Despite the initial geometry used in development, the Modern Spiral Tree Skirt (SEW-104) was the most fun of any pattern Iâ€™ve written, and it came together in record time thanks to the mathematical assistance of my college age son. We collaborated on the trigonometry via text during his freshman year at RIT.
I was determined to design a wedged tree skirt that tessellated easily into a circle, yet didnâ€™t waste lots of fabric. I also was hoping to utilize fat quarters since I had a stack of Christmas holiday fat quarters on hand.
For about a week my son and I texted back-and-forth. I would send the trigonometry question, and my son using his graphing calculator to calculate the answer. I was so excited when we finally got the geometry correct and the first tree skirt was sewn together successfully.
I am glad that he didnâ€™t tell me until after it was all done:
â€œMom, you know thereâ€™s an app for that you could put on your phone! â€œ.
My response was â€œYes; but having you help me was so much more fun!â€
The tree skirt top is created from three fat quarters – with a few tiny slivers as the only waste. Additional fabric is needed for the backing & binding. Optional sashing can be used to increase the skirt size by a few inches. For ambitious quilters, there is also a two-sided version, with the wedges spiraling in opposite directions on each side.Â And for my serger friends, there is a version you can make entirely on the serger, even the Decorative Thread binding!
Happy holiday Sewing from Julia at SEW Artistic