This darling quilt pattern is designed by my friend Donna @ Donna's Lavender Nest. I've had her pattern for a while, but I kept on putting off making the quilt because I was intimidated by the appliqué.
However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? What I did do was to simplify the appliqué blocks into something I felt I could manage and chose to do raw edge appliqué using the zig-zag stitch. It was much easier than I thought it would be and I think it looks nice enough. =) I am far less intimidated by appliqué now. =)
The flowers are an example of how I simplified things. Notice how they match the fabric I chose? =) I am clever like that. ;-) I do need to redo the stitching around the flowers with a zig-zag stitch like I did on the hearts.
After it was put together, I decided the blue print was way too bold...
The red print was still more bold than I liked, although, after I added the pink outside border, it calmed the red fabric down some.
I like the touch of ric rac that Donna added to the blocks.
When I am done quilting it, I think I will hang it up in my sewing room to admire for a while before it finds a new home. =)
I consider this a pattern for all skill levels. What I really like about this pattern is how easy it is to change a few things here and there to make each subsequent quilt made from it different. Because of that reason, I would make it again. It's also a great use of scraps, which is what I did with this one.
You can purchase your own PDF copy of Donna's pattern at her Etsy shop. She also has some cute fabric in her shop as well. I am so tempted to go shopping!!