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-appliqué 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 Appliqué Freezer Paper, also available from Martingale
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The title of this book says it all. 85 step-by-step photos show how Kim Diehl's invisible machine-applique and wool-applique techniques are done. The book also covers fusible applique and needle-turn applique. There is a full-size wall hanging pattern included - "Scrap Basket Blossoms". If you've ever wanted to applique, then this book is for you. All quilters will learn something from it; Kim's work is amazing. The invisible machine-applique technique needs freezer paper to form the shapes and closely resembles hand-stitched needle-turn applique, but is much quicker. The results are not reversed from the original design. Doubling-up freezer paper for templates which are sturdier and concertina-folding to create mirror image shapes is a good idea too. There seems to be a new technique on every page of this book. Even experienced applique-ers will find lots to learn to improve their work. You'll see how to do those sharp outer points (and be advised to round them off if you wish). Brent Kane's excellent photography accompanies these clear explanations. There is a wealth of information in this book.
Review excerpted from The Applique Society Newsletter, September/October 2015
Wow! Kim Diehl's new book provides the reader with a wealth of information on so many different applique techniques that it quickly moves to the top of my "must have" book collection. In Simple Applique - Approachable Techniques, Easy Methods, Beautiful Results! you will find clearly written instructions, photographs and diagrams explaining every step in the process of the most used applique methods. These methods include: Invisible Machine Applique, Invisible Machine Applique with Trapunto, Needleturn Applique, Fusion Applique, Wool Applique and Fusible Applique. The only method you may not be familiar with is "Fusion Applique. This is a term Kim created to define a design that is stitched using a combination of elements - both invisible machine applique and traditional needle-turn applique techniques are used. Each and every method in the book is fully explained and illustrated with useful "tips" included along the way. After reading through this book I had a better understanding of how to cut and use the fusible web that is recommend for wool applique. There is a full size pattern included to help you practice your newly learned techniques. This pattern called "Scrap Basket Blossoms" can be used to create a four block quilt or use just one block to make a nice wall hanging. Kim lists all the supplies you will need for each technique found in her book. One of the most used of these supplies is freezer paper. You should find [Kim Diehl's Best Applique Freezer Paper], 30 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 freezer paper where you purchase her book. There are also instructions to download a free pattern designed by Kim inside the freezer paper packet.
After falling in love with a sampler quilt pattern in the late 1990s, Kim Diehl 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 enables Kim to be prolific in her quiltmaking, and there's always something new in the works. Her 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, 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 two young granddaughters as she teaches them to love all things creative.
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