I put it in the mail for my sister-in-law this morning (apparently, they already have their tree). :P
The design was an amalgamation of Allison's Easy Double Hourglass (but done with jelly roll strips instead of 2 1/4" strips) and my "Fruitcake under my tree" pattern. And then I added a mitered border (mitering corners on an octagon is not as straight forward as right angles... by the way... but it still worked).
I didn't do the math specifically; I just had to bisect the angle where the setting triangles and blocks met to make the border like this.
The fabric is from the 12 Days of Christmas line, by the lovely Kate Spain.
For the quilting -- I went to a class called "Beyond Stippling," last weekend with Debbie of One Stitch Off. :) Debbie actually let me borrow her Juki after the class so I could finish it up! (Thank you again Debbie!)
The quilting was done free motion in a holly leaf pattern, that I was really quite proud of actually.
I ♥ this tree skirt a lot, and didn't want to send it away.
But I did.
I hope you love it Sharon.
(It was freezing out this morning when I took these, so I didn't get the best shots/have the best light -- but it works!)
A few closing words:
* I am still working on gathering logistics for some kind of quilt shop where the proceeds go to Haiti's orphans. (If you'd like to donate some benevolence in the mean time, you can go see what Heather and the gang are up to with Modern Relief.) I think we'll call it "Quilt in Hope..." Any other suggestions? (Lee at Freshly Pieced is going to design our logo). :) Be making/saving your quilts for donating though. :)
* My mom took me shopping on Monday. I didn't get a Juki. I got this. It is probably the closest I will ever come to feeling like I felt when I went wedding dress shopping. Pictures coming soon.
* Happy Thanksgiving friends.
*If you're in the mood for some Black Friday cyber shopping... Accuquilt is having a sale. :)