If you are a regular reader here, you already know that I’ve been working for the last year and a half on a new applique compilation book with Stash Books/C&T Publishing. (If you are visiting for the first time, welcome! Thanks for stopping by, and please do have a look around!) I’m delighted to officially kick off the blog tour for this book, The Appliqué Book, today!
The tour will run for two weeks and feature two stops each day. At least one stop will feature a contributor to the book writing about the project or projects they designed and contributed, and one may feature a review or other perspective from a designer that I interviewed and profiled, a complementary quilting publication, or a quilting retailer. I hope that you’ll follow along to each stop to get to know all of the many people who played (and will continue to play) a role in this project–I truly couldn’t have done it without their amazing contributions, and I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten to know them through this collaborative effort.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of the cover quilts, Shards, which recently hung in the QuiltCon West show in Pasadena. When I first started teaching appliqué workshops, I began thinking about quilting process in a new way, trying to devise methods that would be fun to teach and learn in addition to being personally satisfying. I was inspired by the success of improvisational piecing to explore whether improvisation would work with appliqué.
Luckily, art history geek that I am, I had a high profile precedent to refer back to in the works of Henri Matisse, whose cut paper collage technique inspired my initial workshops in this technique (you’ll probably hear more about Matisse from another blog tour contributor, but you’ll have to follow along or check out the book to find out who!) When I put together the workshop, I wanted to give my students additional examples of shapes they could cut and applique improvisationally, and this was the beginning of Shards. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to make this quilt concept come to life for The Appliqué Book, and I think it will provide readers with a novel and fun way of approaching appliqué.
Thanks to the generosity of Stash Books, I’m able to give away a copy of The Appliqué Book to a lucky reader! I usually run giveaways for a week, but this one will run for the duration of the Blog Tour. To enter, leave a comment on this post about you thoughts on applique as a family of techniques. Do you love it? Hate it? Is it your go-to technique or have you never tried it? It’s my hope that the diversity of design voices and technical approaches in this book will demonstrate the possibilities of this family of techniques and inspire you to try out one or more! Comment by midnight on Friday, March 25, and I’ll announce a random winner on Saturday, March 26.
To learn more about the projects and designers featured in the book, please follow along with the Tour. Here is the complete schedule:
Mon. March 21:
Latifah Saafir | http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/