I’ve documented my love for this little sewing book — and not just because there is a tree on the cover. (But hey, sewing trees is my thing.) Last week, after seeing a friend’s scrappy quilt posted on Instagram, I dug into one of the projects I’d long wanted to tackle: the French applique patchwork tree pillow.

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Backstory: I was/am procrastinating giving my attention to a different rather large assignment. So why not get started with a fairly complicated sewing project?

Right.

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This pattern is from Fussy Cut, whose blog is craft gold. I’d never before done French applique — the technique of cutting away a top layer to reveal a pattern beneath. It took guts after 5 hours of sewing to take scissors to the top piece of muslin, hoping for the best. But thank goodness — it worked.

However, before this pillow could be completed, I ran out of bias tape. Note — one package of 3 yards of bias tape is this much too short for this project:

French Applique

Also note — the nearest fabric store to my NJ home is 35 minutes each direction. I’ll let you fill in the swears. They were plentiful.

I would not be deterred. I jumped in the car first thing Saturday morning and got the necessary supplies to finish up this baby.

French Applique

French Applique

I am so very pleased with how it came out. The points are far from perfect, but the technique has given me a slew of new ideas for projects. I can’t wait to play. And of course, I have to wait. Because once I had dragged out all of the sewing supplies and made our dining room a huge mess, I started another rather complicated patchwork sewing project only to have my sewing machine go kaput.

Yet another lesson in frustration.

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Sadly, no more sewing until my machine sees the shop. Guess I can’t procrastinate all the other work awaiting my attention.

Wait. There is always knitting…

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~K