Blogger’s Quilt Festival opened today! Amy of Amy’s Creative Side hosts Blogger’s Quilt Festival to coincide with Quilt Market every Spring and Fall. This is a special treat for all of us who do not get to attend quilt market to show our work and view everyone else’s beautiful work as well. Plus there are amazing prizes from the wonderful sponsors. I am entering my Strawberry Mini Quilt from this summer’s Strawberry Swap on Instagram in the applique category for the festival.
|Strawberry Mini Quilt for the Instagram Strawberry Swap by Anita LaHay.
I took my inspiration from a pillow on Pinterest that was similar to this but it was paper pieced. I created my own wall hanging version with appliqued strawberries. I changed out the thread for the blanket stitching to match each fabric so the machine applique work took a few sewing sessions. I quilted around the strawberries on the background with stippling so the strawberries really puff up off the quilt. A machine wash and dry enhanced this effect. I am so pleased with how it turned out and my swap partner was very happy too. This quilt measures 18 x 18 inches.
Update: I had a question in the comments for where I found the strawberry shape. I Googled free applique patterns and found my strawberry shape here.
Thank you for stopping by to see my quilt! Please check out the other quilts in the festival too. You can click the “Blogger’s Quilt Festival” button in my button bar to get over there.