• Popular blogger and Moda Bake Shop contributor, Corey Yoder, teaches you to be successful using her fast and simple method of appliqué - and so much more - with clear tutorials and informative photographs
• 18 projects (9 quilts and 9 pillows) specifically designed for precuts, including 2 1/2"- wide strips, 5" x 5" squares, 10" x 10" squares, and fat-quarter and fat-eighth bundles
Finally, a fun and easy way to learn appliqué. Using one simple petal shape, you’ll be able to make 18 charming appliqué projects in no time! You don’t have to worry about the hassle of reverse templates, seam allowances, or complicated construction methods; all these projects use basic piecing techniques and precut fabrics. Filled with easy-to-follow visual directions and plenty of inspiring ideas, Playful Petals is the perfect how-to book for anyone who wants to learn - or improve - appliqué skills.
Review American Quilt Retailer - March 21, 2014
Adorable Applique Using Precuts. Making applique even easier, Corey Yoder teaches her quick and easy fusible applique method in Playful Petals. All 18 projects were specifically designed for use with precuts, including 2 1/2" strips, 5" x 5" squares, 10" x 10" squares, fat eighth and fat quarter bundles. The book would be a great add-on for any customer looking to buy precuts without a specific project in mind. The easy-to-follow visual instructions make it accessible for anyone who wants to learn fusible applique techniques.
Review The Crafty Quilter - April 7, 2014
This is a book that I was waiting for with great anticipation, and I was not disappointed. I love every page and every project in this book. Truly, I have read it over and over and I'm still smiling!
Corey Yoder has done an excellent job of mixing a timeless petal shape with beautiful quilt projects. Plus she gives you easy instructions for applique that makes it achievable for anyone.
Review Library Journal - April 14, 2014
Fusible applique is a popular technique that combines the beauty of traditional needle-turn applique with the ease of pressing an adhesive-backed fabric piece onto a quilt background, then sewing over it to hold it down. Yoder, author of the popular quilting blog Little Miss Shabby, demonstrates the versatility of petal-shaped appliques, most commonly seen in the traditional orange-peel quilt block. Many of Yoder's blocks take a traditional block, such as an Ohio star or a snowball, and add fusible applique petals, which gives new dimension to old favorites. Each of the block designs includes a full-sized quilt pattern as well as a pillow pattern, providing quilters who want to experiment with fusible applique a small-scale project to attempt before tackling something larger. VERDICT Though the color schemes are thoroughly modern, the techniques and projects will appeal to quilters of all tastes, and the author's cheery designs and clear, concise directions will give sewists the confidence they need to take on any of the projects in this book.
Review Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 9 - May 2, 2014
Looking for easy applique projects? Corey Yoder shares her simple fusible method in Playful Petals. The book includes 18 modern designs - 9 pillows and 9 quilts - all quick to assemble and perfect for using up your stash of pre-cuts.
Review The Applique Society Newsletter - May/June 2014 - May 1, 2014
Whether you are an expert at applique or just getting started Corey Yoder's new book Playful Petals will help put you on the path for success. In this book you will be using paper-backed fusible web, basic piecing techniques, pre-cut fabrics and one simple petal shape. Corey has purposely kept the piecing simple to allow the applique to shine. The instructions are very clearly written and you will find numerous drawings and photographs to help you better understand what you are doing. Fabric selection can make all the difference in the look of your quilt. Corey shares her thoughts on fabric and pre-cuts in an entire chapter dedicated to the subject of fabric. You will find 18 projects in this book (9 quilts and 9 pillows) all specifically designed for precuts. Precuts used include: 2 1/2" wide strips, 5" x 5" squares, 10" x 10" squares, fat-quarters and fat-eighth bundles.
Review Popular Patchwork - May 2014 - May 15, 2014
This bright and breezy book by popular quilting blogger Corey Yoder features eighteen simple but striking projects, all designed to be achieved using fusible web bonding and pre-cuts. The layout of the book is pleasing and the instructions easy to follow; beginners should be able to realise all the featured designs, but experienced quilters may also find the projects inspiring. The author's tone is informal, and she offers sound advice on techniques from personal experience that new quilters might find particularly helpful and refreshing. Considering that the projects are all petal-based, there's a good variety of makes with some excellent fabric choices. The designs are all pleasantly contemporary and deceptively simple. Standout projects for me include the Rainbow Petals and Tossed Petals quilts, but all the designs in this delightful book are certainly worth a look.
Review McCall's Quilting - June 13, 2014
Fill your home with 18 delightful pillows and quilts from Playful Petals by Corey Yoder. Designed specifically to use with precuts, Corey's simple applique petals are easy to master and fun to make. Patterns include stand-alone applique and combined piecing and applique projects.
Review Down Under Quilts Magazine - June 1, 2014
This book offers nine different designs using just one applique shape: the petal. Each design is used in two projects: a quilt and a pillow. Piecing for the projects has been kept simple to ensure focus is on the applique, so they are great for beginners through to intermediate quilters. There are plenty of tips on how to quilt and applique, as well as advice on using precuts, but of course you could also use fabrics from your stash.
Review Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting - June 15, 2014
With pre-cut fabrics being “all the rage,” designer Corey Yoder created eighteen special projects using strips, squares, and bundles. You’ll have a hard time choosing what to make from this collection of quilts and pillows, each made using a simple petal shape and easy fusible applique.
Review Quilter's Companion Magazine - June 1, 2014
This bright, colourful and fun book is filled with project using precut fabrics. There are 18 projects, designed to be made from jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes and more. All of the projects are constructed using a fun and easy way to applique petals.
Review Modern Quilts Unlimited - June 1, 2014
Popular blogger Corey Yoder uses one simple petal shape to give you 18 delightful projects (nine quilts and nine pillows) with charming names such as Tossed Petals, Sunshine and Clouds, and Posey Patch. All are designed for using precuts, from 2 ½” strips to 5” x 5” and 10” x 10” squares, as well as fat quarter or fat eighth bundles. Her clear instructions coupled with photos, illustrations and helpful tips, make it a joy to learn, or improve, applique techniques.
Review staceyinstitches.wordpress.com - July 8, 2014
I love applique, and I love orange peels so of course I was keen to dive in. I was definitely curious as to just how many projects could be made using a single shape. Quite a few would be the answer. Corey uses the single petal shape in lots of fun, innovative ways. The book includes both quilts and matching pillows, which is fun if you want to have matching throw pillows with your lap quilt. (I can never have enough!) The quilts use a combination of piecing and fusible web applique to keep things interesting, and to save you from the monotony of just press, peel, stick, press, repeat. There are multiple petal templates included, so you could scale down a project if you wanted by choosing a different petal shape. Most of the projects are pre-cut friendly, and will tell you which precut in the fabric requirements, so getting started is as easy as grabbing that fat quarter bundle or layer cake that has been languishing in your stash and put it to good use. The petals are also scrap friendly. What a beautiful way to use all those little bits and pieces!The writing is easy to read and understand. She outlines her process and includes a fun bit of history as to how she got started quilting and why she centered on applique. She explains her method and shows you different options for stitching the applique pieces to the background fabric. The stitching instructions also include tips for perfect stitched petal points. She also gives you a layout for optimal petal placement that you can refer back to at need. Her method uses less fusible web than you might think, and ultimately creates less layers to sew through in some of the multi-petal patterns. She also gives you tips on picking a good fusible web, choosing threads and the effects they have, and some tips for using pearle cottons and decorative stitching. Corey also includes a great section on precuts and fabrics. Each of the common precuts has a small overview, and then she goes into other printed fabrics and how to use the different scale prints to your advantage. The fabric section may be a bit small, but it is to the point and includes all the information you need to help pick fabrics for the included projects. The finishing section is complete and her techniques are pretty standard, but she has included a fantastic pillow cutting chart! It gives you the backing sizes to cut for square pillows from 12?-24?, and a rectangle pillow as well. It's super helpful when you want to resize your pillows.This book is definitely beginner friendly. The technique is easy to learn and remember, and it can be applied to any shape not just petals. The patterns aren't over-complicated, but they are fun! You could easily make a quilt in a weekend, and the pillows could be done as a same day gift for sure. The written instructions are very easy to understand and follow. The quilts are made of blocks with applique that are sewn together, making construction easy. It also makes it very easy to resize a project by adding or subtracting blocks.