Amy at Park City Girl is having another online quilt show. I LOVE these. I love going to all the links and seeing all the quilts. And I want to play along, too.
Click here to see all the quilts in the show.
This is my Lollipop quilt. I made it from the fabrics in my Sweet Pea collection. I just love the bright colors and all the balloons.
First, I traced the pattern onto paper with a Sharpie pen. That way, I could see it through the fabric and didn’t have to mark the fabric at all. I used the iron on bias tape, and pressed it into place. Once it was secure, I did a serpentine stitch down the length of each one.
I wasn’t looking forward to preparing a gazillion circles for applique, but it wasn’t bad at all. My method is to cut a circle out of a manilla folder. Then, I cut the fabric circle about a half inch bigger. An acrylic template and a 28mm rotary cutter makes it easy.
I just did a running stitch around the outer edge of the fabric circle, placed the paper circle in the middle and pulled the thread. Voila! a perfect circle.
It was just a manner of pressing it to get a nice, crisp edge and popping out the paper.
Then I put the block back on the pattern to find the placement of the balloons.
I machine buttonholed around the circles on my Elna 7300.
When doing embroidery of applique, I always start with my background a little larger than needed, so I had to square up when done.
It wasn’t long before I was cranking out the blocks!
Here’s a link to the free download of this pattern. If you make one, please send me a picture!