This morning I'm going to share a little about my friend Pat Sloan's Teach me to Applique book. Published by Martingale, it's filled with beautifully styled photos and expert instruction. I'm lucky that Martingale provide this e-book for me for review.
Often people ask me about fusible appliqué, because they know I love the blanket stitch and would happily sit for hours with tv and my sewing machine. Finally I have a reference to suggest to them. Of course machine applique starts with the application of fusible web and Pat shows how to create beautiful soft applique with her method. There's also in-depth instruction about stitching, including inside and outside corners, alternatives to the blanket stitch and ohmygosh a huge section about threads! I tend to go with matching thread these days, back when I got started I used black like so many people did. I love all the looks and Pat shows you a lot of options. As any great instructor would do, Pat breaks it all down for us, including a section on stitching sequence. So many things that I picked up over years of machine applique are all written down here in this book. Plus a ton and a half things that I didn't think about!
There are a lot of fun projects in this book. Right off I loved Sweet Bea's Bouquet. Pat shares her inspiration for the project and I always enjoy reading those stories that include tidbits about family members, in this case Pat's great-Aunt.
I traced the shapes and had them fused post haste. I like to get projects ready to pick up at a moment's notice, so this block will be ready when I am looking for something fun and mindless to work on. I think it would make a cute pillow, so that's how I will probably finish it!
Do you follow Pat? You can catch her on her Creative Talk Network radio show, on her blog, on Facebook, on you tube, and in her forum. I know there's a ton of other places too, but you get the idea, Pat Sloan is everywhere! And a lot of times she's traveling to teach, you can catch her schedule here. You can buy an autographed copy of her book here.
In other words, Pat is everywhere!
Ok everybody, hope your week is going well! Can you believe it's April!!! I can't !
I do receive Martingale e-books for free, but I only review and recommend books that I like and I think would make a good addition to your quilt library! Pat's book is definitely one of those books!
Book Photos courtesy of Martingale Publishing
Photos by Brent Kane