July 1, 2013

I love my job. One of the best things about it is that I get to see so many of the new appliqué books as they cross my desk on their way to you, gentle readers.

This month, courtesy of C&T Publishing, we have the beautiful Simply Successful Appliqué by Jeanne Sullivan.

When I first saw the cover, I thought there was a lot of dimensional appliqué in that basket. Upon looking closer, I see that it’s really the beautiful shading in the fabric that lends that effect of depth! Very cool.

This book is for appliquérs who prefer a prepared-edge method… that is, the edges are turned prior to the stitching process. Or, for appliquérs who would like to learn more about it!

The book starts with a long list of supplies you’ll need, then goes on to five different approaches to color planning, selecting and auditioning fabrics, and preparing the background fabric. Then comes a comprehensive section on creating the pattern components needed, from making a master pattern to preparing working patterns to making an acetate or vinyl overlay for placement to making and labeling freezer-paper templates.

Then on to Jeanne’s appliqué basics! Accurate cutting of templates is covered, as well as “window shopping” for areas of fabric for your motifs (hence that shaded effect). In the next section, “Making Preturned Appliqués,” Jeanne says, “Hands down, it’s the easiest, quickest, and all-around best way to prepare turned-edge appliqué!”

Jeanne’s method involves ironing the edges of appliqué shapes over freezer-paper templates. On areas that need to be gathered, she uses liquid sizing and heat-sets the creases with an iron.

Now you may have seen this method given before, but I doubt you’ve seen it in the photographed detail given here: exactly how to manage each and every area of an appliqué shape, as well as how to handle unusual shapes and scenarios. Using an overlay to position the pieces is covered next, along with basting the pieces in place.

Part of the Gallery section.

After viewing a gorgeous gallery of quilts made by Jeanne and her students, you’re ready to absorb the sections on hand stitching and machine stitching. Again, there’s way more actual detail of each process than the average bear!

Near the back there’s a section on specialty forms of appliqué, including (yes) dimensional flowers, skinny stems, stuffed berries, reverse appliqué, lined appliqué, needle trapunto, broderie perse, lettering, and basic embroidery stitches.

To cap it all off, there’s an included CD that has nine projects with full-size templates on it!

Just a few of the projects on the CD.

All in all, 128 pages of glorious detail on all aspects of prepared-edge appliqué! Would you like to win a copy of Simply Successful Appliqué? To enter the drawing, leave a comment here on this post before 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5.

Contest open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Do not reply to your email feed; click over to the blog on the internet and leave your comment at the bottom of the post.

Good luck all!

Until Friday,
By Kay Mackenzie


90 Responses to “Simply Successful Appliqué”

  1. Linda Klauer on July 1st, 2013 6:02 am

    I love to do applique and am always looking for an easy way to do it .This book looks perfect. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  2. Norma Wlos on July 1st, 2013 6:32 am

    This book looks awesome. Please, pick me!!

  3. Paule-Marie on July 1st, 2013 6:39 am

    What a beautiful book. I would love to win it. Thank you for doing a drawing.

  4. Kim M in PA on July 1st, 2013 9:40 am

    This looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  5. Sharon Decker on July 1st, 2013 9:40 am

    What a great resource book with the wonderful bonus of a CD. I would love to win it.

  6. Ellen McCaulley on July 1st, 2013 9:41 am

    What a wonderful applique book.

  7. Gale S. on July 1st, 2013 9:42 am

    Lovely projects and inspiring photos. Would love to win this book!

  8. Bonnie Favorite on July 1st, 2013 9:43 am

    I LOVE the photographs in the book. I learn so much more easily from actual photographs than from text or even sketches. This looks like a terrific resource for someone new to applique (like me!).

  9. Sandra Visser on July 1st, 2013 9:43 am

    I love applique and this book sounds like it would a great learning tool.

  10. carol craven on July 1st, 2013 9:45 am

    I am use to applique that is ironed down, and just trying your way of aplique and want to do more. this book would help me a lot!
    what a new world this opened up to me-thank you for this chance!

  11. Joan Rodriguez on July 1st, 2013 9:52 am

    Wow those flower are just popping off the pages! thanks for the chance to win a copy of Jeanne’s book.

  12. Michelle Klingaman on July 1st, 2013 9:52 am

    Wow, who would have thought it was just in the fabrics…the whole book looks like it will be beautiful. Would love to try this technique.

  13. Angie in SoCal on July 1st, 2013 9:53 am

    Would love to win this book. I use this method but sure she has some new tips for me.
    Thanks for the chance!

  14. jane d on July 1st, 2013 9:54 am

    What a great book–would love to have it!

  15. Karin on July 1st, 2013 10:03 am

    I thought it was fabric paint making them all look so real! What a beautiful book. All I know how to do is blanket stitch around my applique, so it’d be really neat to learn a GOOD, easy hand-done method. Thanks for sharing!!

  16. jane from MA on July 1st, 2013 10:04 am

    What a treat – this book is so sweet!!
    Thanks for the chance.

  17. Shirley on July 1st, 2013 10:16 am

    What a fantastic book. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a treasure.

  18. cynthia on July 1st, 2013 10:20 am

    Thank you for the review; the book looks fantastic! The older I get, the more I want to slow down in my quilting, and applique attracts me more and more.

  19. DEE on July 1st, 2013 10:35 am

    This book looks amazing – I would love to own it:)

  20. Glynis on July 1st, 2013 10:36 am

    What a beautiful book! I would love to win this book and thanks for the opportunity to win.

  21. Debbierhodes on July 1st, 2013 11:00 am

    I have had to cut back my quilt budget. Winning this would be wonderful

  22. Sue on July 1st, 2013 11:02 am

    What a fantastic resource! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

  23. Brenda C. on July 1st, 2013 11:15 am

    This book looks like a great resource. Thanks for the review.

  24. gab on July 1st, 2013 11:27 am

    I love applique too. How great that a cd is included with the book – makes it easier to copy the templates.

  25. Theresa Johnston on July 1st, 2013 11:51 am

    I love applique and her patterns look amazing! I would love to try this book out.

  26. Gail on July 1st, 2013 12:06 pm

    Oh, wow, yes, I’d love to win the book…
    Hope I do…. G

  27. sandy on July 1st, 2013 12:21 pm

    I am just starting to get into applique after “drooling” over some of the pictures on the net so this looks like a fabulous book that covers it all and then some.

  28. Robin on July 1st, 2013 12:56 pm

    This book looks like it will be awesome and it also has a bonus CD! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  29. Leann on July 1st, 2013 1:44 pm

    I have tried a few different applique methods and am always looking to try new methods. Book looks beautiful!

  30. Dot on July 1st, 2013 2:27 pm

    Thanks, Kay! And thanks to C&T, too. I’d love to win.


  31. Dee F on July 1st, 2013 3:06 pm

    From your description and the photos, it looks like one could learn a lot from her book. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  32. Shawn J on July 1st, 2013 3:29 pm

    I love applique and by the looks of this book I could learn a lot about it. Thank you.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  33. VickiT on July 1st, 2013 3:52 pm

    This looks like such an awesome book to have. I’d seen the book in the past and it’s on my Amazon wish list already. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance.

  34. Lori Ginsberg on July 1st, 2013 3:55 pm

    I love backbasting, but it is always fun to try a new method. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book.

  35. vera schmidt on July 1st, 2013 4:14 pm

    wow! would love to win and have a new book to read and learn something new from. I Looove applique

  36. Shelor on July 1st, 2013 4:17 pm

    I LUV applique. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  37. Laura on July 1st, 2013 4:17 pm

    This looks like an awesome book for applique, my favorite type of quilting.

  38. Janet D. on July 1st, 2013 4:29 pm

    What a stunning book, and my favorite technique is applique. Thanks for the chance (and please pick me).

  39. Sandy O on July 1st, 2013 4:51 pm

    What a wonderful Applique Book. I just love to applique and always looking for new books on applique. Thanks for doing this and thanks to C&T.

  40. Carla on July 1st, 2013 5:03 pm

    I am addicted to applique, currently doing Baltimore Garden. I currently do needleturn but this method has my curiosity. Would love to learn more and this book would fit the bill.

  41. Linda Luggen on July 1st, 2013 5:49 pm

    I have taught applique and hand quilting for many years. I would love to win this book and see yet another idea on a specific technique. Fingers crossed.

  42. Wanda Heath on July 1st, 2013 6:13 pm

    I absolutely love machine applique. I currently have a project ready to go to try hand applique. I keep putting it off because I’m not quite sure what the best method is. This book would certainly help me :)

  43. Carol J. Miller on July 1st, 2013 6:15 pm

    This book sounds like it has everything I have been wanting to learn.

  44. Sandy A in St. Louis on July 1st, 2013 6:56 pm

    ‘ve tried freezer paper before, but this looks like it goes in to more detail than I have ever tried. Would love to be entered to win the book!

    Thanks for the wonderful give away!

  45. Cheryl L. on July 1st, 2013 8:48 pm

    What a beautiful book. I would love to own a copy. Great giveaway – thanks!!

  46. Chris on July 2nd, 2013 4:56 am

    This will be a must have book. I can’t wait to see an actual copy.

  47. Connie on July 2nd, 2013 5:44 am

    What a neat book, I would love a chance to win it, thanks!

  48. Mary D on July 2nd, 2013 6:22 am

    I always prepare my pieces for app. but always thought I needed to learn needleturn method. This is a wonderful book for me. Thank you for the offer.

  49. betsy on July 2nd, 2013 6:24 am

    Kay, I want this book, Applique is basically all I do and I need to learn new tricks. Thanks for the chance

  50. Beth Strand on July 2nd, 2013 6:36 am

    Oh, my, those appliques look simply wonderful! I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner at applique so I am always up for new information! Thanks for the review.

  51. Kathy O in GA on July 2nd, 2013 9:40 am

    This book looks gorgeous…and I definitely fair better with photos for seeing a technique. Thank you for the chance to win the book, and thank you for the wonderful review! A must have addition to my growing applique library!

  52. Marian on July 2nd, 2013 10:10 am

    Thank you for the detailed review of this book. I would love to win it, thanks!

  53. Kathy Lancaster on July 2nd, 2013 10:52 am

    This book looks absolutely yummy. Love to win. Thanks for the chance

  54. Susan on July 2nd, 2013 1:05 pm

    I have recently rediscovered appliqué and am frustrated with the quality of my work. It sounds like this book would be the perfect solution!

  55. Pat on July 2nd, 2013 3:02 pm

    I love hand applique. It is my first love. This looks like a lovely book for any appliquer’s collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Lynn S on July 2nd, 2013 8:57 pm

    You do have the best job! It must be a treat to receive applique books for review! I just started teaching applique at our local quilt shop–like you, I love studying the different techniques and outcomes!

  57. Claudette Buria on July 3rd, 2013 12:48 am

    The designs look so complex and beautiful! Would love a copy of this book.

  58. Kathy Pennell on July 3rd, 2013 12:52 am

    Looks totally yummy! Would love to get a look at it!

  59. Angele on July 3rd, 2013 4:01 am

    Thanks for bringing that book to my attention. I would love to win it, but if not, I will definitively add it to my wish list.

  60. Kim Skaggs on July 3rd, 2013 4:14 am

    Jeannie’s book looks wonderful! Her applique is so pretty!

  61. Sandra W on July 3rd, 2013 4:47 am

    This book looks amazing and I love applique, thanks for the chance!!

  62. Katie Kennedy on July 3rd, 2013 6:45 am

    I want to learn how to do this! I need to add this to my library. Thank you for the great review!

  63. Edie on July 3rd, 2013 7:22 am

    I am already a big fan of Jeanne Sullivan, she is an excellent teacher, and her book really reflects the time,patience and skill she demonstrates in person. Great book!!!

  64. Judy on July 3rd, 2013 9:04 am

    Love the eye candy. Applique is one of my favorite quilty pleasures.

  65. Kathryn Tennyson on July 3rd, 2013 10:57 am

    Love to see you in all these places. Your book is so delightful.

  66. Jan Carlson on July 3rd, 2013 12:19 pm

    Kay, thanks for your in-depth review of Jeanne’s new book. I have never seen an appliqué book that includes so much detail and beautiful photography! I must say that Jeanne is a delightful person and wonderful instructor and I’m sure her book will be an invaluable resource for anyone’s library.

  67. Doris Jablonski on July 3rd, 2013 1:32 pm

    What a lovely book. Thank you for the
    opportunity to own it.

  68. Christine Maxwell Bonney on July 3rd, 2013 5:02 pm

    Jeanne’s book is fabulous and it is so exciting to see my quilt, Sunflower Glory, which was included in the gallery.
    This is a wonderful workbook for anyone from a beginner quilter to the experienced appliquér. Great article!!

  69. Gail on July 4th, 2013 5:51 am

    I am ready o start a new appliqué pattern and would love this book to get me started.

  70. Diane R on July 4th, 2013 6:40 am

    I love Jeanne Sullivan’s books! They are so comprehensive! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy 4th of July!

  71. Ellen on July 4th, 2013 7:38 am

    Stunnng book!,,,

  72. Gaye Ingram on July 4th, 2013 1:05 pm

    Enjoy the newsletters and examples on FAcebook! I doubt I’ll win this, so I’ve added it to my Amazon list! Thanks for all you do.

  73. Jeanne on July 5th, 2013 3:43 am

    This looks like a great resource. Would love to add to my library.

  74. Lauren Devantier on July 5th, 2013 5:31 am

    I’m never finished learning about applique – this book looks intriguing! Thanks for the chance to dive into it!

  75. Rosemary Kukec on July 5th, 2013 5:41 am

    What a gorgeous book. I love Jeanne’s work and have several books already. I would love to have another!

  76. Bill Locke on July 5th, 2013 5:51 am


  77. Joan on July 5th, 2013 6:00 am

    I’ve seen many of these pieces up close and personal and they are stunning. Jeanne’s work is just gorgeous!

  78. Penny P on July 5th, 2013 6:43 am

    What a beautiful cover photo! I do lots of applique, and need to improve my turned edge techniques…usually relying on needleturn.

  79. Linda Smith on July 5th, 2013 7:07 am

    What a wonderful book. I would love to win a copy. Applique is my very favorite variety of quilting. I have admired your work for quite a while. Happy Day!


  80. Patty W on July 5th, 2013 7:38 am

    What a lovely book….Jeanne does beautiful applique. I would love to win this book; thank you for the opportunity.

  81. Pam on July 5th, 2013 11:16 am

    Jeanne does awesome applique! She has so many tips to share. I would love to win a copy of this beautiful book!

  82. Eileen Keane on July 5th, 2013 3:16 pm

    Kay, I am an applique addict! I love all forms of applique, and I collect all the applique books I can find.
    Jeanne’s method looks like something I’d like to accomplish.

  83. Ellen McCaulley on July 11th, 2013 9:36 am

    What a great book. Hope I win it.

  84. Laura Roach on July 11th, 2013 9:54 am

    I am new to applique and embroidery…. but I am having great fun learning. This definitely looks like a great book to help!

  85. Kathy MacKie on July 11th, 2013 10:04 am

    This looks like a must have in one’s Quilting Library section, thanks for the chance to win one.

  86. Janet T on July 11th, 2013 10:47 am

    LOVE doing applique this way! The book would definitely help me to the next level and beyond. Hope I win. Thank you for the chance to win.

  87. Lani on July 11th, 2013 11:22 am

    I would love to win this book! :) So many projects, I’m starting to look into appliqueing by machine. Thank you for the opportunity!

  88. Jan Sutter on July 11th, 2013 11:27 am

    What a beautiful book, thank you for the giveaway!

  89. PattiAnn Kupferer on July 11th, 2013 11:39 am

    Such a scrumptious looking book! Please pick me!

  90. Kaymackenzie on July 11th, 2013 12:00 pm

    Thanks ladies but the contest is over!