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 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 :)