Have you seen the new fabric lines from Tilda: Apple Bloom and Spring Lake? They are the perfect way to welcome in spring and deserve a beautiful sewing project to make the most of them.
Spring Lake features a range of prints in cool shades of aqua to evoke a refreshing spring lake surrounded by light green budding trees. Tone Finnanger, the über talented designer of the Tilda range, says that the print was inspired by “…. a closet full of sweet retro summer dresses in which different designs seem to belong together because the owner loves a particular colour scheme. ”
The Apple Bloom line has a green and lilac pink palette. “These sweet spring colours and patterns will have you longing for the new blossoms of spring,” says designer Tone Finnanger. She describes the Apple Bloom range as a “classically feminine and pretty spring collection that will appeal to girls of all ages.”
So what to make with such gorgeous fabrics? How about this beautiful patchwork quilt made using the Apple Bloom range created by the lovely people at Tilda’s World? The quilt measures 58″x 58″ (170cm x 170cm) so would make a perfect play quilt or a throw for your sofa. You can easily turn it into a bed quilt by adding another log cabin row and a border. The quilt top is made with 11 of the 12 Apple Bloom fabrics (all except Leaves and Berries Pink) and also requires off-white fabric for the sashing (the strips between the log cabin blocks).
We only pieced the Log Cabin blocks together in two different ways, seen here as block 1 and 2, then made eight of each and repeated them alternately. ?By using only two blocks the quilt gets a calm rhythm. If you want a busier quilt try making 16 different Log Cabin blocks.
Please note: you need to add a 1/4″ (6mm) seam allowance to each strip.
Here are the measurements for the Log Cabin pieces, the off-white pieces, and the little squares for each corner. The measurements are in inches and you need to add seam allowance. You will need 8 pieces of each size for each of the two Log Cabin blocks, 40 off-white pieces, 13 pink and 12 teal corner squares.
This drawing shows how many pieces you need of each size, and which fabric we have used for the different sized pieces.
Piece the quilt top together as shown here.
Once you’ve finished the quilt top you can make the quilt sandwich with the wadding and quilt back. Quilt and bind as desired – this version was long arm quilted and we used Jean Dove White for the binding.