Simple Applique - Approachable Techniques, Easy Methods, Beautiful Results!

by Kim Diehl
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Find out how best-selling author Kim Diehl achieves her distinctive look. With this comprehensive how-to guide, she shares the secrets of her signature invisible machine-applique and wool-appliqué techniques--plus needle-turn and fusible techniques!

  • See techniques clearly demonstrated in more than 85 step-by-step how-to photos
  • Discover the tools and supplies Kim recommends for your desired results
  • Use any of Kim's applique methods to create her inspiring "Scrap Basket Blossoms" wall hanging (full-sized pattern included)
  • Look for Kim Diehl's Best Applique Freezer Paper, also available from Martingale

by Kim Diehl
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
April 14th, 2015
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This title accepted for returns only in resale condition
When you think applique, do you think there is only one way to do it? If so, you need to get Kim Diehl’s Simple Applique book.

She lists invisible machine, invisible machine with Trapunto, needle-turned, fusion and fusible as types/ways to do applique. The book starts with an introduction and then goes on to explain how to prepare fabric for appliqueing. Fray Check and registration marks are two of the techniques she talks about. There are tips set off in a beige box so be sure to read those.

Freezer paper is used for invisible machine applique. Batting and liquid basting glue is used for Trapunto. Thimbles are suggested for needle turned applique. Sharp scissors are needed to remove extra fabric from the back of the appliques. Fusion applique is Kim’s term for applique done using various techniques together. And fusible applique is done with HeatNBond lite.

By the time you finish reading this book, you will now be ready to tackle the 52” quilt pattern in the book.
Kim has an extremely detailed book not only about appliqué techniques but also thread selection, pressing, etc. and has great pictures demonstrating all of the explanations. A comprehensive book on appliqué and everything needed to be successful. I cannot emphasize enough how detailed every technique is. I would consider this book is a must as a reference on appliqué. I do machine appliqué and will include this book in my library.
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Kim Diehl

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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