Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Progress: Little Apples

Well imagine my surprise when Aneela Hooey herself mentioned my first Little Apples hexagon block on her blog! I mean, could there be any greater honour than the fabric designer herself liking what you’ve made with her creation?

I’m quite taken by the Little Apples fabric range. The more I cut into it, the more possibilities I see in fussy cutting and complementing it with other fabrics in my stash.

Like the vintage Kaffe Fassett in the centre of block #10. I think it looks like disco balls with hedgehogs dancing around.

LA # 10

And whilst this quilt began as a way to learn a new technique I am determined to complete a full size quilt now, just so I can play with these cool shapes and create kaleidoscope like blocks. I wake up with new ideas of how to transform a lone little turtle into a sophisticated patchwork block.

LA turtles

Or form new shapes from barely recognisable items of clothing…

LA Book & scarf block

I think my favourite so far is the Super Reading Girl block. She is so cool with her book in hand and the mustard text swirling around.

LA #9

I’ve been taking some photos and putting together a little tutorial on how I’ve been constructing these block. I feel so liberated sewing these by machine. No papers to tack, no slow whipstitching and the backs are just as pretty as the fronts with all their swirled seams.

swirled seams

I’m thinking that the Marti Michelle templates are better than any cutting system as you can align them directly over the fabric for fussy cutting.

Now excuse me as I get back to playing with my fabric… x Lorena


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing your tutorial - I'm beginning to wonder whether it might be fun to go even bigger with hexes - using the incompetech paper and your machine technique - your hexagons really have me thinking - your fussy cutting is just beyond fabulous.

  2. What a fun blog you have! I keep hearing about those templates, they just might have to go on my Christmas list. I hope to do a Farmers Wife quilt next year and there are a few that seem to be a big help with that.