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Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along: Quilting

,Welcome back for week four of the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along!  Here we are in the last week of October and we’re already so close to finishing our tree skirts!  It’s a fairly fast project and there is plenty of time to make one before the Christmas rush.  Please join us!  The tree skirt pattern is available here.

Last week we finished piecing together our lone stars and we have a finished quilt top.  This week we will quilt them.

Today’s video is a little different.  Instead of a demonstration, I’m just talking about how I quilted both of my tree skirts.  You can do something similar, or use your own idea.  I encourage you to have fun with this and stretch a little.  You can also have yours professionally quilted, but it will probably delay your finish – and remember we will be cutting right into the center of the finished quilt!  That was good incentive for me to be brave and quilt my own.

In case you want another look at the quilting on mine, below are a few photos of my tree skirts for you to reference.  Remember, there is no right or wrong – have fun!

First up, I quilted one large feather in each of the eight diamonds of my star.

In the background I switched to a red thread and simply quilted around the pretty mistletoe print on my fabric.

I was nervous about both patterns but they look nice together and I’m satisfied with how it turned out.

For my original tree skirt, I quilted the diamonds in the star with a traditional orange peel design.

The backtround I quilted in straight lines with my walking foot.  To see more photos of my original tree skirt and the quilting on it, click here.

That’s it for this week!  Have fun quilting your lone star, and get ready to be brave next week when we turn them into tree skirts.

We will meet back here next Monday for week five of the sew along.  Please share your progress with the hashtags #lonestartreeskirt and #hopefulhomemaker because I love seeing them!

Remember that all posts for this project can be found on the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page.

Have a great week, and happy sewing!
Jennifer

Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along: Assemble Star & Add Background

Welcome to Week Three of the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along!  If you’re just joining us, it’s not too late.  The pattern is available here and you can jump in anytime.  We’re going to finish our tree skirts well before Christmas!

Last week we sewed our strips into eight large diamonds.  This week we will sew the diamonds into a star and add our background.  Once again, BE CAREFUL  in handling your fabric.  You have a lot of bias edges and don’t want to stretch them!  The video is in two parts again this week.  In them you will find my tips for marking, pinning, and sewing – including how to sew a y-seam.  You will finish your quilt top this week!

Let’s do this!

The first video is about assembling your star, and the second video is about sewing a y-seam to add your background pieces.

That’s it!
Here is one more look at my layout options with my eight diamonds completed:

I chose the left option with red in the center, and my diamonds look great when sewn into sets of two.

And my finished quilt top after all the background pieces were added and the star sewn together:

I’m excited about my star and can’t wait to quilt it!

We will meet back here next Monday for week four of the sew along.  Please share your progress with the hashtags #lonestartreeskirt and #hopefulhomemaker.  I have seen some beautiful stars!

Remember that all posts for this project can be found on the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page.

Have a great week, and happy sewing!
Jennifer

Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along

My new Lone Star Tree Skirt pattern launched recently and due to the great response I’m hosting a Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along.  I intend to give you the little push you might need to make yours before the holiday season.

The tree skirt is a fairly quick project to make.  Our Sew Along will run for five weeks, with the kickoff on Monday October 7, 2019.  I will post a video every Monday with detailed tips and instructions for completing the week’s steps.  You may sew at your own pace, but if you keep up with us you will have a finished tree skirt in early November!  It’s going to be lots of fun!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, choose your fabrics now.  If you’d like to join in, you can purchase it here.

Sew Along Schedule:

Before October 7:  Purchase the pattern and select your fabrics

October 7-13:  Cut & Sew Strips

October 14-20:  Piece Diamonds

October 21-27:  Piece Star & Add Background

October 28- November 3:  Quilt Star

November 4-10:  Cut Tree Skirt and Bind

November 11: Share finished tree skirts

To follow along, visit the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page for links to each week’s post and video.

If you haven’t made a lone star, this is a great way to start and if you have made one, you will know that one star is not difficult.

In addition to the weekly videos here on the blog, you can follow along on Instagram @hopefulhomemaker, and follow the hashtag #lonestartreeskirt.  Links will also be posted on the HopefulHomemaker Facebook page.  Right click on one of the images below to save and share on social media.

Purchase your pattern here, select your fabrics, share that you’re in, and let’s get ready for some fun!

  

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