Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I just finished a project!  From start to finish, I guess it was a little less than a week in the making.  I'm calling it "Scrappy Apples" because it is made from my stash of scraps left over from other quilts, and the quilting design is apples and leaves.

This was a commissioned quilt requested by a customer for a dear friend.  The story is pretty cool:  The two friends have never met, but were pen pals during World War II.

The lady who commissioned the quilt told me that she and her friend have been writing back and forth for many years, and she wanted to do something special for her.  Her friend had been there for her through thick and thin, even though they had never met face to face.  She told me that she is not sure she will ever really "meet" her friend, but that her friend means more to her than some of the people she has "met".  The quilt is ready to deliver, and I can't wait to hear how it was received!

When I first started designing the quilt with my quilt software, I envisioned the blocks set side by side.  But after I made several of them, I reconsidered and changed the setting to "on point" with setting squares in between, as you can see in the next photo.

I always appreciate the opportunity to use the new design wall that Bill and I made a few months ago.  It is insulation board with cotton batting glued to it.  The blocks just stick to it naturally and you can rearrange to your heart's content.  Here is where I kept playing with the color placement until I was happy with it.

With the top completed, it was ready for the longarm quilting machine.  I was going to do an edge to edge quilting design, but with the large white setting squares, I could not resist the urge to treat each block separately and use a set that I purchased in 2012 that is all different shapes of apples and leaves.  This is Block One, in progress, which is a square design.

Block Two is a circular shape with just leaves, and I used it in the sixteen patch blocks.  I had so much fun with these blocks, because the swirlies placed themselves on four of the small colored blocks.  Happy happenstance!

The photo above shows how the quilt top, quilt back and quilt batting are loaded on the longarm machine.  I took this picture after I had only been quilting for about an hour.  I worked on this all day Sunday, while Bill was at work, and it took over eight hours to finish!

This motif is Triangle One, and is specially designed just for triangle patches in the quilt.
Triangle Two is a different design, leaves without an apple, that I used in the smaller four corner setting triangles.  I used a leaf pattern for the small border, and it is also just leaves with no apples.  This was not part of the apples set, but had similar shaped leaves and worked very nicely.

Because the borders can only be worked from side to side, doing a border like this necessitates taking the quilt off the frame, turning it, and reattaching it to do the last two borders.

Originally, I planned on using a printed backing for the quilt, but decided to use plain white.  First of all, I had a lot of this fabric on hand that I had purchased at Hancock's of Paducah a few years ago.  It is 100% cotton, of course, and it is a soft as butter!  So I knew that it would make a soft and comfortable backing.  Secondly, and maybe more importantly, I wanted a back that would show off the quilting.  Mission accomplished!  A printed backing would have looked pretty, but the quilting would not have shown up as much.

Here is the finished quilt, ready to be given to my customer's friend.  I really enjoyed working on it, and hope that I have the chance to make something like this again soon.

I really need to use up some more of my scraps!


  1. this is beautiful and I really like the apple and leaves designs

    1. Thanks, Golf Girl! I had a lot of fun working on it. Are you a quilter?

  2. Beautiful and simple design, love it, the quilting is perfect, I wish I had the room and the money for a long arm!

    1. I use a spare bedroom for my long arm room. It does take a lot of space! If you ever need someone to do your quilting for you, be sure to let me know. Thanks for visiting my site, Stephanie!