Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along: Selecting Fabrics

With the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along kicking off officially next Monday, today is a great day to talk about selecting your fabrics for the tree skirt.  In the video I shared my fabric pull for my tree skirt as well as thoughts about lone star fabric choices based on other lone stars I’ve made.

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If you haven’t done it yet, purchase your pattern here.   I neglected to mention in the video that the pattern includes a coloring page.  Use it to help you plan your lone star.

I chose a traditional color scheme with some black and white thrown in for my tree skirt.  All the fabrics I have are half yard cuts so I can move them around and see what order I like best.  At this point my tree skirt will feature the prints you see above, with the red mistletoe print as background and the others for the star.

I hope you’re having a great time choosing your fabrics.  We’ve got one more week before we cut and sew.  Tag your posts with #hopefulhomemaker and #lonestartreeskirt on social media so we can all follow along.

I created a Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page for your convenience, where you will find links to every post.  I’ll see you back here next week to start things off!

Happy Sewing!
-Jennifer

 

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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!

  

Garden of Quilts at Thanksgiving Point

Last weekend I attended a fun new quilt show at Thanksgiving Point, called Garden of Quilts.  The quilt show was part of Riley Blake’s 10th Anniversary celebration.  It featured quilts from their collection as well as the Fat Quarter Shop collection, in addition to quilts submitted by individuals and a few other special exhibits.

The Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point are a gorgeous, 55 acre collection of gardens located in Lehi, Utah.  I have always loved walking through them.  Gardens and quilts:  can there be a more beautiful combination?

I submitted four quilts to the show and it was fun to wander until I found all of them.

My Prosper in Solids Quilt was in a pretty spot.

I wish I had a backdrop like this every time I photographed a quilt!

I found my Indigo Lone Star quilt hanging among some trees, and the moment I snapped this photo was perfect.  Do you see the dappled sunlight in a circle, highlighting the lighter ring of the star?  Perfect moment!

My Light quilt top is now a finished quilt, finished in time to submit to the show.  I was thrilled to find it with two of my dear friends who also worked on it.  I’ll share more of this quilt soon, as well as the fourth quilt I submitted.

In addition to hundreds of beautiful quilts and acres of lovely flowers and shrubs, The Ashton Gardens also feature a special Light of the World Garden.  The time I spent there was the most peaceful of all, among masterful statues of Jesus Christ, my Savior.

There were a few quilts that caught my eye, like this antique flag quilt in the Secret Garden, part of the private Ashton quilt collection.  The blue fabric faded, but the red is still vivid.

Watch for Garden of Quilts again next year.  I heard it will return, bigger and better, and I’m excited to see it.  I love being a part of the quilting community!

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