Wait 'til you see all the different ways you can applique by machine! Discover how to get the look of fine hand applique--or a fresh, funky look--with the precision and ease of machine sewing. Learn Sharon's smart techniques, and then get ready to play.
- Find all you need to overcome any machine-applique fears--try invisible machine applique, blanket-stitch applique, satin-stitch applique, and more
- Follow Sharon's lead to master each technique, and then choose one of nine companion projects to try out your new skills
- With Sharon's friendly, fun writing style, you'll be a machine-applique expert in no time
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Finally, a book that takes the fear out of appliqué! Sharon Pederson provides quilters with a straightforward book that shows we all can do “the A word.” Using tools of the trade and simple instructions, anyone can create one or more of the nine beautiful projects found inside.
From British Patchwork & Quilting magazine
This is an excellent introduction to machine appliqué with comprehensive advice on needles and thread (there is a useful chart). The author has developed her own individual methods, she uses invisible sticky tape, not pins, to secure her work and “rubber glue” when she works with freezer paper. She teacher two techniques, freezer paper and fusible appliqué, with very clear instructions and diagrams. She recommends “quilt as you go” for each block but none of the 10 projects are large as she wants the novice quilter to “have a go” to gain experience and confidence. There are many templates and the final chapter covers borders, binding and piping.
From Barbara Lyn, viewpoints.com
I wish I lived closer to Ms. Pederson so I could learn in person from her. She has a GREAT book and the way it is written makes me ready to machine applique.
Her book starts out like many quilting books, talking about the tools you need to do it. But what her book has that I have never found in any other is a great explanation of machine needle sizes and thread sizes. I now understand it and will keep her book handy for when I forget what she said. (Old age does that to you!)
Another thing I have never found in quilting books is something called The Brooklyn Revolver. As she says it is not a gun but a very handy tool for gluing up many small pieces of applique.
Twenty-one pages on getting ready to applique instructions begin Ms. Pederson's book and you should read every word if you are a beginner. If you are a more experienced one, then you should read every word because I know you will find a tip or two you didn't know before. There are ten different quilt patterns and each has a paragraph about the quilt before the rest of the instructions are given. The material and cutting lists are clear and easy to follow. The step-by-step instructions for assembling the blocks have graphics to help you visualize what you are creating. Templates are provided although some need to be enlarged. And the assembly and finishing instructions complete the patterns.
There are, of course, color photos of each quilts and the finished quilt size is also provided. The final two pages are a resource list and an overview of the author. So, grab a copy and start appliqueing!