You'll love how Cheri Leffler combines simple piecing with whimsical applique to make adorable quilts for little boys and girls. Each delightful design comes to life with animal applique that portray a sense of innocence and friendliness.
- Use needle-turn or fusible applique to create owls, giraffes, penguins, frogs, foxes, and more full-sized patterns and large applique shapes make it all so easy
- Enjoy a varied selection of 10 irresistible quilt patterns for everyone from confident beginners to seasoned quilters
- Make fun use of color and create endearing gifts that will bring joy now and as a child grows
Another new release highly recommended for quilters is Cheri Leffler's Animal Parade: Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies, which uses simple piecing with whimsical applique to make quilts for children. From using fusible applique in animal shapes to creating patterns and colors kids will love, this is filled with ideas and full-page patterns especially designed for babies.
Review from Popular Patchwork, June 2014
This breezy book features eleven appealing quilts designed to delight babies and toddlers. The eye-catching colours and friendly faces of the featured animals are sure to captivate young children, providing those beloved early memories of sight and touch which I'd wager many of us have in our minds and hearts when we make quilts for loved ones. The designs are suitable for quilters of most levels, and have an infectious sense of fun that makes them very attractive to embark upon. There is a good variety of colour, fabrics and techniques here, too; there's festive bright red and white in "A Penguin Playdate", autumnal country shades in "Kits 'n' Caboodle", and deep blues and oranges in the aquatically-themed "School Friends". The standout design featuring extremely cute giraffes, "Heads in the Clouds", is featured on the cover. The author advocates needle-turn applique, but also provides comprehensive instructions for those who prefer to speed things up a bit with a fusible web technique. This is a little gem of a book.
Review from Quilt Trends, Summer 2014
Pattern designer and quilt artist Cheri Leffler specializes in cheerful animal appliques. In her latest book, Animal Parade, Cheri combines simple piecing, whimsical applique, and colorful prints to create... delightful quilts for the young and young at heart. Full-size patterns and large applique shapes are included for both needle-turn and fusible applique, with detailed instructions and beautiful photos to create owls, giraffes, penguins, frogs, foxes, and more. All of the quilts are perfect for confident beginners and experienced quilters alike and make great baby gifts. The backgrounds are quick and easy to piece and the tops are embellished with adorable animals that convey a sense of innocence and friendliness.
Review from Morna McEver Golletz, ICAP Newsletter, January 2015
The first baby quilts I made as gifts both featured animals. One was a bear with a honey pot; the other was an elephant that had a yarn tail. I made them in the 1970s, and both recipients took them to college. I was impressed they held up that long. I've always liked animals as subjects for baby quilts, and Cheri Leffler offers some delightfully whimsical designs that can be completed in your choice of applique technique. Cheri includes instructions for needleturn and fusible web applique. The 10 patterns feature a mix of patchwork with the appliqued animals. I was taken with "Penguin Playdate". Think Sunbonnet Sue in a variety of escapades only as a penguin. You'll also find rollicking foxes, happy frogs and tree-hugging koalas. This is a fun group of baby quilts.
Cheri Leffler lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, Ken. He continues to enjoy his lengthy career with the United States Air Force, and this has allowed Cheri to teach quilting in many wonderful places, from Texas to Italy and lots of points in between. She has been a quilting instructor since their four grown daughters were little. When she is not designing quilts, Cheri enjoys travel, knitting, reading, and walking her dog, Carson.
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