We are in the middle of a really cold spell here in Minnesota so I thought it would be appropriate to share A Christmas gift I made for a family member. Let me introduce you to a pair of quilted Christmas trees. I made these back in November but I didn’t want to post them before Christmas and possibly give away the surprise. Luckily I remembered to get some nice pictures of them in the snow covered forest before I wrapped them up.
These are made from the Christmas Trees Pattern by Aunties Two Patterns. It is a really unique design that makes 2 trees at one time, the tall tree ends up about 16″ tall and the small one about 8.5″ tall. These can be made with yardage or using 13 strips 2.5″ X WOF and some scrap batting. The trees themselves went together rather quickly, but I did have some problems with zigzag stitching the strips together. My machine kept skipping stitches (which is something I rarely have trouble with), most likely due to the fact that the folded strips are pretty thick, but I did manage a work around using a stepped zigzag stitch instead of a standard one.
To embellish these babies I used some white, silver and gold metallic beads that reminded me of ornaments and icicles and hand stitched them randomly around the trees. The pattern also shows how to add mini lights to the tree, but the lights that would work were quite expensive (around $13-20 to light one tree) and I thought the trees looked fine without them.
These trees where a fun gift to make and now that I own the pattern I will probably make them again as I think they would be a good hostess gift (and a great use of leftover batting and 2.5″ wide strips), but hopefully I won’t have the same stitching issue that I had the first time.
Hope you are inside sewing where it is warm. Thanks for reading!