Bloomin' Quilt Series
The Bloomin' Quilt series is LIVE and there are two designs in the series.
Bloomin' Awesome is straight up patchwork with the applique doing all of the heavy lifting. I designed the motif (well three of them and this is the surviving design) and then spent a lot of the past two pandemic years stitching away. No! Your quilt won't take that long to sew, I just picked it up and put it down and took my time, I also was resolving the design as I went... something I don't do often, but did with this guy. I LOVE this Bloom motif and appliquing it never got tired. Using Liberty Tana Lawn, each print kept me interested. The Bloomin' Awesome you see here used Liberty Tana Lawn and Essex Metallic Linen. You can use your own combo of patchwork fabrics, try using lawns as well (they don't have to be Liberty prints, there are lots of different lawns available now), they applique beautifully. The yo-yo's add some extra texture and interest. You could always opt to just needle turn the circle in the middle of the Bloom block and then the outside if you wanted. Additionally, both patterns come with quilting plans/ideas. My version of Bloomin' Awesome was custom quilted by Carol at The Quilting Cottage, she did an amazing job.
This secondary design is called Bloomin' Confection and is a simple brickwork patchwork with 20 applique blocks and uses the applique template as the hand quilting pattern.
I've designed the brickwork patchwork row by row and there won't be any seam matching when sewing the rows together. There is also the opportunity to use larger scale prints and to have some fun adding some texture by using wovens. I'll show you more soon! Of course I've added some sparkle with Robert Kaufman, Metallic Essex Linen and I've used Essex Speckle for the first time and it is delicious. Yep, delicious. It's squishy and the pink and blue used are PERFECT for Bloomin' Confection. You can see some glimpses in the photos here. The hero in this design is the big stitch style hand quilting. The pattern comes with a suggested diagram, but basically take your bloom motif template and go nuts!
Patterns + Template Release
Bloomin' Awesome and Bloomin' Confection launched at the same time, together with an acrylic template option.
The patterns come with video instructions showing how to needle turn applique and all of my tips and tricks when sewing this particular block. Needle turn can be intimidating if you haven't done it before or haven't had success in the past, but everyone is a beginner at some point, as was I. My applique did not always look like what you see here! Practice, practice and more practice as well as using suitable thread and needle for applique that can help your work shine. My videos will show you some progressions to get you started as well as needle turn techniques to sew your Bloom blocks. As long as you have a result YOU'RE happy with that is all that matters. There is also a video for making your yo-yo's.
How-to needle turn applique