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.
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.
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.
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!”
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”.
Laura Parsons June 5, 2016 at 10:54
I love machine applique and free motion quilting:)
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.
Irene May 20, 2016 at 04:00
I am an avid paper piecer – I’d love to learn how to appliqué!
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. :)
Dawn May 18, 2016 at 22:15
I need help with appliqué! Book looks like a winner!!
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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!
virgdale May 17, 2016 at 12:12
This is certainly an intriguing idea, can’t wait to learn about it.
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!
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.
Mary May 16, 2016 at 14:10
Oh my, I must have this book, and hope I am lucky enough to win it
Lorraine elding May 16, 2016 at 13:37
The book looks lovely id love the chance to win.
Karen J May 16, 2016 at 13:16
Since we’re about to buy a camper, it’s only appropriate to get this book!
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
Claudia May 16, 2016 at 11:26
I love the book. It reminds me of growing up camping with my folks.
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
patty May 16, 2016 at 07:05
I am interested to see how the raw edge applique without fraying is done.
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 :)
Patty May 16, 2016 at 04:14
would love to win. sounds like a very intriguing technique!
Allison May 16, 2016 at 00:57
This sounds like a great method! Would love to try t! Mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com
Monica May 15, 2016 at 23:18
I love the RV on the cover of this book.
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!
Terry May 15, 2016 at 20:42
Sounds like a great book. I’d love to win a copy.
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!
Ashley May 15, 2016 at 13:52
This method is so intriguing! Can’t wait to get the book and learn the secret!
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.
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!
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!
Connie May 15, 2016 at 10:43
Would love to win a copy and try out this new technique
Sandy Lowery May 15, 2016 at 09:18
The book looks intriguing, would love to win a copy.
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.
Sam May 15, 2016 at 07:09
I love applique and am most interested in trying Lara’s technique
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!
Sobana sundar May 15, 2016 at 01:49
The method sounds very interesting! And your umbrella looks pretty!
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!
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!
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.
nancy in IN May 14, 2016 at 21:18
I applique but would like to learn her method. Sounds interesting.
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!!!
Afton May 14, 2016 at 20:43
Looks like a neat, new take on appliqué.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nann May 14, 2016 at 15:17
I enjoy machine applique and I’m happy to enjoy a new technique. Thanks for the giveaway!