There's nothing quite as frightening as taking a pair of scissors to cut into something you've sewn! The results of doing reverse appliqué make that trepidation well worth it though. 

reverse applique tree pillow Tilda

This is the Tree Pillow, pattern from the book Sewing by Heart by Tone Finnanger, made for Sewing Quarter.

reverse applique tree pillow Tilda

It's a lovely folk design, with birds and lots of curves; circles, flowers and leaves. I used two layers of cream cotton over the Sigrid Plum print from the Tilda Cottage Collection. 

reverse applique sewing embroidery scissors

This meant the design only showed through the reverse appliqué areas that I cut away.  It also gave enough stability to the cushion that it didn't really need quilting. I was really pleased with the result!

 close up reverse applique

reverse applique tree pillow Tilda Sewing by Heart Tone Finnanger

My next project was a quilt created using a jelly roll of Night Music by Amy Butler and inspired by the Merry Go Round quilt pattern from the book 25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & Charm Packs by Brioni Greenberg. I used the Creative Grids Starburst ruler to make the blocks.

merry go round quilt blocks Amy Butler

Night Music Amy Butler

Amy Butler's florals are so beautiful. The colours in this collection are really pretty and I like that it includes quite a lot of navy too, the darkness sets off the brighter pinks and yellows.
I quilted concentric circles, slightly overlapping, which created a nice pattern on the back too.

merry go round amy butler jelly roll quilt

concentric circles quilting

The borders and binding were also from the jelly roll, I tried to use mostly darker prints for the binding. That's my fourth quilt finish already this year!

amy butler quilt binding

linking to finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts