Leaves & Berries Quilt


I saw this quilt in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Fons & Porter’s For the Love of Quilting and it immediately reminded me of the living room at my aunt and uncle’s house, so I decided to go ahead and make it for them. I couldn’t find one fabric collection that met my needs, so I mixed and matched a couple of different designers. They ended up going together pretty well. (There was a second green fabric I can’t find a picture of online)

The quilt finished at just about 63″x63″. By far the most challenging aspect of this quilt was all of the applique required. There were 52 berries and 52 leaves to cut and affix to the front of the quilt. I ended up using the leftover fabric for the backing (of which there was a lot, even though I ordered according to the fabric guidelines).


As for the quilting, I used a template for the centers of the starburst looking blocks and stitched in the ditch/FMQ most of the rest of it. There were a few mistakes on the quilt, to be expected since this is the most ambitious one I’ve ever attempted, but I am mostly happy with how it turned out.


My aunt and uncle were very happy to receive it. Thanks for reading!

Linking up with Amanda for Finish it Up Friday, Sarah’s Giveaway and Angie’s linky.

22 weeks

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It’s a little bit difficult to take bump pictures of one’s self, but I tried! Here I am at 22 weeks along. We found out that we are having a baby boy and he’s already started kicking around in my belly! I’ve started planning his nursery, it’s going to be a rustic woodland theme. I got the idea after seeing Bonnie Christine’s Hello Bear collection, I am absolutely in love with it!

Hello, Bear!

Hello, Bear!

I’ve ordered fabric to make crib sheets, diaper pad covers and a quilt. I think I need some more fabric but I need to decide what quilt pattern I’m going to do with it before I decide to buy more!

It’s such an exciting time for us, but we are still having to make weekly trips to the hospital for Michael’s cancer treatment. I had hoped we would be farther along in treatment by now, but infections have prevented Michael from making regular progress; he has had to take chemo breaks to let his body fight infections. We’re trying to stay positive though. For more information on Mike’s cancer, read the cancer tag.

Since I’m blocked on the baby’s quilt, I started on another project in the meantime. Here is a work in progress shot:

It is a LOT of applique, but I am looking forward to the challenge!