November 5, 2009

I have always loved folk-art-looking applique. When I try to draw it myself I never quite get there LOL! This classic book satisfies the attraction to the primitive look, with designs that are homespun, country, and antique in feeling.

The many projects were inspired by the authors’ love of primitive folk art and antique quilts. Rozan loves wool, Terry is passionate about quilting. Together they create wonderful projects in the primitive style. Basic steps are given for wool applique, which of course means no edges to turn under, and several stitching options are illustrated. Rozan’s favorite stitch is the whipstitch. Closeup photos of appliques show how nice it looks.

The book’s plentiful projects also include a hooked rug, a rustic embroidered ‘rule sheet,’ a country plaid house quilt with an applique border, a wall quilt with a curvy border that celebrates late summer, wonderful round coasters and a pincushion with needle-felted wool motifs, a nine-patch quilt inspired by the Civil War era, a classic country Hole in the Barn door quilt, and an appliquéd autumn table mat that’s too beautiful to set anything on.

Primitive Gatherings also presents the basics of quilt making, needle-turn hand applique, wool applique, antiquing your stitchery, primitive rug hooking, and needle felting. Quite a comprehensive resource for the vintage style!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


21 Responses to “Primitive Gatherings”

  1. Kim Q on November 5th, 2009 8:13 am

    I love the pattern on the cover, the tabby cat is perfect! But your book has some really nice blocks too. If only I had nine lives…


  2. Allison K on November 5th, 2009 9:22 am

    Both books are delightful.

  3. June K on November 5th, 2009 9:32 am

    I love the relaxed, comfortable feeling of primitive designs. This book looks like a gem!

  4. Ruth C on November 5th, 2009 10:17 am

    I like primitives, too. It looks like a nice book!

  5. Ruby on November 5th, 2009 10:27 am

    Love the quilt on the cover of the book! Both books!

  6. My 1st Bambina ! on November 5th, 2009 10:58 am

    So nice that both books have clear instructions
    on “how to’s” perfect for beginners like myself !
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway !

  7. Sarah Vee on November 5th, 2009 11:08 am

    Thanks for the giveaway Kay. I already have your book, but it would make a great Christmas present:)I like the look of the Primitive Gatherings and would love to own it too!

  8. Michelle on November 5th, 2009 11:37 am

    Thanks for hosting the wonderful giveaway! I love to needle-turn applique and love your blog too!

  9. Kim Jamieson-Hirst on November 5th, 2009 6:18 pm

    Hi Kay:
    Please enter me in the draw. The tabby on the front looks just like Charlie – but quieter!

  10. SewLindaAnn on November 5th, 2009 6:59 pm

    Hi. Thank you for the really detailed explanation of the books. They both look to be wonderful to work with. I’m new to applique and would love to win your generous giveaway!!

  11. Kelly on November 5th, 2009 7:33 pm

    I love both books…delicious…I keep coming back to drool over the wonderful books you have to show us!

  12. Lin McQuiston on November 5th, 2009 8:51 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and really enjoy it. This is the first time ever that I’ve responsed to a blog for a give-a-way, but these books are so appealing, I had to leave a comment. Maybe I’ll have first timer’s luck.

  13. Sue on November 5th, 2009 11:26 pm

    I used to do folk art painting and then got hooked on patchwork – it’d be great to combine the two – the book looks like a great inspiration.

  14. Dee Johnson on November 6th, 2009 5:13 am

    Yumm, don’t you love the wool applique in addition to traditional piecing – adds so much interest. Thank you for the opportunity.

  15. Cathy Norris on November 6th, 2009 5:14 am

    Just started following your blog yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading more and would love to enter for the books. I applique all the time!

  16. Bonnie Favorite on November 6th, 2009 5:39 am

    What a great combination of prizes! I love the look of folk art, and I have wanted a copy of your book on easy applique for quite a while now. I’m still in the “learning stage” with my efforts to applique, and these would both be great to help me along in my applique journey.

  17. Kay Gentry on November 6th, 2009 7:03 am

    As I get older, the primitive style appeals to me more and more. I like that this style is more assymetrical- like my life!

  18. Laura Taman on November 6th, 2009 1:53 pm

    Oh, I would love these books….still learning the tricks.

  19. joan on November 6th, 2009 3:20 pm

    I have admired both books at quilt stores. How generous of you to offer them as prizes. So many ideas and great links on this page. Thank you.

  20. Lei Brown on November 7th, 2009 11:48 am

    What a wonderful giveaway. I am just now trying my hand at applique and get quite frustrated with the difficulties I am having, especially with the needle-turn applique. These books are just what I am looking for to help me work on the correct techniques. I would love to be entered in the drawing if there is still time. Thank you.

  21. Reeze on November 7th, 2009 1:49 pm

    great books, as always, Kay. I would love to win one, esp the new Easy applqiue blocks. Thanks so much. Reeze