Sunday, May 22, 2016

Crafted Applique Book Tour & Giveaway

BuzzinBumble blog

Welcome to the Crafted Applique' : New Possibilities Book Tour !

There's a new book in town !   Lara Buccella,  of  Buzzin Bumble blog,  has written her first book . She has been busier {than a bee !}  for a couple of years, fine tuning her   instructions,  and creating fun applique'  projects for her new book,
  "Crafted Applique'... New Possibilites. "

Lara kindly sent me a copy of the book, and I am excited to share with you how easy and fun it is to use Lara's "Crafted Applique' " method!   ( And, there are 2 giveaways at the end of the  post!)

In the first part of the book , Lara clearly and patiently takes the reader through the steps of her applique'  method , using an ordinary craft product.  The result is applique' with clean edges, which is easier to sew on to projects!  This  applique' won't fray , even after multiple washings. ( See Dana's  Stormy Days  blog! ) Plus, smaller  appliqued details can be added.

Below , is a section of the  Cecropia Utopia applique' , from  Crafted Applique' .
See how detailed and intricate you can make this moth?  Don't you love the edges?!  Lara made this beauty!

Photo courtesy of Lara Buccella, from Crafted Applique' book
Cecropia Utopia is a pillow project in the book !

 The second part of the book has many clever and fun projects to make .... using applique', of course!! These projects are so cute and diverse!    I have fallen in love with the  gorgeous small holiday quilt ...  for Christmas !  { I will be making this quilt before Christmas, so keep checking here!}

So guess what I did after I read  drooled over the projects?  I  got  inspired to give crafted qpplique'  a try! I picked up a WIP,  which had been stalled at the  " making the applique'" stage.  

My Goal:   Try out this Crafted Applique' technique in "real life"

My Project:

 The "All in the Family" Quilt -    design from the book , Simplify With Camille Roskelley .
 I wanted to add an appliqued Mermaid in the center of the quilt.  

Combining two  excellent books!!

I had a lot of  tons of fabric left over from making a child's seahorse quilt {see here}  and  a basket for a little baby girl's nursery .  The fabric line is Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for Moda.

I prepared the mermaid  applique' pieces,  according to Lara's directions.  I think the hardest part  for me was pre-washing my fabrics!  Next,  I sewed them easily on to the  four white center blocks of the quilt,  with a regular straight stitch!  I matched colors to the fabrics , with my Madeira Rayon threads.

I am so thrilled with how they feel and  look!!

Miss Mermaid , swimming among the bubbles

Bubbles with nice clean edges 

I am  so happy that I added the mermaid to the quilt!!

What do I think about the " Crafted Applique' " book ? 
                                 It's a Home Run ! 
                                          An   A ++++   
                                                      It really  works !!

  • I love Lara's writing style.   The reader gets  to see what she thinks about,   and  what she has learned, along her quilting journey.  It's informative and fun.

  • The photos and instructions  in this book are extremely well written. I feel as if I have taken a class with Lara, and then been given all of her notes to take home as my own !  (I LOVE that!)

  • I love how it taught me this new method, and  how it inspired me to add applique' easily to another project!  

  • And, it  left me with the desire to make projects from the  "Crafted Applique' book!"  I can't wait to start my  Folk Art Christmas quilt from the book!                                                   

Want to see the rest of the quilt?

All in the Family quilt... with a mermaid  - made by Susie's Sunroom

Quilt Details:

Pattern:    All in the Family    by Camille Roskelley  ( in her  Simplify book)

Size:   60.5 "  x 60.5 "

Fabrics:   Spring House   by Stephanie Ryan for  Moda  (from my stash)
               White tonal    from my stash

Block size:  8 " finished

Mermaid Applique':  pattern (Here  , from pinterest) . I used it as a template  and          enlarged it, and used the  Crafted Applique'  preparation for applique' (for smooth edges)

Batting:   Warm and Natural  100% cotton

Quilting:  Random wavy lines

Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt.    #2024 Cream for piecing and #3320  Green (from Color Me Happy     collection) for the wavy lines on top of the quilt.  The green shows just a hint of color.

The back:    I "super sized " the  block - by  multiplying times 5 , to make a 49 " finished block

The flimsy front and back of the quilt

The finished back of the quilt-

I think this makes a really cool back for a child's quilt, don't you?

The  blocks remind me  bubbles that surround the mermaid as she swims.

Bubbles and color

The binding shows pops of  pink!

While I was writing up this post for my blog, another "little" applique project popped into my head.....

Wouldn't this be a darling little "Deluxe Pincushion"... from another fabulous book, "Sew Organized for the Busy Girl", by Heidi Staples (from FabricMutt blog)?!

The result from combining these 3 books...  an
 All In the Family Mermaid Deluxe Pincushion
I knew I could  actually make the mermaid super-teensie , coming in at 2 1/4 " long x 1" wide, since I now have the Crafted Applique' Tool in my sewing tool bag!

My Mini Me Mermaid Deluxe Pincushion  on my All In the Family Mermaid Quilt  

This tiny mermaid was easy to apply... using the Crafted Applique' technique!

Was this little pincushion fun to make?   
Guess so.....   another one popped up right after the first one was finished!!

Deluxe pincushions ...a fusion of  Crafted Applique', Simplify, and Sew Organized !!

Deluxe Pincushion Details:

Patterns:   Deluxe Pincushion  by Heidi Staples (in her Sew Organized for the Busy Girl book)   AND    All in the Family block    by Camille Roskelley  ( in her  Simplify book)

I reduced the block size to 4.5  " x 4.5 "  to fit on the front pocket of the deluxe pincushion

Mermaid Applique':  pattern (Here  , from pinterest) . I used it as a template  and          reduced  it ( to  2 1/4 " long x 1" wide) , and used the  Crafted Applique'  preparation for applique' (for smooth edges)

Fabric:   scraps from Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for  Moda

Finished pincushion size:  5.5 " x 6.5 "

I made the backs scrappy !

Thank you for stopping by and seeing my  new projects using crafted applique' . 

Now.... for the GIVEAWAYS!!  Two chances to win !

****** Giveaways are now closed. ***********

Giveaway # 1:  A  'Crafted Applique'.... New Possibilities'   book
  Lara has generously given me a copy of  Crafted Applique'.... New Possibilities to give away to a lucky reader as a prize!

Giveaway #1  from Lara !

Giveaway #2:   An 'All In the Family Mermaid'  Deluxe       Pincushion 
  A second  lucky reader will win this  'All In the Family Mermaid' Deluxe Pincushion , made by me!

Giveaway #2  from Susie's Sunroom !

For a chance to win one of the prizes...

*  Simply leave a comment for a chance to win the book   or pincushion !  *

{ If you would like a prompt:    Have you combined books for making a project ? If so... what books did you use together ? I'd love to know! }

Please - If you are a no-reply blogger, remember to leave your e-mail address so that I will have a way to contact you if you win.

The winners will be selected on June 4, 2016,  with two random prize drawings.

Winners are now chosen. The Giveaway is closed. 

If you can't wait to see if you are a winner of the book .... you can purchase the book at these sites now ! 

At:    BuzzinBumble 
        AQS Shop

You will also want to stop and visit the other  "powerhouse"  quilters in the Crafted Applique' Blog Hop!  Here is the calendar for the Blog Hop Book Tour!  

Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop
May 1st to June 5th 2016

Introduce Tour   

Valerie Smith
Dana Gaffney
Lorna McMahon
Mary Schuberg
Alycia Carmin
Sherri McConnell
Lara Buccella
Guest Post

Christina Cameli
Melissa Corry
Soma Acharya
Angela Pingel
Sandra Walker

Cheryl Brickey
Judy Murphy
Yvonne Fuchs
Cindy Pieters
Connie Campbell
Cynthia Brunz

Jenn Trott-Zisserson
Paulette Horn
Sandra Jansen

Christine Sherman

Darlene Simmons
Giveaway Winners Announced!        

See you around at the blog hop!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:  Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts  and
                    Fabric Frenzy Friday @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio  and
                    Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!  @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                     TGIFF @ Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sew Along Sewing in May

I love participating in Sew Alongs.  

This month, I continued to work on my Crossroads Quilt and my Sherbet and Creams Quilt.
Both of these quilts are designed by  the talented Joanna Figueroa, from Fig Tree Quilts! (It's no secret that I love using Fig Tree & Company fabrics and patterns!!)

photo courtesy of The Fat Quarter Shop

The Crossroads Quilt:

This quilt is a collaboration between Kimberly,  of The Fat Quarter Shop, and Joanna, and it benefits the March of Dimes.  

The Crossroads Quilt was designed to showcase the Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric line by Fig Tree.   Since I have a LOT of Fig Tree fabrics in my stash, I am using various fabrics from different Fig Tree fabric lines:   Millhouse Inn,  Buttercup, Strawberry Fields
I think I will love the "scrappy Figgy" look!
(Ok, I have to confess.... I did buy some yardage of the Strawberry Fields Revisited, too. That gorgeous yellow with the small red flowers and dots you'll see in the second Diamond block.)

House Block:                          

 House blocks 

* Note:  The Green house doesn't have a crooked chimney!  It just needs pressed!!  LOL

Diamond Block: 

Diamond Blocks
I love these brown fabrics!!


Friendship Block:

Friendship Blocks

Crossroad Blocks so far....
Stay tuned for more!!

The Sherbet and Creams Quilt Along Quilt:  at Fig Tree Quilts Blog

Joanna started this Quilt Along in posts on her blog. She had me hooked at "low volume!"
I was all set to buy a bundle of their low volume fabrics, until I discovered that I had enough  more than enough Fig Tree low volumes in my stash already!   BIG SHOCK!   Not!!
Remember these?

My selection of low volumes

And these...

80 Pumpkin Seed applique' pieces in Sherbets

The latest step was to sew each  pumpkin seed to a 4 patch block.  I enjoyed this easy sewing.   I had my walking foot on the machine, and decided to use it . I just sewed a straight stitch along the outer edge of each pumpkin seed.   I found matched colors of thread from my Madeira (rayon) embroidery thread set.

Joanna will be busy at Quilt Market for awhile now.  So I will have some extra time to pet and admire my piles of low volume blocks!!

Do you have a fun quilt along you are sewing in now?

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:      Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts    and
                           Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts  and
                           Building Blocks Tuesday @ Quilter in the Closet