Thursday, May 19, 2016

Do You Hear The Buzz? "Crafted Applique New Possibilities" Blog Hop




What's that buzzing noise coming from QBL over the past 19 days? It originated from Lara over at Buzzin' Bumble and her new book "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities"! And it is loud and well deserved! Last fall, Lara told me she was writing a book about applique and asked me if I would be willing to be a part of the hop. Ummm. . . well, yeah but I'm not into applique. Love the look. Don't love the fray, hand sewing, attempting to get blanket stitches or satin stitches just so. . . not my jam. BUT, like I said, love the look and what can be achieved (or what others seem so very capable of achieving). What if this new technique Lara has could change all of that? I'm in, what do I have to lose?! :) Oh, and make sure you read to the end, Lara has generously offered to give a book to one of my readers! YAY! Deets for the giveaway are at the end of this post!

Turns out, not only did I not lose anything, I have gained SO much!! Lara sent me a copy of the book. I immediately ripped the package open and started reading. You guys! I could not put it down. If this works like Lara says, it will open up an entirely new world!! And open up a whole new world it did! As I read through the book, one thing was clear, I was making the Cecropia Utopia project. Hands down, no questions asked and don't try to talk me out of it! LOL I told Lara I had to make it. Lara did say you don't have to do that project, there are lots of pieces. It's not a quick make. . . I do not care! Must make! :)
Picture courtesy of Lara
I gathered up the required supplies and went to a print shop and had the pattern blown up 200% as indicated. I'm ready to go! Then I started picking out fabric. . . This was the hardest part by far!! Of course I went off the reservation when it came to colors ;) Then I decided I was going to use the scrap pack that I purchased from Cherrywood Hand Dyed fabrics. Took me forever to figure out what colors. But wait. . . am I making a pillow? Something else? And then something happened. Something awesome! I started looking for the perfect background fabric. And then things got out of hand. . . How out of hand? Take a look, for yourself and see just how out of hand and how this book obviously changed my view of applique.
Feast your eyes on Purple Haze!!
Purple Haze is 60" x 27" of applique, ombre and quilting eye candy :) I will do a separate post on the quilting. There was much learned in the process. I did some bobbin work on it and honestly, will likely add more but this post is not about that! This post is about how Lara's new technique truly rocked my world!! Lara describes the process in great detail and does an awesome comparison of products. As a matter of fact, I got so confident that I jumped right in - I did not do a 'test' anything. I figured Lara had done that for me so why not go for it? LOL That bee? Yup, taken from Lara's blog! How cool is that? I had done the moth, dragonfly and butterfly (both were created by printing out the quilting motifs from Judi Madsen's book Wide Open Spaces) and was feeling quite confident in my new found skill. That's about the time when Sandra (MMM Quilts) suggested a bee. . . you know silly, as a nod to Lara. I went looking at clip art and then went DUH! Why not use the bee from Lara's blog?? :D The flowers were cut from a fat quarter of Laura Gunn fabric. I cut every flower out of that piece - it is fabulous fabric and the flowers looked watercolor painted but when I added just a bit of black over some of the gray lines that were there - total fabulousness happened!!
I am now seriously addicted to applique!! The possibilities!
OK, let's talk turkey, people. I started with the moth. I told you I jumped right in! As I worked through the pieces, it became clear that there were some errors. I was able to work through the errors but I did let Lara know. She now has an errata page on her blog. If you decided to make one of the projects in the book, make sure you check out this page for any errors that might have gotten through the editing process.
See those 'white dots' in the black on the lower part of the wing? That's sparkle from the thread that I used to do the bobbin work :)

I did not let the errors stop me! I was able to cut one of the pieces that was left off the pattern from the diagram of the entire wing. Not a problem. As I worked through the pattern, one thing became clear, AQS Publishing missed the mark in two ways with this book. First, they got a little too zealous with the editing of this book. They took out instructions that were necessary and changes were made that introduced new errors (the fabric list for the moth is a prime example) into the mix. I know Lara feels badly about the errors and has taken steps to make sure that you have everything you need to complete the projects in the book. Again, check out the errata page she has on her site to see if the project you chose to make is on the page. The second thing, IMHO, is the decision they have made to no longer include CDs with files of motifs or patterns with their books. I have several of their books that include CDs. They are invaluable! Case in point, I used the butterfly and dragonfly motifs included on the CD for Judi's book to make the awesome applique butterfly and dragonfly. I also printed those motifs out at different sizes and used them to mark the quilting on this quilt. I personally don't see the CDs as a nice to have; I see them as essential companions to the books for which they were included.

How about some more pictures?? :) Blow them up, look at those edges! NO fraying. Makes me smile!

After I had all of the pieces attached to the background, I sandwiched the quilt and started quilting. How fun is that?? I chose to go around all of the applique with mono poly thread. Do you have to? No. Definitely not. BUT, I knew I was going to do bobbin work so I had to have some outlines on the back of the quilt. There was a method to my madness ;)

Want to know what I love most about this book? Once you read this fantastic technique, the only limitation is your imagination! Lara teaches you this simple easy way to achieve amazing results and provides awesome projects for you to do but the best part is that with all of her instruction, you can use this method to make your dream applique project! I don't know about you but I truly appreciate books in which my own imagination is inspired to new possibilities. This book provides this in spades! Need more proof of that? . . . check out what happened at my house yesterday. . . .
I "picked" some Kaffe  Fasset flowers from various KF prints and put them on a piece of batik. This is just the top. I haven't quilted it. . . yet ;)
I told you, I have totally been bitten by the applique bug! Lara, you are a genius!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your amazing blog hop!

Now, time for the giveaway deets!! 

Lara is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky reader of my blog, international entries are welcome! Already have this amazing book? Lara is so generous, if you have already bought the book and you win in this drawing, she will refund your money!! 

Leave me a comment about your experience with applique. Love it, hate it, love/hate it, intimidated by it? Share your thoughts! Please include your email address if you are unsure about whether or not you are a no-reply blogger. That's it, one comment, one chance per person.

Can't wait to get your own copy? Lara has them for sale on her site. You can buy it from AQS. You can buy it on Amazon although they are currently sold out.

Giveaway will be open until midnight on May 24th. I will announce the winner on May 25th! Easy peasy!

Also, go check out all of the wonderful posts that have gone live to date. You can find the schedule on Lara's blog. Oh, and did I mention ALL of the bloggers on this hop are giving away a copy of the book??? Start hopping!! :)

I'll be linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Now go forth and go APPLICRAZY!!!
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101 comments:

  1. Wow, your Kaffee flowers, I haven't seen anything like that ever!!! My applique, I use fusible, so I bond, the iron to set it, cut, peel away, and iron on again. This looks fantastic, and I hope is open to overseas readers and followers as well. I can see lots more photos of your projects coming very soon.

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  2. Your creations are absolutely beautiful. I shall have to try this new applique method.

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  3. Beautiful creations! I like working with appliqué, both fusible and needleturn. I have not made any big projects with these techniques, mostly small blocks. I don't know whether I would have the patience to complete a big appliqué project.

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  4. I use a lot of applique in my fiber art. Sometimes a frayed edge is good but I still haven't settled on the best method when I want a clean edge.

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  5. Applique is a bad word in my studio. I have tried 3 methods and don't like any so far. Hopefully, Lara's method will change my mind.

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  6. I am indifferent to applique but, if I found a bette way I could like it

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  7. I don't do much applique work because I'm not terribly good at it. I'm hoping Lara's book will change my atttitude and results! You've given us an honest review and your results with Lara's method are wonderful! Why do publishers think they can just omit part of the instructions anyway?

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  8. Your project turned out gorgeous. Love the look of applique,but I struggle at times with it. Like most people I hate the threads.

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  9. Your butterfly and quilting are amazing! I haven't done much applique, but I would love to learn more. Lara's book looks so awesome, and I would love to try her technique. Thanks!

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  10. Over the top again Judy! I do some machine applique here and there, nope I don't really enjoy it but some projects require it ;-) I would love to win her book and turn my applique world upside down!

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  11. I am so intimidated by applique! This book sounds like just what I need!

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  12. I love that pillow. But oh my goodness, your quilt is awesome. wow you have really done a fantastic job. I have hand appliqued and would love to learn to machine applique.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  13. I saw that moth pillow on IG this week and the design is fabulous! Your quilt turned out beautifully! I love the colors you chose for your moth and the other insects, and all that beautiful flow quilting! If I won that book I'd definitely make the moth too. Did you see the raw edge applique bird I just blogged about? Go look!

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  14. Your projects are gorgeous.

    I love appliqué, but not the adhering. Looking forward to trying Lara's method.

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  15. Judy, even though you gave me sneak peeks, your post still blows my mind. Haha! Wow! I think you'd better brace yourself now for every new author asking you to do a review of their book! Thank you for all the great things you wrote, your do-it-all-with-gusto enthusiasm, your willingness to try new things, your honesty, and most of all for letting your own creativity just blast off!

    Your butterfly quilt is incredibly beautiful! I'm looking forward to reading your upcoming post about the quilting and bobbin work you did, because it's amazing! The whole piece just takes off in flights of fancy. Cally is going to love having this quilt! I had no idea you were doing the second quilt and that's is something I hope to try too - Kaffe blooms make the most beautiful bouquet! Wow the exuberance and joy! I think those two words should be part of your name Judy! Thank you so much for everything!

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  16. Love the Kaffe Fasset. I want to find out this method. I enjoy applique as it's so easy to be creative. Thanks for the chance to win. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  17. I have done applique in the past, but I am not a fan of raw edge. Maybe once I find out the big secret about this "new" method maybe I will be a convert.

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  18. Wow....your piece turned out great and your quilting on it is stunning. Your Kaffe flowers are incredible too. Like you, this technique has awakened my interest in applique. I have never been a fan of it due to the threads and stiffness in raw edge applique.

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  19. love those flowers can't wait to try this new technique since fusible raw edge is not exactly my cup of tea.

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  20. Even though I've done some applique, I am still intimidated by it, so don't choose that technique very often. But your projects are amazing! I am very intrigued and interested to read Lara's book! Thanks for the chance!

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  21. Wow! I have no words for that amazing piece! Wow!

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  22. Sew LOVE it! Applique and I are BFF's!

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  23. Love applique, all techniques. But this technique fascinates me because I hate frayed edges. Oh I hope I win this book!

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  24. Judy, if my OMG for the month doesn't get completed I'm blaming you :) I've grounded myself from opening my copy of the book till I finish. This piece you created it AMAZING!!! I want to get started now. I have a love hate relationship with applique. I love to look at it, hate to do it. But I'm pretty sure Lara's technique will make me a convert. I may go through a period where I stick applique on everything, including the kid and husband.

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  25. I love/hate it. Love the look buts its sooooo much work. Trace cut fuse cut align fuse stitch and keep your fingers crossed that it all lines up and stays stitched when you are done. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I like the look of applique but mine has come out looking too rumpled....Would love to see how this method works!! Those moths are gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Haha! I love that things "got out of hand" so quickly! I also love teachers who inspire one's imagination to go crazy... and there's nothing like the fun of succeeding with a new technique. I enjoy applique and have tried several methods. Am always exploring new ideas, so Lara's technique has piqued my interest, for sure!

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  28. Haha! I love that things "got out of hand" so quickly! I also love teachers who inspire one's imagination to go crazy... and there's nothing like the fun of succeeding with a new technique. I enjoy applique and have tried several methods. Am always exploring new ideas, so Lara's technique has piqued my interest, for sure!

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  29. You are so right that Lara's method is a complete game changer. I *love* what you did here, Judy, and I am excited to hear more about your journey and quilting process.

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  30. I've used needle turn applique just as a means to an end for the look I want. But I Do. Not. Enjoy. It. This methods sure does look appealing, though. I really like how you started with Lara's moth and then just went wild with your own ideas. And then that last quilt with the layered flowers. Wow!

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  31. Those are 2 fabulous projects. The applique is gorgeous. I can not wait to learn the magic of Lara's process. It was nice to hear where to find updates to the book because of publishing errors. Regarding CDs, I do think companies think bottom-line is the most important factor rather than thinking about their responsibility to put out the BEST product.

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  32. I like applique and have tried several methods. I'm not a fan of fraying edges or satin stitching. From what I've seen on this hop it is obvious that I need to learn this magic technique of Lara's!

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  33. HI,love Laura's method!Applique is so fun to do! Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  34. I love applique but I'm intimidated by it. I think I put it as one of my goals to do a applique project this year.

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  35. I love applique, whether raw edge, needle turn, or any other. Lara's technique has me oh so very intrigued and would love to learn all about it. There have been instances when I want to do raw edge but don't want the edges to fray so much. Her book would be the perfect birthday gift for moi.

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  36. I've used applique with the raw edge and with a satin or blanket stitch edging. It doesn't intimidate me, but I'd sure love to know Lara's secret to making each applique project look perfect! Your Kaffe flowers are already pretty, but please remember to show us photos after you've quilted it! I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be!

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  37. I agree about books that inspire you to do your own thing....... to take the idea and run with it. Well done all round.

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  38. I agree about books that inspire you to do your own thing....... to take the idea and run with it. Well done all round.

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  39. I love applique but dont do it a lot but i do love it....Ty for your thoughts on this book.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  40. OMG!! You are such a creative inspiration to me!! LOVE what ya did with Lara's method...such a great creation! (Please don't include me in the give-away...just had to say: well done!!)

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  41. I enjoy machine applique, thanks to good workshops with Pat Sloan and Robbi Eklow. I'm intrigued by Lara's technique and going through all the posts in this month's blog hop have heightened my interest. I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

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  42. Love hand applique, not so hot about machine. Guess I am doing it wrong. Will have to try Lara's way!

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  43. Your project is amazing! I've done some basic machine applique. I love how applique allows such freedom in design.

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  44. Your creations are great. I love applique it's my favorite.

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  45. I find applique to be challenging. I have done it but I am not ever sure that it won't just fall apart later.

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  46. I like Applique...but am verrrrry slow at Hand Applique! lol I tried Raggedy Edge Applique a lil' bit too..was faster due to using machine to sew...but not best method for some projects/styles. this book looks amazing!! Makes me want to rethink doing Applique!! :)

    Thank you for sharing your AWESOME Purple Haze Quilt! Gorgeous work!! & thanks too, for chance to win your Give-a-way! :D

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  47. Wonderful creations. Turned out terrific.

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  48. I've not done a lot of appliqué, the latest was helping my daughter with a Textiles exam project. We struggled knowing how she should finish the edges and she blanket stitched them in the end. Lara's book would have been really helpful! Thank you for the chance to win a copy. Your projects look amazing.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  49. I'm a big fan of applique and would love to learn this new technique. Beautiful work, I especially love the butterfly and dragon fly.

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  50. I've done a bit of applique, but it's been years, and I'm ready to try this new method and implement some of the design ideas I've had and put off because of the time involved for traditional applique.

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  51. Very ambitious, but so very gorgeous! The quilting...I've tried applique with some success. Raw edge, fraying the whole bit. Maybe that's why I don't do much of it because I like clean edges. But Lara's book has me wanting to do it all over again!

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  52. Wow! What a convert you are! Your creations are fantastic! I would LOVE to win a copy of this book and try it out! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  53. Ah, applique. Don't like the way fusible applique changes the hand of the fabric, although I do use it. My eyes are not good enough to do needle turn applique. I did like the way dresden plates looked which were finished and then machine stitched to a project I made. I have turned fabric around freezer paper and then appliqued which has it's own set of issues. So I'm totally up for something new. That purple haze quilt is fabulous (love the bee!)

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  54. (don't enter me, I have her book...) Holeeee COW!!! I am totally calling you an over achiever!! THAT is just beautfiul!!!!!!

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  55. Beautiful projects. I enjoy applique. I have recently converted to utilizing my machine, but I still have to-go projects that I love taking on trips. Thank you for a fabulous giveaway.

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  56. I have usually done raw edge appliqué but even is Ravi g about Lara's technique....will have to get my own copy if Idont win one! Love your butterfly quilt...the quilting is gorgeous!

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  57. I love your butterfly quilt, your quilting is wonderful. I already bought Lara's book so I don't need to go in the draw. But I can add my voice to all the others by saying it is excellent.
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  58. I have only done a little reverse applique and raw edge applique. Needle turn is intimidating to me, so i am very curious to see exactly what this method is. The edges look very clean!

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  59. You've got my attention; an applique technique that you LIKE, Judy? I must know more!

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  60. I always pick the appliqué projects as my favorites I like doing all types. Drhodes9@cox.net

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  61. Oh wow the butterflies are just stunning and I love the Kaffe flowers - what a fun way to play with some beautiful fabric!

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  62. I like applique and I'm eagerly looking forward to trying Lara's method too! I absolutely love your bee and the whole quilt. Can't wait to see your Kaffe floral quilt.

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  63. Interesting how all the reviews of this book rave about her technique. I didn't think there could be a way to applique that is really all that fun. By now, you've guessed that my applique experience has been less than pleasant. I think I can do it (if I need to) but can't imagine enjoying the process - like cleaning the cat box... Maybe I'll get my hands on this book and see what all the fuss is about. Thanks!

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  64. wow that's a pretty amazing quilt ! I've just started needle turn applique which is way too slow for me so finding a way of machine applique without fraying or buttonhole stitch will be awesome !

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  65. Purple Haze is fantastic! And it's great to read how enthusiastic you now are about applique now.
    I have done one hand applique project doing blanket stitch - but never again, just not my thing. Now I use fusing on the motifs, cut, peel and fuse with the iron and machine blanket stitch around them. Certainly much quicker than hand work, but it doesn't always come out quite as nice as I would like, so it would be great to learn a new way.

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  66. I have tried needle turn applique, but found it difficult. Lara's sounds very interesting! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  67. Your description of applique is my exact attitude as well. I am droooling over the projects I have seen from the book. I do applique from time to time, mostly fusible raw edge and just deal with the fraying. I simply can't get the hang of raw edge though I love it. I have been requested to make a butterfly quilt as a baby gift. Oh gosh. I need this book!

    loquacious888@yahoo.com

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  68. I'm learning to like applique but I don't care for zigzagging the edges because I never seem to have my needle in the right position for turning corners. So this straight stitch method intrigues me for the no fray edges. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  69. LOVE APPLIQUE, BUT A NO FRAY RAW EDGE TECHNIQUE IS RIGHT UP MY ALLEY.

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  70. I am a bystander-maybe Lara's book might change that, if not,I will just watch!! kathy in colo repzjratplainsdotnet

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  71. This purple quilt is absolutely amazing! What are your plans for it? I have done some appliqué, but I usually avoid it. I am so intrigued by this method.

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  72. I would love to begin applique. This sounds like the book to start with. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  73. WOW & WOW!!! I have been wanting this book and am awestruck at your creations. I am a super beginner at applique! I've only done a few test blocks, and small bits on a quilt and 1 quilt label! I am dying to see Lara's method! Your quilting and creativity is over the top!!! Just amazing! Found your site from Crazy Mom Quilts!!

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  74. As a beginner quilter, haven't tried applique, except for some hand felt applique on a Christmas stocking for my daughter, which was ver impressive-would love to try it in quilting.

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  75. I love your project (purple is my favorite color!)
    I love appliqué. And with this book, I'd love it even more!

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  76. Applique seems time consuming. I am doing Lori Holts Bloom sew along now. While it is tedious, the quilt is beautiful.

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  77. Now, Judy, you've really got me excited and I can't wait to get my hands on this book. I would love to find a new appliqué method especially if I can make such a gorgeous bouquet of Kaffe Fasset flowers! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  78. I love applique and I would be great to try out this new method.

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  79. I love to applique but am a little intimidated. As long as I take my time it turns out beautifully.

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  80. Wow! what a stunning quilt!!

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  81. Absolutely love your creations and what this book has done to you. I need to get this. I am drooling over the purple hanging.

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  82. Absolutely gorgeous quilt! akronne17@gmail.com

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  83. I'm loving this blog hop, and after reading your blog know I HAVE to get a copy of this book. I love quilting the tops the most and love what you've done with your appliques. Can't wait to try it too.

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  84. first, your projects are gorgeous! I am now working on a project for my sister with raw edge applique. I do so wish I had this method before i started. Lots of flower petals and vines I'm going to have to stitch down. Groan. As it is a wall hanging it won't require frequent washings and Lara's technique sounds like the perfect technique to try.

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  85. i like raw edge applique and usually use fusible. love the sound of this technique

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  86. Love the look of applique but have not done much.

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  87. Oh my goodness! This technique must really be amazing, as the projects being created are stunning!! I have done some applique, but have not gone ear the turned edge method (so Lara's technique would be right up my alley!).

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  88. I love applique--needle turned is my favorite. Your pictures of your work are fantastic--I want the book and I want to do some of those butterflies!

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  89. I love applique. I have made some really fun quilts using different methods. I love your two quilts you showed in the post. What amazing colors and quilting! Very inspiring. I am glad you jumped right in! Thanks for taking us on your journey. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  90. Wow. Every project from this hop is just beautiful.

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  91. I love to applique and use fusible web or fusible interfacing. Thanks for the opportunity to win Lara's book.

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  92. I love the look of appliqué but prefer to fuse. No fraying would be a bonus!

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  93. I would love to try this method for applique.

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  94. I just want to learn how!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  95. would love to learn applique iit really looks difficult.

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  96. my applique needs some serious help, this would be just what I need. thank you for the chance to own this book
    sewfabrics@outlook.com

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  97. I like to do needle turn but mostly I do machine applique:)I love this new look.

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  98. I have tried different forms of applique, but it's not a technique I use often. Takes more time than I want to spend for my quilting purposes. But, this book might change my mind. It looks great from the photos you shared. (celiaambrose@hotmail.com) Thanks for the chance!

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  99. I am not good at needle turn and I would love to learn more about this technique and improve my applique skills! thanks!!

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  100. Oh my, you are having fun with this new technique :) Fab finishes!

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