Blog Hop – The Appliqué Book: Traditional Techniques, Modern Style

My friend Casey York asked me to be a part of her second book aptly named The Appliqué Book. She invited 21 designers to contribute to the collective knowledge of this book. I love that it embraces “Traditional Techniques, Modern Style”. Because, isn’t that what it’s all about?

I honestly don’t do appliqué much but, when I do there is one style of appliqué which I’ve sort of embraced as my own. Back in 2011 or 2012  while looking at all of my leftover bias tape I started to think about what I could use them for and thought that it would be fun to use it for bias tape appliqué. As far as I knew at the time, bias tape appliqué was primarily used for stems and vines in traditional appliqué (I hadn’t yet been introduced to the work of Joe Cunningham). I thought what if we used bias tape to draw on quilts in bold and modern ways. My technique is fully machine stitched and after the design is drawn on to the background fabric then it is sewn down using the design as a guide. Several people have developed different methods of bias tape appliqué but, this method is easy and consistent and can be used for bias tape strips up to 2″ wide. I do love that so many people are playing with bias tape appliqué now!

I wanted to create a simple bold quilt for Casey’s book and Sweet Pickles was the result. It is fairly easy to stitch together but, creates a fun and modern statement.


I went with my go to all over quilting and that’s the random or organic crosshatch – this time on a diagonal.


And, Sweet Pickles made it to the back cover too. Fun, huh?


Stash Books is kindly offering a book to a lucky winner! Just comment below on what your favorite kind of appliqué is. Comment by midnight on Friday, March 25, and I’ll announce a random winner on Saturday, March 26.

And the winner is

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as selected by the True Random Number Generator. Thanks Anna! Expect an email from me soon.

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And, be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop. You’ll be able to see a lot of the wonderful quilts from The Appliqué Book and you’ll have even more chances to enter to win.

Mon. March 14:
Casey York |
C&T Publishing |

Tues. March 15:
Jenna Brand |
Adrianne Ove/Pink Chalk |

Wed. March 16:
Jenifer Dick |
Pati Fried |

Thurs. March 17:
Shannon Brinkley |
Bari J. |

Fri. March 18:
Debbie Grifka |
Beth Vassalo |

Mon. March 21:
Latifah Saafir |

Tues. March 22:
Lynn Harris |
Kevin Kosbab |
Modern Quilts Unlimited |

Web. March 23:
Allison Rosen |
Cindy Lammon |

Thurs. March 24:
Rossie Hutchinson |
Generation Q |

Fri. March 25:
Betz White |
Casey York |

Comments 63

  1. What a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on being included in the book. I love needle turn applique but after taking a class with Pearl Periera, I also love the starch method.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  2. My favorite way to finish appliques is with the machine blanket stitch. It looks so neat when finished.

  3. Never thought i would ever applique. but once i learned how to do it with freezer paper, there is no looking back. Can’t wait to see the new book The Applique Book.

  4. Your quilt is quite stunning! I use some fusible Applique and some freezer paper. I confess. I keep it pretty simple, but often like to add a little Applique to my work.

  5. I like needle-turn applique, both for the finished look, and because I can take it along as a handwork project when I travel.

  6. I’d have to say my favourite is the finished look of traditional turned edge applique but love the effect of reverse applique.

  7. I enjoy turned edge applique, i like to have it have a clean edge. I have done machine a couple ways also. Thanks for the chance to win this cool book

  8. I have tried raw edge applique and using a foundation turning the piece inside out and stitching it down (not sure what you call this method). The bias tape method seems interesting as well as illusion applique. I know I will look further into both methods. Your quilt is really cool. I have lots of bias tape from my garment sewing days and also at least two bias tape makers. Yes I see new applique ideas on the horizon for me.

  9. Love the quilt and definitely will have to try that…and I would be doing sewing by hand as a perfect take -a -long project. And don’t you love Joe’s style of teaching!

  10. I love bias tape appliqué! I have recently designed a quilt for my son using it. It hasn’t made it to the top of the to-do list yet – no matter how many times he asks!

  11. Raw-edge machine applique is my favorite applique technique these days. I’m definitely open to learning other techniques.

  12. I have a love hate relationship with appliqué. The only kind I really like is needle turn appliqué….I really need to broaden my skills in this area.

  13. I’ve been doing some raw edge machune appliqué which I learned from Melissa Averinos at quiltcon and I love the ease and the look. Thanks for the chance.

  14. So far my favorite kind of applique is “invisible machine applique”, but I’d like to learn needle turn and bias applique, so that I have something to compare it to other than fusible.

  15. I haven’t done any appliqué yet but am love the bias tape appliqué quilts I’ve seen lately. It’s on my list to try. Thanks!

  16. I like any type of machine appliqué. I’ve only just started to try bias tape appliqué and I like the potential with this style

  17. I’ve tried different applique methods and for hand work I prefer turned edge applique, because even though there is a lot of preparation before you can stitch anything, it doesn’t require the concentration that needle turn applique does. I’ve been experimenting with machine applique on felt lately and that is really fun using the machine blanket stitch.

  18. I enjoy raw edge fusible applique–sometimes for quilts, sometimes to make t-shirts for whatever my daughter’s current interest is

  19. Your quilt is fantastic! I recently tried bias tape appliqué for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. Already have a few ideas that I can’t wait to play with. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  20. I love your pattern! I have actually never done any applique but I think I am going to have to play around with some of my bias tape leftovers now.

  21. Next up on my to-do list: large scale bias tape quilt. After reading your post, now I’m intrigued by the possibilities of using 2″ wide tape! May do a few adjustments and try it!


  22. My applique experience is limited but the bias tape looks like a really cool way to execute some ideas I have rolling around! Exciting book….

  23. Hi, Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful book. Applique is something I haven’t tried much of except a little here and there. Having said that, I have been meaning to try reverse applique as my next project.

  24. I have started collage applique and really enjoy the what you can accomplish. I joined the Lucky Spool club and the first lesson was bias tape….. LOVE IT! Have added it to several improve pieces! Thanks again….. Love your work!

  25. I’ve done a lot of hand appliqué in the past few years (Bunny Hill designs), too much apparently, because after that I didn’t feel tempted at all by any “traditional” pattern. Seeing your quilt though, I really want to give that a try! I think this book is a must-have for me, because it will bring back appliqué into my quilting life.

  26. So far I love raw edge appliqué, because I know how to do it! I’d love to learn needle-turned appliqué too. 🙂

  27. My favorite applique is to run my fingers over “your” finished project. I do like your idea of using bias tape and I have lots of that. Thanks for sharing, Kathy in Colo

  28. Most of the appliqué I’ve done used a technique of drawing a shape on paper, basting around that template and then appliquéing to a background. Lately I’ve been dabbling with needleturn.

  29. I love your bias tape appliqué! So many possibilities! Raw edge is also great, especially for wall hangings and minis!

  30. The only kind of appliqué I’ve tried so far is raw edge. I’d love to try bias tape appliqué and also circles you sew to light interfacing then cut and turn (don’t know what that method is called)

  31. I like working with edges pressed under right now, but I’m working on my needle turn technique and I’ve been busy trying to come up with a bias tape project for a while. I’d love to win this book — thanks!!

  32. I’ve only done needle-turn appliqué, but I’ve been wanting to try some other techniques. Love your bias tape design!!

  33. love applique! fav method: raw edge – it’s fast, the easiest. I like this quilt you’ve done … it’s giving me ideas. I’ve got those little tips to make bias tape, so easy to use. one can lay down all sort of lines.

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