As you might have guessed by now, I love making scrappy quilts, so off I went to my stash to find some bright fabrics in blues, pinks, and yellows. I used the template of the peel from the magazine and then sewed my peels, right sides together, to fusible interfacing. I cut a little slit into the interfacing, turned the peels right side out and ended up with a bunch of pretty peels!
Designer Victoria Shackle has provided a template for a pieced peel, but I have issues with sewing curves so this method worked for me. I cut out the background blocks using a variety of whites and fused the peels in place.
A hot iron and a little steam did the trick!
I plan to use my trusty machine to applique the peels in place and will use a bright green for my stems. I'll continue working on this project in between others, so it may be next summer before you see my version of "Summer Leaf". I love it when I fall in love with a quilt and just have to make it!
I have started to see "Summer Leaf" popping up around blogland. Polly at Aunt Polly's Porch made an absolutely gorgeous version and used an even faster way to make it. It is adorable! On her blog, she demonstrates how she made it and uses her expert free motion quilting to finish it off. See her version HERE.
While I was working on my peels, I decided to make a few small design boards that I have seen Lori use at her blog, Bee In My Bonnet. I made a few 10" boards, have a 10" x 15" one in the works, and plan to make a few more in a 14" size to use when making 12.5" blocks. Tutorials for the design boards are HERE.
We had a very successful show at the annual "Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale". We wrapped up Friday after a great week, welcoming visitors and buyers from around the world. Thanks to all who visited and enjoyed the quilts. Next year will be our 10th annual, so plans are already underway to make it even more special. Maybe we'll see you there!
It's a great day for quilting!