Designing, stitching, piecing, photographing, and writing a pattern that makes sense to the reader can be akin to watching the kettle boil. It takes so long!
But oh the bliss of completion.
May I introduce you to my new quilt design...
It has sweet and simple applique with just a touch of hand embroidery in the centre medallion...
Cute little birdies...
Churn Dash and Friendship Star blocks...
...and made completely from my stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics!
There is usually a purpose to my designs these days, so let me share with you the story behind "Under the Apple Tree"...
My first love is stitchery, my second love is applique, and trailing a
bit long way behind in third place is quilting.
But over the last couple of months a freshened interest in making quilt blocks has bloomed, alongside last year's idea to use up my fabric stash in 2014, and a desire for designing lovely projects that can be made up faster than my previous quilt designs (which all featured a lot of embroidery)....
It's the perfect quilt for learning basic blanket stitch applique, though you could also make the centre medallion with needleturn if that's your favourite applique method.
There are only two quilt blocks used, so if you're new to this form of crafting you'll be able to hone your skills as you'll be making four of one, and sixteen of the other - and believe me, they are simple blocks to make and sew up fairly quick.
The borders are also simple, and the applique is perfect for using scrap fabrics!
The finished quilt measures 42 inches square, which is perfect for a child, a lap quilt, or to hang - but there's nothing to stop you adding more borders for a larger quilt.
The introductory price for this instant pdf pattern download is $8.95 US until August 1st when it will permanently increase to $10.95.
"Under The Apple Tree" is ready and waiting for you HERE in the shop today!
Raid your fabric stash, or go shopping for that new fabric bundle you've had your eye on...either way, you'll love this quilt as you make it your very own.
FYI: That gorgeous machine quilting was done by Marcia Harper of Marci's Quilting Service here in Townsville. It made my sweet quilt 'pop'!
To celebrate the release of "Under The Apple Tree" I wanted to do something really special, so I decided to make a gift that compliments the quilt...
"A Little Birdie Told Me" is a new design I've come up with just for this giveaway, and it could be yours!
Wouldn't you love my pretty door hanger decorating your favourite door?
It's ready and waiting to be posted to one lucky winner!
You MUST do two of the things listed below.
As this prize is something I have personally designed and made for the winner, it won't be as easy as just leaving a comment.
At the bottom of this blog post are a list of buttons for sharing the post on social media.
By clicking on them you can share this blog post to Facebook, Pinterest, your own blog, Google+, Twitter and email.
Click on TWO of those buttons (your choice which ones) to share about this giveaway.
Then leave one comment below telling me which buttons (FB, P, T, g+, or M) you chose to use so you could share about the giveaway, and also out of interest, what door you'd hang this gift on if you are the lucky winner.
The lucky winner was Jusmom1!
I'll be posting her new door hanger across the pond to the US next week. \o/