Crafted Applique And Giveaway

 

Crafted Applique

Photo by Lara Buccella

Welcome to my spot for the Crafted Applique Blog Hop.  I am a very committed paper piecing pattern designer who never seriously thought of doing appliqué.  However, when your wonderful friend has a published book about a new applique technique and includes you in her celebration, you just have to give it a try!  Once I got my copy from Lara, I read through the first chapter where Lara explains her method in full detail.  She also compares and contrasts different products, which I found very helpful.

 

Umbrella Applique | Whims And Fancies

Since it was my first-ever applique, I drew up an easy design that I could try Lara’s new method on.  I changed my mind a few times about the background fabric, but, thanks to her method, it was very easy to transfer the applique from one fabric onto another.

 

Umbrella Applique | Whims And Fancies

Crafted applique is a no-frayed-edges method, and the pieces stayed pliable without the use of fusible interfacing.  It enabled me to use a really thin piece for the umbrella handle.  I was able to top-stitch the pieces easily.

 

Crafted Applique

Photo by Lara Buccella

Lara also included seven really wonderful projects in this book along with the applique patterns.  I love the one on the cover – “Hello Mr. Ranger, Sir!”

 

Crafted Applique Book

Intrigued?  Get Crafted Applique on Amazon

Lara is offering a copy of the book for a giveaway to all blog hop participants, but I had already purchased an additional copy from Amazon as soon as it became available.  I wanted to support my friend’s first book publishing venture and offer a giveaway to my readers.  (We are saving Lara’s giveaway copy for a future event here at Whims And Fancies)

Please leave a comment here and you will be entered in the giveaway.  I will announce the winner on the 19th of May.

For more chances to win a copy of this book during this month-long celebration, visit Lara’s blog Buzzin’ Bumble for the full schedule.  You might also want to visit her site to get her new free pattern – “Call Me, Maybe”.

 

Good luck!
-Soma

 

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100 thoughts on “Crafted Applique And Giveaway

  • Laura Parsons June 5, 2016 at 10:54

    I love machine applique and free motion quilting:)

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  • Martina May 21, 2016 at 11:16

    My first wall quilt was with appliqued butterflies and i just love applique. Always eager to leran more different techniques as i often struggle with small pieces.

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  • Irene May 20, 2016 at 04:00

    I am an avid paper piecer – I’d love to learn how to appliqué!

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  • Jen May 19, 2016 at 10:26

    I have one single lonely applique quilt under my belt and boy was it a learning experience.
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your little umbrella! I have a thing for red umbrellas. :)

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  • Dawn May 18, 2016 at 22:15

    I need help with appliqué! Book looks like a winner!!

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  • Cyndy Knapp May 18, 2016 at 10:02

    Thanks for offering the giveaway. This looks like a great way for applique. This little umbrella is so cute.

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  • Mama Spark May 18, 2016 at 05:03

    This technique looks amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and try it!

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  • Carol DeLater May 18, 2016 at 03:45

    This book looks like a “Gotta Have” to me. It’s on my wishlist. I want to see this technique!!

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  • Marcy May 17, 2016 at 17:31

    New to appliqué? You could have fooled me. Just perfectly beautiful work. I bet now you are hooked.

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  • SarahZ May 17, 2016 at 13:32

    I am really excited for Lara and the success this book is having…I am very intrigued by her process!

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  • virgdale May 17, 2016 at 12:12

    This is certainly an intriguing idea, can’t wait to learn about it.

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  • Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts May 17, 2016 at 09:03

    I love seeing all the posts about Lara’s book…this blog hop has been so fun to follow. And I am definitely curious about her method, sounds a lot easier than what I’m doing now!

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  • Marsha May 17, 2016 at 06:49

    We certainly could have used that umbrella over the past few weeks! It’s been a rainy month so far here in the state park where we volunteer. Lara’s book has projects that would be perfect for my summer of stitching. Your block is priceless and your colors so bright and clear. White is a lovely background. Would love to have a copy of her book if you pick me. Thanks.
    Marsha
    quilterinmotion@gmail.com

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  • Mary May 16, 2016 at 14:10

    Oh my, I must have this book, and hope I am lucky enough to win it

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  • Lorraine elding May 16, 2016 at 13:37

    The book looks lovely id love the chance to win.

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  • Karen J May 16, 2016 at 13:16

    Since we’re about to buy a camper, it’s only appropriate to get this book!

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  • sharon galli May 16, 2016 at 12:44

    I need to make and applique dress quilt for an upcoming charity event=== I need to know a better way to applique

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  • Claudia May 16, 2016 at 11:26

    I love the book. It reminds me of growing up camping with my folks.

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  • CJ Allen May 16, 2016 at 10:36

    also a paper-piecer, but recently tried applique and want to do more — only cute-ness, please! Baroque later, maybe

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  • patty May 16, 2016 at 07:05

    I am interested to see how the raw edge applique without fraying is done.

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  • krislovesfabric May 16, 2016 at 05:09

    Soma, you are a natural at applique! Great design, my…there’s been a lot of rain this Spring!! I love your little red umbrella :)

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  • Patty May 16, 2016 at 04:14

    would love to win. sounds like a very intriguing technique!

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  • Allison May 16, 2016 at 00:57

    This sounds like a great method! Would love to try t! Mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • Monica May 15, 2016 at 23:18

    I love the RV on the cover of this book.

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  • Carol Y May 15, 2016 at 22:40

    Thanks for the chance to win. If I don’t, I’ll have to get the book anyway!

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  • Terry May 15, 2016 at 20:42

    Sounds like a great book. I’d love to win a copy.

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  • Emily May 15, 2016 at 18:38

    I am so intrigued by all the great examples I’ve seen! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book and try it for myself!

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  • Ashley May 15, 2016 at 13:52

    This method is so intriguing! Can’t wait to get the book and learn the secret!

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  • LJ May 15, 2016 at 12:20

    This ‘new’ process for applique has captured my interest. Can’t wait to get the scoop and give it a try.

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  • Umaesew May 15, 2016 at 11:23

    This book looks wonderful and it would be great to win a copy.
    Then the best kept secret to doing applique will be revealed!

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  • Cheryl May 15, 2016 at 11:07

    Very cute applique block. I met Lara through your page on one of the blog hops, she is such a wonderful person!

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  • Connie May 15, 2016 at 10:43

    Would love to win a copy and try out this new technique

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  • Sandy Lowery May 15, 2016 at 09:18

    The book looks intriguing, would love to win a copy.

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  • Linette Greene May 15, 2016 at 08:31

    I am not a fan of doing applique and am hoping this book will help! I love the look of applique quilts but don’t really enjoy doing it.

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  • Sam May 15, 2016 at 07:09

    I love applique and am most interested in trying Lara’s technique

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  • Janine May 15, 2016 at 04:18

    I am so intrigued by Lara’s new method. I shy away from applique, both raw edge and needle turned, but this new secret method has me wanting to give it another go. Your thin, yet amazingly clean and unfrayed, umbrella handle proves her method works!

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  • Sobana sundar May 15, 2016 at 01:49

    The method sounds very interesting! And your umbrella looks pretty!

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  • Jeneta@PlumJam May 15, 2016 at 01:01

    Your umbrella is lovely! I’m not sure I know how crafted applique is done, but I am interested!

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  • Kaja May 15, 2016 at 00:15

    It seems as if Lara has come up with the perfect applique method for non-appliquers. Your little umbrella is sweet!

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  • FVITH May 14, 2016 at 21:53

    Your umbrella applique is very cute. It’s great to see where the cover image of Lara’s book comes from – I love her mountains and trees.

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  • nancy in IN May 14, 2016 at 21:18

    I applique but would like to learn her method. Sounds interesting.

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  • Gail May 14, 2016 at 20:50

    I love the little camper – this would be a wonderful addition for me to make to take along in the wilds of BC!!!

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  • Afton May 14, 2016 at 20:43

    Looks like a neat, new take on appliqué.

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  • Kathy Wilkey May 14, 2016 at 19:23

    I love to applique and am interested in learning a new technique. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Lara’a book.

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  • Kim Sharman May 14, 2016 at 18:50

    Lara’s new method of applique sounds fascinating. No fraying edges does sound like a dream. I do love your umbrella, Soma.

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  • Kathy E. May 14, 2016 at 18:34

    Now that narrow umbrella stick is real proof of Lara’s technique and how well it works! I wish Lara great success with her book!
    Your first applique?? Nice job!

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  • Nancy May 14, 2016 at 17:49

    Love your little umbrella..especially the no-frayed handle. I tried to make a handle on an umbrella once and it was not so nice. Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway!

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  • Gene Black May 14, 2016 at 16:50

    This is certainly intriguing to me. I hope I win – or can afford the book later- so I can try it out.

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  • Kathleen May 14, 2016 at 16:47

    I’m relatively new to applique and always do the fusible method. But I have a hard time with the zigzag stitching on the turns. I never seem to remember where my needle should be, so I like this idea of being able to use a straight stitch and no fraying. Very curious about her method!

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  • Kathy in WV May 14, 2016 at 15:34

    I’m very curious about Lara’s technique. Your little umbrella quilt is very cute. I really like applique and would love to know how to do this.

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  • June May 14, 2016 at 15:33

    This looks so interesting! Would be great to win the book with all the secrets! Thanks for putting my name in the hat for the drawing.

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  • Nann May 14, 2016 at 15:17

    I enjoy machine applique and I’m happy to enjoy a new technique. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Nann May 14, 2016 at 15:17

      …that’s *explore* a new technique!

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  • Jean McKinstry May 14, 2016 at 14:48

    Your umbrella applique is super, and the book, what a dream for any quilter. This would show the wonderful method you have used, and with skinny or fat pieces, it must be so good.

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  • anna Brown May 14, 2016 at 14:12

    very cute block would look good in a bathroom. Ans thank you for insight on this book……… happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  • Carolyn Howland May 14, 2016 at 14:05

    I am always looking for a different appliqué technique. Your umbrella is great. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  • Lorie Bugaiski May 14, 2016 at 13:41

    Love the umbrella! Would love to win her book to see her way of appliquing sounds easy. I have tried needle turning with glue or starch can’t get it, done some raw edge with fusible it was ok. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Susan May 14, 2016 at 13:32

    You have me intrigued about Lara’s method of applique. I don’t really like fusible applique and I don’t like raw edge applique. I need to check out the rest of this hop.

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  • Robin May 14, 2016 at 13:12

    I love the umbrella, I need to learn anything that makes life easier and better. I am looking forward to the book.

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  • carol n May 14, 2016 at 13:07

    OK, I am ready to find out the secret way! I do like applique and am always ready to try new sewing adventures!

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  • rosemarie garone May 14, 2016 at 12:58

    first let me say thank you for the giveaway opportunity. that is very nice. everyone loves to get something. in the summer I take care of my granddaughter. a very nice friend of hers offers at least once a week for my granddaughter to go over and play at her house. the family has even taken her on trips in their camper, which looks very similar to the one on the cover of Crafted Applique. I would love to be able to make something of the pattern and give it to the family as a thank you. love the project shown here, and all the wonderful free pattern you provide. thank you for a great website.!

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  • Jocelyn May 14, 2016 at 12:14

    I would love a copy of this book. It looks so amazing. I have only done a little bit of applique and I need all the help I can get. Thanks!

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  • Beck May 14, 2016 at 12:14

    this book sounds great, would love to learn this new technique!

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  • Lisa Marie May 14, 2016 at 12:04

    I am really curious to see how Lara’s technique works — it seems like a brilliant idea! Love your project, thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  • Lynne Stucke May 14, 2016 at 12:01

    I’d say that surely is one THIN handle on your umbrella! Nice work — especially for a first effort. Thank you for your blog — I always enjoy reading what you’ve been up to. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  • LINDA May 14, 2016 at 11:19

    Didn’t the Umbrella turn out neat! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Leslie May 14, 2016 at 11:12

    This sounds so interesting and I’m curious about a new appliqué method. Appliqué is one of my favorites.

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  • Sarah G May 14, 2016 at 10:55

    It looks like such a cute book!
    Thank you for hosting a giveaway!

    Sarah G
    sarahmon90(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://pintucksandpinafores.blogspot.com/

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  • Lori Morton May 14, 2016 at 10:38

    LOVE your umbrella!!! Sooo cute! Love the idea of this new way to applique! Would love to win this book! thank you for the chance! :)

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  • Chiska May 14, 2016 at 09:35

    I love your umbrella! I like the idea of pliable fusible free applique.

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  • Tina Jeo May 14, 2016 at 09:21

    Looking forward to finding out this new technique. Thanks for your hard work and inspiration.

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  • Barbara woods May 14, 2016 at 08:58

    Would love to win

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  • Nancy A May 14, 2016 at 08:45

    I agree — the scene on the cover is really cute. I have camped all my life (I am now 74). When I was growing up it was in tents. After we married it was in a pop-up camper. Now we stay in KOA cabins. We love to travel, and have visited 47 of our 50 states. Your umbrella turned out really nicely. This book looks like it would be very useful.

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  • NancyB from Many LA May 14, 2016 at 08:43

    This book looks fantastic – would love to try her technique!

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  • Sally M May 14, 2016 at 08:37

    I love your little umbrella even though it’s not like your normal pp. I’m getting very curious about this new method. Fingers crossed

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  • Vicki in MN May 14, 2016 at 08:37

    I definitely am curious by the method of how this is done. I sure hope I am one of the lucky people to win a copy. Maybe it will help me enjoy applique.

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  • Colette May 14, 2016 at 08:31

    Your umbrella turned out cute. I think I need to get this book, or preferably win this book. I have several applique patterns to make.

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  • Janet T May 14, 2016 at 08:30

    This technique looks like it takes the tedious parts and makes them easy to do. Can’t wait to get hold of a book!

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  • Glenda May 14, 2016 at 08:28

    I am starting an applique quilt and I will need all the help I can get. Thank you

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  • Gloria May 14, 2016 at 08:24

    I am really curius about this method! I’ve never enjoyed applique or the stiff feel of applique quilts. Looks like there might be a better way!

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  • Mary May 14, 2016 at 08:20

    Isn’t this a brilliant idea? I just love your little umbrella. The fact that you can so easily remove and replace the pieces (without any residue and distortion) is such a great benefit when doing applique work.

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  • rosa May 14, 2016 at 08:16

    Love your umbrella and the book looks great .I like aplique projects and make it but need to improve it.

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  • Joan May 14, 2016 at 08:13

    I am in for trying new things and this method of applique sounds interesting…..would love to give it a try!

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  • Peggy Nelson May 14, 2016 at 07:34

    I absolutely love applique and look forward to learning another way of doing it!!

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  • jayne May 14, 2016 at 07:15

    I’ve done very little applique, but I find it fascinating! If there is an easier way to do it…I’m all for it!

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  • Heidi May 14, 2016 at 07:08

    I adore your umbrella Soma! I love the book & this hop is so much fun, it is great to see how Lara is inspiring everyone!

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  • tonia conner May 14, 2016 at 07:02

    I too am glad you mentioned not having to use fusible interfacing, very time consuming. Curiosity is getting the best of me about her technique. Your mini is simple and sweet, giving me an idea for embroidery. Good job on your review and thank you.

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  • carolyn montgomery May 14, 2016 at 07:00

    i would love to try this new technique. your little umbrella is very cute.

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  • Lori Smanski May 14, 2016 at 06:44

    your mini is wonderful. I love that it is your first applique and it turned out so great. thanks for sharing. keep up the good work.

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  • Nancy May 14, 2016 at 06:26

    Sounds like a great technique. Would love to win.

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  • Bonnie May 14, 2016 at 06:22

    This looks like a great technique. Thanks so much for sharing

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  • Connie May 14, 2016 at 06:16

    Beautiful work and Lara’s book and technique is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Daryl May 14, 2016 at 06:14

    I would so love to win a copy of Lara’s applique book. I love applique and Lara is a sweetie too.

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  • Debbie Clarke May 14, 2016 at 06:11

    l Would love to win this one and want to try the new tchnique soon!

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  • Lara B. May 14, 2016 at 06:10

    Thank you so much Soma for taking a little side adventure and playing with applique instead of your wonderful paper piecing designs! LOL, I knew when I asked you that it would be a departure from what you usually love doing. I love the umbrella design you came up with! Not just because it is very charming (the quilting looks like rain) but because the curves and the handle put Crafted Applique to the test so well. I’m also really glad that you found the beginning chapters helpful – I had hoped they would be! So now you have me paper piecing and I got you to do an applique. That’s what friends are for! :)

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  • H R Peoples May 14, 2016 at 05:36

    Might be a better technique for those with bad hands?

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  • Janine May 14, 2016 at 05:13

    I love your umbrella design and I’m amazed at how thin your umbrella handle is. This certainly is an intriguing technique :)

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  • Kathy h May 14, 2016 at 05:11

    I love all types of applique and I am always looking for new ways to make it easier. Sounds like a great book. Love your umbrella mini.

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  • LindaD May 14, 2016 at 04:41

    Your project was great!

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  • Margaret Morton May 14, 2016 at 04:26

    I am so intrigued by the “teasers” from all of you who are participating in this. Can’t wait to try the method as I have several appliqué projects waiting for me. I’m so glad you talked about the thin piece you did and that the method worked well with it as one of my blocks has a bunch of skinny fence posts. I was dreading the tracing and ironing on fusible web.

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