QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Charm Pack Tree


I had a Charm pack of Morris & Company squares and a styrofoam cone so I decided to add a little William Morris to the otherwise tacky decoration scheme I am so fond of. I don't think Morris & Company decorated with polka-dot brandy snifters full of mini-disco balls, but the combination is pretty good.


The Charm Pack has 42 squares cut to 5". I sorted them into lightish and darkish (the pack actually comes pre-sorted in a way.) I folded each into a triangle and then again into a triangle so there is one raw edge. I pinned each to the cone with two pins. I started at the bottom and let them overlap the bottom of the cone so it wouldn't show.

I alternated rows of lights and darks and didn't do much in the way of math. Just layered. I wish now I'd had a cone with a pointy top.



Dot did not think much of the whole idea. She might be channeling for William Morris. I think that's exactly how he'd look at it.



When I got to the top I folded one square into a strip and pinned it around the top. I had a glittery pick (left over from a bouquet of pure tackiness) so I cut some wires there and stuck them in the top in frivolous fashion. I propped it up on a small antique saucer turned over and secured it with a little tacky stuff (the other kind of tacky.) But you could also burrow out a little hole in the base of the cone and stick a spool in there as a base too.

It's a gift idea for a quilter as she can unpin the pins and use the Charm squares and the pins.


You need
A Charm pack (42 squares 5" x 5") I had a few left over.
84 pins (2 for each square)
1 styrofoam cone about 13" tall
Some glitter for the top and a wire cutter
A base of a spool of thread (could be part of the gift) and some kind of removeable adhesive

GIVEAWAY
I have an extra charm pack and I will send it to someone who comments in the next 24 hours.
THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER.
TERR WON.
I DECIDED I WOULD USE A NUMBER FROM THE NEWSPAPER FOR MY RANDOM NUMBER---(I KNOW IT'S NOT REALLY RANDOM)
On the sports page the combined score in the Kansas City Chiefs upset of the Green Bay Packers yesterday was 33.
Congratulations to her and thanks for the comments. Dot loves to be called cute.

86 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful idea for that hard to please quilting friend. lol. I just might have to make it. Thanks!

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  2. LOVE IT! I just made a tree with a ripped strip left from a border squaring/trimming, pearl head pins and white buttons. My next tree may have to be a "charming" tree like yours!

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  3. Oh, I love your style of decorating and what a great idea for a scrappy little Christmas tree!

    The shape reminds me of a wine bottle!

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  4. Very clever and pretty, William Morris fabrics are on my list of favorite fabrics.
    Jennifer K.

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  5. You've definitely added elegance to your decorating scheme. I'm sure your decor isn't tacky. I bet it's personal and random.
    Thanks for offering the charm pack. Love the fabrics.

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  6. Wonderful idea and be able to still use them, lol.
    I used to do trees with statis and the cones, been awhile since I did regular crafting.

    Debbie

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  7. Twice in one day??? YEA!!! Love the new line...never tire of his prints.

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  8. What a clever idea. I just bought a couple of cones that I was going to use. Instead of having a raw veggie tray I was going to stick toothpicks in the raw veggies and stick them on the tree. I like the idea of fabric much better
    Christine G.

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  9. That is such a cute idea. I love charm packs - you can do so much with them!!

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  10. Great idea for a scrappy little tree. Would love to win the Charm Pack. Those William Morris fabrics are great.

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  11. How clever is that? I'd love to win a charm pack. I love this fabric line!

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  12. What a fabulous idea! I'm starring this post so that I can add this to the "home made gifting idea" pile. So many things to make so little time!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I really like this idea. I hope you don't mind if I borrow it. I can think of a few friends who would love one of these.

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  14. Awesome idea! I love how classy it looks;)

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  15. What a neat idea! I would love some Morris-y inspiration.

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  16. What a cool idea, Barbara! Who wouldn't want William Morris charms! Thanks for counting me in.

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  17. Such a great idea! You can never have enough William Morris. Reminds me I need to finish my large twister made from Morris Tapestry.

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  18. Love the tree idea. Enjoy all your posts. Merry Christmas!

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  19. This is a great quilt buddy gift...isn't functional really high on Morris's list? And what is the holidays without a bit of bling...

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  20. What a beautiful selection! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  21. Cute idea, would make great centerpieces for our guild's Christmas party!

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  22. What a great gift idea for my quilting friends :) Thank you for the opportunity to win !!

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  23. Love the tree... what a clever idea.

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  24. Aww, I was going to comment even without the charm pack lure! I love how you made something pretty out of the tacky styrofoam, plus it is so much easier than the trees made of fabric yo-yos that my quilter friends were making a few years ago.
    Lisa
    Lalexander733 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. It's a lovely idea! I think this kind of fabric will look great in a quilt in an old house... Filled with wool it's a treasure to keep.
    So a perfect Give-away!

    Best Wishes,
    Maartje, The Netherlands.

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  26. I think your tree looks just right with the brandy snifters. It's such a lovely line of fabric.

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  27. Original and cute. A good combination. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy Holidays to you.
    Mary

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  28. Tacky, but so much fun! Any quilter would love to receive it!

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  29. Very creative and colorful. The fabrics are gorgeous.

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  30. What a great idea. Love the fabrics. Nice way to give a quilter friend a Christmas Gift

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  31. Barbara, your tacky styrofoam tree is like a beautiful prairie point tree! I love it!! Keep those informative and inspiring posts coming!! I have learned so much from you about fabrics!
    I'd also like to take this time to send you an extra special thank you for posting the photo of me with my Mom, Maternal Grandmother, and siblings, us girls wearing our calico Prairie skirts that my Mom had made <3 thank you again! Kim Marie

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  32. The photo of Dot is priceless!
    Love your idea too!
    Merry Christmas.... Hugs, Elaine at the beach

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  33. The tree is way cool, and I love the quilts with problems. They look like some I've made!

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  34. Love love love it. Bringing an elegant charm to a modern setting.
    I love Morris fabrics!!! Thank you for bringing back that period of time.

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  35. Very cute! As a long-time fan of the tacky Christmas, I'd say this is way too elegant for that category.

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  36. Heh, if you like it, do it! There is no tacky in the quilt world. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, would love some new little somethings to put under the tree. Love it all.
    Judy D. in BC Canada

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  37. Love using homemade decorations!!! And, with William Morris fabric there is more than a bit of elegance.
    Rose H.

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  38. What a clever idea. You could decorate the cone and after Christmas undo do it to make something with the charms and then the next year use a different charm pack. What better reason than to buy another charm pack!

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  39. I like that idea, decorative and useful, great present for a quilter.

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  40. That's an elegant decoration and a clever idea. I love the Morris prints so much!

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  41. I dont think your disco balls are tacky...Christmas has become to focus on lights and shiny tinsel, which in the depths of winter I think is a cheery thing. Here in Australia of course it doesnt mean a think, paticularly as you cannot view the lights until it gets dark at 9pm! I love William Morris, and muddy tones, and its a great gift idea, but the colours dont really yell Christmas! However I dont think any quilter would care...who doesnt love charm squares, particuly by WM. Happy quilting, Sue SA.

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  42. Very cute idea (tho I doubt I'll get around to making one this year). Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  43. Charm Tree?? Can I just have the charms??? LOL

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  44. What a fabulous idea!! I will have to remember this for next year. Plus, I love your William Morris fabrics!

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  45. I think the Christmas tree idea is fun, but I can think of something better to do with a brandy snifter...
    Merry Christmas and thanks for a great year of columns.

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  46. I Love your tree. Beautiful fabric as well. Nice change from red a d green. I've done something similiar with a round ring.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Your cone tree looks fabulous!! what a great idea!! These charm packs are so handy and gorgeous...))

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  48. I would have never thought of using a charm pack in this way
    Now, I know what I want to do
    with some of extra charms.
    I love your dog, such a "cutie".

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  49. Lovely charm pack, lovely tree!
    Thanks for a giveaway.

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  50. Some of your Morris prints this go-round are suitable for framing. Such stunning color & design.

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  51. Some of your Morris prints this go-round are suitable for framing. Such stunning color & design.

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  52. I'm thinking I could do the same with a wine bottle & tape. It just might be tackier.
    Phyllis
    phyllisjoconnor@gmail.com

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  53. What a great idea, thanks! I have a few more gifts to make so this would be perfect.

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  54. What a cute idea! I love that you didn't cut the fabric, so it can be re-used after it's done being a tree.

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  55. love the william morris line - great idea for a quilters gift.

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  56. I fear that Topsy does look a little upset there. Perhaps a wombat has eaten his hat?

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  57. Oh dear seem s there are plenty of us that would love that charm pack!

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  58. That is sucha cute idea! And I dont think your decorations are tacky. Infact their very homey.

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  59. What an inventive idea for a gift. It might have to wait until next year, though, as I still have to put ornaments on our tree.

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  60. I like the idea of gifting your little tree to a quilting friend. It's really clever.

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  61. Perfect gift for my quiltie friends, who am I kidding I would love it myself.

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  62. I love it! We used to have a tree made from a cone with tulle gathered on it. It had silver pointy ball thingies for the top, similar to yours. I would really love the Morris charm squares - after all, my maiden name is Morris. They would go with the large fat-quarter roll DH bought for me in New England because they had my name on it. Happy Holidays.

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  63. That sounds like a fun gift idea for a quilter!

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  64. I have to say that it is kinda cute in a tacky kind of way.The fabric is gorgeous so that makes it more cute than tacky.

    Theresa W
    foleywestrup(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  65. Barbara, you are too funny....putting a tear on William Morris! Ha! I like your little tree! Sweet!

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  66. I don't care what William Morris thinks. This is a cute gift for a quilter.

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  67. Oh so cute. Will definitely have to make these charming trees.

    Terry

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  68. Love the idea. Thanks for the opportunity. Robert, in northern Iowa.

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  69. I'd love to win a charm pack. Thanks for the tree tutorial.

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  70. This is a great idea for a charm pack. It makes a wonderful gift for a quilter. Thank you for the giveway.

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  71. Your tree is so cute!
    I love William Morris! Thanks so much for your generous giveaway!

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  72. Great idea for duel purpose of fabric. I love the colors and my Christmas Wish would be to win the fabrics ;o) Happy Holidays!

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  73. What a nice Surprise- a re-usable decoration. I'll have to remember that next year when I fill my secret Stocking.

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  74. Thank you for the idea of something to do with those squares to give as an interesting gift.

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  75. Love the charm pack tree!! I'll give the directions to my daughter and let her surprise me with one this year!!

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  76. It's lovely! I have a charm pack of Christmas fabrics - although I think it would be much more kitshcy and much less classy that way!

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  77. What a super great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. Thank you for the giveaway. Count me in.

    Have a Happy Merry Christmas and a super great New Year.

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  78. Charming idea! Thank you... and for sharing quilting history with wonderful blogs as well! Jo
    Merry Christmas!

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  79. And some Pins !!! wonderful

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  80. I'd love to win a charm pack. Thanks for the tree tutorial.

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