These are no ordinary floral applique quilts! Discover unusual flowers presented with breathtaking beauty on pieced backgrounds. The combination gives each quilt an appealing contemporary feel.
- Choose from 10 projects that combine patchwork with realistic floral applique
- Create intriguing flower motifs such as Asian spider mums, orchids, and clematis
- Projects range in size from small wall hangings to lap-sized quilts, plus a table runner
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Lynn Ann Majidimehr has designed ten fantastic floral quilts for this collection. Each one combines subtle pieced backgrounds and borders with beautifully realistic appliqued flowers, and wonderful free-machine quilting. These designs are all pretty and contemporary, lap quilt sized or smaller, but they do contain a lot of tiny pieces so are not for the faint-hearted! Anyone who loves flowers, art quilts and has a good scrap collection will love this book. The applique technique is not unusual or difficult; the fantastic effect relies on the clever templates used for each design. The templates are color coded and numbered for placement, with detailed instructions for use. This is a very inspirational, colorful and fun book, which may guide you along the way to producing a much-admired piece of quilt art.
From Kay Mackenzie, allaboutapplique.net
The subtitle of this book is Stunning Applique on a Patchwork Canvas. What a great idea! I always think that a combination of patchwork and applique makes the most appealing quilts. The front matter of Flower Show Quilts is a treasure trove of information. The author starts with quiltmaking basics, ranging from sewing supplies to presser feet to needles to fabric choice and preparation. Then, there's a fantastic photo tutorial on a method of foundation piecing where you don't sew through the foundation. No tearing paper away!
Then we move to the applique information. Lynn takes us through two methods. First, there's a tutorial on using fusible web that has no paper backing, such as Mistyfuse. This method always confounds me, so it was great to have it laid out before me step by step. Second, there's freezer-paper, glue-basted applique. The freezer paper is ironed to the right side of the fabrics, and the edges are glued to the back.
Quiltmaking basics continue with assembling the quilt top, borders with mitered corners, layering and basting, and a fantastic section on machine quilting. This is not your "quilt as desired" type of thing; Lynn includes tons of great information and photo examples of quilting by machine. There's even specific, illustrated information on binding and adding a sleeve. Very comprehensive!
From Midwest Book Review
Lynn Ann Majidimehr's Flower Show Quilts provides a collection of applique on patchwork canvas, showing how unusual flowers may be created from pieced backgrounds. Ten projects blend patchwork with floral applique techniques and show how to create different flower motifs in projects ranging from small wall hangings to lap quilts.
Review from Barbara Rhoades, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer
Love applique and flowers? Then grab a copy of this book. There are ten stunning quilts to create and lots and lots of quilting to give them that perfect look. An eighteen page basics section covers the "basics" plus suggestions on quilting patterns and how to create them, how to cut the appliques and how to do foundation piecing. The projects follow and are well written.
A colored photo of the applique begins each project and is followed by the normal materials and cutting lists. A shaded box tells what technique is used in the project. Graphics are provided for the visual quilter beside the written instruction. The best part is each project has quilting suggestions rather than the normal "quilt as desired." Templates are provided and some need to be enlarged while others are used as provided. The last page is a bio about the author and two URLs for more information. All in all, a great book.
Lynn Ann Majidimehr
Lynn Ann Majidimehr is a mixed-media textile artist who has sewn and been interested in art since she was young. Because she grew up with a mom, aunt, and grandmother who sewed, it was natural for Lynn to learn how to sew too. By high school, she could already sew garments and embroider, but it was her aunt who started her on a quilting journey. She is now the owner of LAM Designs, a pattern-design company.
Lynn has had quilts shown in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, 2008 Quilts: A World of Beauty, and 2009 Innovations Quilt Show, as well as local shows.
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