Monday, 15 October 2012

Vintage Holiday


I have finished my Vintage Holiday but despite joining a QAL I didn't make a proper quilt using all the blocks, I made a tree skirt instead. My son helped pick out which blocks would be featured!

I am determined to get a real Christmas tree this year and it seemed like the perfect pattern.


Rather than have the baubles facing one direction I positioned them to go around the centre and I couldn't face cutting a circle out of a bauble so I used some great Father Christmas fabric for the middle panel. I really love how it adds to the retro feel. This has some of my favourite fabrics in it and I know I'll be smiling for the whole time the tree is up! I used part of a vintage sheet for the backing that I had left over from the Shattered Stained Navy. It matches nicely with the Flea Market Fancy I used for the sashing.


It was free motion quilted using a holly and berry design I sketched out and I'm really happy with how easy it was to do and how it looks:


I attempted to make bias binding for the whole quilt but my pregnancy brain totally messed up when I was cutting and it was pure luck I could rescue enough to make straight binding for the outside and have enough bias binding for the curve. Not sure what I did wrong really but it just didn't work. If anyone has a fail proof tutorial for cutting bias binding please let me know!


Hoping this will look great under the tree... I should maybe work on some cute decorations too.



I'm linking up with the fabulous Heidi at Fabric Mutt, who hosted this great QAL:

Fabric Mutt



36 comments:

  1. This is very beautiful, Lucy! I love vintage christmas decorations and your tree skirt captures the mood perfectly. And the not very christmas-y Flea Market Fancy fabric matches surprisingly well, I think. Hope you´ll show us a picture with the skirt and your tree in December! ;-)

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  2. Your tree skirt is perfect! And I'm sure I had presents wrapped in paper with those vintage Santas on it when I was little! Very cute!

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  3. Those blocks are perfect for a tree skirt. Beautiful. And look at your fabulous FMQ. Fancy pants! x

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  4. Your tree skirt was a real success! I love the FMF sashing, it is so pretty!

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  5. Beautiful tree skirt - love the fabrics and your FMQ looks fabulous!

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  6. Genius Lucy, you smarty pants! I would never have thought of doing that. It looks fab and I love that vintagey Santa fabric!

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  7. it looks fantastic, i love it when people do a quiltalong but tailor the end product to something they need/want, its a great creative approach! Ange x

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  8. SO Wonderful!! Love the vintage feel and that you made it into a rockin tree skirt!

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  9. Your tree is going to look wonderful with that skirt under it, what a great idea!

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  10. I love how it turned out! What a clever use of those pretty blocks. :)

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  11. oh brilliant!
    Cutting bias binding? No, that is what shops are for!

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  12. Oh dear no-one will be looking at your tree they will all be looking at this lovely skirt!

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  13. You came up with the perfect idea for your blocks! I love that you mixed Christmas, modern and vintage fabric! Lovely!

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  14. Seriously lovely tree skirt! And I have never tried bias binding so no nothing! Nor why it is considered better.

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  15. Lucy this is amazing!!! I love all of it and wish I'd thought to make it! It looks so lovely and festive!!!!

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  16. That is so cute, Lucy! I just LOVE it!

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  17. So pretty! It was a great idea to turn it into a tree skirt. The holly and berry quilting is perfect!

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  18. Lucy, this is charming, authentic and I would love to see this under my tree lol...

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  19. Gorgeous Lucy!! I love it, and look at you all organised for Christmas, yikes I need to get my skates on with the festive projects!! I've not had time to catch up on my google reader so I'm going to browse your posts and look through your cute projects! :D
    Jessie, xo

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  20. Gorgeous Lucy!! I love it, and look at you all organised for Christmas, yikes I need to get my skates on with the festive projects!! I've not had time to catch up on my google reader so I'm going to browse your posts and look through your cute projects! :D
    Jessie, xo

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  21. I love your tree skirt, its fabulous!

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  22. What a brilliant idea. It will look beautiful at the bottom of a real tree. Nice make. Di x

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  23. Gorgeous tree skirt, I love it! I've got it in my head that I want to make a pezzy print star circular tree skirt, but that's so not going to happen this year! I love your vintage-y fabrics, they feel very appropriate x

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  24. That is so adorable! I love the colours and prints =D

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  25. This is one cool Tree skirt! Love the free motion quilting...

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  26. Lucy,Love your clever use of the vintage ornament blocks! The tree skirt is awesome,and will look even better once the tree is added :)

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  27. It's lovely Lucy. I have done bias binding before. What went wrong?

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  28. How clever to make a tree skirt with these blocks! Very nice!

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  29. oh Lucy it is stunning!!! love it and it will look beautiful under a real tree especially! It will be a family tradition I am sure! x

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  30. I love your twist on the pattern! Nicely done.

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  31. Lucy, this is an absolutely brilliant use of those blocks. I love the way you quilted it, and the fabrics are perfect. Well done!!

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  32. Great idea to use the blocks for a tree skirt! And your quilting is fab!

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  33. Your tree skirt is amazing! What a great idea for the baubles and I love your quilting, it's just perfect!

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  34. Such a cool idea, loved it as quilt blocks, love it even more as a tree skirt. You are so inspiring.

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