October 28, 2009

Susan Brubaker Knapp and I became acquainted through a Yahoo discussion group for pattern designers. Her Blue Moon River blog was one of the stops on my Easy Applique Blocks Book-a-Round in April. In May, Susan and I were able to meet in person during Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. (See my post-Market post.)

We were both as high as kites above Pittsburgh. Me because my book had just come out, and Susan because she had just found out that not one but two of her quilts had been chosen for the 2010 Quilting Arts Calendar, one of them actually being on the cover! That’s right, those stunning citrus slices are Susan’s. Not only that, she and C&T Publishing were hard at work on Susan’s first book due out in the fall.

During the summer, C&T contacted me to ask if I would like to write an blurb about Susan’s book. Would I! They sent me an advance galley copy of Applique Petal Party so I was able to pore over the gorgeous floral designs and the written information. I wrote my blurb and sent it in.

Check out the interview with Susan on the C&T blog.

Now the book is out!

Applique Petal Party is presented in a unique format… a glossy heavyweight sleeve contains an instruction booklet and… get this… 16 full-size patterns! Each block is 13”, so what a convenience. You can make the Petal Party quilt, a smaller wall quilt, or use these designs whenever you need an appliqué block. Click here to see the full quilt on the C&T site..

The booklet gives great hand appliqué instructions plus construction information for the Petal Party quilt that goes from cutting to quilting to binding and labeling. The quilt has scalloped borders so here’s your chance to learn how to do those, including the binding part.

My blurb? It just flowed from my brain through my fingertips to the keyboard. When I got the book, I saw that my quote had made the back cover! In fact, it’s the only one!!! Wow!


Susan has generously sent me an autographed copy to give away in a drawing to a lucky reader. Leave a comment before 7:00 p.m. on Halloween to enter the drawing. (U.S. and Canada only unless you’re willing to pay the shipping.)

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


40 Responses to “Applique Petal Party”

  1. Lorraine W. on October 28th, 2009 9:02 am

    Oh how I would so love to have this book! The cover quilt is just stunning.

  2. Sue on October 28th, 2009 9:45 am

    I agree – I would love to have this book as well. Do I understand you right- there is a booklet for instructions and a separate packet of full size block patterns? I LOVE that format!

  3. Kay on October 28th, 2009 9:48 am

    That’s right Sue. There’s a separate instruction booklet and the full-size patterns are all loose and independent. Very cool.


  4. melissa on October 28th, 2009 10:17 am

    I would love to win this book! I could never hope to do work as lovely as Susan, but practice wouldn’t hurt! Thanks for the chance!

  5. Sarah Vee on October 28th, 2009 10:42 am

    Thanks for the giveaway, Kay. I’ve been watching as Susan revealed her book on her blog. I’m not a through and through pink lover, but I think her book format and gorgeous applique could make me see different colour opportunities!

  6. Audrey on October 28th, 2009 11:05 am

    I would absolutely love to learn how Susan makes her beautiful applique pieces. I’m trying to get better at it.

  7. Renee on October 28th, 2009 11:14 am

    Hi Kay… I have been a fan of Susan’s myself for quite some time. Not as lucky as you to have met her in person, but still, I do enjoy following her blog. Boy, how I would love to win her book. Thanks for the opportunity :-)!!

  8. Deb G on October 28th, 2009 11:22 am

    What a gorgeous quilt! I would love to win.

  9. syeda on October 28th, 2009 11:42 am

    I would really love to win this book. I am new to quilting world. I would love to learn more about applique and I love florals. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  10. Barb Rohrmayr on October 28th, 2009 11:42 am

    This is an exciting idea, separate, full size pattern sheets. I’d love to work on a quilt that is so applique friendly. Barb on Oahu =!=

  11. Kay on October 28th, 2009 11:51 am

    Sarah, absolutely! That’s the Pink Petal Party. You can throw your own party in any colour!


  12. Ruth B on October 28th, 2009 11:58 am

    I haven’t seen this book in the stores yet but I’ve been watching for it! Wonderful giveaway of a beautiful book.

  13. Kathy on October 28th, 2009 12:05 pm

    This book looks fantastic! I wouldn’t mind owning a copy.

  14. Erin in MI on October 28th, 2009 12:40 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this book for a while! I would love to get an autographed copy! I’m kind of in between projects right now anyway, so it can join the ranks of those clamoring to have me start them next – LOL!

  15. Katherine on October 28th, 2009 1:17 pm

    it looks like a lovely book – I would love to win it

  16. Barb on October 28th, 2009 1:40 pm

    I am so glad I came to your blog–I love it. I want to make the entire quilt–I love all of the patterns in the book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Carol Schlabach on October 28th, 2009 1:51 pm

    I’ve seen pictures of the quilt. I’d be thrilled to win the pattern. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!

  18. Samantha on October 28th, 2009 2:24 pm

    Ohh, what a lovely book!

  19. Danielle Morgan on October 28th, 2009 4:19 pm

    Thanks for offering Susan’s book. I’d love to win! I’m glad Susan’s blog led me to yours. I”m looking forward to reading more!

  20. Quentin on October 28th, 2009 5:41 pm

    Would love to get a copy of this book for needle turning inspiration!

  21. Betty Spoonemore on October 28th, 2009 6:12 pm

    Sign me up please!

  22. Judi on October 28th, 2009 6:17 pm

    What a wonderful book to give away. I would love to win that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Anne D on October 28th, 2009 6:39 pm

    The book is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Lynne Sanders on October 28th, 2009 10:40 pm

    Hi Kay
    I would love to win a copy of this book and am more than happy to pay international postage to OZ. There are so many approaches to applique and I never tire of reading-exploring the small hints and tips and approaches that different people have.

  25. Kim D. on October 29th, 2009 1:02 am

    What a lovely book and I would love to win, Applique is my favorite technique. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Holly on October 29th, 2009 5:37 am

    Her work is wonderful!

  27. Jeanne H on October 29th, 2009 5:59 am

    There are not that many books that just really turn me on but I have been drooling over this book for months waiting not so patiently for its arrival. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE To have this book!!!!

  28. Barbara on October 29th, 2009 7:38 am

    I would love to win this book. Thank you for the give away and a chance to win. Good luck everyone!

  29. Kris S on October 29th, 2009 9:36 am

    Don’t you just love all that pink? I think this quilt is so fun. Her designs are up to date and so pretty.

  30. Robin Gold on October 29th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Ooo! Lovely! I’d love to win this book. Maybe this time it will be my turn :-)

  31. Mary E. Williams on October 30th, 2009 5:29 am

    I’m not usually a fan of applique, but WOW, this quilt is something else! I might even give it a try, well, try to give it a try…

  32. Dana on October 30th, 2009 6:52 am

    Thanks for letting us know about this book! Full-sized patterns – what a treat! I will definitely be adding this one to my collection…

  33. Charlotte on October 30th, 2009 10:02 am

    Excited about an opportunity to enter a give-a-away. Would be a wonderful book to have and drool over!

  34. Judi on October 30th, 2009 11:21 am

    What a wonderful time to be Susan. Happy Birthday and have a wonderful show. I am looking forward to owning the book and getting started.

  35. Becky on October 30th, 2009 11:47 am

    Susan is a fabulous designer. Her creations are clean, crisp and delightful. It would be a great Halloween treat to win her first book.

  36. Susie on October 30th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Oh do sign me up for the drawing! I love it!

    I loved your “blurb” too!

  37. Rafael's mum on October 31st, 2009 2:58 am

    I’m glad to have found your blog via Susan’s! Just beginning to do applique so great to find some inspiration and pointers!

    Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book. I’m in the UK but happy to pay postage.

  38. Joy on October 31st, 2009 8:44 am

    Thanks for sharing this book! It looks great.

  39. ABB on October 31st, 2009 9:08 am

    Wow! Just when I think I’m getting a little tired of all the red, green, and gold applique, along comes a colorful blast of inspiration! I love the quilt – am feeling a tickling in my fingers to start a tangerine something…

    I found your blog through Susan’s via a Yahoo applique group. I had no idea there was so much out here in internetland. Your blog is so informative that I had to go get another cup of coffee. I’m gonna be here awhile!

  40. Bonnie Favorite on October 31st, 2009 1:49 pm

    I’m sure the words for the “blurb” on the back of the book flowed so easily because your comments were sincere…’much better than a “canned” statement. I would love to win this book!