What's that buzzing noise coming from QBL over the past 19 days? It originated from Lara over at Buzzin' Bumble and her new book "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities"! And it is loud and well deserved! Last fall, Lara told me she was writing a book about applique and asked me if I would be willing to be a part of the hop. Ummm. . . well, yeah but I'm not into applique. Love the look. Don't love the fray, hand sewing, attempting to get blanket stitches or satin stitches just so. . . not my jam. BUT, like I said, love the look and what can be achieved (or what others seem so very capable of achieving). What if this new technique Lara has could change all of that? I'm in, what do I have to lose?! :) Oh, and make sure you read to the end, Lara has generously offered to give a book to one of my readers! YAY! Deets for the giveaway are at the end of this post!
Turns out, not only did I not lose anything, I have gained SO much!! Lara sent me a copy of the book. I immediately ripped the package open and started reading. You guys! I could not put it down. If this works like Lara says, it will open up an entirely new world!! And open up a whole new world it did! As I read through the book, one thing was clear, I was making the Cecropia Utopia project. Hands down, no questions asked and don't try to talk me out of it! LOL I told Lara I had to make it. Lara did say you don't have to do that project, there are lots of pieces. It's not a quick make. . . I do not care! Must make! :)
|Picture courtesy of Lara|
|Feast your eyes on Purple Haze!!|
|I am now seriously addicted to applique!! The possibilities!|
|See those 'white dots' in the black on the lower part of the wing? That's sparkle from the thread that I used to do the bobbin work :)|
I did not let the errors stop me! I was able to cut one of the pieces that was left off the pattern from the diagram of the entire wing. Not a problem. As I worked through the pattern, one thing became clear, AQS Publishing missed the mark in two ways with this book. First, they got a little too zealous with the editing of this book. They took out instructions that were necessary and changes were made that introduced new errors (the fabric list for the moth is a prime example) into the mix. I know Lara feels badly about the errors and has taken steps to make sure that you have everything you need to complete the projects in the book. Again, check out the errata page she has on her site to see if the project you chose to make is on the page. The second thing, IMHO, is the decision they have made to no longer include CDs with files of motifs or patterns with their books. I have several of their books that include CDs. They are invaluable! Case in point, I used the butterfly and dragonfly motifs included on the CD for Judi's book to make the awesome applique butterfly and dragonfly. I also printed those motifs out at different sizes and used them to mark the quilting on this quilt. I personally don't see the CDs as a nice to have; I see them as essential companions to the books for which they were included.
How about some more pictures?? :) Blow them up, look at those edges! NO fraying. Makes me smile!
Want to know what I love most about this book? Once you read this fantastic technique, the only limitation is your imagination! Lara teaches you this simple easy way to achieve amazing results and provides awesome projects for you to do but the best part is that with all of her instruction, you can use this method to make your dream applique project! I don't know about you but I truly appreciate books in which my own imagination is inspired to new possibilities. This book provides this in spades! Need more proof of that? . . . check out what happened at my house yesterday. . . .
|I "picked" some Kaffe Fasset flowers from various KF prints and put them on a piece of batik. This is just the top. I haven't quilted it. . . yet ;)|
Now, time for the giveaway deets!!
Lara is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky reader of my blog, international entries are welcome! Already have this amazing book? Lara is so generous, if you have already bought the book and you win in this drawing, she will refund your money!!
Leave me a comment about your experience with applique. Love it, hate it, love/hate it, intimidated by it? Share your thoughts! Please include your email address if you are unsure about whether or not you are a no-reply blogger. That's it, one comment, one chance per person.
Can't wait to get your own copy? Lara has them for sale on her site. You can buy it from AQS. You can buy it on Amazon although they are currently sold out.
Giveaway will be open until midnight on May 24th. I will announce the winner on May 25th! Easy peasy!
Also, go check out all of the wonderful posts that have gone live to date. You can find the schedule on Lara's blog. Oh, and did I mention ALL of the bloggers on this hop are giving away a copy of the book??? Start hopping!! :)
I'll be linking up with Finish it up Friday.
Now go forth and go APPLICRAZY!!!