Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Crafted Applique and Giveaway

Today I am thrilled to be partaking in a Book Tour featuring a new book titled Crafted Applique: New Possibilities by Lara Buccella.  I have followed Lara's blog for some time and knew that this book was in the works.  When she asked me to review her book I could not respond "yes" fast enough!  Trust me......you are going to L.O.V.E. this new technique for applique.  May I add that the book has already sold out and been reordered at Amazon as it soared to the #2 position?  Way to go, Lara.


In the past I have tended to shy away from raw edge applique mostly due to the fact that I really do not like those little fraying threads that show up when the piece is being appliqued into place.  Right?  You know what I am talking about!  Now you can forget all about those little buggers.

Lara has included some of the cutest projects for you to test this technique.  Wait until you see her sewing machine cover.  OMGosh......it was love at first sight for me.

Upon reading the instructions of this new technique, I had to dive right into it.  Can I say that it is genius?  Without the fusible web the piece is much softer and more pliable - another issue that has bugged me in the past - and is so much easier to stitch down.  The needle does not get "gunked" up at all.

I will let my photos speak for themselves.


Do you see any little stray threads????  NO
The book is available through Amazon if you want to start having fun right away, but Lara was also kind enough to offer me a book for a giveaway on my blog.  You ARE going to want to have this book.  If you are interested in winning this book just leave a comment below telling me what project you would use this crafted applique technique to make.  I will choose a winner on May 15th.   Lara has a whole month of chances to win so be sure to enter often.

May 1 ..... Lara at Buzzin Bumble
May 2 ..... Valerie at Pumpkin Patch Quilter
May 3 ..... Dana at Stormy Days
May 4 ..... Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts
May 5 ..... You are here
May 6 ..... Heidi at Red Letter Quilts
May 7 ..... Alycia at Alycia Quilts
May 8 ..... Amy at Amy Made That
May 9 ..... Sherrie at A Quilting Life
May 10 ,,, Lara guest post at Sew Mama Sew
May 11 ,,, Christina at A Few Scraps
May 12 ... Melissa at Happy Quilting
May 13 ... Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
May 14 ... Soma at Whims and Fancies
May 15 ... Val at Val's Quilting Studio
May 16 ... Angela at Cut to Pieces
May 17 ... Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon
May 18 ... Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs
May 19 ... Judy at Quilt Paradigm
May 20 ... Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
May 21 ... Cindy at Stitchin' at Home
May 22 ... Susie at Susie's Sunroom
May 23 ... Connie at Freemotion by the River
May 24 ... Ruth at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
May 25 ... Kaja at Sew Slowly
May 26 ... Ann at Fret Not Yourself
May 31 ... Jenn at Quarter Inch From the Edge
June 1 ..... Paulette at The Way I Sew It
June 2 ..... Sandra at Studio Sew of Course
June 3 ..... Christine at Triangles and Squares
June 4 ..... Darlene at Quilt Shop Gal
June 5 ..... Lara at Buzzin Bumble

118 comments:

  1. I would like to try doing this on some tea towels for my kitchen.

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  2. I love your little bird mini with the leaves and buttons - this would be something I would use this technique with.

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  3. I think a bit of applique on a baby quilt is adorable but haven't wanted to do it with raw edge applique because I don't like the fraying after laundering. But I would like to try it with this technique. From what I've seen on the blog hop so far, I think the fraying issue would be solved. I think I need this book!

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  4. I want to make a few baby quilts to hang at our show in October and then gift to Heart Kids. Would love to try this new technic ....
    Your little bird on its branch looks fabulous....

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  5. Would love to make an owl in a tree mug rug for my husband. . . he loves owls! Also, I love your gentle curve quilting on the bird!

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  6. Well, Mary...yiu sold me! I'm going to look closer at this book. Your little bird piece is adorable!

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  7. I've been following this hop and really want to try this technique. Hopefully I'll win a copy but if not, it's on my Amazon wish list.

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  8. Well, I think your little bird totally inspired me, not to mention your description of the process - no frayed edges, no fusible stiffness. If there's a downside to her process I can't think what it would be.

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  9. That's definitely a technique I would LOVE to learn! I've had a gorgeous butterflies pattern in my stash forever and just never started it because I couldn't decide how to do the applique that would do them justice. This may just be it! Thanks for the chance to win Mary :*)

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  10. I would love to have a softer feel to applique

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  11. Those fraying threads really are "little buggers", aren't they? :) LOL

    Thank you for such a great review Mary! I'm thrilled that you loved using the Crafted Applique method so much and I adore your sweet little chickadee! Those oak leaves are the perfect test project, with all those lobes that would normally create a lot of problems for applique. They look perfect and I love that you used a tiny blanket stitch.

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  12. I don't quite understand how the technique works but I love appliqué but not all the stitching required. I would probably make a table runner to learn how this works.
    Swoot@att.net

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  13. I love to applique anything! I'm going to be a Great Auntie again in a few months, and there are some baby projects on my list of things to do.

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  14. I love applique of all kinds, so yes I would love to win Lara's book! I mostly do applique, so I would say if I win this book whatever my next applique project is I will use Lara's technique.

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  15. I love making things for fall and winter so that is something I would try first~I would love to win Lara's book.

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  16. I have been shying away from applique because of the fraying issue, but would love to use this technique on a quilt for my granddaughter.

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  17. I want to know Lara's secret! I am making a lap quilt for my elderly aunt who lives in a nursing home and I want to applique her name on the back, so this new method would come in handy!

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  18. Can't wait to try Lara's technique. Th little bird project is adorable.

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  19. I want to do a big sunflower wall hanging in memory of my aunt!

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  20. A quilt, from a photo of my cat!

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  22. I'm working on a basket project right now...I'd like to try Lara's technique on flowers for the basket....

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  23. I make door prizes for an annual internet gardening group get-together, and this technique would be great for this!

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  24. i want to win, i need all the help i can get!

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  25. I have lots of applique patterns saved up, for when I finally get better at blanket stitch, so I have lots to try the New way on! Can't wait to find out the secret!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  26. I have always shied away from raw edge applique for the exact same reasons you did! You have me intrigued with the sewing machine cover~ my machine needs one. Thanks for the chance!

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  27. I have always swayed away from appliqué because of the work...this looks like it's very doable. I would love to do a landscape with this technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Oh Mary! It is so cute! Love those buttons and I like how you combined piecing and appliqué. A very happy Spring finish :)

    -Soma

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  29. Your little bird is absolutely stunning, Mary !!! Thank you for the great review :)

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  30. I got my copy from AQS and I picked my first project - The Scandinavian style Christmas - - I'm crazy for Christmas!!!
    Have a blessed day,

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  31. I don't have a sewing machine cover. That would be my first project.
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  32. I am quite excited by this new book. I love the tree....I need to do a tree themed baby quilt for September. I shy away from applique so am excited to learn this new technique.

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  33. oops slip of the mouse, did not click the email button.

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  34. I am still a newbie quilter and had not dipped my toes into applique. But, with Lara's book and the huge buzz it is generating I am very intrigued. If I don't win, I will buy the book from Amazon. I love Lara's work and do want to support her.
    Preeti.
    sewpreetiquilts@gmail.com

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  35. LOVE YOUR CHIC-A-DEE PROJECT+I CAN SEE USING THAT ON SOME OF MY CHRISTMAS PROJECTS! THANK YOU! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  36. I am so excited about this book! I love the way it looks on your chickadee project and being softer is such a bonus! I would use it on one of my Christmas projects that I have lined up! Also would be so much softer for a baby quilt!

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  37. Thank you for your review..& looove your lil bird! I am fairly new to appliaue...and this process sounds wonderful! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

    I would try this on some Pillows..a Tote bag...and baby items!

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  38. I think a little wall hanging for my kitchen.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  39. I would love to make a new wall hanging . Thanks so much for sharing

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  40. Being that we are new campers, I would love to make the little trailer that is on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. I saw that sewing machine cover - what an adorable project - I need one, too. From what I have read/seen, I would probably completely switch to this process for applique from now on in.

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  42. such a great little chickadee! love applique and am really curious about lara's secret method!

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  43. Ohh I love her pic-a-nic bag. That is so me I would LOVE to win this book.
    Thanks for the great chance to win it!!!

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  44. I would use the technique to applique a camera on a quilt for my Daughter. I'm using Reel Time fabric by Zen Chic and as she is starting a course on film and TV studies it would be brilliant.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  45. I love the little bird w/ leaves! My daughter adores birds so I would love to give that a try!

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  46. Love your bird! I would love to try the cover project! Love the camper! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  47. Great project and those leaves look perfect. I am doing a challenge with tea cups , so I really do need to learn this trick!

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  48. Love your little bird. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book; I'm intrigued by the technique.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  49. I would love to try the technique and see if it will work with my handwoven fabric. I love appliquéing pieces of it to t-shirts or to upcycle my shirts that have work logos that I can no longer wear since I retired.

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  50. I always use a blanket stitch on applique, but this looks so easy and beautiful. Love your little bird!

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  51. My daughter loves chickadees! What a delightful project! Almost all of my Christmas gifts are appliqué, so this book and technique qill be a must have, must do! Thank you!

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  52. I have tried all methods but can't wait to give this new one a go. Your project is just beautiful!

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  53. I want to applique on some tote bags I'm making for gifts.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  54. I want to applique wall hangings for the seasons and holidays. And I would love to make that camper on the front of the book.

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  55. Exquisitely cheery!
    I adore this little character : )

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  56. I would love to try this with my current BOM appliqué pieces :)

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  57. I think a sewing machine cover would be my first project....or a butterfly pillow...thank you for a chance to win.

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  58. I want to improve my raw edge applique projects such as mug rugs and wall hangings. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  59. REALLY ready to try applique and would love to win a copy of Lara's book!

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  60. This would perfect to add applique to my granddaughter's wedding quilt.

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  61. I've always wanted to do a pretty appliqué garden.

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  62. I like the camping scene on the cover of the book and would make that first off, either into a wall hanging or a table topper. I am so intrigued by this mystery applique method!

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  63. I have lots of cute applique projects saved on my computer. I would try this new method on something small like a tea towel.

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  64. Bird is so cute. Great job. Must check out book.
    I do needle turn applique.
    Book would be great.

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  65. I bought a really complicated appliqué pattern but I just don't enjoy the handwork and all the layers of fusible web would make it stiff as a board. Looking forward to learning a new technique.

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  66. I love applique but don't like the fusible making the work thick and stiff. Difficult to fmq too. Really curious about this method!

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  67. I would probably start with a table runner to learn this technique. I've done appliqué using a variety of techniques, but I'm hoping that this technique will be the best yet!

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  68. I have a quilt pattern made with a jelly roll that has applique woodland animals on it. It would be fun to learn this new technique to do the applique.

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  69. i would love to make an appliqued butterfly quilt with this technique.

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  70. since summer is about upon us up here in WA state, I think a cute little wall hanging would be fun, something happy, anything but the dark winter colors. Looks like a fun book

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  71. I really love your little chickadee quilt with the perfect applique'! It is sweet!! I want to make the Folk Art quilt from Lara's book as my big applique' project!
    Susie

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  72. These birds are very sweet. I am new to appliqué but would love to start small on some pouches. Thank you for a fun giveaway. x

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  73. My dear friend Cathy was admiring some of my quilts and I want to make her a lovely wall hanging for her home. We always exchange gifts that have a hidden little mouse in them. She would laugh so much if I added a small mouse into the quilt!

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  74. Belated Happy Nurses Day to you!

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  75. I am quite intrigued! Machine applique, no raw edges sounds great. I have a boring quilt top that's calling out for some applique embellishment!

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  76. Beautiful work Mary! Lara's book is really wonderful!

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  77. I think I would try a little landscape quilt.

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  78. I am always afraid of fraying after all the hard work of cutting pieces. I am anxious to learn the secret before I start my Woodland Critters quilt! Thanks for the chance.

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  79. I have been thinking of making a quilting wall hanging to go above my bed. This book offers me inspiration for that project.

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  80. I love the moth I saw on another blog and the little chick-a-dee you made.

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  81. I love to applique and am currently working on a little houses quilt. I would love to try out a new technique on this quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win Lara's book.

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  82. I enjoy applique and would love to try this technique out first for a bag I'd like to make.
    It would even be handy if I would win this earlier as I'm working on a St. Patricks' Day wall hanging and this technique would be useful for finishing this OMG project for May with appliqued flowers, grass and shamrock. Love your chickadee project. You always finish beautiful projects, thanks for sharing.

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  83. I would like to use this technique for one of the deer pillows that I'm going to make for my son and DIL. Would be nice to finish that up without fraying. Thanks for the chance!

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  84. I have an applique quilt on my list that would be perfect with this technique. Need to get the book!

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  85. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  86. I would make that chickadee quilt, so cute.

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  87. I have a maple leaf table runner that is sitting, waiting for me, to finish up. Would love to apply this new technique to make it perfect! All the little spikes on the leaves are intimidating me, hence the reason I have stalled with finishing it....

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  88. I really look forward to reading the book . . . and, hopefully, owning a copy. I enjoy machine applique and new techniques are always helpful.

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  89. Would love to use this on baby quilts! Thanks for the chance!

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  90. I would love to try Lara's method on appliqueing initials on kid's cushions.

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  91. I have a quilt I want to add lettering too, and this sounds like the perfect technique!

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  92. I would use it on some Itty Bitty quilts I'm doing that have some applique work.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  93. Oh, wow! What a great givaway!! I'd use her techniques to make a new spring wall quilt!! Thank you for having this givaway!!

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  94. Glad my trip didn't make me miss this giveaway! My project--I think yours looks pretty good. As I type this a little bird just hopped across my (rainy) windowsill on the hotel 8th floor window. This would be a fun project, for sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Elizabeth

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  95. I want to make a wall hanging with lots of little flower bits!

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  96. Great giveaway. I would try this method to applique baby bibs. Kristawells at nl dot rogers dot com

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  97. I love the RV on the cover of the magazine. It would make a great pattern for camping.

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  98. I have some artsy quilts I would like to try this on.

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  99. your mini is adorable. I love Chickadees. Right now I am Paper Piecing some for place mats. I would love to try the chickadee you made.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  100. I'm really into mini quilts right now, so that's what I'd have to make. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nkadenver at yahoo dot com

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  101. I would like to make some appliqué mug rugs!!!

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  102. Love your chickadee. Thanks for sharing

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  103. My MIL is moving to a new house and I would love to freshen up her decor with some wall hangings and kitchen items like towels. Applique would be so cute to have a theme for her kitchen and such. Thank you. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  104. I have a beautiful floral applique pattern that I will never make with traditional applique. If this is as great as it sounds, I may getit made.

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  105. I'm making some Aaux Rag quilts that I would use this on because of the darker fabric peeking through.

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  106. I have a western applique that I would love to do using a different technique so I don't get the stiffness, or the little threads.

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  107. I would love to learn a new applique technique because I have a wedding quilt to finish and no time to do traditional hand applique.

    winna4430@gmail.com

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  108. I'm excited to try this new method. Thanks. Camille@focus20.com

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  109. Lara's book looks so interesting...from the cute designs on the cover to the idea of a new applique technique. Can't wait to see it!

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  110. I have a bunch of row-by-row patterns from last summer's event. Putting off doing them since I really don't want to blanket or satin stitch some of the narrow pieces. Looking forward to using this method.

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  111. I have a frame by frame project to work on and so would use this method on that.

    slowery@shaw.ca

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  112. I got an accuquilt machine for my birthday and have this great train die, but have not been up to the applique. That would be my first project with this new method I keep hearing about.

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  113. Love your little birdie here, looks beautiful...glad to see Lara is doing well with her book :)

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  114. Love that bird and would love to win a copy of the book!

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  115. I would love to make a quilt with different flowers!

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  116. I've just gotten a Brother Scan 'n Cut and hope to combine this new technique with the machine shape cutting capability. I'm going to order the book now!

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