It’s fall and that means a trip… nay… many trips to our local apple orchard. Actually, we are very fortunate, in our area there are several apple orchards and cider mills to choose from. My son Drew, and his wife Meghan, moved to Wisconsin a few years ago and have been searching high and low for a true, honest to goodness working cider mill, with pick your own apples, wagon rides, and hot, freshly made donuts, but have yet to find one. But we have them in abundance… and they’re close enough to go to for cider and hot donuts… OFTEN! Which, in and of itself is lovely, but a bit problematic to my thighs! Anyway… I could hardly get through the season without sharing a felt applique apple tree. Last year I discovered the embroidery stitch the Woven Spider Wheel, and have used it often for flowers BUT it totally excels as apples! Make sure to “weave tightly” (I went under 26 spokes) and your apple will take on a lovely 3 dimensional look. (BTW… I added grass as an afterthought using 6 strands of floss and a simple straight stitch. You will not see that on the pattern, but easy enough to add if you’d like.)
I wanted to talk just a little bit about the applique blocks in general. I’m always saying they can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs, but you might wonder what “needs” can I be referring to. Well… the designs in the applique blocks can be utilized in many ways. For example, I used this applique block as the pattern for my Wooden Apple Orchard. (Which I’ll be sharing the pattern and a brief how-to next week.) I didn’t even have to change the size. But by enlarging or reducing the pattern, or other small modifications like adding a 1/4″ seam allowance, they can be turned into many other things. The applique PATTERNS can be made out of cottons and appliqued on clothing or quilts. They can be cut out of wood. They can be made into stencils for your walls. They can be reduced, and cut out of polymer clay for brooches. You can add a back and stuff them for stuffies. They can become stained glass patterns. There are many applications possible.
To help visualize their uses, we are going to do a series of Christmas projects, using the same design in several different ways. We will be using a pine tree applique block and turning it into table decorations, a garland, a wreath and an apron applique. We will even use it to make Christmas cards. So watch for our new design and its many applications.
In the meantime, the Apple Tree Applique Block pattern can be found HERE or in our FREE Applique Patterns. As always, Enjoy, and happy appley fall!