Sunday, 2 October 2016

Autumn is for Applique


We've just put our wood burning stove on for the first time since before summer, so in our house that means it's officially Autumn! And as much as I hate the short days and the grey skies it is lovely to be warm and cosy inside.

Regular readers will know that I have been working on a series of seasonal applique cushions covers for Today's Quilter magazine. Issue 14 is out now and features my Autumn Garland cushion.

I've actually finished all four cushions now (you won't see Winter for a few months yet) and I can definitely state that Autumn is my favourite.

I concentrated on all the lovely autumn leaves for this design with just the one flower, a chrysanthemum with variegated petals.

And then had fun creating tiny acorns and rosehips. Maybe it's these little details that make me love this one so much.

I've had a few applique projects recently. This next one was my turn for the Project 48 Quilt. This is a year long project with 48 blocks and 24 guest quilters. Each month there are 2 modern and 2 traditional blocks. I chose the applique month and the modern theme.

This is what I came up with.

I found it quite hard to design a 'modern' applique block that I thought people would be keen to make. In the end I went for a very stylised flower and leaf pattern with added 'dots'. I think the background fabric really makes it.

One last applique project.

I do love to use up my class samples and back in April I was giving short workshops at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh making these little yo-yo flowers. I ended up with 6 pieces which I sewed into 3 separate panels and made into a zippy pouch!
This in turn became a birthday present for my niece :)

Happy days!


  1. The little pouch is super adorable!

  2. I love the autumn cushion, but the pouch has stolen my heart!