I thought you might be inspired to start a Christmas project to be finished in time for the Holidays. (Actually, I'm kind of stuck with the garden quilt below, so I'm stalling.)
Tree Skirt #1
My Daughter-in-Law is my purple gal. Everything in their home has some purple so . . . she asked for a purple tree skirt. In the after Christmas sale I actually found this pale purple poinsettia pattern not knowing what I'd do.
While I was visiting our friends in Ariz., there on the dining table was still their Christmas poinsettia plant. I traced the leaves and started the applique. Kathi and I went shopping for beads. When it was time to quilt, I tried free motion and followed the subtle outline of the print.
Tree skirt #2
This one was for me. The "gingerbread kids" was introduced in my Monday class as a block quilt. I modified it to have the kids join hands around my Christmas tree. I used a round table cloth as the base which made it a lot easier.
It was so much fun to "dress" the kids, vary their hairdos and decorate the trees.
Tree skirt # 3
This one was for my other Daughter-in-Law. She had asked for snowflakes. I started by needle turning the applique during my summer travels. I had no idea how I was going to put it together.
When I returned, I found the tree pattern on white and immediately visualized trees around the edge. The quilting is done in silver metallic thread (I challenge to work with).