Appliqué that Looks Needle-Turned, with No Hand Sewing!
• Create machine-sewn appliqué that looks like you spent hours needle turning by hand
• Use fast assembly-line techniques to reduce preparation time
• Learn to adjust your machine to create stitches that no one will believe were machine sewn
• Have fun with fancy stitching, decorative threads, and appliqué trapunto
• Try out the techniques on 9 traditional-style wallhangings
If you hate hand sewing, or can't sew by hand, or you simply like to do everything the fastest, easiest way, this clever new appliqué method is just what you've been waiting for. Beth Ferrier's breezy style makes learning fun.
Review By: Teresa Fields, JWD Publishing - April 15, 2010
"First, let me thank C&T Publishing for letting me review Beth Ferrier's new book More! Hand Appliqué by Machine. What a wonderful book! I sat down one evening to look it over and before I knew it, I had read the whole book. I don't usually read my quilt books like that, but it was so interesting that I did just that.
Beth starts out telling you how to do appliqué the usual way with freezer paper. Then she surprises you with another easier way that is over the top! She worked with C&T Publishing and came up with a new product called Wash-Away Appliqué Sheets. This stuff is great! To quote Beth in her book, she says, "For some time, quilters have had water-soluble paper that we can use instead of freezer paper, and it works okay. Without a fusible side, this paper must first be glued to the fabric and then glue basted?a fiddly process. But now C&T has come out with Wash-Away Appliqué Sheets. This iron-on stabilizer will soften and practically disappear with washing. In other words, it's like water-soluble freezer paper. I know! How awesome is that?"
And Beth is right, it is awesome!
Now if you are frugal and are wondering if there are other uses for the sheets, I can help you out with that also. It is a stabilizer, so you can use it with trapunto or paper piecing. You can run a sheet through your printer for paper piecing and you won't have any paper to tear off!! Fantastic!!
The book is full of tips and a few personal stories that I especially enjoyed reading. The patterns! Oh, I didn't mention the beautiful patterns that are in the book. This is another item in my "things you never knew you needed" category. You need this book and a package of the Wash-Away Appliqué Sheets. There is just too much in this book to tell you about. You just have to go to your favorite quilt shop and pick it up. You won't be sorry.
Tip of the day comes from Beth Ferrier: Don't forget both sides of the fabric! Sometimes the perfect shade can be found on what is commonly called the "wrong side". Using both sides of the fabric instantly doubles your fabric stash! Thanks Beth! Everyone have a great day and keep quilting!"
Review Fons & Porter Love of Quilting - March 1, 2010
“Beth Ferrier has taken her basic hand appliqué by machine technique and updated it using today's new products. Her goal was to make appliqué fun and easy without sacrificing the turned edge. She teaches her methods and gives tips for shortening preparation time, choosing the right thread, adjusting your machine to achieve the perfect stitch. Book also contains patterns and instructions for nine projects.”
Review The Appliqué Society - March 1, 2010
“Beth Ferrier's latest book offers undated techniques to her well known-machine appliqué methods. The basic overview walks you through all aspects of prep work including gathering your supplies and using freezer paper to make templates. From there you will learn how to set up an “assembly line” method for cutting out the appliqué pieces. The clear and close up photos help you see how Beth works with her glue stick and uses her “magic wand” to push the fabric around the glued edges. You then move into stitching the appliquéd pieces to each other and from there you stitch them to the background. The chapters on threads, color & value and stitching are packed with valuable information that answer a lot of questions those of you who may be hesitant to try machine appliqué may have. Try out your new found skills on the 9 traditional-style wall hanging projects found in the book along with their patterns printed at full size.”
Review By: Judy Bowers, - July 24, 2011
More Hand Applique by Machine by Beth Ferrier is a good book for anyone wanting to learn how to do freezer-paper applique. Before the book gives you several patterns to practice your skills on, Ferrier teaches you how to make applique pieces by using a glue stick and freezer paper that you can pick up in the canning/freezing section of your grocery store. This book covers which stitches to use from your sewing machine, and what types of thread to use. The color wheel is demonstrated and finding the values of your fabrics. You will learn about trapunto, where your appliques are padded. Ferrier demonstrates how to add a more textured look on your applique by splitting one large applique into several smaller ones, by using similar colors together. Several different borders are shown that can be used on any quilt. My favorite parts that I learned about are making the background from one simple piece of fabric, into a piece with a little variety and a lot of interest.