This time my inspiration came from few photos of crab apples. I’ve been thinking of making a diptych of crab apples: blossoms and fruit. Somehow I’ve started from fruit first, blossoms have to wait, I hope not till the next spring.
My friend Nijole has three crab apple trees in her garden. Recently she sent me this photo:
Then few days later my friend Linda posted this photo on her Facebook page:
I was hooked and started by selecting fabrics for apples:
And started making improvised log cabin blocks:
I moved on making more and more of them and then I needed to select fabrics for a green background. I wanted a background to have light and dark and medium values of green and some of grays:
These were different blocks and I moved on making them and filling spaces on my design wall. At the same time I kept adding more crab apples:
Finally I felt that I had enough and that design looked quite balanced:
A close up of my design wall:
Now I had to figure out how to sew everything together. The construction of this kind of design is always quite challenging but finally I had it all in one piece.
The next step was my favorite- machine quilting. I always feel very relaxed when quilting. I let my mind to fly and dream of upcoming quilts while my hands move the quilt freely under the needle.
I selected few colors of thread and started quilting:
Then I realized I needed more colors:
Finally it is all quilted:
All I had to do now was to square the quilt up and add binding. The binding is not showing on the front:
It was fun making this quilt and I look forward to making Crab Apples Blossom quilt next.