I had asked my eldest brother what size quilt he would have wanted for his home and what types of things he’d like as a quilt.  I asked him and his wife what colors they liked. Basically they liked the color of leaves and purple.  I didn’t really know exactly how to combine those colors. Baggiesquilt2thumb A few years ago when I wanted so badly to learn how to quilt, I bought a book of patterns. There was a leaf applique pattern that I really wanted to do.  I figured this was a great chance to do it. This is one of the most fun I had in making a quilt.  It was the fifth quilt I have finished, and I apologize for taking so long in posting it.  I basically used fat quarters of each color in various fabric choices that I bought from JAQS Fabric (minus an unused fat quarter left over from my 4th quilt).  I then cut out the applique leaves (two different sizes) and ironed them on in the way the pattern stated. Then I sewed each leaf on. There were 24 leaves per block (16 blocks total).  I was trying to figure out what to do with the backing. The pattern showed purple and orange – two fabrics put together as I did.  I really loved the unicorn fabric because my brother and sister-in-law love fantasy stuff.  I was thankful to find an orange fabric with purple in it that looked great next to the unicorn fabric. Both were from JAQS Fabric again.  I don’t know if I’d choose the green for the binding again, probably an orange if I were to make a quilt like this again, simply because to me it clashed with the backing a little, but looked great with the front.  I used a meandering quilting design on the whole quilt which was my first time doing so, and can understand why it is such a popular design. It is fun and easy and looks great. I was nervous about doing the meandering on the leaves, but it came out great! Baggiesquilt1thumbBaggiesquilt10Baggiesquilt11 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Baggiesquilt12Baggiesquilt4thumbBaggiesquilt14Baggiesquilt8thumb Baggiesquilt6thumb Baggiesquilt7thumb I was nervous as to how it would be liked and was overjoyed that my brother and sister-in-law were impressed and loved it.  I haven’t been at their home since to see how it looks in their living room as a lap quilt, but I am sure it will receive attention.

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  1. This quilt is AMAZING. I love the colours and the pattern. Found your blog a week or two ago, and I’ve enjoyed reading some of your older posts. 🙂 Thanks for your comment on mine! I haven’t blogged much for a while. Seems we have a few things in common – from a passion for justice and ending slavery to sewing. My mom’s side of the family are all Mennonite too. 🙂

    • Thanks so very kindly Nina!
      That is really nice that you have Mennonites in your family line. I don’t and it would be much easier on me if I did sometimes. May you continue to
      seek justice and continue to sew!

  2. Oh my gosh. I love what you did with those leaves! So, so nice.


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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