As I sit and write this post, I’m sporting shorts, a tank top and flip flops, and have all the windows of the house thrown open…just another “winter” day in the Mile High City…one week ago it snowed 8 inches, and today it’s 70 degrees and sunny. I want to grill out, drink a mojito, get a tan, and it’s FEBRUARY. There’s no denying it- spring is in the air (well, almost).
What a perfect day to share about my new springy Apple Blossom mini quilt that just came out in McCall’s Quilting!
EEEEEK, it’s my first cover, and in the same magazine that my mother carefully clipped Betsy McCall paper dolls from 50 years ago. This is one of those times I wish grandma could be here to see.
To me, this little quilt is just the happiest. I’m pretty sure that if an apple, a flower, and spring sunshine were to merge, this would be the result. And the petals- am I crazy for thinking they look like apple seeds? Perhaps, but I love them, and am so excited to have this beauty back in my kitchen.
Is it just me, or did I just post last week about a fantastic resource for learning to sew curves??? My dear friend, Miss Angela Pingel, has a fantastic new DVD out that I wish I had my hands on when I stitched up this quilt! So many awesome tips and tricks for curved piecing.
I’ll admit, I did have crazy fun quilting this. I chose a tight stipple to make the background fade into, well, the background, and then some gentle echoing curved lines around the flower. Lots of yummy angles in this so it was fun to play with. I decided to keep the petals unquilted to help them stand out even more, and I love how they turned out.
The binding is a fabulous DS print I found at Joann’s and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I need to bind my next 10 quilts with that darling plaid and I’m regretting not buying the whole bolt!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my new little quilt! In case you wanna stitch one up for yourself, the pattern is available in the March/April 2015 McCall’s Quilting, which you can snag at your local shop, or here in both print and digital form. IF you happen to decide to make a whole quilt from 9 of them (wink wink), pop me a note so I can give you my mailing address! ;)