Shipshewana Quilt Festival 3 – More Appliqué Than You’ll Ever See Me Do

This time we will look at some gorgeous appliqué quilts. And, as the title says, you will never see me do this much appliqué in one quilt or over a lifetime, unless something drastically changes.

This first one is actually an in the hoop project from The Hoop Sisters. It is Sew and Seeds by Delphi Andrianson of Martin, MI. The original project was called Sewn and Seeds. And to be truthful, maybe someday I will try one of these Hoop Sisters projects with my embroidery machine.

This amazing appliqué quilt is Everywhere I Go by Ronda Stockton of Deer Park, TX. It was quilted by Cindy Gravely. The quilt was a wool appliqué block of the week by Lisa Bonjean of Primitive Gatherings.

This lovely quilt is Days of Wine and Roses, designed, made and quilted by Cathleen Miller of Albuquerque, NM. It is hand quilted and includes some trapunto and embroidery also. 

This is a Lori Smith design, Floral Delight, made and quilted by Pat Sims of Howe, IN. 

This is Homage to Sallie Ann by Gail H. Smith of Barrington, IL, quilted by Angela McCorkle. It is an adaptation of the 1850 Sallie Ann Nelson quilt. There are a couple closeups following because I just loved the way the appliqué and the quilting worked together.

I love the modern floral vibe in this one. It is My Fantasy Garden by Donna Mease of Derby, KS, quilted by Jan Hutchinson.

I feel like I have seen this quilt somewhere before, but I don’t know where. It is One Cake, Two Cake, Red Cake, Blue Cake by Linda Neal of McKinney, TX, quilted by Jackie Brown. It is such a happy quilt!
This one is Folk Art Album. It is hand appliquéd wool on flannel by Mary Lois Hill of Elizabethtown, KY. Nancy Gervais quilted it. I love the drama of black quilts (or borders) but sometimes they don’t show up well against black curtains at shows.

I am not usually attracted to 30s colors, but this fits the theme so well with the partial Dresdens and floral appliqué. I also fell in love with all the tiny tumblers. They are everywhere! All 3,500 of them. Hence the name, Tiny Tumbler Fun designed and made by Karen DeWitt of Park Forest, IL, quilted by Heather Broehm.

Okay, this does not exactly fit the title since I can almost see myself doing this much appliqué in a border, although I could draw the line at all those little grapes in the center. This one is Grape Arbor, made and quilted by Peggy Garwood of Fairfield Glade, TN. I love her color choices – and those pieced blocks!This one is My Little Brown Bird made by Claire Baker of Ridley Park, PA and quilted by Kathy Slater. This really does have more appliqué than I can ever picture myself doing! But it is gorgeous.
This one really caught my eye. It should probably have been included in the Winner’s Circle post since it did take first place in the Appliqué, Large category. This is Subtle Sixties, designed, made and quilted by Linda Roy of Knoxville, TN. It is so graceful. But more appliqué and embroidery than I can picture myself doing. 

Can you picture yourself doing any of these?

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – The Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop

I originally borrowed The Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop: Timeless Techniques for Modern Designs by Kevin Kosbab from my local library. I figured I really didn’t need another appliqué book and the designs looked a bit modern for my usual taste. But I did want to read it, and it is not often that I find a quilting book at our library. So… Once I started looking at it closely, I realized I did need it and it now resides on my Kindle. Yeah. So much for avoiding overcollecting books. The links below are the links to the paperback version (first link) and the Kindle version through my Amazon Affiliate account.

This is a beautiful and well-organized book. One of the things I like best about it is the organization, so we are going to start right out by looking at the Table of Contents (which I may annotate a bit more than usual).

  • Introduction: Give Appliqué a Chance (Here Kevin presents arguments for why everyone should at least try appliqué, all the different kinds of appliqué. He almost convinces me!)
  • Appliqué Basics (This section includes “Choosing an Appliqué Method,” “Tools and Materials,” and “Basic Techniques.” If you’re unsure of how to appliqué after reading this section, don’t worry. Each method has its very own section also.)
  • Raw-Edge Appliqué (Included in this section are: “Why Raw-Edge Appliqué?” “Tools and Supplies,” “Techniques,” and four projects.)
  • Prepared-Edge Appliqué (This is prepared-edge appliqué for either hand or machine stitching. It includes: “Why Prepared-Edge Appliqué?”, “Tools and Supplies,” Techniques,”and four projects.)
  • Needle-Turn Appliqué (This is apparently his favorite kind. At least, that’s what he says. Included in this section are: “Why Needle-Turn Appliqué?”, “Tools and Supplies,” “Techniques,” and four projects.)
  • Resources (This even includes a “Books and Apps” list!)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index (I love a book with an index!)

Now, if you are already an appliqué expert, you probably won’t feel the need to check this book out, but I’m still trying to convince myself I need to try this so I’m glad to have it.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Quilts with a Spin

Today we are looking at Quilts with a Spin: 7 New Projects from Piece O’Cake Designs by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins. I got this one because I saw a picture of a quilt made from this book that I fell in love with; I just don’t remember where or when. What I do know is that finding this book is a bit tricky since it is out of print, except for the Amazon Print on Demand which is where I purchased it (and where the following Amazon Associate link will take you). I ordered the Print on Demand Edition because when I ordered it a few months ago, the used copies were just as expensive as the Print on Demand Edition. That does not appear to be the case right now, though. I guess I should have waited.

The quilts in this book have a lot of round or spinning-looking elements. I’m pretty sure that the quilt I fell in love with was the first one in the book, Whirlygig. (And to make it, I am seriously going to have to learn how to appliqué!) There are a couple of others I’d be interested in making and many many elements I can see myself using once I learn to … you know.

The sections of this book are:

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Basic Supplies
  • For Your Information (information about fabrics, fabric prep and seams)
  • The Seven Projects
  • General Appliqué Instructions (covers both machine and fusible)
  • Special Techniques
  • About the Authors
  • Index
  • Resources

I keep collecting these appliqué books. I probably should start someday!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Teach Me to Appliqué

Today we are looking at another appliqué with Pat Sloan’s most recent book – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué: Fusible Applique That’s Soft and Simple. Yes, I do know that someday I need to actually do some appliqué instead of just reading about it and watching video. And, as usual, yes the link below is my Amazon Associate link and if you use it, you help to support this blog.

Let me start out by saying that if I actually decide to do fusible appliqué someday (and that day is getting closer), I will reach for this book first. I think that Pat Sloan’s method is very similar to Sue Nickels’s and Pat Holly’s, but I love Pat Sloan’s directions. Not only were they very clear, but I found them inspiring. Yeah, I know that sounds a little hokey, but I did. Pat also includes some practice patterns, which I may try any day now. Anyway, this book is a two thumbs up.

Here are the contents:

  • Come Stitch with Me
  • Fusible Appliqué (This covers everything I can ever imagine needing to know about this process.)
  • Let’s Go Sew (8 projects – I confess that I will probably never make any of the veggie projects.)
  • Binding by Machine
  • Meet Pat (Are there people who have not heard of Pat?)
  • Acknowledgments

And there you have it. Another appliqué book review.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Mi Amor Legacy Appliqué

Today we are looking at a book that I’ve avoided for awhile, but I finally caved and bought it. Today’s book is Mi Amor Legacy Appliqué by Margarete Heinisch. The link below is, as usual, an Amazon Associate link which will help to support this blog.

The appliqué in this book is amazing! The embellishment of the appliqué blocks is stunning, too. I am in awe of Ms. Heinisch’s accomplishment. I’m pretty sure I will never attempt to duplicate it, nor should I (or could I – I don’t have that much patience!). But if you like Baltimore Album types of quilts, this book is worth a look.

Ms. Heinisch designed and made the quilt in this book for her daughter and son-in-law in celebration of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. She designed it with symbols that have meaning to them, making it a very personal quilt. Yes, many of the blocks are universal in nature, but it would seem too much like I was making someone else’s quilt if I tried them (after undergoing a personality transplant that would enable me to do such awesome and amazing work, that is). But, oh, I’d love to see this in person and spend hours staring at it!

Remember, I am not an appliqué quilter. I admire appliqué greatly, but so far I have been too big a wimp to try it. Maybe that influences how I feel about this book. I do appreciate Ms. Heinisch’s generosity in sharing this quilt and these blocks with us. I just don’t picture myself making them.

The book starts with a picture of the full quilt opposite the Table of Contents. (Yes, it took me several minutes to even look at the Table of Contents, because I was enjoying the quilt so much.) Here’s what follows in the book:

  • The Inspiration You Know – the Inspiration I Sew – This section describes how the quilt came to be.
  • General Instructions – This includes the fabric requirements for the quilt, additional supplies needed, fabric shortcuts, reverse appliqué, embroidery stitches, ways to make stems and more. It is not instructions for making a quilt in general, but let’s be real – no beginner in their right mind would attempt this as a first quilt.
  • The Blocks – There are 16 of them. The author describes the meaning behind each one in addition to adding the necessary information to make them. (There is a CD-ROM in the back of the book with the appliqué pieces to be printed.
  • Flowers and Their Meanings – These are listed by block.
  • About the Author

So check it out if only to look at the beautiful blocks.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Patchwork Plus

I’m later than I like to be in getting this posted which is ridiculous because I spent all weekend telling myself to get this post written and scheduled! What a slacker!

If you see anything about new books and have read many of my posts about appliqué, maybe you expected this already. Today we are looking at Patchwork Plus: Easy One-Block Quilts with Seasonal Appliqué by Geralyn J. Powers.

I say this, of course, because I have admitted that I am a big fan of patchwork and appliqué together in one quilt. And I absolutely adore the cover quilt! Actually, there are several quilts in here that I can picture myself making. But I’m a little bit ahead of myself. Let’s look at the sections in this book before I get too carried away.

  1. Introduction
  2. Fabric Selection – only 1 1/12 pages so not very detailed.
  3. Basic Quiltmaking Techniques – focuses more on specific skills for the quilts in this book than really basic skills.
  4. Projects – There are nine of them, and I can picture myself making almost all of them or using some the appliqué patterns from all of them in something. Yes, I’m a fan.
  5. About the Author

So, you may have noticed that I like this book. Yep. You can see many of the projects in the Look Inside if you follow the Amazon Affiliate link above. Yep, I highly recommend this book for the projects!

Quilt on!

Deep Sunday Thoughts

Over the last several months, I have realized more and more that I really like quilts with both piecing and a bit of appliqué. I like the way they set each other off. I think one of the reasons I’m not a big Baltimore Album fan is that there is not obvious piecing involved. I do like pieced quilts immensely, but I do think there is just a little something that comes with the addition of appliqué.

Obviously, these deep thoughts nudged me to consider learning to do some appliqué. Since I like handwork so very much, one might have assumed that I’d be very excited about hand appliqué. But no! Apparently not. I took a class once and did next to nothing with it. Analyzing why, I think I’ve come up with the reason: too much prep work required! Ugh! I don’t want to prepare! I want to do! (This may explain why the quilting room downstairs is such a mess! Just thought I’d mention that.)

So I have moved on to planning to learn some machine appliqué as I mentioned in my Quilty Resolutions sidebar #7. This may explain some of why I’ve been reviewing lots of machine appliqué books over the past few weeks. I have obviously looked at several different methods of machine appliqué using different types of preparation.

For the next few months I’ll be experimenting and sharing my results with you. Kati from Kati’s Quilting and Sewing will be joining me. I’ll also provide a linky periodically in case you are joining us and want to share what you’re doing. I also will have some guest posts from people who do lots of machine appliqué and are very good at it. I plan to post at least once every two weeks, with the first official post coming on the 15th of this month. My first post of the month will tell you what appliqué step or project I’m working on that month and my second post of the month will have pictures of some of my results. Hopefully, this will keep me focused and busy. That way at least resolution #7 will see some action!

The Fat Quarter Shop has just announced its 2014 Designer BOM. I need to finish at least 2 of my other BOMs in order to give myself permission to do this one! And I really want to do this one. It features the Snowbird collection from Laundry Basket Quilts, a gorgeous looking collection! I guess I really need to get busy.

Quilt on!

2014 Quilty Resolutions

I should really not bother making resolutions. I think we can see from yesterday’s post that I don’t do well at keeping resolutions. I think I rebel against the expectations I put on myself. I guess we’ll see how that really goes this year. I may carry over a few resolutions.

1.  Complete at least 2 of the 4 BOMs I have going. (Yep, I really am going for this.)
a. American Beauty BOM     This one is destined for my basement guest room bed.
b. 2009 Designer Mystery BOM     This one is mine! I’m not sure I can get it finished this year though since I’m handquilting it.
c. 2011 Designer Mystery BOM     I have plans for this one but they are way off in the future.
d. 2012 Designer Mystery BOM    I just like the colors in this one so it is well worth finishing.

2.   Complete the Wedding Quilt for my daughter and her husband before their first anniversary which is July 20.

3.   Do some free motion quilting on one small project     I know I’ll finish this one because I want to test out the best washing and drying for the wool batting in the above quilt. And I found the Christmas table runner too, so I’d like to have that to use next Christmas.

4.   Complete the two Christmas tree skirts for my daughters before Thanksgiving.

5.   Complete the studio (aka family room) reorganization

6.   Complete the Falling Charms Quilt that is currently on the design wall.

7.  Try some machine appliqué. I have a surefire plan for this one which I’ll tell you about in the next post or two.


How about you? Do you have some quilty resolutions for this year?

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Hand Appliqué by Machine

Sorry about missing the last couple of Mondays. I just didn’t have time to go through books and write some reviews. But this week I have one for you, Hand Appliqué by Machine by Beth Ferrier. Yep, we’re still looking at appliqué books. There’s a method to my madness. You’ll see next year. Oh, yes, and the following is an Amazon Affiliate link. Just so you’re warned.

This is not a new book. As a matter of fact, the copyright date is 2002. But I found it very interesting. If my problem with hand appliqué was the handwork part, this would be the perfect book for me. (More about this in a slightly later post, I promise.) The directions are very thorough and clearly written. The illustrations are very clear and helpful, and I like all of the projects. Yes, I may be working my way through this book soon!

Beth Ferrier self-published this book and did a very good job on it. I have a great respect for people who can produce such an excellent product on their own. I bought a used copy on She doesn’t even have it available on her website, although she does have a similar book (wait until next Monday) published by C & T. So, yes, I recommend this book!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – The New Appliqué Sampler

Today we are still looking at appliqué with The New Applique Sampler: Learn to Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.

I will tell you right off the bat here that this book is really about hand appliqué, not the machine appliqué I’ve been considering. Okay, enough of that! On with the review.

This is one thorough book! All instructions are illustrated, mostly by photographs. In addition to the directions there are two lovely projects, but I get ahead of myself yet again.

The Introduction acquaints us with why the authors enjoy appliqué, most especially hand appliqué. This is followed by a section that lists basic supplies and includes the reasons why the authors like hand appliqué best. The other sections are as follows: Color Comes First, General Instructions (which covers everything you need to do to prepare for the appliqué), Appliqué Techniques (including The Invisible Stitch, Points, Cutaway Appliqué, Curves and Circles, Off-the-Block Construction, Reverse Appliqué, and Continuous Bias), and Projects. After the Index, there is also a Resource list.

For me, not thinking I’m going to start lots of hand appliqué, the best part of this one is the projects. I really like the flower designs in this book and will keep it to use them sometime in the near future. If you are or want to be a hand appliquér, though, this book is a valuable reference.

Quilt on!