Well, the “Bloom” ensemble is complete.  It started with a sketch and an idea and “bloomed” into something more.  And, I couldn’t just stop at the quilt.  So, I added a string of flower pennants along with some custom baby burp cloths.  I was inspired by the fresh colors and thought it would be fun to pull it all together.  The background fabric is by Buggy Barn and the bright colorful fabric for all of the applique is by Sweetwater.  The designs are all original.

I was inspired by a swirly tree that I saw on line and decided to see if I could create a fantasy tree all myself.  The quilt is machine appliqued and machine quilted.  The machine quilting is all freehand as is the applique attachment.

The burp cloths were made with cloth diapers and then I added whatever I thought would look cute using the remaining fabric that I had.  For the pennant, I used 5×5 squares in white and then appliqued flower shapes on the squares using a blanket stitch.  I then connected all of the shapes with an twice folded and top stitched runner that connects everything.

Hand Sketch of Tree

Applique Layout

Sewing on Each Applique

Freehand Quilting with the Machine

Baby Burp Cloths


I still have some fabric left so I might make a few pillows to round out the set.  Of course, I am already thinking about what my next creation may be.

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  1. Tamara Lewis says:

    What a beautiful set!! I adore the quilt!!! You are very talented.

  2. Q&B says:

    Your quilting is stunning. Laying out the quilt must have been really difficult, so many choices and so little room. You’ve done a nice job with the layout and the machine appliqueing. I especially love the butterfly.

    • Wendy Cohen says:

      Thank you….I tried a new technique on the quilt for quilting. I actually stitched on the appliqué during the quilting rather than before I basted. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Krysta says:

    That tree is just darling :)

  4. Elaine says:

    This is such a cute quilt. I love twirly trees also and am doing one with a couple of owls.

    • Wendy Cohen says:

      Thanks for stopping by…this quilt was really fun to work on. I love owls too!! I had thought about adding one on this quilt, but never did. Would love to see your tree quilt!