I hope you will enjoy this free applique pattern and have fun making your version! Where Love Lives quilt can be completed either as a machine applique or hand applique project depending on your preference. You can also make this quilt with turned-edge machine applique. It’s all up to you!
The finished quilt will measure 15 ½” x 17 ½”. It makes an adorable wall-hanging and it’s a great project both for applique beginners and those with more experience.
What’s Included in the Free Applique Pattern?
I made both the sample quilts using fused raw-edged machine applique. Also, I have included digital templates for printing freezer paper templates if you like to do the freezer paper method of hand applique.
I also included images that are mirrored. These images work for those of you who prefer the applique method wherein the product is placed on the back of the applique shapes and left in place (just like the Wash-Away Applique sheets from C&t publishing or the Apliquik leave-in interfacing).
For those of you with a digital cutting machine at hand, I have included SVG files for that. The .SVG files do not include any seam allowances, so this technique would be relevant for the raw-edge machine applique.
Where Love Lives Inspiration
As you may know, I love houses and I love quilts featuring houses. I feel like this year has been so strange in several ways. For many, it has been a year of loneliness, fear, loss, and worry. I wanted to reach out to everybody with a little bit of love. Hence, the sweet little house on the hill with the hearts streaming out of the chimney. Our homes should be a place where love lives. If it is, then we can bring that love with us out in the world and spread it to all our fellow humans.
The Materials that I Used
For fabric, I chose to make one of my samples in fabrics from recent Tilda collections. I love Tilda fabric. Incidentally, the incredibly gifted designer behind the Tilda books, fabrics, and dolls is Tone Finnanger. She is from the same area of Norway that I am. Though we have never met, I have been collecting her fabrics and books for many years before they became available here in the US. There is just something so appealing about her sweet and harmonious color combinations. In the model quilt, I combined fabrics from a few different collections. If you are new to Tilda fabric, Fat Quarter Shop is one of the best retail sources for her fabric.
For the second model, I used civil war reproduction style fabrics from my stash. One of the perks of making small quilts like this is that you only need minuscule amounts of most of the fabrics. Scraps are a great option!
It’s been a long time since the last time I made and used yo-yos in a quilt. That has to change because yo-yos are so sweet and lend such a playful look to quilts. I am going to try to design with them more often from now on. They are also easy to make and a great way to utilize smaller scraps of fabric. I used the green yo-yo maker which is small in size.
Tools for Applique Pattern Project
The tools and fabric quantities needed to make your version of this adorable mini quilt will depend on the applique method you preferred. The full list of supplies and fabric requirements is included in the pattern instructions. You will also receive a full-size placement diagram in the pattern to make the applique process even easier.
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