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Apple Farm Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to my blog and my turn on the Apple Farm Blog Hop for Elea Lutz’s latest collection for Riley Blake Designs.

IMG_1670Ok let’s be honest Elea is yet to create a collection that I don’t absolutely adore so no real surprise how much I love this collection. But seriously who wouldn’t! With its pretty
pops of colour, pretty ginghams, sweet apples and adorable critters it has been so much fun to create with (especially as our Australian winter has been filled with many gloomy grey days).

 

 

The arrival of Apple Farm coincided with the arrival of my first great niece. And so I set to create a few special gifts for her. For me one of the greatest quilting honours I can have is for a designer IMG_1279to ask me to work with their designs. I wanted to make a truly special quilt that honoured the traditional side of quilting whilst celebrated the vibrant colours of Apple Farm. So after seeing so many gorgeous Lucy Boston blocks posted on Instagram I decided to give them a go. Sewing these blocks was quite a challenge because as well as fussy cutting the pieces, fabric placement can have a huge impact on the look of the block. (The nice IMG_1256part about these blocks is they only use one shape – elongated hexies – and as it only takes 24 papers to make a block  you don’t have to make a huge financial investment to give them a go.)

 

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After two weeks of solid hand stitching (and many moments thinking I would never finish)completed my great niece’s baby quilt. I hand stitched everything except the sashing between the blocks and after hanging it on the line to dry I couldn’t believe the effect the winter sun had shining through my hand pieced blocks.

 

 

I also made my great niece a cute bear pillow to match her quilt. I used the pattern from Amy IMG_1724
Sinibaldi’s book Sweetly Stitched Handmades. My hope is that my niece and her baby daughter use this teddy pillow to snuggle with, lay on, read books next to and it becomes all squishy and well loved like the ones I made my girls

 

 

 

It feels so special to share my quilting with my family and to create pieces that are designed to be loved by children and their parents. I am sure that is what Elea had in mind when she designed this collection and the fact that I have this fabric because I was asked by Elea to create with it makes these handmade gifts that much sweeter.

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I hope I have inspired you to try a technique, create with this collection and continue enjoying the blog hop. Make sure you check out Lauren’s creations at Transient Art and tomorrow have a look at Jessica from Euphoria Jessica and Kristyne from Pretty by Hand blog posts.

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16 thoughts on “Apple Farm Blog Hop

  1. Larisa says:

    Ange, this quilt is absolutely stunning! I enjoyed seeing all your blocks separately, but now seeing them all joined together in a baby quilt takes it to a next level. You have done an amazing job and I am sure that your niece will treasure it and use it with her little girl and feel all the love you put into this special piece of traditional quilting. Beautiful! xo

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  2. Elea says:

    Oh Ange …. my heart is melting over your projects. Your quilt is stunning – what a treasure to be enjoyed forever. Wow!! And that little bear pillow. So perfect for this fabric with little bears. Just all so sweet. What a gem of talent you are. Thank you for sharing your projects and for the sweet words. xx

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  3. Kathleen O'Grady says:

    What beautiful and sweet heirlooms you have made! I have never seen Lucy Boston Blocks completed in a quilt and this is gorgeous! I’m sure both will be loved for years to come.

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  4. Dolly Henry says:

    Isn’t this fabric a dream to work with? Sigh. Ange you have done such an amazing job! I would love to try out those paper pieced blocks and I’m glad you pointed out it only uses a small amount of paper pieces, because I’ve wanted to try out paper pieced quilts but the papers alone have been $100-$200 so this would be a great way for me to start! Megan x

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