Okay, I am getting sucked into quilting. I was warned that it could happen and although I felt that my life was pretty darn full of hobbies already, it has happened swiftly and now I spend my time hunched over a ruler or my sewing machine.
Back in the Fall, I signed up for an Apple Block exchange at the quilt shop. The swap meant that you picked a color (either green, red or yellow) and crafted 12 blocks. We then met up for a block exchange and traded them out; you left with an array of blocks in unique fabrics. It is a great concept: your own blocks are now out in the universe on someone else’s quilt, a very community oriented way of quilting.
The original pattern called for a wall hanging, but I decided instead to create a lap sized quilt for my mom for Christmas. I had to create a pattern from almost scratch, using the pea quilt as a template. Again, thank goodness for the refresher in 6th grade math last year!
As the quilt was a mixture of all sorts of fabrics, I wanted to do a bright border and chose some 1930s reproduction fabrics. The border fabrics really brightened up the quilt and make it look almost whimsical. I could have gone kitschy and picked out some apple fabric, but I’m really happy with what the borders showcase on the apples. For this quilt, I wanted to splurge, and support my local quilt shop, so I had the blanket long-arm quilted. The pattern was leafy yet subtle and really made the blanket even more special.
The apple quilt now resides at my mom’s house, draped on a quilt rack where I know she admires it every day.