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About the designer

Sewing began my 'adventure with fabric' in seventh grade.
Fast forward about three decades, and it was machine applique that won my attention. Presently, I like to blend applique with scrap ...

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Apple Orchard

from Darlee's Quilts, etc.
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Apple Orchard
Apple Orchard Picking apples
Apple Orchard Apple basket-closeup
Apple Orchard Apple Orchard quilt

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Some experience using a sewing machine with quilting stitches, knowledge of fusible applique, and using rotary cutting tools. If not, you can still learn by referring to quilting books that teach these methods.
  • From the different applique techniques, I like this one the best -- and it is the easiest to do.

Pattern Description:

Continuing on with my quest... to use more of my stash fabrics, I attempt new ways to create interesting strip-pieced applique. Being passionate about machine fused applique, I continue to incorporate this idea into my own designs.

So here is my second design: APPLE ORCHARD to showcase some larger applique elements and add bold colors into the design. Will this inspire you to use your own stash fabrics?

As tulips may remind you of the rebirth that spring provides, picking apples takes us into autumn which is a special time of year to harvest the bounty of the growing season.

Create your own apple orchard using pieced-fabric appliques and an interesting pieced background using 2-1/2" wide strips. Add bold colors in your borders; and quilt it as you desire.

Why not try this charming wall-hanging to brighten a corner of a room to remind you of the blessings of our world. And when the weather gets colder, can't you already smell an apple pie baking in the oven?

This 9-page PDF pattern has colored illustrations, clear instructions, and full-sized templates for the applique process. Appliques are reversed, and the larger templates ready to join together to then trace onto the fusible web. Use my fabric choices as your guide and have fun with this project.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Quilt size: approximately: 17" x 36"


  • Front : 15 fabric strips (2-1/2" wide x 11-1/2" long) (blue: 12; green: 2; brown: 1)
  • Border 1: (2 sides: 1-1/2" x 30-1/2"; top/bottom: 1-1/2" x 13-1/2")
  • Border 2: (2 sides: 2-1/2" x 32-1/2"; top/bottom: 2-1/2" x 17-1/2")
  • Back: 19" x 38" piece (or pieced to this size)
  • Applique Design -- using 1-1/4" wide strips
  • Binding: Cut from a fat quarter: (7 pieces x 2-1/4" wide)
  • Batting: 19" x 38" (or pieced to this size)
  • Fusible web: tree top: 10" x 20"; tree trunk, apples, basket: 11" x 12"

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing thread - colors of your choice
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Basic sewing equipment
  • Black permanent marker (fine point) - works better than a pencil
  • 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive (it's odor-free) optional