Here are my April Tree Blocks for the
This month's tree patterns are designed by
There are four tree blocks to choose.
Download them now while they are free for the month of April.
Hope to see you sewing along!
Foe the big tree I chose this adorable applique pattern.
I am calling these "Ice Cream Trees"
This tree is four scoops of fabric fun!
It is tempting to put a cherry on top ... ;)
Most of my fabrics are from
I have a FQ bundle and a layer cake and a couple of small pieces of yardage.
My background and additional fabrics are mostly
These are two of my favorite fabric collections and designers.
I had sew much fun sewing these blocks!
A few years ago I did not like applique.
Now I love applique!
I just needed to learn and to practice.
I use a machine blanket stitch and set my stitch to small.
For the large pieces I set my Janome to
2.5 and 2.0
For the very small pieces, like the eyes on the bird,
I set my stitch even smaller
1.5 and 1.0
I also slow down the speed on my machine .
I match my thread colors as best I can to the fabric on the applique piece.
Coats Mercerized ELS 100% Cotton thread, available at Joann's, is also very good quality
and works well for applique and machine quilting.
I was lucky to have a varigated green thread
that was a perfect match for the
I do not have a lot of thread colors.
I like to buy my thread, like this one, at large quilt shows.
This one is 100% Egyptian Cotton
This little bunny was my favorite part of this block!
I carefully cut this from the bear fabric and hid a face under the cotton tail.
I love the way it gives the bunny depth and texture.
For the small tree I chose the small pieced pattern'and cute the pieces from
the leftover fabric from the 10" squares
that I used for the large applique tree.
I could not resist adding the applique butterfly!
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It is cold and very windy and sunny here today.
Tomorrow we have snow in the forecast again.
I am enjoy these April trees on my sewing table.
No spring flowers outside here yet.
As always, my little Maestro,
who is not so little anymore,
was a big help while making these blocks.
Maestro and I wish you happy sewing today ... :-)