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Dec 02

Books on Monday – Appliqué the Basics and Beyond

Sorry this is going up so late. My weekend got hectic and Monday disappeared before I could get this up. However, there is still about an hour and a half of Monday left as I start this so on with the show!

This week we are continuing the appliqué book trend with Appliqué the Basics and Beyond: The Complete Guide to Successful Machine and Hand Techniques with Dozens of Designs to Mix and Match by Janet Pittman.

When I first went looking for this book, about 4 or 5 years ago, it was between printing runs and the price on Amazon was $185 from some third party seller! Needless to say, I did not purchase the book at that time. Actually, the next printing became available within a couple of months and THEN I got the book. And I am glad I did. Apparently I’m not the only one who appreciates this book because it won an Independent Publisher Book Award. You can see it embossed on the cover.

One of the best and most noticeable features of this book is that it is spiral bound and lies flat very nicely. This is very handy it a book you may want to use for tracing patterns. (It’s not too bad for having the book open on the chair next to you while you type on your computer, either!)

The introduction part of the book is called “Getting Started – Basics and Beyone” and really mostly describes what each section of the book covers. These sections are:

  1. Equipment & Supplies
  2. Preparing Appliqué
  3. Stitching
  4. Embellishing
  5. Projects
  6. Patterns

In the introduction, the author also describes the notebook and tips sections scattered throughout the book and their purpose.

This book covers how to do any kind of appliqué imaginable (at least by me). Several different types of machine and hand appliqué are described. The instructions are clear and well illustrated. The projects and the patterns are very botanical and very lovely as are her ideas for embellishment.

This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to try several different kinds of appliqué and embellishment.

Quilt on!

1 comment

  1. Diane Rincon

    Something didn’t feel right yesterday. Now I know what was missing, your Monday post! Hey, any day of the week works! Yes, this is a special book. To me the embellishing half of the book is the best part. All appliqué books should have spiral binding like this. I’ve had to cut pages out of 3 or 4 books to trace or copy them properly, grrr.

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