March 10, 2009

I’m just a little excited. Today’s the day that my book from That Patchwork Place, Easy Appliqué Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes, ships to quilt shops!

Easy Applique Blocks by Kay MackenzieI can hardly believe this day is finally here. It’s been three long years since I started working up the concept, and a year and a half since I got the contract. The future is now!

Just as the title says, there’s a library of 50 fun, fresh appliqué blocks. There are flowers, baskets, birds, animals, fruits, teapots, hearts, and a whole variety of what can only be described as offbeat and unique designs. Some of the blocks recall traditional appliqué motifs, while others are modern, fun, or whimsical in nature. All of the blocks were designed with easy sewing in mind.

There are illustrated instructions for three kinds of appliqué in the book, a lot of detail on freezer-paper-on-top and back-basting preparation for hand appliqué, plus stitching smooth curves, pointy points, and sharp notches. There’s also an overview of raw-edge fusible machine appliqué.

A really cool thing is that a CD is included! Enjoy browsing through the book, then use the CD with your computer to print out the blocks you’ve chosen in the size you want. The CD includes all 50 designs in five sizes each, plus reversed versions for back-basting or machine appliqué.

Can I let you in on a little secret? The three blocks in my All About Appliqué logo are three of the blocks from the book! I’ve been smiling about that for a year and a half.

Easy Appliqué Blocks will be at your favorite quilt shop soon. Ask for it there! It’s also available on Amazon and from the Martingale & Company website.

Copies signed by moi are available at my website, Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs.

Get up and do the happy dance with me! Thank you so much! Up with appliqué!

Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs


4 Responses to “It’s Easy Appliqué Blocks Day!”

  1. Barb Rohrmayr on March 10th, 2009 6:56 pm

    Congratulations! I feel like I’ve been through a bit of it with you. Thank you for sharing this experience with us all. Now on to enjoying the book and all the wonderful quilts to be.

  2. Kay on March 11th, 2009 6:23 am

    Barb, thank you so much. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed hearing about the journey. Please send some photos of the quilts you make!!! I can’t wait to see them.


  3. Lenna on March 11th, 2009 6:07 pm

    Your appliqué book looks wonderful, hope it goes well for you, well done!

  4. Kay on March 12th, 2009 11:47 am

    Thank you Lenna!