• A comprehensive workbook on the most popular appliqué techniques
• Plenty of photos and illustrations to help you along the way, plus a gorgeous gallery of quilts and other projects
• Learn how to choose appliqué techniques with confidence for the perfect quilt, every time
• Give new life to your quilts with design principles that engage the eye
Review www.allaboutapplique.net - August 14, 2010
"I've long been an advocate of finding your own method of appliqué, one that's right for you and gives you results you like. That's not the same for everyone, and I believe there's no right and no wrong way, only what pleases you. When quilters stop by my booth at shows and make faces at the "A" word, I tell them they just haven't found their method.
So I was delighted to take note of a new book by Laurel Anderson called Appliqué Workshop: Mix and Match 10 Techniques to Unlock Your Creativity!
Here's some information straight from the author herself.
I wrote this book with the idea that everyone has different design needs and different technique requirements.
The quilter who wants to occupy her time while on a fishing boat or in a doctor's waiting room will be more interested in hand appliqué or cutting out fused shapes for three-dimensional or fused appliqué. The mother of four with limited time may be delighted with the speed of machine appliqué or the raw-edge technique. The artist who wants creative freedom may mix many methods into one piece of fiber art.
The techniques in the book are grouped into turned-edge, raw-edge and needle-turn appliqué. Each technique has a summery of its best uses. For instance: the Turned Edge with Starch or Glue makes very sharp points on leaves or petals. The 3D Broderie Perse method makes fast and easy daisy petal shapes for wall hangings. It is easier to be creative if you have your choice of many design tools.
Coneflowers by Laurel Anderson
The book offers ten appliqué methods, two edge-finishing facings, and several different template ideas. As a bonus, there's a section on color and a chapter on dying fabric for flower quilts. The pullout section gives six full-size, ready-to-use patterns. The instructions teach several techniques for each pattern. If you make them all you will have tried all the techniques!
The book is available from Laurel's website, Whisper Color. Laurel says to be sure to send her a message in an email telling her who to sign to book to. (There's a Contact button on the website.) And while you're on the site, check out the 100% bamboo batting and Laurel's latest stand-alone pattern, Winter Amaryllis. Isn't this gorgeous? Thank you, Laurel, for telling us about your exciting new book. I'll be directing those face-makers to it!!"
Review Machine Quilting Unlimited - November 30, 2010
“Laurel breaks down the appliqué process into small, understandable steps for each of the ten machine and hand techniques that she covers. Her instructions and illustrations are easy to understand and accompanied by lovely examples of her own nature and landscape appliqué work. Also included are full sized patterns to inspire and start you on your own appliqué project.”