Green Christmas tree with presents and star surrounded by a ribbon like border

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Story Time Monday on Sunday.

First of all I would like to wish all of my Canadian readers a Happy Thanksgiving.

Yes, that’s right at the time this post went to print there were only 73 days left to get all those Christmas projects cut out, pieced, quilted and bound in time to be under the tree.

And speaking of trees I have a new design created especially for Arbee Designs called O Christmas Tree. It is a fast and easy pattern using the stitch and flip method of sewing for the tree centre. I have been having fun creating with strips this year and thought why not try a Christmas tree design.

This is a design that will look great in any colour combination whether it is traditional Christmas colours or not so traditional colours. This piece I used very traditional colours but I have some other fabrics picked out for a second one that are definitely not as traditional.

fabrics in cream, green, red and brown with coloured circles

Second set of fabrics to use

I would also like to make one in blue, white and silver – now that would be stunning. Blue and silver are 2 of my favourite Christmas colours. Even a teal and cream one and I have the perfect teal batik with gold ribbons and stars on it. The possibilities are endless.

What are your favourite Christmas colours? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Pick one of the 3 border options ranging from easy to advance. The border pictured at the top of the page is advance and I love how it looks like a ribbon wrapping around the quilt centre. Here are the other two border options.

Border #1 – Easy Nine Patch

Easy Nine Patch Border

Easy Nine Patch Border

Border #2 – Intermediate 90 ° Angles

Intermediate Right Angle Border

Intermediate Right Angle Border

Add in a bit of fusible web appliqué and embellishment to finish off the tree and this wonderful little wall hanging is complete.

presents under a tree with ribbons

close up of applique, embellishments and quilting

I did very simple quilting and echoed the seam lines, which you can see in the photo above, through the centre of the quilt and around the white ribbon in the border. Not a lot of quilting but very effective – sometimes less is more.

The pattern comes with all 3 border options, appliqué templates and 2 different sizes. The ones pictured here are 24 ½″ x 30 ½″ while the larger version is 36 ½″ x 45 ½″.

The pattern is now available for download from Arbee Designs and I will have hard copies along with the quilt at CreativFest which is only 10 days away. Eeeeeeek I had best get back to work.

Happy Quilting!

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