August 2, 2012

If you’re like me you’re always interested in finding out more about how other appliquérs go about things. I was very intrigued to read up on the method that author Lori Buhler gives in her new book from Martingale, Fuss-Free Machine Appliqué: Sew on the Line for Great Results.

Lori tells us, “The quilts in this book are a combination of appliqué quilts and pieced quilts that use appliqué pieces to emulate the look of curved piecing. This technique used for appliqué is a fast and easy method that fits in with our busy lives. It involves using interfacing to face appliqué shapes, making it possible to turn under the edges with perfect results.”

Aha! So that’s how you can sew on the line! It’s all done by machine, stitching on lines that are marked on the interfacing. Very cool.

I’ve done a fair amount of this method with fusible interfacing; Lori uses a non-fusible product and pins the shapes in place for stitching.

Here are some of the stunning results she gets!

French Summer

Chocolate Kiss

Spinning Spools

This beautiful book gives full information on the interfacing technique, as well general quiltmaking and finishing instructions. There are 12 gorgeous projects, all using interfaced appliqué either for appliqué shapes or to eliminate the need for intricate piecing.

Courtesy of the publisher, I have a copy to give away. If you’d like to enter the drawing, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post before 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5. (Can you believe it’s August already?)

Open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. And remember, if you’re reading this in your email program, clicking “Reply” is not leaving a comment. You’ll need to click over to the blog itself.

Good luck!
By Kay Mackenzie


65 Responses to “Fuss-Free Machine Appliqué”

  1. DebrafromMD on August 2nd, 2012 1:50 pm

    Those patterns are darling. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  2. Char on August 2nd, 2012 1:57 pm

    I am in the process of making a quilt using a similar process, but mine is all trial and error :) I would love to see how she does hers and make a couple of those darling quilts.
    LOVE, LOVE your blog! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Betsy on August 2nd, 2012 2:16 pm

    Kay thank you for the chance

  4. Alice on August 2nd, 2012 4:27 pm

    That book has got to be winging it’s way to my house!!!

  5. Sandy A in St. Louis on August 2nd, 2012 4:35 pm

    Sounds like my kind of applique! Please count me in!

  6. Ruth B on August 2nd, 2012 4:38 pm

    I would love to try this method! The results are stunning and sounds like a an easy alternative to needleturn!

  7. Estie on August 2nd, 2012 5:04 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Fuss-Free Machine Applique. The quilts are gorgeous and I’d love to read about her method of applique.

  8. Mary on August 2nd, 2012 5:22 pm

    This looks like something new and interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Arlene on August 2nd, 2012 5:32 pm

    I made one quilt using this method, but would love to learn how to do more than the circle I made. Please “sign me up” to win a copy of this book. The quilts are wonderful.

  10. Lynn D in NC on August 2nd, 2012 6:52 pm

    I love applique, but have never tried it on the machine. I’d love to read about and try her techniques.

  11. Maureen on August 2nd, 2012 6:53 pm

    Thank you so much Kay for the chance at the give-away! I can NEVER learn enough about applique!

  12. MarieSews on August 2nd, 2012 9:14 pm

    I’d love a chance to win the book and try this method of machine applique. Thanks!!! I bought the ecopy of Scrap Applique Playground and am having fun with it.

  13. Karen M on August 2nd, 2012 9:46 pm

    I would love to add this book to my quilting library. This is a technique I would like to try.

  14. KCPD on August 2nd, 2012 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love the quilt in the first photo. Would make that one first.

  15. Diane on August 3rd, 2012 8:28 am

    Thanks for the book review. Hope I am the lucky one – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  16. KarenW on August 3rd, 2012 9:48 am

    I need this book! I am just beginning to experiment with applique and love the results.

  17. Rhonda on August 3rd, 2012 10:06 am

    I’m new to applique and would love to learn a fuss-free way to do it, especially using my sewing machine. It would it be so nice to have a book to turn to for help, when I needed it.

    Look at that border on the French Summer Quilt. Wow!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Gale WS on August 3rd, 2012 10:22 am

    Her patterns are very appealing; I’d like to see her book and learn her method. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  19. Sylvia on August 3rd, 2012 10:28 am

    Thanks for the review and the chance to win it. The book looks great!!

  20. Jane Knoll-Tenney on August 3rd, 2012 10:34 am

    Oh, what gorgeous designs! I would love to have the talent she does. What a treasure to have this book in my home. Thank you Kay for the chance to win it!

  21. Julie A. on August 3rd, 2012 10:37 am

    I would LOVE to win this book — I love appliqued quilts and this sounds like a good way to learn it!! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  22. Loris Mills on August 3rd, 2012 10:40 am

    Wonderful quilt patterns here! I would love to try her technique. Thank you for the chance to win her book.
    P.S. I’ve posted in the Pets on Quilts blog hop with the quilt I made which was inspired by your Dog Cabin book.

  23. Nancy W on August 3rd, 2012 10:41 am

    Really like those patterns!! Now you’ve made me want that book!

  24. Kathy Lancaster on August 3rd, 2012 10:45 am

    Wonderful technique. Can’t wait to try it.

  25. Sandy O on August 3rd, 2012 11:09 am

    Love to applique and always looking for different ways to do it. Sounds like something I would love to try. Love that French Summer quilt the border is wonderful. Thanks for doing this.

  26. G Britten on August 3rd, 2012 11:41 am

    Yes, I’d love to win a copy and try out her method.

  27. Jennifer P on August 3rd, 2012 12:15 pm

    i am in love with the French Summer quilt pictured. I’d love to win a copy. thanks

  28. VickiT on August 3rd, 2012 12:39 pm

    I absolutely love the look of appliqued quilts and anything that makes applique easier I need to check it out more. I’d love to win a copy of her book. Thank you for the chance.

    and ugh ~ NO! I cannot believe it’s already August. I feel like this year is flying by.

  29. Lea on August 3rd, 2012 12:45 pm

    What stunning quilts! I am just teaching myself to applique and have fallen in the love with the art. Thanks for always sharing such lovely ideas.

  30. Joan Trautwein on August 3rd, 2012 1:15 pm

    I’ve been using a similar method for over 30 years. The results are usually wonderful, and it’s fun for me. Like putting a puzzle together but stitching it down. Hand applique is my favorite way to applique but it’s for my own use and rarely given away. The patterns in this book look to be very useable and thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  31. Judi R on August 3rd, 2012 1:17 pm

    I have used fusible before but I like the idea of non fusible a lot more. The results could’ve a lot softer to the touch and definitely more flexible. I would love a copy of this book. I am somewhat new to appliqué and my first needle turn attempt is still waiting to be finished. I am proceeding slowly but it is going to get finished!

  32. Paula F on August 3rd, 2012 1:31 pm

    Cool! Combine this technique with Sue Pelland’s curvey rulers and you have one beauty of a quilt. Thanks.

  33. Sue on August 3rd, 2012 1:45 pm

    I’d love to read more about this method – anything to make applique easier! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy

  34. Sue on August 3rd, 2012 1:56 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  35. Sandra on August 3rd, 2012 2:43 pm

    You bet I would love to win this book. I have tried a few different methods of applique and still trying to find the “one” for me.

  36. Bonnie Larson on August 3rd, 2012 2:56 pm

    I would love a copy of this book to add to my ever expanding library. I love needle-turn applique and am always looking for ideas to make it look more “professional” with a hand-done look.

  37. Karin on August 3rd, 2012 3:24 pm

    Fuss-free is the only way, as far as I’m concerned…and a book to explain how is just what I need! Thank you so much for the review & chance to win it!!

  38. Elizabeth McDonald on August 3rd, 2012 3:44 pm

    I am always interested in new methods of applique! Very exciting!

  39. Lee Ann on August 3rd, 2012 4:01 pm

    Wow! Making our lives easier and still having a fun time…what’s not to love about it! Thanks so much for a chance to win. From a girl who loves applique!

  40. SharonS on August 3rd, 2012 4:39 pm

    So many ways to do applique!!!! Haven’t settled on one way as yet but always willing to learn another.

  41. Glynis on August 3rd, 2012 4:42 pm

    This book looks fascinating and what beautiful quilts! I would love to own a copy , thank you for a chance to win it.

  42. Kate Brown on August 3rd, 2012 5:16 pm

    I would love to learn how to do that! I did one piece of applique and really liked it but I kind of made it up as I went. I have no idea how to really do it :)

  43. Patricia Faye on August 3rd, 2012 6:23 pm

    I would love to win this book. I want to learn to do appliqué so I can enhance my quilts.

  44. Brenda Cornell on August 3rd, 2012 7:05 pm

    This looks intreging – thanks for the book review. My grandkids arrive next weekend and I had to warn them again about no dogs here anymore – life sure is different without our pals, isn’t it?

  45. Angie in SoCal on August 3rd, 2012 8:10 pm

    It was so nice to see you at Long Beach. I’m enjoying your book. I would love to make the cover quilt on Lori’s book.

  46. Jan on August 3rd, 2012 11:08 pm

    This looks so promising!

  47. Donna on August 4th, 2012 4:18 am

    I love appliqué but am just learning to do by machine. Would really like it to look better so maybe this book would help to improve my work.

  48. Deb G. in VA on August 4th, 2012 5:31 am

    I have never used this method. I love the quilts! Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

  49. Stray Stitches (Linda G) on August 4th, 2012 8:14 am

    This sounds like a method I would like to try. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  50. Applikaye on August 4th, 2012 8:26 am

    I always love new ideas for appliqué. I’ve used several techniques with interfacing and would love to try this one.

  51. sandy on August 4th, 2012 9:25 am

    Beautiful quilts, I would love to win this book and have a go at applique. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  52. Sherry on August 4th, 2012 12:35 pm

    The quilts are beautiful and the method sounds intriquing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  53. Sheila on August 4th, 2012 1:02 pm

    I’d love to win a copy. Machine is next on my list of skills to work on. The quilts are lovely.

  54. Joan Henderson on August 4th, 2012 5:01 pm

    Would love to win this book. I like doing applique as my carry along project.

  55. terri on August 4th, 2012 6:33 pm

    Me, me, me. I wanna win.

  56. Carole S. on August 4th, 2012 7:12 pm

    This book looks great! Thanks for the offer!

  57. Jan on August 4th, 2012 10:05 pm

    This looks great! I’m always trying to improve my appplique techniques. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  58. Linda James on August 5th, 2012 5:17 am

    This technique is interesting. Never tried doing appliqué this way. Love reading your blog. I have you in Google Reader so I don’t miss a post.

  59. Sue on August 5th, 2012 6:03 am

    Fuss free ? That certainly sounds good ! Thanks for offering the giveaway, Sue

  60. Theresa W on August 5th, 2012 6:10 am

    I would love to win this book. The pictured quilts look like fun projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Gwen on August 5th, 2012 9:58 am

    I also would love to win. Great giveaway-thanks

  62. Viv on August 5th, 2012 6:00 pm

    I have not done alot of machine applique….would love to win

  63. lee on August 6th, 2012 11:01 am

    Those spinning spools are so sweet!

  64. Angie on August 6th, 2012 11:41 am

    I would love a copy of this book. Thank you so much for offering it. :)

  65. Denise on August 7th, 2012 6:38 am

    I would love the opportunity to own this book. It sounds very informative!:) Thank you for the offer.