Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scrappy Harvest First Applique Block, The Apple

I finished the first applique block, and I'm having so much fun - I hope you are too!  Here's a short tutorial and link to the block.

The three [so far] applique blocks are going to be stitched on neutral log cabins, except for the last four logs.  So make your block with all lights, but don't add logs 10-13.  The last four logs will be added after you do your applique.

Make your block, with logs 1-9.  [I had to unstitch my last four logs - some teacher, eh?]

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Trace your applique shapes, using the REVERSED pattern on your printout, onto fusible web.

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Cut them out, leaving at least 1/8th inch all around, then following manufacturer's directions, fuse them to the wrong side [back] of your fabrics.

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Once they've cooled, cut them out on the line, and lay them on your fabric following the picture as a guide - there is a layout diagram in the pattern, but you don't have to get it exactly.  I laid out my branch and apple, then stitched them down, then added the leaves wherever.  There's no layout diagram for the leaves.

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I used a blanket stitch on my machine.  Don't look too close - it's been so long since I've done this, I had a mess!

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I just scattered the leaves wherever.  There's no right or wrong.  And I know that one tree doesn't have multi-colored leaves, that's ok, we're going for the spirit of autumn here.

After you stitch down the leaves, you're going to add the last four logs - in darks.

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And that's it!  Your applique block is done.  I'm not sure if I'm going to add this one to my quilt, it may become a table runner, I really want to do needle-turn applique on these.  I've never done it before, so rather than making you wait for the applique blocks for a year or two, I thought I'd go ahead, fuse them, and have them ready.

Here's my first three blocks:

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I have no idea yet what kind of layout these will have, but I kind of like this!

The applique is a free download in my craftsy shop, click HERE - happy stitching!


Anonymous said...

Hi Allie ,wow i love this block it looks fantastic ,oh its all looking awesome,well done my friend xx

Karen said...

Nice, Allie. Makes a special block with the addition of the branch,, leaves, and apple.

WoolenSails said...

That really looks nice with the other blocks, would be a nice runner too.


B J Elder said...

I have no idea what the quilt will be, all finished, but I'm loving the start and hopefully next week (the next 5 days are busy!) I can get started and do this one. Love it!

Nancy J said...

Totally superb, I like the layout so much. My first block is "Massive", much like our huge heap of firewood. 17.5 inches, I went wrong in adding 2.5 inches to an initial 3.5 inch centre square. Wow, it might be the front of a bag. Photo to come tomorrow, when I compare it to the outside pile!!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh Allie, I love it!! You are so good with fabric choice and applique. :-) xx

Rachaeldaisy said...

Awesome!! Your applique looks so wonderful combined with your log cabin blocks. and I love your applique design, that apple looks good enough to eat.

VivJM said...

Very cute applique!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Gorgeous Allie ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

donna said...

Oh my gosh I so love this. You did a beautiful job.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful block! Here in TN, we do have trees with more than one color leaf on them at a time. =) I can look right out my window and see one this minute that has leaves of those color, but a different shape. Thanks for sharing this free pattern. I love it and downloaded it right away.

Jeanette said...

Lookin' good Allie. Going to be a beautiful quilt. Hugs,xx

Terry said...

Beautiful...I love it! :0)

Unknown said...

What a great design Allie !!! I love the way yours is coming along. Looks like I need to carve out some time for another quilt :) Thank you for your generosity :)

Shasta Matova said...

This apple is so beautiful! If I didn't have to go on a wild cleaning spree to get ready for a party, I'd be breaking out the fabric to make this!

Carrie P. said...

log cabin blocks are one of my favorites. love the addition of the apple applique.


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