. says:

    I want your tree skirt; it is adorable!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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    Annabella says:

    Oh I may have to go and buy that edition – that`s a beautiful tree skirt!

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    CaroleM says:

    I love this! Nicely done!!

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    Alisa says:

    It’s beautiful! Even though it was a bit of a crunch to get it done, you must be glad you did it.

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    Lisa says:

    It’s wonderful!! I was just looking at that issue of Fat Quarterly and loving that pattern. I wondered if I would be able to ‘whip’ one up, lol.

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    Meg says:

    Faith, that turned out fabulous! I know I need to make tree skirts, but they may just have to wait until next year–I have 3 pillows and 3 quilts that need finishing between now and the 25th–yikes!

    Good on ya for getting it done THIS year! *cheer!*

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    Julie says:

    thats so cute, i love all the fabrics you used for the houses.

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    Shannon says:

    Your tree skirt is adorable! So festive and bright!
    Nicely done!

  53. 53

    Love it! I still have to start my own tree skirt…have all the fabric ready, just needed to clear some time to actually make it, lol

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    Lynne says:

    It’s lovely, well done.

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    Courtney says:

    LOVE it! I especially love the polka dot binding! Swoon!

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    Amy says:

    Thinking about trying to do this over the next few days…!

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    Amanda Jean says:

    This is the cutest tree skirt ever!!! It looks sooooooo amazing! What a beautiful way to finish your tree. It would be a shame to cover it with presents. :)

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    Marise says:

    O-My-WOW! This is just plain absolutely VERY adorable! i can’t wait to make one. Cross your fingers, – i wish you were having a workshop or class on this darling tree skirt! If I begin now, hopefully it will be finished before Christmas of 2013 :) I dearly LOVE it!
    Thank you a MILLION!

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    Steph says:

    Can you still get this pattern? I can’t find it anywhere!

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