Land That I Love, my newest quilt project, Part 1

Taking a step away from vintage, just look at this quilt pattern! I fell in love at first sight!

My friend Diana showed me the pattern and suddenly things escalated, we devised a plan: she’s not crazy about doing applique and I’m not crazy about piecing so by combining our efforts we are making two quilts, I’m the doing the applique and she’s the piecer.

Want your own pattern for this fab quilt? Click on this link:

Ready for some pictures of our progress?

We’ve raided our respective stashes, spent a few hours together reviewing blocks and choosing fabrics.

We realized we have enough red/white/blue/ivory fabrics to make 50 quilts! 🤣🤪

And the first block is born!

I thought about doing needle turn applique but came to my senses a day or two later. This project is going to be raw edge machine applique all the way.

How cute is this sail boat!

Oh I’m loving this one!

The tiny red circles…33 of them…two identical blocks means I’ve got 66 of these to machine applique! Yikes!!

But what are the prep steps for my machine applique? I’m a big fan of Heat ‘n Bond Lite fusible. I buy it by the bolt (with a coupon) at JoAnn Fabrics. When my fusible is more than 3/4” wide I “donut cut”, see the melons above and the number 4 below.

Why “donut cut”? It greatly reduces bulk, especially when there are overlapping applique pieces.

The fabulous Carpenter’s Square block!

If you look carefully at the above and below pictures you’ll notice I changed the background fabric for the Heart in Hand block.

These blocks are going to be so much fun to machine applique!

This is the Heart in Star block:

And oh be still my heart…just feast your eyes on this bicycle block:

I’ll add the tire spokes later.

Once the star is appliqued in the cabin window this block will be finished!

What’s up next? The block below has 50 applique pieces! I’ve got all the fusible pieces traced and cut out, now it’s on to choosing the fabrics!

Yes this is a huge project but when you break this down into manageable segments things progress nicely!

Stay tuned for future updates… Happy quilting and blessings,

Rhonda (and Diana!)

24 thoughts on “Land That I Love, my newest quilt project, Part 1

  1. I am so inspired to restore a quilt. I have a Sun Bonnet Sue quilt that my great grandmother quilted for my mother in the 50’s. It has seen better days. The sashing is worn out, many fabrics need to be repaired and replaced. Seeing what you do here has inspired me to take it completely apart and restore it. I have repaired another quilt that my grandmother made with some new fabrics and it turned out well. Now I can see that it is well worth doing the hard things to have the beautiful things.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

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  2. I haven’t done machine applique in quite a few years. Seeing your gorgeous quilt makes me realize how much I miss it. I look forward to seeing your progress!

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  3. I don’t know how you can get so much done!!! I’m lucky if I get a couple, three hours in my sewing room once a week! I’m 66 so no kids at home. I am a little busy with elderly parents. My garden is full of weeds! I just can’t seem to build up my energy. What’s your secret? Your routine? I’m really struggling here.

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    1. I know what you mean about time constraints and believe me, I have them! I’m a very early riser, anywhere between four and 430 so often times I get most of my work done before everyone else is getting up. Elderly parents, gardening, you’ve totally got your hands full! Stay positive and know that each step forward, no matter how small he is just that, a step forward! Stay positive!


  4. This is absolutely stunning and what a super fun idea to join skills with a buddy and make two quilts together. You will either be best friends forever or never speak to each other again but my bet is on the friends. Thanks for sharing.


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    1. 🤣 We’ve been friends for a long long long time so I’m guessing that we’ll be friends after this happens! She is the most amazing piece her and like my blog said, I like to do the appliqué so we’re looking at this as a win-win quilting project!

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  5. I look forward to all your pictures of your vintage posts!!! But your right” Be still my heart “ it’s all wonderful! I can’t wait to see how it looks finished 🙌🙌🙌

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  6. I have so many quilts on my ‘want to do’ list – and now I have to add this one! I’m a fan of almost all things red, white, and blue, and this looks like such fun! I would want to do a few of the blocks as stand alone for a pillow or framed on the wall: the bicycle would be fabulous for that! I’m just learning to use my Scan N Cut to cut fabric, and it will be a game changer for applique like this 🙂

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  7. Simply amazing. I think this is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen and I am usually drawn to more modern quilts. Love, love tour blocks. Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks.

    Sent from my iPad


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    1. Thank you! I’ve only ironed on most of the applique pieces, I’m planning to do all the machine applique at the same time. That way I can concentrate on all the motifs that have the same thread color to save having to constantly switch my needle thread.


  8. I too loved this pattern on site, it’s in my “get around to it box”. I’m a needle turn applique’er but your post has me thinking raw edge machine applique for this quilt. I’ve never machine appliqué before.

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