Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12″ blocks

CountdowntoXmas Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12 blocks

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I love decorating for Christmas–I don’t often do a lot because I travel to be with family–but when I do bring everything out and set up my tree, a tree skirt is one of the perfect finishing touches.

QMMS 100054 DUDLEY1 Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12 blocks

Snowman Farm, pattern available in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 2

When I designed Snowman Farm, I did have a tree skirt in mind. I just haven’t made it yet! So here’s the layout plan and yardage for everything except the blocks and you can use any 12″ blocks you would like. Of course if you need inspiration for 12″ blocks, 100 Blocks Volume 2 and 100 Blocks Volume 1 Digital are filled with ideas!

Materials and Cutting for a 48″ Tree Skirt

Background fabric (shown in green): 7/8 yard

  • 1 square (A) at 24-1/2″ x 24-1/2″
  • 2 squares at 12-7/8″ x 12-7/8″, cut in half diagonally to make triangles (B)

Binding fabric: 5/8 yard

  • Cut bias strips at 2-1/4″ wide and sew together end to end to make a bias binding strip 245″ long

Backing fabric: 3-1/8 yard or piece scraps together to make a 52″ x 52″ backing.


Step 1. Make 8 blocks that will finish at 12″ x 12″ (12.5″ x 12.5″ before sewing.)

Step 2. Sew the A and B patches and blocks together as shown below.

QMtreeskirt assembly Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12 blocks

Step 3. Mark an 8″ circle in the center of the A patch. Mark a line through the center of a B patch to the circle. (Do not cut yet.)

QMtreeskirt hole Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12 blocks

Step 4. Layer the top, batting and backing together. Quilt the tree skirt.

Step 5. Cut along the marked line through all three layers; cut out the marked circle. Trim the edges of the batting and backing even with the top.

Step 6. Use the bias binding strip to bind the quilt, gently stretching the binding at the corners and around the circle.

Step 7. Place under the tree and enjoy icon smile Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12 blocks

Giveaway: What are your favorite quilty decorations for Christmas? Leave a comment by noon MST on Wednesday, December 8 and I’ll find a nice bundle of holiday fabric for one lucky winner.

Update: #31 Paula is the lucky winner of a fat quarter bundle of Woodland Holiday from Moda! Congratulations!

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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33 Responses to Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12″ blocks

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  2. robin says:

    Table runners – they go together quickly and are easy to switch around. I love the look they add.

  3. Paula Ganyard says:

    My favorite quietly decoration would be table runners. They really can dress up an area quickly.

  4. Beth B Pa says:

    My favorite is an Advent calendar wall hanging with repositionable snowmen.

  5. annie says:

    I tried my hand at foundation piecing and made all my friends little wall hangings, and ornaments.

  6. Lisa England says:

    My favorite is a Christmas Tree Wall Quilt that was actually the first quilt I ever made. When I get it out at Christmas time it reminds me of how far I’ve come as a quilter, with many new skills and big ambitions.

  7. Lovie Ball says:

    My favorite are my Christmas potholders and hot pads. I have some with Santa and Snowmen that I only use during the holidays.

  8. julie westbroek says:

    My favorite quilty christmas decorations is my antique singer treadle machine. My nativity always looks so glamorous on it.

  9. I love making small quilted wall hangings with sayings or words.


  10. Jill says:

    I love my advent calendar by Nancy Halverson (Santa Clause with the pine tree) and the Eleanor Burns table runner I made at her workshop in Paducah.

  11. My favorite quilty decorations are the Christmas placemats made by a friend and a quilted card holder that I hang up. Thanks for the chance!

  12. Nancy says:

    Right now it is my tablerunner; but I am hoping to make a candle mat and a tree skirt.

  13. Mary says:

    I have made several quilty decorations over the years. One of my favorites is a nativity wallhanging made with homespuns.

  14. Lee Ann L. says:

    My favorite quilty decoration for Christmas is the tree skirt and matching stockings my sister in law made for us one year.

  15. arlette says:

    Well I have a bunch of christmas quilty, because I adore Christmas!!!!, I have a Holy family table runner (appliqued) another Holy family wall hanger (appliqued) and the new addition this year’s a pieced table cloth, very difficult to make, btw!!!

  16. Deb Worthman says:

    I love getting out my Christmas tree skirt. When we put this around the tree, it means we’re ready for Christmas.

  17. Barb Colvin says:

    Table toppers and candle mats are great for decorating. They are quick to make and add a nice bit of variety and holiday cheer!

  18. Claudia says:

    At the moment, the table runner I’m planning to complete today, using one of the 100 Blocks. I’ll send you a picture.

  19. Nancy McEnanly says:

    I love to make little ornaments to share with my fellow teachers and my students in the Book Club, as well as my family. I just love the personal touch it brings.

  20. Bonnie says:

    I have made a lap size quilt for my love seat and a quilted wall hanging. A quilted table runner was made but given away as a gift. Good thing my fall runner is reversible with star fabric so it is out now for Christmas. Anything quilty would be great.

  21. lisa says:

    my favorite SEWN Christmas decoration for the moment are the pillow cases I have for my couch….now mind you I have the fabric for the coordinating couch quilt (throw) cut and ready to sew but I keep settign it aside. By the time Christmas comes I am rushing to finish quilty gifts and after those are done I am out of the Christmas spirit. Someone remind me to work on it in June!

  22. Mary Ellen Honan says:

    My favorite quilt decoration is a log cabin tree skirt in Christmas colors made by a very dear quilting friend.

  23. Sharon Palmer says:

    Lots and lots of small chrismasy quits strune all over the place. Noting complicated just with that holiday feel. Great pattern for the tree skirt. Thanks.

  24. duff says:

    thanks for this layout–I was going to purchase a tree skirt but I think I can whip this up pretty quick!!
    My favorite quilty decorations are ones I just finished–a runner for my foyer table and one to match for the kitchen island made with Kate Spain’s 12 Days of Christmas.

  25. mary fredrichs says:

    I have a hanger in my dining room where I hang a favorite festive Christmas wall hanging. I have matching coasters and table runner and they really make my dining room feel huggy and snuggy like a quilt.

  26. Gwen says:

    My favorite quilty Christmas decorations, are my machine pieced tree ornaments for my tree. Minature quilt blocks with
    a hanging tab, I make a new one each year to add to the tree.

  27. DebrafromMD says:

    My favorite Christmas decorations are miniature quilts that can be hung as a group on walls, placed under other decorations for a punch of color or tucked into baskets to provide a display.

  28. Karen A says:

    I put out quilted pillows and my tree skirt.

  29. Barbara says:

    wall hangings – so easy to make different styles for different rooms –

    many thanks for the directions – this I can accomplish in the little time left -

  30. Jocelyn says:

    I think quilted tablerunners are such an easy way to add Christmas to different parts of the house. Entry way, dining room table, mantle, top of the piano. there are so many options. I am working on making more.

  31. Vicki T says:

    I love quilted totes with candy cane and other ornaments in them and also table runners. I really like your idea of the Tree skirt too. Thanks for the pattern.

  32. Beverly says:

    I think little quilted ornaments are fun. You can make several in a short amount of time and they look cute on the tree. They also make great gifts or package embellishments.

  33. Jorie says:

    Reversible table runners! Especially those with two completely different designs on each side, so you can change them up depending on your mood or your plans for the day!

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