Welcome to the first stop right at the beginning of the Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour: Apples!
I am a huge fan of Lori Holt's work, she is such a sweet person and she shares so many tips and ideas at her blog Bee in My Bonnet so I jumped at the change to take part. Her new book is a collaboration between Lori and the Fat Quarter Shop. You can see detailed photos of Quilty Fun book here- the photos, taken in Lori's home are to die for, all the retro styling and colours which I just know is not just for the cameras but how Lori lives her life. The Sew Along is to make a quilty sampler from many of the blocks in the book and each stop on the hop comes with its own companion PDF that works alongside the book so you can make this quilt- Download 1 Apples is here
The book is well laid out and the spiral binding allows it to lay flat and makes it great to work alongside. The instructions are displayed in a checklist style as is the download so you can cut exactly what you need for the sampler apples. I did all my prep in order of the list and labelled and lined the pieces ready to use.
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You will need 3 yards of background fabric in total for this quilt top
½ yard for red postage stamp border
1 ¼ yards outer border
All the blocks in this quilt are rotary cut and simple to make. Lori has such a systematic, efficient approach with tips along the way. You can put the time into chosing your fabrics as the construction is very straightforward.
This block took me 15 mins to prep and 1 hour to sew together.
I love her graphic picture style, and the book is packed with ideas like these apples. Other favourites in the book include the Town Square quilt the Apple-licious quilt- obviously.
Each stop on the tour comes with a giveaway and for this stop you will find two 3.5" Rolie Polies of Lori's new fabric line, Gracie Girl up for grabs. To enter, you must make the apple block using the tip sheet and page 22 of the book and post it to the Quilty Fun Flickr Group and the winner will be announced on the Jolly Jabber 11th Nov. Enjoy!