I'm not really a love at first site type of person; when it comes to relationships, or my preference in fabric. In fact, some of my favorite lines of fabric I particularly hated when they first came out. I guess it just takes awhile for them to grow on me, and it usually always helps if I see them in person. Us sewists are tactile people, and viewing a fabric online never really compares to handling the actual bolt.
Anyway, this has been the case with Aneela Hoey's latest line of fabric, Little Apples.
After a few nights of helping my friend fill orders for her shop, two of these charm packs ended up coming home with me because I could not get them out of my mind. It's such a fresh fall palatte - not the typical browns, reds, yellows, etc - and I just adore the addition of that dark olive. I've seen so many people make quilts from this line and omit the olive colorway - but I think that's what really makes this line great.
Since I only had two charm packs to work with, I added in some solids borders to make the quilt a little larger, and the green dots are from an older Moda line that I had in my stash. I looked high and low for a solid olive that matched the charms, but nothing came even remotely close and I didn't feel like waiting around to order yardage. Nevertheless, I think the dots work really well with the rest of the fabrics.
For some reason, I always hate having to shell out more money for quilt backs, so I usually end up piecing them with my leftovers from the front, and anything else I've got lying around my stash. Ohhhh, how I hate being on a budget.
Even though it's definitely not my forte, I ended up free motion quilting this in an all-over pattern of leaves and loops that I totally made up as I went along.
It looks pretty decent in this picture, but there are some very questionable looking leaves in other spots!
And the best part - this quilt is staying with us! I know - sewing for myself - how decadent!