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.

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Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie