Monday, 20 March 2023

Little Green Apples


Today is the start of the Little Green Apples blog hop. I haven't taken part in a blog hop for a while but when I saw the the title I knew exactly what I was going to make. Blog hops are a lot of fun and I love seeing what everyone has made. They are also hard work for the organisers so thank you Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for putting this hop together and acting as cheer leader.

For this hop I've made a small play quilt. My grandson Aubrey is now 10 months old and he loves his books, especially the ones with flaps that he can lift up. He squeals with laughter as he reveals whatever is hiding under the flap.  His aunt, my younger daughter, bought him a story tin of the 3 little pigs and he really likes the wooden pieces. The problem was the background mat. 

The mat was rather small and with constantly being opened and refolded it got rather tired and started to fall apart. I wanted to make a mat that was a little bigger and could also be used for other stories or to play with his cars when he gets slightly older. 

I drafted out a rough pattern and set to work. The prompt for the hop was using green so I pulled my collection of green fat quarters and scraps. I knew I would have to add in other colours but I wanted it to be mainly green. I needed a field of straw so that the pig who built his house of straw had materials available. I used yellow fabric and quilted some circles to represent the ends of the bales.

I made a mini wood by adding rough edge applique trees.

I felt it needed a pond and I had some left over green fabric with frogs on it.

I quilted stones around the pond.

It also had an area of lawn for the brick house to which I will add some embroidered flowers and a meadow for animals. When adding the applique I forgot to add the wolf's house so I must do that before we use the mat. The grey makes a good road and the batik gives an interesting binding for the whole piece. I thought the green and brown batik gave a great background for the bad wolf's house.

Aubrey hasn't seen the new mat yet so I hope he likes it. 

I hope you've enjoyed visiting and now you need to check out the other blogs posting today. I've added the schedule for the whole of the hop. I can't wait to see what everyone has made.

                                                                  MARCH 20

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Schmilt

Quilting Gail

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

DesertSky Quilting

Days Filled With Joy

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Sew Many Yarns



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




Ms P Designs USA

Words & Stitches

The Crafty Grammie


Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching



Moosestash Quilting

Patchwork Breeze


Selina Quilts

Samelia's Mum

Just Because Quilts


That Fabric Feeling

Take care



  1. Such a darling play quilt for your grandson. A great interactive and learning piece for him. Well done.

  2. Very cute play quilt. Your grandson will love that. It looks wonderful.

  3. Your play quilt is so stinkin' cute! I'm sure your grandson will love it.

  4. What a great idea! Your grandson will love it!

  5. This is really cute - that quilted pond is awesome. Aubrey will love it - so much better than the plastic mat. :)

  6. Oh my goodness Lyndsey, he is going to love it. You did a spectacular job of creating the perfect mat for all his little blocks. What a treasure he has now!

  7. That is wonderful! It reminds me of a dollhouse quilt I made for my kids' "Loving Family" toys.

  8. I am sure Aubrey will love this - it is so perfect and will have many years of play in it!

  9. Aubrey is one lucky little boy. The play mat is amazing.

  10. What a fun mat for your grandson! It will definitely hold together better than the original mat and be a treasure for a long time. Lucky boy to have such a creative grandmother. Thank you for sharing this sweet green project, Lyndsey!

  11. What an adorable idea and play mat. Thanks for sharing.

  12. What an excellent idea, Lyndsey. You did a fabulous green project and one your grand will love even more than the old one. You added so many great details; outstanding.

  13. Adorable play mat! He will have many wonderful years playing with that!

  14. What a fun play mat!! You did a great job and I am sure it will be adored.

  15. I love the idea of a play mat! It's adorable and I'm sure it will be well used and loved!

  16. Very, very clever & love the idea with all the special areas for each piece. Off to check out what my friend Joy has done. Take care & hugs.

  17. A quilted play mat what a fun idea! Yours is adorable!

  18. That is super cute! What a great idea and I am sure it will be loved!! xx

  19. Sew cute! What a great idea! I'm sure your grandson will love this new mat and get a lot of use out of it.

  20. That's a great project! I love how you've extended his time with this set and made it even better.

  21. Lyndsey your play mat is a perfect gift that will grow in use as Aubrey gets older. 😉 Carol

  22. This is adorable. What a treasure. Barbara @ Cat Patches

  23. Super cute play mat, Lyndsey! Aubrey is sure to enjoy it.

  24. Such a cute idea, thank you for sharing.

  25. What fun! I'm thinking that Aubrey will love playing with his toys and books on it.

  26. Wow. I've made mats for my nephews but they were just quilted panels. Yours is so much more. I love it and I'm sure Aubrey will get hours and hours of fun playing with it. Wonderful job.

  27. Oh, Lyndsey, this is so great. So fun and will last a lot longer for sure.