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    In November of 2013, I got a 9° wedge ruler and my wife came to the LQS and helped me pick out some fabrics for a Christmas tree skirt.

    Fast-forward to December 2018; I quit my job to go back to school full time. [Leaving a career in plant science/horticulture to pursue a degree in Elementary Education] I finally had a little free time at the beginning of this month where both children who were born in the interim ince buying the fabric were in daycare but classes hadn't started for me yet. I wiped the dust and cobwebs off the sewing machine and finally got the tree skirt sewed and quilted. It is still waiting on binding but I guess I've got a few more months before that has to be done to use the skirt.

    I think the take home message here is; If your husband says he'll do something, he'll do it. You don't have to bug him about it every 4-5 years.

    Hard to tell from the picture but I quilted it by going from corner to corner of each colored block following the spiral that is created by the color offset. It turned out quite nice and Mrs. HandsomeRyan was happy.

    I bought some pre-made dark green double fold bias tape I intend to use to bind it but I also considered adding ruffle trim to the outside instead. I don't know?
    Last edited by HandsomeRyan; January 16th, 2019 at 08:29 AM. Reason: clarification of timescale
    Loosely based on a true story.

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    Hello handsome! So good to see you. Mmmmm, no, not late.....early, for this year! Go with that! Your tree skirt is beautiful! I don't think it need a ruffle, just gorgeous the way it is! Happy you've popped in. Hope all's well with you and your family.

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    Missouri Star

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    When you have time, have mercy! Elementary Ed. (30+ years in the field, things certainly have changed). Good luck in your studies.

    lol, Jonathan was asking me when I was going to finish my hexie quilt. I told him my goal was this year. His reply was, well you've got plenty of time. I predict you'll be finished December 2. That's my goal... not really, I'm hoping earlier.
    Katrina


    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
    ― Maya Angelou

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    Ryan, Very nice. It's lovely and I DO see the quilting... It is going to be very special when you can place it around your tree in December, 2019!
    A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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    Good to hear from you Ryan! I love the tree skirt. I hope you continue to find time to quilt - you are gifted!

    Wishing you all the best in your new career choice!
    Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne

    Quilting is my passion . . . chocolate is a close second!

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    You did a wonderful job piecing and quilting.

    I don't bug my husband either, when he starts a project. He is Currently working on a quilt for newest grandson born August 2018.
    I am reminding him that he won't like baby elephants when he's older.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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    Ryan, very nice!

    Enjoy your studies in your new career field.

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    Hi Ryan! I was thinking about you just this week, hoping we'd hear from you soon. Voila! Here you are.

    Beautiful tree skirt. And your new career direction is exciting. I know you won't leave horticulture behind, because you'll be teaching your students the wonders of nature.

    Give those sweet children of yours a big hug from their M* Aunties!
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Hi handsome
    (haha once had a tup named that, was funny at feeding time.)

    its not the time it takes but the love you put into it, don't wait till Christmas to use, put it on table for decoration, well done looks wonderful
    whats next??

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    I really like everything about your tree skirt. Those colors really make your design pop. Thanks for sharing.

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