With this generous collection of 14 brand-new charming quilts, Kim Diehl uses modern time-saving techniques and rich fabric pairings to pay homage to our quilting heritage. Create simple, beautiful patterns and motifs in warm, welcoming projects for decorating.
- Choose from appealing projects ranging from a pincushion to table toppers, lap quilts, wall quilts, and a bed quilt
- Learn a variety of techniques: traditional patchwork, invisible machine applique and wool applique on cotton backgrounds
- Use Kim's popular "Pin Point" tip boxes throughout and enjoy the wonderful photography her books are known for
Kim Diehl is known for her striking applique and quilt designs. In her new book, Simple Appeal, Kim shares 14 patchwork and applique projects for everyday living. Simple Appeal includes full size applique patterns which is always much nicer than having to play around with enlarging patterns on the printer. Beautiful coloured photos and step by step detailed images which are also in full colour. Kim's detailed quilt-making basics section which includes tips and tricks for effective and beautiful applique results.
The quilts and other projects in this book are simply stunning. Some projects look to be quick(ish) finish ones - e.g. the "Patty Cake Pincushion" or the "Wreath of Lilies" mini. Quick finish projects are always nice but it's Kim's quilt patterns which are the main draw card. They're pieced and appliqued and though traditional patterns aren't ones I'm normally drawn to, these have inspired me. The quilts may take a little while (or a long while) to complete, but the final results would be well worth the effort.
If you like more traditional quilts and enjoy applique, or if you're like me and enjoy traditional designs with contemporary prints - this is certainly a book which would be of interest to you.
After falling in love with a sampler quilt pattern in the late 1990s, Kim impulsively purchased it, taught herself the steps to make it, and then realized she was smitten with quiltmaking. As her newfound passion blossomed into a full-time career, Kim began publishing her original designs, traveling nationally to teach her approachable quiltmaking methods, and ultimately designing fabrics . . . a dream come true for a girl who once wondered if she had what it took to make a single quilt!
Using modern time-saving techniques, such as the easy invisible machine-applique method she's known for, enables Kim to be prolific in her quiltmaking, and there's always something new in the works. Her very favorite quilts feature scrappy color schemes sewn from a mix of richly hued prints, and her designs often blend traditionally inspired patchwork with applique designs.
In addition to authoring numerous books, including her "Simple" series with Martingale, Kim continues to design quilting fabric collections and Simple Whatnots Club projects in her signature scrap-basket style for Henry Glass & Co.
After retiring from an extensive travel and teaching schedule in 2015, Kim now spends her days at home doing what she loves most: designing quilts and fabrics, baking, stitching, gardening, and being a nana to her grandies.
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