Autumn Bouquet - Patchwork and Appliqué Quilts from Reproduction Prints

by Sharon Keightley
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This collection of dreamy quilts bursts with fabrics from the scrap basket! Classic patchwork provides a backdrop for pretty flowers and twining vines, all made easy with machine applique. Learn two ways to prepare appliques, plus tips and tricks for setting up your machine for applique.

Dozens of close-up photos and tips reveal secrets for mingling antique-style fabrics ranging from blushing pinks and soft purples to rich golds, reds, and browns. From small wall quilts to lap-sized designs, this bouquet of quilts is simple to sew--yet so extraordinary, the quilts you make will be handed down from generation to generation.

by Sharon Keightley
8.375" x 10.875"
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full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
August 1st, 2019
The quilt designs in Autumn Bouquet are beautiful, most with floral applique' motifs which can be done with the needle-turn method or as I did on my first project (Itty Bitty Roses): machine applique'. The section on the Applique' methods at the end of the book has detailed instructions for using freezer paper and wash-away paper. The photos explain step-by-step how to prepare the shapes before stitching them.

I am happy to have it in my quilting library!
I need to make an Autumn Bouquet quilt!

I love applique. And I love these quilts that combine piecing with applique!

Sharon Keightley has chosen color schemes suitable for autumn days, with rich browns and warm oranges. Reproduction fabrics work wonderful in these quilts, and the traditional applique patterns recall historic quilts from the 19thc.

This Rose of Thornes quilt has a primitive feel that I love. Sharon has a 'make it easy' tip and I could make the applique in a few days. And she has no-fail Wild Geese instructions. Maybe this is the one I need to make.

Holly's Garden is also in the running. Sharon makes it easy with wash-away applique and easy pieced border instructions.

Oh, no wait--Goose Crossing is too wonderful to ignore! I love the appliqued flowers set in the negative space created in this traditional, pieced quilt pattern. And such a great idea to include dark-colored flowers.

Here is an idea I can use. Ring a Rosie has a wonderful printed border and I have reproduction fabrics I have been hoarding for just such a quilt. The pretty scrappy flower wreath is on a pieced background and is set with super-easy patchwork units.

I have bins of scraps all organized by size and theme. Treasures From the Scrap Bin would be a great way to use some up! The Sho Fly block center is combined with a graceful flower urn border. I love a flower urn border.

There are a DOZEN quilts to choose from! Something for everyone! All sizes!

I have saved my very favorite until last. Sharon's Surprise was inspired by her study of antique quilts that combined pink and red.

I love these colors. I love the flower block with its reverse applique and the unique scalloped border. I love the light background and the way the applique colors pop.

This is it. This is the quilt I need to make.

I was given access to a free ebook by the publisher. My review is fair and unbiased.
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The Applique Society, January/February 2020 Newsletter

Sharon Keightley is an applique artist from New Zealand. I have followed Sharon on her blog for several years; I've always found her techniques interesting. In this book, there are 12 projects, all combining applique and piecing. They all have that cozy feeling you get from using reproduction fabrics. Sharon has 2 techniques she uses most. One is using applique wash away paper. This involves reversing the patterns when they're traced. The second is using freezer paper, without reversing the patterns. When placing the paper on the back side of the fabric, it's done shiny side up. No glue or starch needed, just a hot iron. Her preferred applique method is invisible machine applique. Using monofilament thread on top and 60 weight cotton or polyester in the bobbin, small stitches are the way to go. Slow and easy, she layers one piece on top of another. I don't think we can have too many tools in our toolbox when it comes to applique. Every technique that helps us get to the finish line is a good one. This book deserves a place in our libraries. --Eileen Keane, Director

Sharon Keightley

Sharon grew up in a family of makers in rural New Zealand, where sewing days were special and very dear to her heart. Her mother was a dressmaker by trade, who could make anything. Sharon would often see an outfit in a magazine, and her mother would end up making it for her. Sharon's grandmother, also a maker, taught her the arts of knitting and crochet. All of this early introduction to the world of fabric and threads led Sharon to who she is today. As a mother of two grown sons and wife of a busy man living on a small farm overlooking New Zealand's Kaipara Harbour, she has time to create quilt designs that express her love of vintage and reproduction fabrics.

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