Have you all seen the gorgeous Sweetie Pie blocks popping up all over the interwebs?! Lori Holt has well and truly done it again with her divine dresden and applique blocks! I jumped at the opportunity to sew along with her, and am really excited to share some of the block progress I’ve made.
This quilt and sew along was launched in conjunction with the release of Lori’s fabric collection Sew Cherry 2 for Riley Blake Designs. Sew Cherry was one of the first fabric collections I ever bought and Sew Cherry 2 is just as perfect!
The sew-along started a six weeks ago and shares a step or block a week. Sewing this quilt is a breeze with Lori stepping everyone through quilt prep and cutting (I LOVE an organised quilter, and Lori is honestly my quilt-planning crush!), and provides a brilliant video tutorial for making those dresden pie blocks.
We picked an apple block to start our quilt construction with – I know one cheeky little monkey that can’t get enough apples and her reaction to the apple applique in this block just melts me! Apple was one of her first words, and given any choice ‘apple, mummy’ is what we ask for for most snack times.
I used a Lori Holt design board to layout all my pie pieces and quickly got to work sewing each together. I’ve used a 1930s reproduction fabric collection for Penny Rose Fabrics called Hope Chest. I still love this fabric range, and can’t wait to see the rest of this quilt top come together. There is something about the dresdens in these retro, vintage fabrics that reminds me of hours spent pouring over my Grandma’s quilting books.
Lori’s patterns are so clear and easy to follow, and in providing extra tips (and additional projects) along the way is nothing short of brilliant! I chose to machine applique each piece, as well as my pie pieces to the background fabric; those neat little stitches make my heart smile. I really love the effect of machine illustration, and am determined to get better at this technique. Perhaps by the time I make twelve blocks I’ll have mastered it! 😉
Grab your free Sweetie Pie pattern here. Remember to tag your Sweetie Pie posts with #PieBlock
#SweetiePieSewAlong so we can follow along with you. This block has been well and truly claimed (and is going to need an intense press before I put it together in a quilt top!). You can also check this hashtag to see all the other amazing blocks and small projects being made with this pattern.
Leaving you with a couple of (super-cute) outtakes from the photo shoot. I always struggle taking photos of single blocks, and these loved-up quilt block photos share more of a story that the others ever could! 😉