Welcome to my stop on Kay Mackenzie’s Book-A-Round from Maria Michaels Designs!
I am a quilt and web designer, and online quilt teacher at QuiltCampus. Maria’s Quilt Scraps is my new blog which takes the place of the Maria Michaels Designs Newsletter I’ve been writing and producing since 2002.
Kay’s new appliqué book is now available!
It comes with a CD, which every quilter will love! The terrific thing about it is that we can use it to print every one of the delightful appliqué blocks in our choice of 5 sizes: 6 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 12 inches! I can’t praise this feature enough. What a time saver! No tracing, no copying, no enlarging required!
An extra bonus – the mirror images are also included and ready to print! How handy is that? The CD, which works for both PCs and Macs, is very easy to use and the book includes complete information on how to use it.
Just looking at the patterns in the book and on the CD makes you want to get right to work making them! They are hard to resist!
Table of Contents pages can be relatively ho hum, but not this one. Look at how attractive these pages are! What’s more important – you can easily see everything included in the book at a glance. All 50 block patterns are listed and easy to find, as are Kay’s appliqué instructions.The pictures on these two pages give us a tantalizing glimpse of the kind of attractive appliqué patterns we’ll find inside, as do the block images below.
Kay’s step by step instructions and directions are all excellently done. They are written clearly and are easy to understand. Guidance in fabric selection and preparation, vision, lighting, and the tools and notions needed, are all a part of her hand appliqué tips. Directions are given for using freezer paper templates, which are used by ironing them to the right side of the fabric.
Back basting preparation for hand appliqué is also described, and Kay even includes a practice piece for those who need it. Hand stitching is gone over in detail, and there’s an overview of raw edge machine appliqué. All of the instruction pages are well illustrated, which is a special boon to those who prefer visual learning and which are a great aid to everyone.
I was just about to start a baby quilt and had been thinking about possible patterns. Kay’s book ended my wonderings because I fell in love with several of her block patterns and knew immediately that I absolutely had to put them in our granddaughter’s quilt, which will be ready to welcome her this summer. I’ll post a photo here to show it to you when it is done.
Send me the photos of the projects you make from Kay’s book and I’ll post them here, too, and forward them to Kay as well. She’ll be delighted to see them. We both will!
Ask for Easy Appliqué Blocks at your local quilt shop. If they don’t happen to have it, ask them to order it in for you. You can also purchase it at Amazon. or at the Martingale & Company website. Order it from Kay’s website Quilt Puppy Publications and get a copy signed by Kay herself!
Leave a comment about Kay’s book today and you’ll be eligible to win one of two prizes!
First Prize – a signed copy of Easy Appliqué Blocks!
Second Prize – my Easter Egg Table Runner pattern which will be sent to you via email as a downloadable PDF file.
Winners will be chosen from those who enter comments today by 7 p.m. Eastern time. The two winners will be announced here between 7 and 8 pm.
Note: I am happy to announce that the deadline can be extended to 8 pm Eastern time!
Winners will be announced between 8 and 9 instead.
The Book-A-Round started March 27. To learn even more about Kay’s new book, go to her website and catch up on all of the earlier stops on the tour. Then, every day through April 5, start at All About Appliqué and Kay will send you off through the blogosphere to another great quilting blog!
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