Mystery sew day: Holly Jolly Tree Skirt

Quilting friends, life has been crazy lately.  Suffice it to say, I don’t know if I’m coming or going most days. As a result, I find myself behind schedule on things I’ve been wanting to share with you . . . in particular, a mystery sew day I hosted at my house back in February.

Two good friends and my sister gathered at my house armed with a jelly roll, their sewing machines, and basic notions required for sewing. . . and that’s all they knew.  When they arrived, I surprised them with the project for the day: the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner. We had a blast!

My sister is new to quilting, and she did a great job putting together her tree skirt. (Her machine was acting up a bit, so she used my Bernina for a while. She enjoyed it so much, she strongly suggested that I get a brand new machine and sell my old Bernina to her.  Sisters!)

The Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern is absolutely terrific and so much fun to make.  Andy’s pattern includes instructions for three different sizes, as well as the option for using either a jelly roll or half yard cuts. We each made a tree skirt in one afternoon.  It’s a great project to sew with friends!  And because I know some of you will ask, here are the fabrics we used:

Taunja: Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique (top right)
Stacy: Warm Winter Wishes by Holly Taylor (bottom right)
Carolyn: Red Barn Christmas by Sweetwater (bottom left)
Sylvia: a custom made jelly roll, made from 2.5″ strips she cut from her stash!

My sister had a surprise for us as well that day. She designed t-shirts for us on her Cricut machine.  (The shirt we are holding was for my scrapbooking mom, who missed that day as she wasn’t feeling well.)

We ate too much, gabbed up a storm and laughed a bunch.  What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I encourage you to gather a few quilting pals and have yourselves a sew day.  It will be a balm for your soul!


13 thoughts on “Mystery sew day: Holly Jolly Tree Skirt

  1. Cute tree skirts and you all look so sweet in your tshirts too! Haha, that sounds like my family anytime something is acting up. 😉 Fun being able to do projects like that together, glad you all had a great time!

    1. Barbara . . . you sure made me grin! And you don’t need to whisper! 😉 🙂

  2. What is the name of the pattern of the quilt hanging behind you in the picture?

  3. My sister has always inspired me. She is exceptionally talented, generous, and an excellent teacher. This “mystery” sew was so much fun and sparked the flame in me to continue learning how to create/sew ~ bringing JOY to myself and others!

    1. Woo hoo!! So glad the sewing flame has sparked in you even more. Thanks for coming and making it such a fun day!

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