Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Appliqué Book Blog Tour

I’ve been looking forward to The Appliqué Book for a long time, ever since author Casey York and I chatted all things appliqué over lunch at a quilt show we taught at a couple years ago. I’m honored to be included among the appliqué quilters profiled in the book, and delighted to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour!

Casey’s previous book, Modern Appliqué Illusions, thoughtfully explores unconventional ways to use appliqué to build a sense of perspective into quilts. What I love about The Appliqué Book is that it shows there really is no such thing as “conventional” appliqué: instead, there’s an infinite variety of approaches. Rather than being forced into some one-size-fits all standard, the projects in this book show the individual methods used by the designer, making each project a kind of case study of what can be done with a particular working style.

“Felt and Linen Improv Coasters,” Betz White
The diversity of technique in appliqué is rivaled only by its plethora of aesthetic possibilities, and the designers featured each bring a unique eye to the book. I love the the free-form stitching and the mix of wool felt and linen in Betz White’s coasters, and equally love the strikingly geometric Sweet Pickles quilt by Latifah Saafir (those bias strips are fussy cut!). It’s especially impressive that there’s extensive instruction to go with the wide range of projects and techniques. I always encourage students in person and online and readers of my own appliqué book to explore lots of different ways of doing things, and The Appliqué Book offers just that.

“Sweet Pickles,” Latifah Saafir
If you’re looking for appliqué inspiration, order a copy of the book now (you can even get a signed copy from Casey). Or try your luck at winning one! To enter the giveaway for a copy of the book from C&T Publishing (hard copy to U.S. winners; e-book for others), leave a comment on this post telling an aspect of appliqué you’re interested in learning more about. Entries close at midnight, March 25 (Pacific Time); I’ll announce the randomly chosen winner on March 26. Make sure your comment or profile has your e-mail address! Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to winner Jodi - usairdoll!

And for even more appliqué ideas, visit each of the blogs on the tour:

Mon. March 14:
Casey York |
C&T Publishing |

Tues. March 15:
Jenna Brand |
Adrianne Ove/Pink Chalk |

Wed. March 16:
Jenifer Dick |
Pati Fried |

Thurs. March 17:
Shannon Brinkley |
Bari J. |

Fri. March 18:
Debbie Grifka |
Beth Vassalo |

Mon. March 21:
Latifah Saafir |

Tues. March 22:
Lynn Harris |
Kevin Kosbab | ← you are here

Web. March 23:
Allison Rosen |
Cindy Lammon |

Thurs. March 24:
Rossie Hutchinson |
Generation Q |

Fri. March 25:
Betz White |
Casey York |


mumbird3 said...

i would love to learn how to do reverse applique! One of my guild friends did a gorgeous quilt in reverse applique and I am drooling over it!

Poppy Seed Arts said...

Hi, Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful book. Applique is something I haven't tried much of except a little here and there. Having said that, I have been meaning to try reverse applique as my next project.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin
I have done very little applique so I have a lot of room to learn. I would love to win a copy of this book which I'm sure will provide lots of inspiration. Thanks.

ritainalaska said...

love applique! enjoy all the different methods to work this technique but haven't yet tried reverse and trapunto ... i'll get there! sure love the look of the quilts in this fab book! thanx for the opportunity to win a copy.

Anna brown said...

Very nice cup coster loved them....

Anonymous said...

I'd like to learn more about hand appliqué because I haven't done much of it and would really like to get better at it.

Diane M said...

So many fun projects. I haven't tried appliqué yet but think I'd try reverse and bias appliqué first. Thanks for the chance to win!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I love applique, so many types. crystalbluern at tds dot net

elenney said...

I want to improve all aspects of Applique, especially using shading to add depth and dimension to my work.

LindyUp said...

I am a super newbie, I want to learn everything! My crush du jour is trapunto. Tomorrow...who knows? :)

Margaret said...

I'd love to learn needle-turn appliqué.

Beth said...

I would love to learn how to do bias applique, and I've seen some great examples along this tour already.

WYO Di said...

I'm currently working on a 12 month BOM pieced and appliqued. I'd love to learn various techniques and this book looks like the trick to do so!

Anonymous said...

Since I already know how to do raw-edge machine applique, I'd like to learn other applique techniques so I can have more versatility in my approach to my projects. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Nancy said...

I would love to learn more about needle turn applique (I find hand work relaxing!). I'd also like to learn more about the technique that uses single-sided fusible sewn to the applique piece such that there are no raw edges.

Kathryn said...

That reverse applique looks interesting. Something I've never tried.

Wendy said...

The bias applique is a new method I would be interested in trying.

Havplenty said...

I would love to explore the illusion applique techniques and the bias tape method. i have lots of bias tape just sitting and waiting to be used.

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Paige said...

I've never done reverse applique and would love to learn more about it!

Gill said...

I'd love to try reverse applique and raw edge!

JANET said...

I, too, would like to learn how to do reverse applique correctly. Mine was a mess!

Sharon - IN said...

I'm joining the chorus of reverse appliqué! There is always room for improvement.

Unknown said...

I will have to try reverse appliqué.

folksmith said...

Not sure if there is anything new that i want to learn about applique i'm pretty happy with how i am doing it...freezer paper. Maybe after getting a look at the new book i might have to try something else. Thanks for the chance of winning a copy of The Applique Book. said...

Reverse applique looks a must to try.

Mara said...

I love your coasters! I enjoy doing applique I would like to see if the book discusses how to quilt a quilt that has applique on it.

Tina said...

This book looks so inspiring. I would love to learn more applique techniques.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I'd love to learn reverse applique.

Thanks for a chance to win.


Marla said...

The linen and wool coasters look interesting.