A skirt for a Christmas Tree!

I’ve had to word my title in this way because after coming home with my Christmas Tree Skirt my family voiced disappointment and son no.2 in particular seemed quite sad that it wasn’t a Christmas Tree skirt to wear!!! Hubby just wondered why?! I would be making one, but was sure that I was making a party skirt.

Earlier in the day Carie and I had a conversation about just how many people thought that we were making skirts for ourselves, I mentioned that I was slightly worried that I really didn’t think I came over as a person that would wear a Christmas tree skirt but that my family see me otherwise. At this point I’m wondering who else I have told – Mother? – thinks I would look quite jolly with Scots Pines festooning a gaily decorated skirt.

To start at the very beginning, I saw a class on quilting that sang to my very soul. And I knew of the perfect companion, one who enjoys colour and texture even more than I do and who is always game for new textile adventures. After a flurry of emails Carie and I were booked and eager to take part.

Eventually the day dawned, a bright blue day, and off I trotted to The Quilters Den very much looking forward to seeing Carie for the first time in ages and what the day would have in store for us. I chose my materials which is trickier than it looks, I went for bright and loud Christmas colours, which will suit our Christmas tree decorations perfectly.

Carie arrived, chose her colours and so we set to work for six hours. Carie and I barely had time to speak to each other, as we raced through each step of the patchwork, eager to see how it would all come together. All too soon the day came to an end and we had this between the three of us, (another lady called Ros was part of our group)

Its rather lovely to see how different colourways come together.

I’d be quite happy with this under my tree.

and just a quick peek show and tell. Here are the matching socks, well mine match Carie’s or as Carie so eloquently put it, “Mandy was copying”, I laughed and felt like a naughty school girl who’d been caught peeking over a neighbours shoulder to borrow their answers. “I only copied because she egged me on” – and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. They do look good together, I was quite sad that Carie’s hubby wasn’t joining us as at some stage as he has a matching pair too!

I notice we have both reverted to our normal toe knitting pattern rather than what was suggested. I started on the patterns toes, thought ‘bleugh’ ripped back and knitted my normal toe.

I had a lovely day, it was great fun with wonderful company.

I managed to do some work on my skirt yesterday,

all pieced together,

and every tree has been zigzagged in gold thread three times, to make them stand out.

a quick peek at the back. Not too shabby.

and this is how I left it last night. I’ve managed to attach all of my binding.

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