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Cherry quilt


My version of mini cherry pie quilt.


This quilt has become a favorite of mine. It made the wall in my sewing/quilting room. I take it to class with me when I’m teaching machine quilting because it contains good examples of free  motion, computer, and micro quilting. Plus it’s small, so it’s portable. The pattern is from Fig Tree &Co. It’s called Mini Cherry Pie.  I bought pattern and some fabric from Sew Unique Threads a charming quilt shop in Battle Creek Michigan. The sample in the first picture is my inspiration piece and the jumping off point for me. As soon as I saw it I wanted to make it and put beautiful quilting in the new configuration.


It all started here. This is the inspiration quilt that I saw in Sew Unique Threads quilt shop.
Reading all of the pattern information comes first. Now I know what supplies to pull out of my closet or new things I may have to purchase.
I need to figure what fabric to use. Cut them to the correct size and get organized.
Organizing the block pieces for fast sewing.
Sewing the Cherry blocks.
Adding the cream borders. I prefer to use a 1/4 inch presser foot and stiletto when piecing. It helps my accuracy.
I put cream colored blocks in the setting to give myself open space to quilt something pretty.
Part of the process is auditioning fabrics in the layout.
Trying the red gingham as a small border.
The finished quilt top looks basic and empty. For me it’s an opportunity to show beautiful quilting. Now you will see why I gave myself extra quilting space. I knew that I wanted a lofty look to my quilting so I used two kinds of batting. The bottom layer is an 80/20 cotton/polyester and the top layer is 100% wool. I put wool on the top to give the quilted motifs extra loft. I heavily quilt the negative spaces to compress the batting layers. The desired effect is a faux trapunto look.
Adding the floral quilting. I outlined the blocks by stitching in the ditch. Ditch quilting is where I use matching thread and outline the block very near the piecing stitched line.
After the floral motif was placed in the cream blocks and the quilt was stitched in the ditch I began micro quilting. Micro quilting is small-scale quilting that compresses the background of the quilt. Micro quilting shows off the design work. Now my floral motifs look more important.
The floral motifs and some micro quilting. (Notice the wave pattern in the cream border? That does not make it into the finished quilt. I decided I didn’t like the way it looked and instead added more micro quilting in a small-scale swirl.)
Finally I decided on a swirl for the inside of the cherry block. I wanted the cherries to puff up a little. The green leaves now have some free motion feathers .
Getting ready to hand stitch the binding. You can see some of the quilted border stitched in straight lines all the way around the outside of the cherry quilt.
The green floral backing of the quilt.  I love rounding a corner it means I’m almost done stitching and this little favorite can go in the wash.
Hand stitching the binding.
It’s cheerfully hanging across from my work station.


My constant companion Corduroy. He loves to find the highest quilty mountain. This also brings us to the end of my show and tell.

Thank you for checking out my version of mini cherry pie quilt. If you can’t get enough of cherry quilts, and you need to see one more. Then I suggest visiting Quilting together with Mindy.

Her Charming Cherries quilt (pattern by Quilt Soup) is a delight. Her quilting is exquisite!

2 thoughts on “Cherry quilt

  1. There is nothing I don’t love about this wall hanging: your choice of fabrics, the pattern, and the quilting is all beautiful. The most important thing is that your ‘quilt inspector’ has deemed it appropriate for napping. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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