Have you been following Lori Holt and her Sweetie Pie Sew Along? Lori’s Sweetie Pie quilt is just so cheery and will make any space in your home, that much more wonderful. The blocks are made up with Pie Blocks (traditional Dresden Plate blocks) and the centre of each block includes an applique fruit.
Download the free Sweetie Pie quilt pattern here.
Today is my day on the Sweetie Pie Sew Along and I’m super excited to finally share my block with you. I chose the Strawberry Block, well, because I just love them. The challenge was to create the block using a different fabric range to the one Lori used in her beautiful quilt (Sew Cherry 2).
The fabric which I used in this project is called Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Designs. I’d been holding (hoarding) on to a FQ bundle of this fabric for ages, waiting for the perfect project.
I used Lori’s method of appliqué using interfacing which makes the pieces easily to stitch down. Most of the blocks include some basic embroidery (stems or on the leaves). Initially I backstitched the yellow seeds on the strawberry, but after a couple, didn’t like to look. I started again, this time using the lazy daisy stitch which I thought was much more effective.
I couldn’t resist adding some ric rac to my appliqué centre. I have such a soft spot for ric rac in a project. There’s something to sweet and retro about it. I remember when I was young, my gran used to make my clothes and all of my favourite skirts or dresses had ric rac on them.
Keep an eye out at Bee in my Bonnet for some extra projects which Lori is creating with her new template sets and fabric range. Visit Lauren over at Transient Art for her block last week and then pop over to visit Heidi at Fabric Mutt next Monday.
Keep up with all of the latest Sweetie Pie Quilt progress over on Instagram with the tag #SweetiePieSewAlong