Book-A-Round 3: Day 4
It’s My Turn Today!
Welcome to Maria’s Quilt Scraps!
I’m excited and pleased to have you join us! For those of you who are visiting for the first time, allow me to introduce myself. I’m a quilter turned quilt and web designer, though nowadays, I’m only taking care of my own websites. I provide a venue for quilters to sell their work at my Quilts for Sale site. I’m a quilt teacher, having taught quilting online at QuiltCampus for a few years and to friends, as well. I went on to become the editor of a great, new, online-only magazine. The Quilt Pattern Magazine began publication in January 2011 and this year, I traded my editor’s hat for that of editor in chief. I write for the magazine and submit patterns, too. I recently deleted my Maria Michaels Designs website to free up more time for quilting, and am slowly moving my pattern sales to Craftsy.com. Now to the business at hand!
This is the third Book-A-Round in which I’ve been privileged to participate. I do so eagerly because Kay’s work, her patterns, and her books, are always created with great attention to detail and excellently done. To my mind, Kay Mackenzie, “Excellence,” and “Quality,” are all synonymous.
Scrap-Appliqué Playground is a wonderful addition to her previous 10 books and the third published by Martingale. All of Kay’s past appliqué patterns are delightful. However, this time around there is an extra, added element of fun. And, I do mean fun! I thoroughly enjoyed making one of the patterns from Scrap-Appliqué Playground and look forward to doing more soon. Turn Quilting Scraps into Fun Appliqué Fabrics is the subtitle of the book and it’s a very apt one.
Reasons for Loving This Book:
- It includes 8 great appliqué projects. (You are going to find it very difficult to choose which to make first!)
- Each pattern includes well-written, complete directions.
- You will enjoy the accompanying, plentiful, photos and illustrations, all in glorious colour.
- You’ll diminish you scrap fabric pile – a goal which we quilters are always striving towards.
- You’ll have great fun while virtuously and creatively using your scraps.
- You will be delighted with the finished quilt projects.
- You will solve the “wonder-what-to-get” problem when gift-giving occasions come along.
- You will enjoy Kay’s methods of using your scraps for appliqué (and the fact that there’s not just one way).
- You will appreciate the full-sized pattern templates.
- Did I menton fun? This method and Kay’s book and patterns are fun, fun, fun!
Here is one of my favourite projects from the book: Thank You, Teacher.
Thank You, Teacher is special to me for two reasons. The first is that it is an adorable gift for a teacher. The second is that, as a former grade school teacher, I know how much it will be appreciated. I was always pleased when my students shyly presented me with a shiny apple, thereby creating many a fond memories. Any teacher receiving this delightful, apple, wall hanging will have a tangible and lasting memory that will bring smiles whenever it is looked at!
If you get Scrap-Appliqué Playground immediately, you may have just enough time to make one for your child’s teacher. The only reason I use the word “may” is because school ending dates vary. Here, we have until the end of the month. Schools in other areas, I know, can end sooner. However, if it does happen to be too late for the end of this school year, you can take your time and have gifts ready for the next one.
Here is another of my favourite projects from the book: Studio.
The cheery brightness; the crispness of the design; the way the reds, whites, and blacks, go together; the lettering that is so attractive; the scissors and spools of thread – all delight the eye! I immediately wanted to make one to hang in my sewing room.
Kay wrote: “I made this quilted design to hang in my sewing room, thereby elevating its status to a “studio.” If you make one for your sewing room, it can be a studio, too!”
That’s exactly what I did! I now have a sewing studio, too! I like Kay’s version much better, but at the same time, I’m very happy with mine. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to use up as many of my scrap fabrics as possible this year. I could have cut into my yardage. There’s no rule against it, even when working on scrappy designs. However, I decided to stick with my promise.
My background piece is an off-white and you’ll immediately see the difference that makes. I started on the lettering first and had so much fun following Kay’s technique of putting scraps together, that I made much more than was needed. When I looked at all of my leftovers, it occurred to me that they would make a good border. albeit of irregularly-sized pieces instead of the regularly-sized ones in the original.
I made one other change as well. Instead of blanket-stitching around the raw edges (fusible web application) while creating the quilt top, I used a small zigzag stitch after making the quilt sandwich. That way, the stitches served the dual purpose of finishing the raw edges and becoming part of the quilting. Although the letters are backwards, it makes an interesting pattern on the back. For designs without letters, the effect would be pleasing.
One very funny thing happened while I was working on it. I had it spread across my ironing board and every time I wanted scissors, I repeatedly began to reach for my appliquéd scissors and had to stop myself each time! Seeing them from the corner of my eye, I kept thinking they were the real thing! Here is a photo of my version, which now hangs on my “studio” wall.
A quote from Kay’s Introduction in the book:
“What could be more fun than using patched-together pieces for your appliqué? It’s the best of both worlds. Patchwork adds a twinkle of visual interest to appliqué motifs. It’s engaging, creative and full of wonderful surprises!”
She couldn’t have said it better! It is all of that! In fact, it can become downright addictive!
Can’t wait to get the book? No need to. You can get the eBook version at the Martingale site and download it. Just be sure to check the eBook version instead of the book version.
Win a Free Copy!
To win a free copy, please leave a comment.
You have until 9 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, June 11th, EDT. (You are invited to leave comments afterwards too, but they won’t be eligible for the draw.)
I will assign everyone a number and use a computer-operated, random number generator to choose 1 winner.
The winner will be announced on either June 12th or 13th. Come back and look for your name.
Good luck to you!
For more chances to win, visit Kay’s site daily, click on the next stop on the tour, and leave a comment.
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