If you are looking for the giveaway, it’s here. If you’re here for the book review – here it is!
This week we are continuing the machine appliqué theme with Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly. (And of course the following is an Amazon affiliate link.) These are award winning quilters (sisters, too), and they say that all the appliqué on their quilts is done this way. Since they have multiple quilts in the quilt museum in Paducah and have won best of show with their quilts, I’m assuming if it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for me. This book is a few years old so it might be a bit hard to find. Or you may have it buried somewhere in your library and may need to fish it out.
I think that this is going to be a very helpful book for me as I begin to learn machine appliqué. It is quite thoroughly explained with lots of examples and directions even though it is not a huge book. Let me give you a bit of a preview.
The book begins with an Introduction written by Sue Nickels and an Inspiration written by Pat Holly. These two sections are illustrated with examples of their quilts and antique quilts. The next chapter covers Raw-Edge Appliqué Basics, followed by Beyond Basics, Surface Embellishments, and The Finished Edge. Throughout these chapters, there are tips called Sue’s Solutions or Pat’s Pointers.
The instructions are well written and easy for me to understand. I actually feel that the chapter on The Finished Edge is a bonus because it includes several different ways of finishing the edges of the quilt. Not exactly expected in a book on appliqué. Not complaining here.
The book also includes some projects, of course. There are five, four of which were designed by Pat Holly. They are fairly intricate patterns, but the pieces seem to be mostly manageable sizes. Of course, I haven’t tried this yet.
Yes, I highly recommend this book for someone who is a beginner in fusible appliqué. I love how thoroughly the process is explained. I can almost picture myself doing this! And appliqué is not me. Yet!