Corey Yoder, the blogger behind littlemissshabby.com and a contributor to Pillow Pop, is releasing her new book Playful Petals with us in March! Her book focuses on fusible appliqué and how adding one simple element to your quilt design will take your quilt from plain to fabulous. Her book also features precuts, so choosing fabrics is a breeze.
Our photo shoot was at Miki’s house. Miki is a friend of Gailen Runge, C&T’s Creative Director, and she had so much fun during the day of the shoot. Watch for glimpses of her traditional Oakland, California bungalow house in the book.
Tell us about the latest Valentine’s projects you’ve made for your special someone in the comments below. Still searching for a last minute gift idea for your valentine? Check out the Heartfelt Valentine Sachet, one of our many free projects.
Over the next two weeks you’ll have a chance to learn more about Jenifer Dick’s modern appliqué technique and her projects. Each stop on the blog tour will have reviews, photos and a chance to win a copy of The Modern Appliqué Workbook!
The first stop is at Bonnie Hunter’s blog, Quiltville. Head there now to see what she thinks about modern appliqué! And be sure to check out author Jenifer Dick’s blog every day of the tour for additional insight into the invisible zigzag appliqué method and what modern appliqué means to her.
That’s unusual for me. I almost never make the same thing twice. In this case, I loved the ease and quickness with which I was able to complete the first one. So when I needed another quilt in a hurry, I changed up the colors and size and, in a snap, I had another great quilt.
Here’s the first one I made. It’s for my friend’s new baby, Olivia.
This is the one I made for my mom’s 90th birthday. You can see I extended the alternate color placement to give it a new look.
Same pattern but different feel, right?
Camille uses big blocks and innovative color combinations for a modern/retro look. The larger size of the blocks also makes the quilts come together really fast.
I know I’ll be revisiting this book again and again. Next up will be Camille’s super-sized version of Churn Dash. Can hardly wait!
The best way to learn is to build on previous successes, and that is what this book is all about. It’s a follow-on from my first sewing book, Me and My Sewing Machine: a beginner’s guide, and it’s full of sewing skills and techniques to take you beyond the basics. You don’t need to have read Me and My Sewing Machine to use this book, but you do need to be able to sew a bit.
As well as methods for your sewing machine, I’ve also included in this book hand-sewing techniques that will help you finish off machine-made projects to a professional standard, and allow you to explore and develop for yourself the centuries-old skills of hand needlework. Today’s world is too often in too much of a hurry: cut corners, work faster, take the easier option—and we lose sight of the pleasures and rewards of taking the time to do something carefully and well. Having said that, this book is a practical guide to getting things done, and so all the hand-sewing techniques shown are efficient and useful, not just lovely.
Beyond the practicalities, you’ll find lots of gorgeous decorative techniques to experiment with. As you move on from basic sewing, you’ll want to start developing and customizing your projects, and the chapters on embellishments and fabric manipulation are there to help you do just that. Do practice unfamiliar skills on scraps of fabric before launching into a project, and spend a little time working out how you are going to incorporate your new favorite technique into your most-loved TNT pattern, and then go for it! To encourage you, at the back of the book you’ll find six projects that use a variety of techniques to create simple yet stylish items for you, your friends, and your home. Since I wrote Me and My… sewing has become “a thing”, and about time, too! It’s a fabulous occupation/obsession/pastime/hobby, and I hope that Me and My Sewing Adventure will help you love it as much as I do.—Kate Haxell
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