Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Learn to Applique book

I am a fan of applique quilts. Boundaries of shapes are pushed when you can applique, creating endless design possibilities. And I am totally in awe of what some people can create with applique techniques. I have to admit, I am definitely still learning when it comes to applique!
 I have been gradually working on my applique orange peel quilt. I make a few more "peel" blocks before we go on a road trip or a time when I need a good hand work project. I'm excited to see my stack of blocks growing. I think I've tried at least 4 different methods of applique on this project and finally found the one that works best for me.
There are so many different applique methods, each with their pros and cons, I really think it's all about finding one that comfortable for you. If you are looking to learn a new method of machine applique and hone your skills, let me introduce you to the new book  The Modern Appliqué Workbook: Easy Invisible Zigzag Method 11 Quilts to Round Out Your Skills by Jenifer Dick. Sounds helpful doesn't it?
Jenifer walks through everything, starting with the basics such as supplies and what kinds of fabrics to use and she does it with so much helpful detail. It makes this book an amazing resource. I have already learned so much just from reading it. She even gives helpful tips to know how to work with different shapes, whether they're curved, sharp points, or have deep grooves.
Also included are alternative methods of sewing the shapes to the background, layering, quilting and alternative binding techniques.
And finally there are 11 modern project designs for you to practice the different techniques. If you are looking for a great "workbook" to learn some new techniques for modern, machine-applique projects I can recommend this as a great one. And Jenifer has generously offered to give a book to one of you readers. If you are interested, leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, Feb 15 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

WINNER: KristyFebruary 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM
I love the projects that have been shown out of this book. Applique is great because you can do it how it works best for you. Your orange peels look good! Thanks for sharing your projects with us. K-

If you would like further reviews and opportunities to win, check out the other blogs who will be reviewing this book:
Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com

Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com  (You are here)

Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa Thompson Maher @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

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mrs.hands said...

Wow, that sounds amazing! I am also not as good with appliqué as I would like to be.

Robin (noteverstill/noteversewing) said...

I have only tried the most basic applique. I'd love to learn it better!

Wendy said...

Well, since one of my sewing goals in 2014 is to learn how to applique, I not only would like this book...I think I need it! Thanks for the chance to win!

caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com
http://www.caribousmom.com

Linda V said...

I love applique and am always looking for ways to improve!

Sadie McGrath said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a very new quilter and though I love the look of applique I've yet to try it out. What I like most is how contemporary it can be!

LD said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for a chance.

Hooked on Quilting said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I love applique and would love to try a modern version.

Just Quilt It said...

Looks like a great book. I love to applique, and I really think I would enjoy these projects!

thatlittlehouse said...

I love to applique but I'm not nearly as good as I'd like to be - thanks for the giveaway!

Prima Donna said...

I'm still trying to learn hand applique, too. I have also tried a lot of different technique. This book sounds great. I need to learn machine applique, too.

Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse said...

Amy I ADORE your applique blocks! Wow it's liek you got right inside my head, these are just my cup of tea :) it was only this morning that I thought I must try some applique, I've been wanting to do a little project since before xma - but other projects have got in there first ;) xo

Aureas Kitchen said...

I love hand applique, it's great to have something on hand when travelling.

Thanks

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I would love to win! Thanks for reviewing the book!

Nancy said...

I love applique but I would like a nice machine method. This book sounds like something I need. Would love to win it. Nancy P.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the giveaway, this looks like a great resource for a technique that I would like to try!

sandi said...

You're applique' blocks are lovely. I've been learning hand applique and have done some machine applique' but I definitely need better learning skills as I'm not very good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

M.W. said...

Thanks for the chance to win. One of my bucket list items is to learn applique so this would be a great starting point.
shawn

Jusmom1 said...

I REALLY want to learn applique and this book sounds like it would be an invaluable help in reaching my goal! Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan said...

I would love to have that book!! Question, you mentioned a "hand project" with your orange peel, are you doing needle turn applique with that?
Thanks!

Donna said...

This is something I have wanted to try ... but haven't. Thanks for the book review.

Darlene B said...

Seeing the pictures from this book has really peaked my interest. I would love to win a copy of this wonderful resource!

Cameron H said...

Looks like a lovely book, and I could use it! I've never tried applique, even though I've made many quilts. Maybe 2014 will be the year.

StasaLynn said...

Your review really makes me want this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it and for a great review!

Deb said...

Sounds like a great book!

weavinfool said...

I need to learn a better way to applique. Please enter me in your giveaway.

delaineelliott said...

Looks like a fantastic book! Thanks.

Julie Jones said...

I would love to learn how to use applique in quilting, and just in general.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Would love to learn appliqué….thanks for the sweet giveaway!

Paula said...

Thanks for this great chance! I definitely need to improve my applique skills. xx

Leigh Anne said...

This book looks fantastic for the eye candy alone!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the book looks wonderful - I'm a hand person - needle turn applique and have no interest in machine work so I want to remind people than anything you can machine applique you can do by hand also - just add the seam allowance before you cut!

Stefanie Tolbert said...

Looks like a wonderful book! I'd love to try appliqué.

pennydog said...

I applique quite a bit but I'm sure I can get much better at it with the aid of this book...

RosieGma said...

Thank you Amy, for a nice review of Jennifer's new workbook. I want to learn how to applique so that I can build up my skills as a sewist. I would love to win this workbook....

Pam said...

I love to applique if its by machine.

Terry H. said...

I love your orange peel blocks. The colors are wonderful. These blog hops let me "meet" new people and are so inspiring. Thanks for participating and I hope I win.

Lisa Mikel said...

It sound like a great book with lots of good tips. I would love to win.

Fran said...

What beautiful projects, those grey leaves are stunning!

Linda said...

Hi,love the projects! Thanks for a really neat giveaway!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Isabella Elias said...

I like to hand appliqué but never found designs that really appealed to me. I think this book is the answer!!!

Mrs Quinn said...

Love that tree with the leaves. Gorgeous. Sounds like a great book!

Kendra Watson said...

The images from the book look so fresh and modern, thanks for the chance to win :)

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

For the last few days I have been working on applique and embroidery both, with a couple of books I got from the library but the applique one wasn't quite what I was expecting or needing. It has fun projects though, so I am doing a few of them. This book you are reviewing looks like it might be fun to try.
Crossing my fingers!

Tonya Stewart said...

Love the possibilities that this book could provide! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Tonya Stewart said...

Love the possibilities that this book could provide! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Crafty Coffin said...

Oh, I love the look of applique quilts and I would love a chance to expand my skill set.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I haven't done much applique but would love to learn!

carla said...

This book would be wonderful to have!!! Thanks for the chance to win it!!!

Sarah J. said...

Love those modern appliqué projects. Thanks!

LeahRene said...

I love Appliqué! I'm so excited for this book!

Jessica B said...

I'm planning on doing some applique in the very near future and this book would really help.

Tamie said...

I could work on my appliqué skills. It just doesn't come easy to me.

sophie said...

I love all the projects from the book that I've seen and would love to win a copy.

Tiffany said...

I would LOVE to learn more about applique! So far I have only done raw edge, anything turned under is too scary for me!

tutto a posto said...

I would love to learn this easy method of applique. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

Donna Baier Stein said...
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Donna said...

Applique is one of my favorite techniques and I would love to win a copy of this book so I can expand my skills!

Sharon said...

Looks like a great resource, and so pretty. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

allierae said...

I've been thinking about applique lately but I'm not sure where to start. This book seems like just what I need to get going.

Stina... said...

Looks like this book has a lot to give!!! It's always fun to learn new skills and for me I will look forward to page through this one and start learning new ways!! :0)

Carolyn said...

I'm a little intimidated by appliqueing but this book sounds like something that could really teach me what I need to know to be successful. Thanks for the giveaway!

TaraB said...

Applique is my favorite. I would love to win this book!

Lisa E said...

Applique fascinates and terrifies me. This sounds like a good book for me!

Laurel09 said...

Applique is something I really don't know how to do, so this book would introduce me to a whole new world of quilting. One of the reasons I haven't done applique in the past is because the traditional applique patterns don't appeal to me, but these modern patterns look great! Thanks for the chance to win.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It looks like a great book!

LindaS said...

I am just starting to learn to applique. I have tried a couple of times and am not completly happy with the results, so this would be a great book to get. Thanks for the chance.
dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

Ali said...

I have only done a teeny bit of applique, it intimidates me and I dont know how to make it hold up on a washable project, Id love this book, thank you for the giveaway!

Gill said...

This looks a fabulous book - count me in please!

Anna said...

Great giveaway! I have been looking around for a good applique guide book- this looks right up my alley :) Thanks!

Houseful10 said...

Would love to learn something new!

Lisa Marie said...

Yes please, I'd love the chance to win. The projects look lovely and I would like to try some different applique techniques.

Unknown said...

I'd love to win this book!

Kelly said...

Any hints on how to applique are welcome here! I find I'm rather clueless, though I do want to know. :)

3519c28c-934e-11e3-ad58-000bcdcb471e said...

Thanks for a chance to win this book. Machine applique is my favorite and the projects in this book look wonderful.

Rhonda
Blaze831@aol.com

Sarah said...

My applique skills definitely need work!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Your orange peel blocks look gorgeous! I just started doing needle turn applique and have a lot to learn!

Nono said...

Looks lovely!! Maybe I'll get lucky and win a copy... :-)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Casey Kiley said...

I love the trees!

Wendy L said...

Oh, very fun! This is one quilting skill I am quite far from perfecting. Would love to give it a go!

Claire said...

What a great resource. I am still learning when it comes to applique and I have tried a few different methods but still find that there is much to learn. I might just have to buy this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

My quilting goal for 2014 is to learn how to machine applique, so I'd love to win this new book. Thanks.

SHARON ZISOS said...

I have always wanted to try applique however needle turn just isn't my thing. Thanks for the chance to win this book it sounds like what I need to make the next step!

Lisa Wege said...

I would love to learn to appliqué!

meshellay said...

I have an applique pattern that I would like to make but it's intimidating, this book would help with easier beginner level projects.

Elizabeth said...

I would love to learn to applique!

Lisa said...

I would REALLY like to have this book!!

green23 said...

Looks like a great book

ploebs said...

I have been a little scared to try applique. This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennifer said...

The more I see of this book, the more I want a copy. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Tracy Kay said...

I am a little bit scared of Appliqué but I am willing to have a go with a good tutor guiding me through. Sounds like the book might be just the tutor I need. Thanks for the very helpful review, and the chance of a giveaway.

Afton Warrick said...

I'd love to check out this modern perspective on appliqué.

Julie in WA said...

I am not a hand appliquer, only use the machine. I could learn a lot from this book! It looks amazing!

Jenny said...

I'd love it! I haven't done too much applique. I've always wanted to take a class. Thanks!

Marti Taylor said...

I am intimidated by applique but love the finished look. It is on my 'must try' list for this year. Thanks for the chance to win!

EmileeHope said...

Appliqué is something I would like to learn-this looks like a great book to help me!

Lesley said...

Looks like a useful book!

RockinHairBabe said...

I love your orange peel blocks. I love quilting and travel a lot for work. So I have been trying EPP when I travel. However they are so small I feel like it is taking way to long to see the end result. I would love to try appliqué blocks. I think I must read this book for sure. It appears to me that I would at least think it was going faster if the blocks are larger. Right? :-) chamberlinbecky(at)gmail(dot)com.

thriftstorecrafter.com said...

I love to applique and am excited about seeing some modern applique patterns. thriftstorecrafter@yahoo.com

Janarama said...

Would love to learn new techniques for applique. Thank you for the chance to win.

TADVR said...

Love her stuff, thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Grandmasewnsew said...

I would love to learn to applique and have been meaning to do so! This book looks great so thank you for the recommendation!

Barbara Pricola said...

I would love to improve my applique skills!!!!

Nena said...

Hi - the appliques featured are beautiful! but the quilting oh my! - the background quilting and outline quilting for the tree quilt? Stunning! - and thanks for the chance!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Amy, thank you so much for the review! I decided to start to learn applique this year and this book looks like a big help. I will get it even if I didn't win! :) thanks again for the recommendation!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I love appliqué, but there is always more to learn. (And a friend who would like to learn more.)

Ashley said...

I am eager to learn how to applique!!

Vernon said...

NIce giveaway. I'm just now starting to explore applique and this book would be helpful.

Amanda Viser said...

I am just starting out doing appliqué with a Dresden plate. I would love to learn more!

Whitney Leonard said...

I would love to learn more about applique. Being new to the world of quilting, I'm still honing my basic piecing skills. I'm sure this book would have some great techniques to learn about the applique side of the quilting world! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I like the examples in this book. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

patricia mckenzie said...

I am also attempting to learn the art of applique, I would love this book.

true2beeme said...

Love appliqué and would love chance to have this book!

Jane S. said...

I need all help I can get when it comes to applique. The methods that I've used so far don't make me love it, so maybe if I have this book I can find one that makes it wonderful for me! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

Lizzy B said...

I just finished my first applique project and I'm not very pleased with the results. Having this book would be helpful!

Ramona said...

I would love to improve my applique skills and this book looks like a good way to start.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I love to applique! This book looks so fresh and inspiring. I find applique just so much more enjoyable than piecing. Your orange peel blocks are looking great.

Debbie said...

I have noticed over the years that I am always drawn to appliqué quilts. Would love to learn from this book.

LynneMcL said...

I'm always scared of applique - but by the look of this book, I think the projects are beautiful enought that I'd swallow my fear and jump in! Thanks for the great giveaway,],

Kylie Carlson said...

I love that yellow tree! Thank you for a great giveaway.

Sandy said...

I've always wanted to learn this method! I absolutely love those modern trees! Thanks for the giveaway!

jenni said...

One of my goals for this year is to try applique!

Shar said...

This looks like an amazing book. If I don't win it will have to go on my wish list.

Jo said...

This looks like a great book. I have done hand appliqué but not machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

annemarie said...

I would love to win this book - applique is something I have always wanted to master.

Cheryl said...

I love the trees. Applique is not my strong point and I would like to learn more.

Sue said...

Your orange peel blocks look great! I love the quilts from the book that you included in your post...so pretty!

scottylover said...

Love your blocks! I am not good at applique and wold love to learn different ways to do it. Love the blocks on the cover, too!
Sandy A

Allison Ballard said...

This sounds like a great opportunity to learn applique! As a new quilter, that's an opportunity I would love to snatch up! :)

PK Sews said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your finished orange peel quilt! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book.

Margaret said...

I think this book looks marvelous!

Allison C said...

Looks like a fun quilt

Allison C said...

I mean fun book :)

Emily said...

Neat book! Would love to learn more about applique!

Anda W said...

I am making my first applique quilt and am finding it quite a challenge! awolk at rogers dot com

aeundrw said...

Would love to add this book to my quilting book library!

Beth Buning said...

I would love to have this book. I have done very little applique and would be thrilled to learn more.

Cindy said...

Love applique, but dislike all the steps sometimes!

Becky said...

I love the look of this modern applique. Thanks for the chance to win!

DeborahGun said...

would love to learn how to applique properly!

contentncm said...

Put my name in the hat. I'm struggling with the best way to applique for me.
contentncm at yahoo dot com

contentncm said...

Put my name in the hat. I'm struggling with the best way to applique for me.
contentncm at yahoo dot com

Tina said...

The book looks terrific. I am really interested in applique.

Melissa Gerber said...

Your orange peel blocks are delightful! I plan to get back to appliqué after I finish a baby quilt for my new nephew.

Sonia B said...

Love those trees. Thanks for the chance.

Lisa said...

I would love to win this book! I think it would give me the extra help I really need! It looks awesome!

Carol said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. Looks great.

Mary said...

I like to applique and a resource book is always helpful. I like the samples you show here. Hope to win the Book on the Blog Tour!

SeeMaryQuilt said...

Love it! I've always wanted to do an orange peel quilt, but all that appliqué scares me.

Thanks for the chance.

Sober Brat said...

I would LOVE to learn how to do that! That's on my 'list'!

Mel said...

Love the orange peels. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

:)

Beth said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. The tree quilt in blue, yellow, and gray really appeals to me--I'd love to learn how to make one of my own.

Kristy said...

I love the projects that have been shown out of this book. Applique is great because you can do it how it works best for you. Your orange peels look good! Thanks for sharing your projects with us. K-

KMSC said...

I would love to improve my applique skills. Thanks for the giveaway!
k.castanette@hotmail.com

Linda said...

I have been afraid of applique, so this would be great. I'd love to win...8-)

Cheryl said...

I don't have much experience with appliqueoso this would be a great book to help me with project ideas! Mrscwatson81@hotmail.com

Alesha Klein said...

I love applique and am always looking for ways to improve!

Lyssa said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I love appliqué but only know one way to do it.

mamasem said...

I love these applique designs.

Karrie S said...

This is a perfect book for me!

Arianna M. said...

What a great giveaway! I have done very little applique and would love to learn some new techniques.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Sounds like a fantastic book! I have made a few applique projects including a queen-size 12-block teddy bear family album quilt. Would love to try some modern applique and the book looks wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sharon Jones said...

I love applique, but would love to be able to do it.

Looks like a most beautiful give-away.

Sharon

Sew HappyNess said...

I love your orange piece quilt. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.
What a great book. I just finished an appliqué piece using basic blanket stitch. I was happy with the result as I hadn't done any appliqué work for 3 years. I just wished I used other techniques. How excited would I be to see this book arrive in the post?! Thanks for the chance to win.

ozone3 said...

Would love to learn more about doing applique.

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Tabitha Keener said...

Count me in,it looks like a great book! Thanks

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

WeedyMama said...

I'm falling in love with those 4-spoke "things" on the front cover of this book. I have to smile when I look at the mid-century modern light fixture. I have the proper table for it to hang over. Still have a soft spot for the mid-century modern, half a century later.

Dell and Janice said...

Thanks for the chance to win this cool book!

Katie Cohagen said...

What a fun book! I love appliqué but I only know one method.

Margaret said...

Wow I need this book. Count me in

Cathy said...

This is the book I`ve been waiting for! Thank you for a chance to win.

Erica Toole said...

This would be the perfect book to add to my library. I have an applique project coming up later this year and I have never done it before. Thanks for a chance to win.

Carole Shaffer said...

I love learning new things please put my name in

Elizabeth said...

I enjoy machine applique and love new inspiration and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Mommarock said...

I have learned the circle so far.. and my technique is not that good, but the pictures you have shown here are truly inspirational! It makes me want to try more and more. I have no drawing ability, and would love to learn more about where to find picture ideas etc..that seems to be my stopping point. How very exciting!!

Jean said...

So far my favorites are the trees, that could change as I see more of the book, but I love those trees.

Kelsey K said...

I love doing appliqué and would love this book!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Diane Baldwin said...

I have been laboriously hand appliqueing everything because I never liked the way machine applique looked. The gorgeous pictures from this book give me hope that there may, indeed, be an easier way:)

Thumper said...

I've always wanted to learn to applique and Jennifer's samples are beautiful! Thanks.

Shannon Spencer said...

I absolutely LOVE the samples you showed in your post. My goal is to do more applique this year and I'd love to try the beautiful trees on white!

Liz said...

I love the look of applique and am always looking for new ideas on how to accomplish it. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

Tanya Simmons Weiss said...

Since I'm a beginner quilter, this would be a great addition to my resources! Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway.

SuBee618 said...

Thank You for the opportunity to win this fantastic book!! Would love to learn to do this!

Melissa Crafts said...

I would love to learn applique! I hope I win this book! melcrafts [at] hotmail [dot] com

Karen said...

I am nervous about trying applique which is ridiculous considering my experience with handwork. Maybe this book will get me over the hump to actually giving it a try.

Sherry said...

I just requested this book at our library so that I could take a look and see if it is one I want to buy. I have not done much applique but want to get better at it. This looks like a great book to learn from.

Melissa Murray said...

This books looks great! I would love a free copy...otherwise its already on my Amazon wish list!

Andrea said...

Looks like a great book - thanks so much!

ninawithfreckles said...

Hi, the book looks lovely! Thanks for a chance to participate.

Cheri Hage said...

Love, Love to hand sew :) This book looks fun !

Judith said...

I love to applique by machine. Looks like a wonderful book to get the real scoop on how to do it!

Missy Shay said...

I am still trying to learn how to applique, thank you for the chance to win!
missysaprons@gmail.com

Camille Mendel said...

This book looks great. I love the trees and the quilting on them. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cat Lady said...

I find that I use different ways to do applique depending on the project I am working on. Love your Orange Peels. Would enjoy Jenifer's book.
Thanks for the review.

A-Squared said...

I learned to applique in the olden days and just didn't feel that inspired, but using it for more modern designs looks delightful. I'd love to learn new techniques from this book. Thanks for doing this give away!

Carol Sc said...

I have to admit, applique is not my favorite technique so I am always looking for an easier way --- this looks like it might be the one.

Kalynn's Creations said...

Love this book, looks like so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lin Marsh said...

This would be a wonderful way to learn to become comfortable with applique. Thanks for the chance.
linsquilts.blogspot.com

GwenDee said...

Thanks for the book review. I would love to win the applique book. It would help me improve my quilting skills.

colleen said...

appliqué i would like to learn more and do more thanks for the chance to win
colleen1990@yahoodotcom

Lin said...

Waouw that book sounds useful. I'm in. Thank you very much for doing this give away.
teatrold@gmail.com

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