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/


  1. says

    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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    I would love to have that book!! Question, you mentioned a &quot;hand project&quot; with your orange peel, are you doing needle turn applique with that? <br />Thanks!

  4. says

    the book looks wonderful – I&#39;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!

  5. says

    Thank you Amy, for a nice review of Jennifer&#39;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….

  6. says

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

  7. says

    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&#39;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. <br />Crossing my fingers!

  8. says

    Looks like this book has a lot to give!!! It&#39;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)

  9. says

    I&#39;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!

  10. says

    Applique is something I really don&#39;t know how to do, so this book would introduce me to a whole new world of quilting. One of the reasons I haven&#39;t done applique in the past is because the traditional applique patterns don&#39;t appeal to me, but these modern patterns look great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. says

    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. <br />dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  12. says

    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!

  13. says

    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.

  14. says

    I have always wanted to try applique however needle turn just isn&#39;t my thing. Thanks for the chance to win this book it sounds like what I need to make the next step!

  15. says

    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.

  16. says

    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

  17. says

    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!

  18. says

    I would love to learn more about applique. Being new to the world of quilting, I&#39;m still honing my basic piecing skills. I&#39;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!

  19. says

    I need all help I can get when it comes to applique. The methods that I&#39;ve used so far don&#39;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. :)

  20. says

    I&#39;m always scared of applique – but by the look of this book, I think the projects are beautiful enought that I&#39;d swallow my fear and jump in! Thanks for the great giveaway,],

  21. says

    I would love to win a copy of this book. The tree quilt in blue, yellow, and gray really appeals to me–I&#39;d love to learn how to make one of my own.

  22. says

    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-

  23. says

    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.

  24. says

    I love your orange piece quilt. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. <br />What a great book. I just finished an appliqué piece using basic blanket stitch. I was happy with the result as I hadn&#39;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.

  25. says

    I&#39;m falling in love with those 4-spoke &quot;things&quot; 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.

  26. says

    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.

  27. says

    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!!

  28. says

    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:)<br />

  29. says

    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.

  30. says

    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.

  31. says

    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&#39;s book.<br />Thanks for the review.

  32. says

    I learned to applique in the olden days and just didn&#39;t feel that inspired, but using it for more modern designs looks delightful. I&#39;d love to learn new techniques from this book. Thanks for doing this give away!

  33. says

    Such loveliness! I&#39;ve done applique, but not much. This book could be the perfect starting point for me! I really love the tree with falling leaves!

  34. says

    Talk about getting out of ones comfort zone. Although from how you describe it, this book might just do the trick. Thanks for hosting the give away

  35. says

    This would be a wonderful thing to learn how to do better…I do it now, but it is frustrating at times and takes the fun out…<br />I would love to learn the right way to do this!!!

  36. says

    It sounds like the perfect book for the I&#39;ve never done this before person. Which I am! I would love to give it a GO! Thanks for the hope that I might win! 😉

  37. says

    I&#39;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.

  38. says

    I&#39;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.

  39. says

    I started quilting almost a year ago and have finished a couple of appliqued wall hangings. I love the freedom that applique gives in designing a project that is uniquely your own. Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring and helpful book!

  40. says

    Would love to win this book, thanks for the chance. Love your messenger bag, too. Made one as a Christmas gift, sooo gard to give it away!<br />

  41. says

    Applique – so many techniques, so little time. Would love to expand my repertoire to include more appliqué and this book would certainly help. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. says

    This book looks wonderful and is here right at the right time for me. I have a quilt that I&#39;m now stuck at because of the applique. I&#39;m so afraid I&#39;m going to mess it up. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  43. says

    Wow! Those designs are wonderful! really opens up possibilities in quilt design. Especially for pictures! Would love this book! Love your blog!

  44. says

    Thank you for the chance to win this book. I would like to be better at applique.I have a few projects earmarked, maybe this would help me be more sucessful.

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