You guys! I learned something new this week and I have this sweet Mason Jars Applique Mini Quilt to show for it!
A few weeks ago Riley Blake asked some of their designers to sew along with Lori Holt’s Bee Happy Block Party and of course, I jumped at the chance! If you’re not familiar with Lori or her amazing quilts you’ll have to go click around on her blog, Bee in my Bonnet. She does these huge amazing applique quilts (in addition to designing fabric, patterns and who knows what else) and then does a sew-along with them! Here’s the current sew along – for the Bee Happy Quilt!
Um. Adorable right??
Each of us that are sewing along with Lori are making a project with just one block from the quilt and my block is the darling Mason Jars and Birdie! I turned my block into a little mini quilt to hang in my kitchen and I love how it turned out!
Lori has a tutorial for each block so I was able to follow along with her last week. It was super helpful because I’d never done this type of applique before – usually I just zigzag the edges down or do a sketchy stitch around them. Lori’s method is to use a sew in interfacing to sew to the shape and then turn right side out. She has a great walk-through for this and it really was fun to do! Except for that flower. That flower was almost the death of me. (squint when you look at it k?)
I wanted for this mini to be sort of a Fall decoration so I delved into my precious stash of Apple Farm by Elea Lutz. It’s all darling apples, florals and ginghams. Pretty much heaven on a fabric. I changed up Lori’s embroidery just a bit since I was going with an apple theme and on the large jar stitched out Apples instead of Honey.
I also added a few flowers to my birdie’s wing and changed her feet up a bit too, so she looked more like the birdies I usually stitch.
For the binding I used an adorable gingham bias tape with crochet trim from the Vintage Door on Etsy. (aff link) I might have gone a little overboard ordering cute bias tape with crochet trim a few weeks ago.
I just love how it turned out, I think it’s going to look so cute in my kitchen with all the red accents I have going in there. And I loved learning something new!
You can find all the info about the sew along at Riley Blake including the instructions for the quilt, fabric measurements and lots more! It’s such a fun quilt if you want to make the entire thing, or you can pick and choose blocks like I did!
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