Applique The basics & beyond (softcover)

144 pages; Softcover
Janet Pittman
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ForeWord Reviews 2006 Book of the Year Awards Bronze Medalist
—Crafts & Hobbies

Independent Publisher Book Awards 2007 (IPPY) Bronze Medal Winner
—How-To (Crafts/Hobby)

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards Finalist

This award-winning teaching, techniques and project book contains 144 pages of visual information to instruct a beginner or improve an experienced appliquér’s techniques.

Chapters include:

Equipment and Supplies for selecting the right tools and understanding their use in preparing appliqué pieces and in stitching appliqué projects.

Preparing Appliqué explains various machine and hand appliqué techniques and in detailed step-by-step photos shows how to prepare the appliqué using each technique.

Stitching demonstrates the many machine stitches and basic hand stitches used for appliqué and gives details of when to use each and how to set up the machine.

Notebooks and Tips are included throughout each chapter. A Notebook gives information that applies to many of the techniques and is important to them. A Tip is a bit of information that makes the process easier but is not essential.

Embellishing describes many machine and hand stitches used to give texture and definition to the appliqué. Beading embellishing is also included.

Projects showcases seven appliqué quilts, includes detailed stitching and embellishing instructions, and variations for using the backgrounds to mix and match with other patterns in the book.

Patterns include all patterns to make the projects in the book as well as many options in types or sizes of patterns and layouts.




Please note that the following reviews apply to the original, hardcover edition of Appliqué The basics & beyond.

The Midwest Book Review November, 2006

If you're just getting started in appliqué or want to improve existing skills, APPLIQUE: THE BASICS AND BEYOND is for you: it packs in over a hundred pages and over five hundred color photos and illustrations to survey the art, from equipment and stitches needed to mixing pattern groups and learning from projects. Add lay-flat hardcover binding with spine lettering and you have a fine guide whether you're using a machine or appliquéing by hand.

The Professional Quilter Fall, 2006

This teaching, techniques, project book contains more than 550 full-color photos and illustrations to help a beginner learn appliqué or an experienced stitcher improve her technique. The step-by-step photos feature up-close hand shots of both preparing the appliqué and stitching, whether by hand or machine. A nice section is included on embellishing techniques, again offered step-by-step. A section on equipment and supplies is also helpful. Sixteen pattern groups are included for either Janet’s projects or one of your own design. Also, the lay-flat, hard cover hidden spiral binding makes it easy to use.

Welcome Home Magazine Carol McGarvey

Need a winter project? This beautiful book by Janet Pittman of West Des Moines is straightforward and direct, with helpful step-by-step instructions and photos to get you started on the lovely art form of appliqué. From an item-by-item explanation of tools and equipment to detailed how-to steps on preparing your fabric and stabilizers, the book becomes a helpful handbook for beginners and more accomplished handworkers. Pittman, a former food stylist at Meredith Corp., in Des Moines, combines her artistic approach to this appealing quilt form. Beyond chapters on fundamental techniques, there are details on various stitches to use in your work, along with ideas on special embellishments to enhance your projects even more. Lovers of flowers will appreciate the garden-inspired projects for hand or machine appliqué—daylilies, daffodils, leaves, clematis, irises, tulips, roses, and, just for fun, “funky flowers.” A number of full-size patterns will get you on your way. Connie Krochmal October, 2008

Appliqué is one of the favored techniques for garden quilt projects. For that reason, I highly recommend “Appliqué-The Basics and Beyond” by Janet Pittman. This was also published by Landauer. The hardcover has a hidden wire-o binding so the pages open flat. This is by far the most comprehensive title on the subject. It is suitable for both novice and experienced quilters and sewers. With these fool-proof directions, you can’t go wrong. One chapter is devoted to the supplies and quilting/sewing aids that are needed. The author walks you through every step of the appliqué process from choosing and preparing your fabrics to stitching and adding decorative embellishments. This features over 550 full color photos and full-size template pieces. This in-depth guide covers both basic methods as well as advanced techniques. It features all sorts of small quilts and wall hangings, all of which have garden motifs. These range from flowers and fruits to wildlife and nature. There are enough garden patterns and projects here to decorate your whole house and keep you busy throughout the winter. For starters, there are seven projects with a dozen alternate layouts, including small and large quilts, and wall hangings. Beginners might want to start with the small flower blocks, which are only 10 inches by 12 inches. This has the easiest landscape quilts that you can possibly imagine. In addition, there are 16 flower and leaf patterns that you can mix or match to create shadow-box style wall hangings. The projects are arranged by skill level from beginner to intermediate.

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