Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie brings us the final set of sew-along instructions for Christmas Tree Pants (because not all trees like to wear skirts!). Add your progress photos (and the final shots too!) to our Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group, and you could win a pack of 12 Happy Mochi Yum Yum fat quarters (Monica’s fabric collection for Lecien)!
This final week we’ll be putting together all our units and finishing up. I’ll be posting photos of my progress on my sew-along tree pants in the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group and hope everyone sewing-along will too! There’s some great photos in the pool already, and if you haven’t yet decided on what fabrics to choose take a peek in the pool and be inspired by what your fellow sew-alongers are making.
Part 3: Quilt Assembly:
1. Layout your units (star block, sashing, sashing stones, plain block/9-patch) as per diagram. Join units into rows. Press row units in direction according to diagram arrows.
2. Join rows. Press in any desired direction.
Red & White version:
3. Sandwich backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired. I echo quilted my red and white version by hand, and machine stippled my scrappy one. Sew,Mama,Sew! has an excellent resource page for all things quilty– sandwiching, batting, quilting and binding: Quilting Resource Links.
4. Draw a line from the bottom edge to the center of the quilt, over your blank blocks (red and white version) or your plain 9-patches (scrappy version).
5. Use an object to mark your center circle that’s similar in circumference to your tree’s trunk. I used an everyday drinking glass for my “template”. If you have a large tree, consider using a bowl. It doesn’t have to be perfectly matched in size, as there’s lots of fiddle room when you drape your tree pants around your tree.
6. After marking your lines, stay-stitch around the outside of the line and around your circle. Stitch about a â…›” from the line. This step is not critical, but it will be helpful when you put your binding on later.
7. Cut on the drawn line (between the stay-stitches) and cut out the center circle (inside the stay-stitches). If you stand too close to your quilt while you cut into your beautiful quilt you might hear it scream a little.
Red & White version:
8. Finish your tree pant by binding it. And for goodness sake, get your naked tree’s pants on. Your neighbors are starting to talk about you.
Final note: You can start the sew-along at any time, but if you join in during this month of October and you post your tree pant photos in the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group, that’ll make you be eligible for a chance to win some awesome prizes here at Sew,Mama,Sew!. No excuses.
Comment today for your chance to win a new sewing book! We’ll select two winners from the comments each week. This week YOU can win 100 Pretty Little Projects: Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More or ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs. For book details see this post, and don’t forget to add your progress photos to our Sew-Along Flickr Pools for more chances to WIN!