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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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Shoe Shop

from Darlee's Quilts, etc.
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Shoe Shop
Shoe Shop Left side of quilt
Shoe Shop Shoe Shop
Shoe Shop Right side of quilt

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should already know how to use a sewing machine and some of the fancier stitches. Preferable, you would also have knowledge of fusible applique and cutting out fabrics 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:

It was one of those days when the weather was making any thought of work improbable. So what could I do, to make the heat of summer fade... and creativity come to life? It was then, that I pondered starting a new project with something that I'd not considered before. That of making a themed quilt; all about SHOES!

This quilt starts with a grid of twelve blocks, and then each is appliqued with images -- all relating to shoes. Wanting a new concept for the outer border, I selected wording to go all around, and introduced a polka dot fabric that I had received from my mother's fabric stash.

This is a really fun project to put together and filled with color! The added opportunity to dig into your button jar and embellish it with fancy buttons completes the design.

Pieces are cut to these measurements -- blocks are 4"; polka dot border is 1.5" wide; outer border is 3.5" wide. Lettering is Segoe Marker in several sizes.

This 18-page PDF pattern has colored illustrations of each appliqued block, clear instructions, and full-sized templates for the applique process. Both lettering and appliques are reversed and ready to trace onto the fusible web.

Use my fabric choices as your guide and have fun with this project. Then you can decide whether to add the wording or leave them out. Enjoy!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Quilt size: approximately: 22" x 18 1/2"


  • Brown - 1/8 yard
  • Purple - 1/8 yard
  • Polka dot fabric - 3/8 yard
  • White - 1/4 yard
  • Appliques - fabric scraps in a variety of colors (sizes will vary)
  • Fusible web - For Appliques: 12" x 10"; For Lettering: 12" x 7" (Total Size: 12" x 17")

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing thread - colors of your choice
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Basic sewing equipment
  • Applique pressing sheet (recommended)
  • Black permanent marker (fine point) - works better than a pencil
  • 37 Fancy Buttons - shapes and sizes will vary
  • Pattern used: (29 buttons = 1/4"; 1 button = 3/8"; 6 heart buttons = 5/8"; 1 button = 1/2" wide)
  • 1 Purchased Flower - 5/8" wide
  • 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive (it's odor free) optional

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