Little green apples in a jar

Welcome to the Little Green Apples blog hop hosted by the queen of blog hops, Carol. You can find Carol blogging at Just Let Me Quilt. Happy second day of spring!

Products used

Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Black Cotton/Poly Blend

Aurifil Thread for piecing and quilting.

Schmetz Needles

AccuQuilt Canning Jar die 8′ finished

Island Batik Fruit and Veggies.

Today I am sharing my second finish with the the new Fruits and Veggies Collection designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik. It shipped last month to shops and if you’re looking for green fabric, well, this is tops on my list of greens. The first quilt I made using it was for my new great nephew, my first completed bubble quilt.

island batik logo
island batik ambassadors

For March Island Batik challenge finish was left up to the ambassadors. We could make anything any size.

Island Batik fruits and veggies, puff quilt,

Guess what? It also has little green apples.


Recently I received the AccuQuilt Canning Jar die and as soon as Fruit and Veggies arrived there was no doubt in my mind that it would be paired with the Canning Jar. I should mention, for half full jars you will need to sew strips together before running them your cutter.

island batik fruit and veggies, accuquilt jar die

I haven’t made many quilts with a black background but when I do, Hobbs Black Batting is perfect because I don’t end up with white pokies and the flying white lint on my top, just flyaway threads. For my border I used an AccuQuilt die and turned the blocks until I was happy with the layout.

island batik fruit and veggies, accuquilt jar die, quilting

I was running out of time and had other commitments so I didn’t worry that the inner border wasn’t exactly symmetrical. Green is tops on the list of my favorite colors and this one will be well loved right here in my home. Keeping with the theme of the hop, I added four machine applique apples.

island batik fruit and veggies, accuquilt jar die

These greens paired with the black background almost makes the quilt look like it is glowing, hmm, I will take a look at it in the dark, lol. As usual, the wind wasn’t cooperating for photos which is the norm around my house. What I wouldn’t have given for the landscape to be green and used as a backdrop to really show off the colors, instead you get a little of my green roof peaking through.

Thank you Carol for another fun hop. See other blogs posting today (links below) or the entire hop schedule jump over to Just Let Me Quilt.

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrin’s Crazy World

For The Love Of Geese

Vroomans Quilts

Quilted Snail

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

The Joyful Quilter

island batik ambassadors


  1. Denise, this is a fantastic quilt! I love the border!! I keep looking at the canning jar die and really am going to have to break down and get it, I think! The machine appliqued apples in the corners are a great addition. The black background really makes the Fruits and Veggies fabric pop!

  2. Denise your canning jar quilt is perfect for the challenge with your sweet IB fabric. Add your appliqued apples and the incredible border and black background and I can see why you are keeping this one! It’s a winner.

  3. This quilt is fantastic! didn’t see the border on IG, already commented that I love the partially filled jars, I need to try that one day!

    1. It was so easy, I just took the left over strips from the puff quilt and added the blue fabric, and ran it through the die.

  4. Great quilts – both of them are perfect for this hop. Your use of the embroidered green apples (with green apple fabric) are absolutely wonderful in the second quilt. You nailed it.

  5. Lovely quilt. I really like the checkerboard rows. It does look like it would glow in the dark!

  6. Those cutting dies definitely make this look easy and amazing all in one. I love all those jars full of fruits and veggies! Your puff quilt looks so ready to snuggle under on a cold night. Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing, Denise!

  7. Gorgeous quilt! (Well, 2 gorgeous quilts!) Your borders on the mason jars quilt are wonderful!

  8. Wow, wow, wow…call it the border, call it the jars, call it fabulous! I absolutely love that border. It puts the “P” in pizzazz!

  9. Love all the jars! Canning is one of my other hobbies. I have jars everywhere! Most of my jars are actually green. They contain pickles, green beans and relishes. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Since green is my favorite color, too, and I also love jar quilts, even without the Accuquilt die, this was bound to be a favorite with me! Your setting and borders are the best thing ever.

    1. That is so kind, thank you. It’s my first jar quilt and one block checked off my wanna-do list.

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