lollypop trees

There’s a quilt I’ve been working on for nearly 2 years now. Well, that is, I’ve been working on the blocks for a quilt. It’s for a quilt that I saw once on the internet and fell in love with, so of course just had to make it. It’s called “lollypop trees” and the pattern is by Kim McLean, using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
I hummed and ha-ed over it for quite awhile,but it just wouldn’t leave my head. That’s happened to you before, right? So I searched around to see where I could find the pattern and eventually found it available from an overseas quilt store- at the time there didn’t appear to be any available in Australia except a block of the month project. It certainly has a lot of work in it, but I also wanted to make it to get some practise at hand-applique. I love quilts with lots of bright colour. Here are some of the blocks I have done so far.
I think this is my favourite:
I’ve experimented with different methods of applique, such as using freezer paper and pressing the seam allowance over with starch, or tacking the pieces down and needle-turning as I go around the shape gradually unpicking the tacking thread, tossing up between alfoil or gathering thread for the circles (there’s lots of circles!),and I’ve also tried some invisible machine applique.
This is one I’m working on at the moment:
I’m getting close to the end now. Only 3 out of the 16 blocks to go- but wait, there’s also the small border blocks to go. mmmmm…. maybe a bit longer before completion…..