Nature's Beauty in Applique - Pretty and Practical Projects - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Susan Taylor Propst
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Susan Taylor Propst, best-selling author of Beautiful Blooms and Another Season of Beautiful Blooms, presents a gorgeous new collection of nature-inspired applique designs. Discover a stunning array of practical items for gifts and home decor.

  • Choose from nine beautiful small projects--all celebrating nature--with applique designs ranging from daffodils and tulips to hostas and ivy
  • Find step-by-step instructions showing how to make place mats, tote bags, carrying cases, a neck-roll pillow, an elegant swan wall hanging, and more
  • Use hand or fusible applique; or, make the projects using theme prints or preprinted panels instead

by Susan Taylor Propst
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
January 10th, 2012
There are nine small projects in this book which are all inspired by a wall hanging that Susan made entitled "Swan and Nessie". While this particular pattern is not included in the book (it's gorgeous!), Susan does include the project layout so you can create your own version using the flower patterns provided in the book.

As indicated by the title, the projects in this book range from table runners to tote bags to pillows, all practical and great for gifts. They are appropriate for quilters who have had some experience - probably a little advanced for the new beginner quilter. The patterns all include appliqué (obviously!) and Susan provides detailed instructions for hand appliqué, using freezer paper, as well as information on turned-edge and fusible web appliqué.
There is also quite a bit of information on choosing fabrics so your projects will be successful. If you can't quite find the right fabric, Susan also provides tips on painting fabric to get it just the right shade. I appreciated the information on quilting that she included in the book, including suggestions for quilting the background and the appliqué.
Susan's instructions are quite detailed and she also provides you with alternate colour ways or suggestions for each project, such as using a pre-printed panel, rather than the appliqué for the tote bags. Nice to know that you can make these projects without the appliqué and they are still just as beautiful and practical.
I mentioned earlier that the pattern for "Swan and Nessie" was not included in the book, however Susan does have a wall hanging pattern featuring a swan in the book. Although it is simpler, "Swan Wall Hanging" is just as lovely and elegant - and would be quicker to complete.
If you're looking for a project to make as gift for a friend or for yourself, there are many wonderful patterns to choose from in this book.
Lovely book...recently diagnosed with a serious illness I am working on some needle turn appliqué and finding it both satisfying and soothing and gives me time for contemplation
Thank you
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Review from Quilt Trends magazine

Nature's Beauty in Applique lives up to its subtitle of "pretty and practical projects." This is Susan Taylor Propst's third book and, like her first two, she was inspired by the beautiful flowers and scenic countryside while living in England. Each project in this book is a spin-off of a beautiful large wall hanging created from a photo taken at Loch Ness in Scotland.

The projects range from small useful items to a layout diagram for the larger project. All nine quilt projects work equally well for both hand and/or fusible applique, and instructions are included for both methods. Full-size patterns are provided, as are creative ideas for using these patterns in your own quilt designs. The projects don't take a long time to complete, and they make wonderful gifts. Additionally, they can be simplified and made even more quickly when constructed from printed fabric without the applique. Susan has also included fabric suggestions for the different motifs, as well as quilting ideas to enhance the overall beauty of each nature-inspired quilt design.

Susan Taylor Propst

Susan Taylor Propst has taught the art of quiltmaking since 1994, in both the United States and in Europe. She enjoys all aspects of quiltmaking and is particularly fond of applique.

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