March 1, 2011

Greetings fellow appliqué enthusiasts, top of the month to you! In the spirit of encouraging spring, our featured book this month is
Flower Show Quilts by Lynn Ann Majidimehr.


The subtitle of this book is “Stunning Appliqué on a Patchwork Canvas.” What a great idea! I always think that a combination of patchwork and appliqué makes the most appealing quilts.

The front matter of Flower Show Quilts is a treasure trove of information. The author starts with quiltmaking basics, ranging from sewing supplies to presser feet to needles to fabric choice and preparation.

Then, there’s a fantastic photo tutorial on a method of foundation piecing where you don’t sew through the foundation. No tearing paper away!

Then we move to the appliqué information. Lynn takes us through two methods. First, there’s a tutorial on using fusible web that has no paper backing, such as Mistyfuse. This method always confounds me, so it was great to have it laid out before me step by step. Second, there’s freezer-paper, glue-basted appliqué. The freezer paper is ironed to the right side of the fabrics, and the edges are glued to the back.

Quiltmaking basics continue with assembling the quilt top, borders with mitered corners, layering and basting, and a fantastic section on machine quilting. This is not your “quilt as desired” type of thing; Lynn includes tons of great information and photo examples of quilting by machine.

There’s even specific, illustrated information on binding and adding a sleeve! Very comprehensive!

Now we get to the beautiful floral appliqué designs, all on patchwork backgrounds. Here are just a couple of the 10 colorful projects included.

Summer Floral Table Runner

Summer Floral Table Runner

Watercolor Lilies

Watercolor Lilies

If you’d like to enter the drawing to win Flower Show Quilts, leave a comment on this post by 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, March 4. U.S. and Canada only.

Remember that if you are subscribed by email or feed reader, you’ll need to click over the the blog itself to leave a comment. Good luck!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


53 Responses to “Flower Show Quilts”

  1. Robin Gold on March 1st, 2011 12:18 pm

    Oooo! lovely quilts! and I also like applique on patchwork. I hope I win this one! Thanks for the opportunity, Kay!

  2. Betty B on March 1st, 2011 12:26 pm

    Appliqué is my favorite kind of handwork. I would love to win this book!

  3. Betsy on March 1st, 2011 12:34 pm

    Kay, I would so love to win this book. You know how I love applique.

  4. Ruth C on March 1st, 2011 1:19 pm

    Wow, these are stunning!

  5. Kim Q on March 1st, 2011 1:30 pm

    This looks like a fantastic book! I absolutely love the photos, especially the cover quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. DianeH on March 1st, 2011 3:35 pm

    This looks like a fabulous book – what amazing quilts. Thanks very much for a chance.

  7. Barb Colvin on March 1st, 2011 3:58 pm

    Wow, I was so excited that I started to type my message in the ‘name’ box LOL Those poppies on the cover are awesome! and those lilies. I’m off to see if amazon has more pics :D

  8. Donna~ on March 1st, 2011 4:16 pm

    Love the poppies–I’ve always thought about trying to make some, but know my “artistic” limits. These are great!

  9. Sandra Davidson on March 1st, 2011 4:22 pm

    I am so in love with the poppy quilt so I would just love to have this book.

  10. Debbie St.Germain on March 1st, 2011 7:29 pm

    Those are so beautiful. I was just looking at a blog with a beautiful floral applique and thinking I would love to do something like that.


  11. Carl Strange on March 1st, 2011 7:57 pm

    What a delightful looking book. I’ve be working on small practice applique blocks to learn technique. Frankly, Sunbonnet Sue has become boring. I’m looking for a small, colorful project such as the table runner.

    I’ll just come right out and say in my best Donkey voice from Shrek, “Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!”


  12. Hannele on March 2nd, 2011 1:07 am

    The applique works are simply adorable, I’d love to win a copy of the book :)

  13. SewLindaAnn on March 2nd, 2011 4:38 am

    Good Morning! This is one of the 25 or so books on my Amazon wish list. Love to win it. Definitely makes you feel like Spring is around the corner.

  14. Marcia Kosturock on March 2nd, 2011 5:03 am

    Oh those flowers.. just amazing. The detail!! I would LOVE to win this book! Maybe hang those quilts in my windows.. and make it look like my flowers are always growing!

  15. Susan Lorenz on March 2nd, 2011 5:07 am

    Another beautiful book – would love to win. That table runner is too beautiful to use on a table!! Sue

  16. Sue on March 2nd, 2011 7:54 am

    That book looks great! I also love the look of applique mixed with pieced work.

  17. Janis T on March 2nd, 2011 8:31 am

    What stunning quilts! This book looks beautiful, I would love to produce such beauty!

  18. Janice on March 2nd, 2011 8:35 am

    Those quilts are so awesome. I am so bad about not getting appliques completed. But I would love to win the book.

  19. Barb Rohrmayr on March 2nd, 2011 9:27 am

    I am head over heels in love with applique. I find that I prefer it with a bit of piecing. This book seems like heaven to me. =!=

  20. Kathy Tyson on March 2nd, 2011 9:37 am

    What a lovely book! I love the poppies!

  21. Toddy on March 2nd, 2011 9:46 am

    What a beuitaful book. I love the idea of doing applique on a pieced background. The poppies are really great.
    Toddy in Florida

  22. Lynn on March 2nd, 2011 10:03 am

    wow – that looks like a great book. The flower designs are lovely. I would love to win the book. Thanks for doing the give away.

  23. Hettie Pringle on March 2nd, 2011 1:37 pm

    Love the pictures of the quilts but I will need the book to be able to make these. Hope to be the winner and have the book find it’s way to sunny South Africa,

  24. Barbara on March 2nd, 2011 3:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a great looking book! I would love a chance to win a copy of it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  25. Sharon on March 3rd, 2011 5:40 am

    I’d love to win the book. I’m ready to start pulling fabrics now. The quilts are gorgeous!

  26. Vera Nugent on March 3rd, 2011 5:43 am

    I’ve been drooling over this book since Ifirst saw it!! When I started quilting I said I would never be able to applique but the persistence of quilt buddies showed me I could. Applique is my favorite creativity outlet. It brings me peace and joy from the minute I first see a pattern until I sew on the binding. I would love this book to show me the way to expand. Even if I don’t win, God bless all the appliquers who cover theworld with beauty and warmth. Jenny

  27. Donna on March 3rd, 2011 6:01 am

    This time of the year,with snow still piled up everywhere, it’s so exciting to see floral designs, especially beautiful ones like in this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win! MistyFuse is a great product, by the way, once you get used to it.

  28. BARBARA on March 3rd, 2011 6:09 am

    Stunning!! Would love to win the book and learn more about her techniques. Thank you

  29. LeAnne on March 3rd, 2011 6:14 am

    Looks like a fantastic book. I love applique on patchwork. Looks like a great book with lots of information.

  30. Dee Johnson on March 3rd, 2011 6:32 am

    Summer Floral is just making me drooooool. What a fun book

  31. Jan Louise Adams on March 3rd, 2011 6:56 am

    I’ve been doing aookique on patchwork for a long time but apparently not long enough! I’m so inspired I want to drop all my current projects and do that table topper. Bravo Lynn!

  32. maryc on March 3rd, 2011 7:09 am

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! I feel a project (or two) coming on….

  33. kathleen on March 3rd, 2011 7:41 am

    Me Me Me! I want to win this book!

  34. Sarah Vee on March 3rd, 2011 8:17 am

    Thanks for the review of another great book, Kay. I love the concept of a “patchwork canvas”. The flowers are stunning and sounds like the book has lots of details. Thanks for the chance.

  35. Sherry on March 3rd, 2011 9:22 am

    Wow — Thanks for the chance to win this book. The applique flowers are truly stunning and I love the pieced backgrounds. This book may finally teach me how to use the Mistyfuse that I bought and never knew what to do with it.

  36. jean debalinhard on March 3rd, 2011 12:50 pm

    oh, wow, simply stunning. would love to have a chance to create these.

  37. Angie on March 3rd, 2011 2:29 pm

    The front cover has me hooked. I love these kinds of quilts.

  38. Cindy ODear on March 3rd, 2011 3:37 pm

    Thank you so much of the opportunity to win such a fun book!

  39. Jan on March 3rd, 2011 4:51 pm

    I love applique work and this book would help me try new things a step up from what I normally do.

  40. MaryB on March 3rd, 2011 6:08 pm

    Those are stunning quilts. Would love to win the book and try my hand at patchwork backgrounds with applique. Thanks for the opportunity.

  41. Janet P. on March 3rd, 2011 6:19 pm

    I would love a chance to have this book!

  42. kathy in nc on March 3rd, 2011 6:31 pm

    Oh so lovely…like looking at a Monet.
    The photo tutorial for foundation piecing sounds facinating I would love to `see’it.
    I do so much better when I can see things laid out. This book sounds wonderful-You are a great book reviewer. These quilts are magnificent, simply stunning!! Thanks for showing us the book & the opportunity to win it :>)

  43. Lena Frost on March 3rd, 2011 7:39 pm

    What gorgeous flowers! They look real enough to want to go out in the yard and pick them. I have been hand appliqueing for over 20 years and I think the possibilities become greater each year. There are a lot of great applique books out there, but this one seems to have some of the most beautiful flowers! You are very generous to provide a copy to someone who will truly enjoy it! It’s definitely worth the time to write a comment for that chance.

  44. Sherrill on March 3rd, 2011 7:58 pm

    I LOVE those beautiful flowers! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  45. flynn taylor on March 4th, 2011 4:39 am

    As a beginning quilter I do so admire your artistic designs!!

  46. Janis Rink on March 4th, 2011 5:45 am

    Beautiful, makes me happy that Spring is on the way!

  47. Colleen on March 4th, 2011 9:39 am

    How beautiful! thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

  48. JudyT on March 4th, 2011 11:59 am

    That summer table runner is beautiful!! Hope I win the book,else I’ll have to buy it!

  49. Joyce Tingley on March 4th, 2011 1:42 pm

    Those wall hangings are so beautiful. If I don’t win the book, it is going on my list of books to buy, and will be very close to the top of the list.

  50. DebrafromMD on March 11th, 2011 5:09 am

    Oh, these projects are lovely and I could use a dose of Spring right now.

  51. Lynn Majidimehr on April 24th, 2011 9:15 pm

    Dear Kay,

    Thank you for such a wonderful review of my book!

  52. Kay on April 25th, 2011 7:28 am

    Lynn, it was my pleasure! As you can see from all these highly enthusiastic comments, your book is a great big hit!

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