Our pal Rose Hughes has a new book with more inspiring ideas, tips and tricks for creating ah-mazing quilts, and it’s a keeper! Fast-Piece Applique: Easy Artful Quilts by Machine, published by That Patchwork Place incorporates the nostalgia of 1970s platform shoes; the bold, graphic Amish and Amish-style quilts; modern patchwork and a seriously cool applique technique, and that’s all in the first 19 pages of the book! Q-bies, you’re in for a fun ride.
“Today’s quilts bring back those wonderfully large, graphic designs and the quilted line has made an incredible transformation,” Rose writes in her book. We think she’s touching on something beautiful here: quilting, while taking on a fresh, contemporary and modern look, is never far away from its roots, roots that are deep and wide and truly drink from a foundation of knowledge that quilters are unreservedly willing to share.
In Lesson 1, Rose sets the stage with this coolness: “Simplifying is an important skill.” And then she turns us loose to “create a design that takes on your personality.” Yoohooooooo, Q-Bies! Did you catch that? Go forth and play and use color, texture and fabrics that make your heart sing! This leads to an all-important “Aha! moment.”
It’s on page 19. That “Aha! moment” of utmost importance, at least in our opinion. One photo in a series of technique-related photos and Aha! On page 19, Rose stitches two pieces of cloth together and the rest is magic. I got so excited that in about an hour or so after reading page 19, I stitched this together:
Yeah, it’s that easy, and that inspiring!
Follow the blog tour for Rose’s book, and you’ll find a free original Fast-Piece Applique pillow pattern at each stop, using her signature technique. Yeah, a gift just for following her promotional trail. (Note to self: Collect all 10.)
Plus, here’s the link to Rose’s YouTube video where she demonstrates the process.
Here’s the full line-up:
January 5 Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans
January 6 Natalie Barnes – Beyond The Reef
January 7 Maddie Kertay – Bad Ass Quilters Society
January 8 Generation Q Magazine
January 9 Mandy Leins – Mandalei
January 12 Megan Dougherty – The Bitchy Stitcher
January 13 Jenny Wilding Cardon – Martingale
January 14 Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio
January 15 Rachael Biel – TAFA
January 16 Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes Designs
And here’s your opportunity to win a chance to win a digital copy of Fast-Piece Applique. Leave a comment here on this post, telling us your most fun applique experience. We’ll pick a winner on Thursday, January 15.
Congratulations Greta! You’re the winner our blog tour and will receive a digital copy of Rose’s book. Please watch your email.
Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.