I read it all the time.. I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. I have been so busy, sorry I haven’t put up a podcast. I promise to be better… you know what? I don’t think anyone owes me a reason. You didn’t have time, motivation, oomph, that’s OK, it’s allowed, and you don’t have to be sorry about it.

Life just gets in the way.

Now, let’s catch up. I spent the better part of 2014 preparing for quilt shows, classes I taught, project submissions for books, and building up a brand new business.

I posted on Instagram, but you may not know if you don’t follow me there, that the two quilts I submitted for Quilt Con were not accepted.

Punch to the gut, no lie. I was actually quite surprised. But then I saw lots of other amazing quilts that were not accepted and lots that were.

I submitted Glamping, which you have seen before:

Glamping, an original applique quilt pattern by Allison Rosen from Within A Quarter Inch

And I submitted ‘Let’s go Apple Picking’

Let's Go Apple Picking. Original Applique Quilt Pattern designed by Allison Rosen from Within A Quarter Inch

And here are a few detail shots…

Let's Go Apple Picking. Original Applique Quilt Pattern designed by Allison Rosen from Within A Quarter Inch

Each apple is hand embroidered and then appliqued one by one with mono-poly thread. I make my quilt sandwich before I applique, therefore quilting as I go.

Let's Go Apple Picking. Original Applique Quilt Pattern designed by Allison Rosen from Within A Quarter Inch

I used a walking foot for the background and did matchstick quilting. Meaning the lines are very close together. I think I had a 1,000 (no joke) starts and stops while quilting this piece… I always pull up the bobbin thread, tie a little knot, and bury the threads between the layers.

But OMG I love it! QuiltCon or not, no matter, this is a quilt I am so proud of. I managed to get this out of my head and into fabric pretty much in a straight line… This is what I pictured!

And that’s a win.

I will be back soon (I don’t promise, but I do intend) to show you the classes I taught!