Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Block






  Apple picking was always a favorite time of year for me! We would always pick bags of fresh juicy McIntosh Apples and make the most delicious desserts. This Apple block is raw edge applique, so it's quick and easy to make!

Materials
~10-1/2 inch square cotton print fabric~ I used a tree print by Thomas Kinkade
~10-inch scrap of red cotton print fabric for apples
~8-inch scrap of green cotton print for leaves
~paper-backed fusible
~decorative thread in coordinating colors~brown for stem
~Optional fabric colored pencils

Apply paper backed fusible on wrong side of  red cotton print and green cotton print. Trace two apples on red fabric on paper side using provided pattern.
Trace  five leaves (2 large 3 small) on paper side of green fabric  using provided pattern. Cut out all apples and leaves and peel off paper back. Place apples and leaves on background fabric any way you like or use my block as a guideline. Press in place.
Use decorative thread and stitch around leaves and apples.
I used brown thread and stitched a stem on both apples.
If you want to add more dimension to your apples as I did use fabric pencils to draw in highlights. I also drew on veins of leaves and will quilt them later when I set the block.

Any questions or comments please contact me at seastar42@msn.com
Have fun~Damsel

Project Pattern to download and print
 Apples and Leaves





Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fun Cotton Cloth Napkins

I really loved making these quick easy napkins!
I chose patterns that correspond with food we love to eat, cut 17 inch squares of food novelty cotton fabric,
then serge edge with a rolled hem. You can hem by regular machine by folding and pressing under 1/4" and stitching close to raw edge.   Saves on all those paper napkins in the trash and they are so fun!
Every little bit helps!