Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins from Piece O' Cake Designs have done it again. In their latest book "Appliqué with Attitude" they bring us 10 Projects featuring Big, Bold Stitches. Yes, no need to worry about anyone seeing your appliqué stitches with these projects, the stitching is intended to show!
The method of appliqué used in the book is needle turn. However the big difference here is that you will be stitching the appliqué pieces down using Perle Cotton thread. The stitching is done near the edge of the appliqué piece. The stitches with attitude used in the book are the Running Stitch, Mock Blanket Stitch and Serrated Edge Stitch.
There is a comprehensive section on general appliqué instructions. This covers preparing background, making and using templates, making and using the positioning overlay, trimming the blocks and a special circle appliqué technique. Instructions are all clearly written and the close-up photos help a lot. Because you are working with larger stitches on the top of your appliqué piece there are a few steps you will need to take when stitching the outer and inner points. Both of these issues are addressed with the same easy to follow photos and instructions.
A few of the projects offered in this book, in addition to charming quilts and wall hangings, include a table topper, small adorable 10"x10" quilts, tea towels and pillows. All these would make perfect gifts for family and friends. The bright colored fabrics used throughout and the whimsical patterns make this a delightful read.