The Oak Leaf Applique
I started this applique about a month ago. I was thinking about maybe hand quilting a whole cloth quilt when I saw this style in an old magazine. I loved the oak reels and with big spaces between them, I'll have lots of room for fancy hand quilting. The blocks are 25" with a 2" green border and a 5" white border. (It's amazing how big and white 25x25" blocks can be when you are going to fill them up with stitches.) I used white Kona muslin for the background and 1948 Roses by Maywood Studios for the varigated green applique and border. It does have a fairly distinctive rose pattern in the green, but it was exactly the shades of green that I was looking for and I don't think it bother me when it's done. I'm going to wash and dry it so I understand how it shrinks and then hand quilt it. When it's done, I'm thinking about maybe tea dying it to give it a more vintage look and take some of the whiteness out of the background. The next step is to decide on quilting patterns. This one will take some real time. Postscript...thanks to Harold for holding it for the photo (it was starting to snow).