Sunday, October 31, 2010

Angelic Appliquéed Christmas Tree Skirt - FREE PROJECT

My mother was a wonderful and enthusiastic quilter. 
She's been gone for a few years now but I still have her quilts 
and my memories and photographs!! 
Here's a photo of her with a Christmas tree skirt 
she made a couple of years before she died. 
She made it for the fiancée (now wife) of her favourite grandson.

This is the complete tree skirt. 
You can see there's a slit to make it easy to place around the tree stand 
or I suppose, you could just lay it flat and stand the tree on top of it.

Here's a detail. She appliquéed a ring of dancing angels around the outside. 
This is the motif you can find in the free patterns listed on the right side of this blog.

To make the template, cut a square of last night's newspaper, 
the same size across as the diameter of the skirt you have in mind. 
Fold it to make wedges (like cutting a pie). 
The number you need will depend on how big your circle is. 
You'll want each wedge to be big enough for an angel. 
Mom's had 16 wedges with angels. While the newspaper is folded up in wedges, 
you can make a graceful arc to get the outside circular shape. 
Hers has a scalloped edge as you can see.

I hope you'll enjoy making her Christmas tree skirt 
and I hope it gives you as much joy as it did her....and me.


  1. This is beautiful. Your Mom was a very special lady.....and cute too!!
    And what a special gift for her grandson's wife.. thanks for sharing

  2. Thank you for this beautiful pattern. Your Mom was very talented, and made a wonderful gift to be remembered by. I read about the skirt on Quilting Gallery, and when I saw the angels, I just wanted to get the pattern. Thanks so much.

  3. Very beautiful. Her mother was very capricious and tasteful. Thank you.

  4. I'm trying to get this pattern, I clicked on the motif on the right side of the page, but I can't get the pattern to come up, can you please help me with this. Thank you.

  5. Hi Marty,
    I'm sorry you're having a problem. If you click on the black and white line drawing of the angel in the side bar (not the title), it ought to link to the .PDF of the angel motif. It's working for me but if this doesn't work for you, leave me your email address and I'll send it to you directly.

  6. That is a gorgeous tree skirt. i have not seen another such as it with angels around the edge. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. WOW! That's gorgeous. She was very talented.

  8. I love the way your mother appliqued the angels around the border, it is truly beautiful.
    I am having trouble finding the project to download though and when I click on the picture on the right hand side, it just comes back to the story and pictures.
    Is there another way to download it please?
    Hoping you have a happy Holiday Season
    Love, Michele-Marie - Australia

  9. What a lovely tree skirt. Love the appliqued angels. Perfect touch!


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