Each Tuesday I host a review and often a giveaway:
Oh my, do I ever have a treat for you. The great people over at Lark Crafts sent a book for me to review, “Hand Appliqued Quilts: Beautiful Designs and Simple Techniques by Tonye Belinda Phillips.
I have to be honest…the book came a couple weeks ago and I just set is aside. If you know me at all, you know I am not an applique gal. I almost dreaded writing a review of it as it would once again remind me of how much I want to love to appliques but just don’t.
Then yesterday, I got the book out and decided it was time to write a review….WOW!! I love the book. In the beginning the author talks about the design process and how she began appliqueing. I love to read all that information. I think reading and learning about the design process brings quilts alive for me.
Another thing I love about the book is the actual quilts. I love the folk art style of the quilts. For some reason, this folk art style makes me a little more brave thinking that maybe, just maybe I could try applique again. With folk art, everything isn’t so perfect and so precise. Thus, if a flower ends up 1/4″ to the right or left, who is going to know.
I think the other reason I love the style is because it reminds me of my crumb quilts.
The colors and fabric used are amazing…bright and cheerful! Here’s my favorite.
In the opening of the book, the author says, “..you’ll find that this book is not about achieving applique perfection; it is about getting started with simple shapes and simple design.” She sounds like my kind of gal. I am all about imperfection!!
The patterns are all full sized. I love that too. I am giving this book two great big thumbs up!!
Here’s how cool the people over at Lark Crafts are. I told them that I loved the book and wanted to keep it but that I was sad that I wouldn’t be able to give one to one of you….that’s when they said, no worries…we’ll provide a copy for one of your readers too!! COOL, right??
With the help of this book and the applique book my friend Ila sent me, I am hoping that one day…in the distant future…I will applique. If not, I am going to at least love looking through the pictures and wishing. (Remember looking at the Christmas catalog as a kid…that kind of wishing)
If you’d like to win, just leave a comment here telling if you have appliqued before. I’ll pick a winner next week.
Oh and last week’s winner of Martingale and Company‘s, “Civil War Legacies” by Carol Hopkins is…..Sally from Sally’s Quilts.