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I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor ...

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Ripple Effect

from EvaPaige Quilt Designs Hottie Haven shop
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Ripple Effect
Ripple Effect Christmas tree skirt
Ripple Effect Topper without center circles
Ripple Effect Topper with center circles

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Rotary cut
  • Choose fabrics to coordinate with a focus fabric

Pattern Description:

Tree skirt, large topper, small topper, and table runner pattern! Something for everyone!

I've been designing quilt patterns for eight years, and for eight years I have wanted to design one that would work as a tree skirt. For eight years ideas have flit into my head, stayed long enough to prove they were too complicated, and flit back out, leaving me slightly depressed and wondering if I would ever come up with something that fit my style and "fun over fuss" philosophy". Somehow the circles craze in quilting today was what I needed to finally hit upon inspiration that stuck and kept growing into "Ripple Effect".

"Ripple Effect" was designed in EQ7 using a pieced curves block that I blew up and made hexagonal, as all good tree skirts should be. Because I would never in a million years make you, me, or really anyone in the world make a block with curved piecing, I modified the design so that it could be made with machine applique, making this a much quicker project much less apt to be thrown against the wall in frustration. My first try, which is shown on the back of the pattern, ended up a little smaller than I anticipated, and turned into the happy accident of a second sized topper in the pattern. Also included is a table runner version, an homage to the fact that the very first tree skirt I ever made oh so long ago I was inspired to cut down to a runner just for fun.

Come roll in your fabrics, play with some machine applique stitches, and dress up your home or your tree with "Ripple Effect"!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Three sizes from 18" x 36" table runner to 48" hexagon
  • 48" hexagon (large topper) can be turned into a tree skirt with one extra step


  • Up to 3/4 yard each of six different fabrics
  • Up to 2 1/2 yards fusible web
  • Up to 2 1/2 yards backing fabric
  • Batting and binding

You Will Also Need:

  • Highly recommended: Creative Grids Quick trim ruler or similar for cutting circles (or any method you are comfortable with for circle cutting
  • 6 x 24 ruler with 45 degree lines
  • A good attitude and possibly a tree in need of some Christmas formal wear