The city had been talking about it all week: the forecast for our first snowfall over the weekend. Costco garages were lined up with drivers waiting snow tire installations. People canceled weekend plans in advance. Kids got their toboggans out and leaned them against the house at the ready. You see, snow in the third week of November is a rare occurrence in Vancouver and people tend to freak out at the prospect. Having grown up and learned to drive in Ottawa (our capital city which lies in a massive snowbelt), I am a confident winter driver. Having an all-wheel drive Volvo station wagon helps, too.
The snowy blanket over the city was a great mood enhancer for my O Joyful Tree Skirt class! Fifteen members of my guild gathered in a bright church hall to create Carol's beautiful tree skirt.
We shared and swapped red and green strips.
I love teaching classes and to watch everyone's projects come together. Before lunch, everyone got one panel complete. Most chose to use a cream or white background, but there was a black (Michael Miller Fairy Frost) and a pretty blue chosen as well. Some made the tree skirt with modern fabrics, others used up their Christmas scraps and there was even a batik version. We put 8 together on the design wall:
After lunch we all went step by step through the process of creating continuous bias binding using the barrel method (if you google "continuous bias binding", there are many videos and tutorials of varying helpfulness. I use this book's method to teach students). This is definitely the quickest way to 260" of bias binding! We used a 25" square of fabric and this gives you enough to bind the tree skirt and make 4 ties. I demonstrated how to sew the binding on the scallops (explained in this post) before the end of class.
It's been a while since I taught at a quilt shop and this is the first time teaching for my own guild, so I really enjoyed the day. Here are all the gals with their panels:
Some were able to sew up 4 or 5 more panels after we made the binding, so perhaps we'll even see a tree skirt at guild show and tell Tuesday night!
Thanks Carol, for a fun pattern and your permission to teach it to my fellow guild members. There will be 15 more cozy trees this Christmas!