Sunday, April 12, 2015

Playing in the Crabapples!

It was a busy busy tree filled day in Sykesville, Maryland where the Four County Quilters had gathered at the Volunteer Fire Department community room for an all day workshop making Crabapple blocks form my book Adventures with Leaders  & Enders!

Checkerboard tree tops are fun to piece…especially when we double check seams and adjust machines so that the strip sets measure what they are supposed to.

It’s important that the tree top parts FIT the paper pieced tree trunk section ---because we just don’t want to have to go lopping off branches, right?

I had several students who had never done any paper piecing before, and this is a great pattern to get some experience for this technique under your belt and whet your interest.  After this – you can feel confident and move right on to Pineapple Crazy as a pro!


Short strip sets bring in loads of variety!


Mothers and daughters stitching together!

((I swear, I thought they were sisters!))


Making plans with new friends!


Before we knew it….


Whole orchards were being born in so many different color ways!


Orchard on the left side of the room!


And a tree fest on the right!


Simply Awesome blocks!

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Crabapples! Sykesville, MD 2015

I was back to my room at a decent time last night and YES!  I was not too tired to spend some time on those Lozenge blocks:


Humming along!


Everything into fours now!

Next up is sewing these fours into eights and then to start joining them into long rows!  It’s coming together ----but I think I’ll need a good design floor and some spread out time to arrange the 8 unit blocks to where I want them to land in the final layout.  That will likely wait until I get home and have time to do it.  I’m just happy to have them THIS far.

Today’s workshop is also with the Four County Quilters, back at the fire department in Sykesville – we’ve got Midnight Flight up on deck and it’s going to be a beautiful day in Maryland ---

Enjoy your beautiful Sunday, everyone!

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