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Appliqué Takes Wing "Print on Demand Edition" [Paperback]

Jane Townswick
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16 May 2005
Create beautiful birds and butterflies with amazing appliqué artist Jane Townswick. Her fourth book of incredible appliqué designs includes her best methods for achieving flawless results every time. Twelve original block patterns offer Jane's unique ideas, such as adding iridescent fabrics for sparkle and shine Techniques reveal Jane's secrets for invisible stitching and free-form stems and branches Designs include a hummingbird, dragonfly, monarch butterfly, and many more flying creatures.

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place® (16 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564775844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564775849
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to stretch your techniques 8 Feb 2007
By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Have you ever said: "I will never do that!" That is just what I said about appliqué. "Oh, it is so beautiful but I will never do that! It is just too involved". OK, so now I have to take back what I said. I have been gathering different instruction books on appliqué techniques and APPLIQUÉ TAKES WING provides new techniques for me to learn.

The book is about some of my favorite subjects: birds, moths, butterflies and dragonflies. It contains six pages of basic hand-appliqué techniques, six pages of special techniques such as those for making flower stems and a page on color blending. There is a 20 page gallery of quilts and wall hangings to peruse over before you choose which one you will start. (Of course, you will make all of them but you have to start somewhere!). The final pages are the how-to's of making the twelve different patterns.--- six birds and six butterflies and moths (the dragonfly falls into this category).

The fabrics used in this book will make me stretch as I have only used 100% cotton up to now. The moths and dragonfly uses metallic sheer and metallic mesh fabric for wings. Each set of instructions for each block has a fabric and supply list followed by the instructions for putting it all together. There are plenty of graphics and photos so you won't get lost. Each block also lists the techniques that are used to create that particular block. The final page contains a resource list as no craft book is complete without this page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 23 May 2010
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This book is absolutely stunning. If you are a quilter and love applique then this is for you. However, the designs in the book are done with a particular style of applique which is different than the one I like to use, but I haven't found this a problem. It is full of inspiration and the design sheets are invaluable for making up your own designs if you want to improvise. The detail on the birds, butterflies, dragonflies etc is incredible, similarly with the flowers. This is definitely one of the best applique books around, but more for the experienced quilter otherwise the projects will appear very daunting, but worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applique Takes Wings 3 Mar 2014
By Linda
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Very nice book, gives instruction on how to hand applique (which I'll be doing by machine). There are 12 lovely patterns and about 20 quilts for you to get inspiration from. If you like birds, moths and butterflies this will be a great pattern book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive book 22 Aug 2013
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Very attractive book with good instructions. I haven't started my project yet but feel it will definitely help when that time comes. That is the only reason I do not give it five stars.
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class with Jane 7 Aug 2005
By Greta Lucerne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Jane Townsick. She is an amazing quilt teacher. I've been lucky enough to be

able to go to the Applique Academy and experience her class. Before that I had two

of her books. She has truly distilled the essence of her classes into book form.

Even if you are a beginner and you take it slow - you can do it. It's essential to read

the book a couple of times before even choosing fabric. But once you get to that

point, you can truly create magic with your fabric, needle, thread and the assistance

of Jane's wonderful book. If you are close to Oley, PA I think that she teaches year

round there too. It's worth the trip to go to Ladyfingers Fabric store and spend one

day with her expertise if you can't make it to the Applique Academy.

Yummy photos and clear explanations along with examples of her students work make this book a definite buy for any quilters library. It is truly inspiring.
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to stretch your techniques 8 Feb 2007
By Barbara Rhoades - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever said: "I will never do that!" That is just what I said about appliqué. "Oh, it is so beautiful but I will never do that! It is just too involved". OK, so now I have to take back what I said. I have been gathering different instruction books on appliqué techniques and APPLIQUÉ TAKES WING provides new techniques for me to learn.

The book is about some of my favorite subjects: birds, moths, butterflies and dragonflies. It contains six pages of basic hand-appliqué techniques, six pages of special techniques such as those for making flower stems and a page on color blending. There is a 20 page gallery of quilts and wall hangings to peruse over before you choose which one you will start. (Of course, you will make all of them but you have to start somewhere!). The final pages are the how-to's of making the twelve different patterns.--- six birds and six butterflies and moths (the dragonfly falls into this category).

The fabrics used in this book will make me stretch as I have only used 100% cotton up to now. The moths and dragonfly uses metallic sheer and metallic mesh fabric for wings. Each set of instructions for each block has a fabric and supply list followed by the instructions for putting it all together. There are plenty of graphics and photos so you won't get lost. Each block also lists the techniques that are used to create that particular block. The final page contains a resource list as no craft book is complete without this page.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for amazing work 5 Jan 2007
By E. K. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think I now have all of Townswick's books. Her design and hand applique work is stunning, and her directions are excellent. A great choice for anyone who wants to take applique to the next level
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Applique Takes Wing 28 Aug 2007
By Janet Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An excellent book, exquisite designs indeed, easy directions, am excited to start. For those who want to express their artistic side.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 7 Mar 2011
By Elaine L. Armenta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was looking through the books at a sewing expo, and there it was. I had never seen the book before, and I was instantly amazed. Her work is exquisite. It has patterns for birds and moths and butterflys. They are not your typical patterns of stiff little animals. They flow and sing to you. They are done with mostly batiks and hand dyed fabrics that blend with each other. She even uses metalic and lames to give the birds and bugs more shimmer. The book I'm sure doesn't show just how beautiful it really is, and believe me they are beautiful even so. I have seen alot of applique books, but hers are the best. After I got home, I thought her name sounded vaguely familiar, and sure enough I already owned her book on balitmore album quilts. I am presently working on two quilts with these patterns, mixed with a few of my own designs.
She also has in this book her students quilts, that they did with these bird designs to give you some good ideas on how to set these blocks into quilts Some are pretty good. These are advanced designs, quite small peices, but a talented beginner could master them. You would do better to start on her baltimore blocks to get started.
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