Applique, Giveaway & Block of the Day

Who doesn't love a great giveaway? Julie over at Jaybird Quilts has a fantastic giveaway going on right now. Stop what you're doing and sign up. Seriously, I'll wait.

Now that you've checked it out, be sure to stop back by her site and the RK Swatch & Stitch Blog to see details of Piece O' Cake Designs upcoming fabric release. It's delicious and I can't wait to get my hot little hands on some. I don't know how I'll be able to wait until January! I know this goes without saying, but patience is a virtue that I do not always possess.

Speaking of my impaired patience, I had an interest in needle turn applique before I began blogging and being a super busy mom, made little time for my hobbies. I've yet to take a formal quilting class.

What's a modern sewist to do? I found Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins Teach You to Applique the Piece O' Cake Way (2005 C&T Publishing) on DVD and had my own private tutors at my beckon call. There are so many tips and tricks included in the 2 1/2 hour DVD that it is well worth your time to view it on several occasions. In fact, I think I may watch it again this week just to brush up. The video was created to compliment one of the fantastic books by this pair of applique pros but is incredibly useful all on its own.

Today's block, Starburst had Y seams that I just didn't feel like doing...so I didn't. The points on the star edges are appliqued, making this yet another combination.

Happy Quilting and Best of Luck to RETRO-Fab Readers in the Giveaway!!


  1. I am always so tempted to applique when it comes to set in and tricky curved seams. The blocks seem so much more likely to turn out well that way.

  2. Good job Heather, that block is another I'm hoping to make this weekend. (no applique for me though)


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