Appleville Quilt finished

I managed to finish my Appleville quilt this week… another Project Linus finish for October.    I started this quilt a week or so ago and it was a real challenge for me.

Appleville modern kids quilt

I was using a “cheater” panel for the first time and really wanted to highlight each of the individual illustrations somehow.  Once I had worked out my colour scheme and pulled some appropriate supporting fabric from my stash, the individual blocks came together easily.   My original post on the quilt was full of optimism.   Then  the struggle began for me with how to lay them out.

Appleville qulit detail

I had never worked with this much white/negative space before.  My design wall was a blessing as I moved the blocks around trying to find a flow I liked.  Once I had a layout I was happy with the real hard work began.  It was like doing a jigsaw puzzle piecing in the white Kona cotton.  The top part of the quilt took me ages to put together but by the bottom section I was an old pro.  There are even some Y seams in this sucker (another first for me).  I would love to hear from anyone who has advice, tricks or tips on doing this kind of piecing.  I know I have a lot to learn.

Appleville quilt detail

With the top all pieced I now had to fill all that negative space with quilting  First off I tried some hand quilting in red thread – I liked it but my wrist is not healed enough to handle that much hand quilting at the moment…. so unpicking number one.

Applieville quiltingThen I quilted  lines inside the blocks and tried a little free motion pebbles in the white space.  I did not like it, and again my wrist was not up to that much pushing and pulling of fabric through the machine… unpicking number 2.   In the end it was straight lines and boxes.

Appleville quilt detail 2

It does the job, but is not as beautiful as I would have liked.  I am still coming to terms with my quilting shortfalls (which is my actual quilting) and my current physical limitations (my darn left wrist).  I am chomping at the bit to do some proper free-motion quilting to build up my skills.

For the back of the quilt I used my favorite printed panel and made it the focal point.

Applieville quilt back

I think it is one of the cutest quilt backs I have done.  And it is all because of this little print.

Appleville quilt back detail

Appleville Quilt Details:

Style:  Modern free form

Fabric:  Appleville by Robert Kaufman & Kona White

Finished quilt size: 47″ x 57″

 

Some Appleville fun

This week I found in my stash a yard of fabric I bought a year or so ago because I fell in love the artwork on it.  It from Suzy Ultman’s “Appleville” range for Robert Kaufman.

suzy ultman fabric

I often buy fun printed fabric because I love it, but do not really know what I am going to do with it.  I struggled a lot with this fabric in particular because it is blocks of different prints, not an overall pattern.    I know I could have cheated and just used it as part of a backing fabric, but that would not show the fun prints off to their best advantage.

So this week to challenge myself, I pulled the fabric out of my stash, determined to make a quilt out of it.  I cut the individual printed sections of the fabric out and went to work.

modern kids quilt block

I grabbed some Kona white, some graphic bright prints and started playing.

Appleville block 2

As I finish a block it goes up on the design wall with the others.

Appleville block 5

Slowly but surely a quilt top is starting to emerge.

Appleville block 1

The blocks are all different shapes and sizes so the layout will be free form.

Appleville block 6

And there will be a lot of white used as the background fabric.

Appleville block 3

But in the end I hope to have a fun quilt top finished, quilted and bound for Friday.

Wish me luck…