Friday, October 30, 2015


Today is my day for the "You Can Quilt" blog hop.

If you are a beginner quilter or need to brush up on your techniques, this is the book for you.

I wish this book was around when I first started quilting, it sure would have alleviated a lot of frustration and ripping out.

The illustrations are fabulous for the visual learners out there, great instructions, wonderful hints and tips to make your quilting experience run smooth.  Can't promise there will not be any frustrations but certainly will make it more pleasurable.

My review is Chapter 10                        Applique


 Fabric is Caribbean Splash by Island Batik

Notice the topper above.  I was so excited that I emailed this to Marlene Odie (one of the authors of the book).  She wrote back asking if I did needle turn and used the right size patterns.  She asked if the page printed out correctly.

All I can say is OPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPS...  I love it even tho it is not to the right specifications, it is on my coffee table right now.

                                           This fabric is Sea Salt Sandy by Island Batik

Here is what it should look like!!!

Much easier than working with those small pieces.  Just make sure your printer is on the right setting.  Mine says full sheet to make the correct sizes.

Actually I did think something was wrong, it just didn't look right but I forged ahead anyways.


                                      This fabric is Fall 2015 Christmas Fabric by Island Batik

I have to say that the Island Batik fabrics are fabulous for applique.  The batiks do not fray as easily as cotton fabrics which makes it easier to turn under.







                                                                   So many techinques,

                                                                   so much fun,

                                                      soooo why not check the book out?

At the end of the blog hop we will randomly choose 4 winners.  Each winner will receive a copy of You Can Quilt! and a  fat eighth Island Batik fabric bundle. See the Rafflecopter below and enter the giveaway!  

Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to US residents. If you don't win or if you can not wait you can
 purchase a copy of You Can Quilt! you can get a signed copy from Marlene it is also available through AQS (as a hard copy or e-book) and Amazon

A big shout out to Marlene Odie and Island Batik for this fabulous hop!  Marlene for the fabulous book and Island Batik for the awesome fabrics.
If you missed the earlier post or want to keep up with post to come, here is the line up!

Oct. 9 – Ch. 1. Basics - Leila Gardunia
Oct. 12 – Ch. 2. HST - Tammy Silvers
Oct 14 – Ch 3. QST - Connie Kresin Campbell
Oct. 16 – Ch 4. Flying Geese - Maryellen McAuliffe http://
Oct 19 -- Ch. 5. Wonky - Christine McCrann Martinez http://
Oct. 21 – Ch. 6. Improvisation - Connie Kauffman http://
Oct. 23 -- Ch. 7. Foundation Paper Piecing - Joan Kawano http://
Oct. 26 – Ch. 8. Curves - Marlene Oddie
Oct. 28 -  Ch 9. One-Patch Blocks - Bea Lee
Oct. 30 – Ch. 10. Applique - Barbara Gaddy http://
Nov. 2 – Ch. 11. Inset Seams - Pamela Boatright
Nov. 4 – Ch. 12. Challenge Blocks - Linda Stewart Pearl http://
Nov. 6 – Ch. 13. finishing – Marlene

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Betsy said...

Barb I have the book and love it! I would love to win some fabric though. I think your topper looks amazing!

tpott said...

I've only attempted needle turn 1 time and it was a lumpy mess, maybe it's time to try again. Your's came out great!

Gene Black said...

Thanks, I am entered.

Chiska said...

I want to learn needle turn applique. That is so cool!

Needled Mom said...

I still think it looks nice, Barb. You always do such a nice job with your applique. I could use some lessons on that.

JoyceLM said...

Machine applique is still on my bucket list. Thanks.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Love the red tulips!!!!!

Jean said...

I love both versions of this topper, good job!

Jean said...

I didn't see the comment requirement until I wrote my comment...oops! I love to learn about new techniques so I'm sure I will find a new way to do a technique I've done, or a new technique to try. Thanks!

Lori said...

your blocks are wonderful. thanks for sharing.

KaHolly said...

Applique is my nemesis! I stopped at just the right spot in the hop, didn't I? XO

Dobieslady1 said...

I would love to learn appliqué and English Paper Piecing!! This book looks great!!

Heather said...

oh yes, I have learned to read the fine print on the printer setup screen. Thanks for sharing your story

beaquilter said...

all the blocks look great! ha ha, we've all learned that lesson about the printer!

Missy Shay said...

I would like to learn finished edge applique.

Anna brown said...

I would like to learn more about raw edge applique....ty for

Debi said...

Freezer paper applique

Kathy E. said...

Sounds like a book that I could learn a lot from, Barb! I am a self-learner in quilting and have gotten so much information through blogs and videos, but a book like this would be a treasure! I think your table topper looks great too!

Leila said...

Thanks for taking the time to make these blocks and review the book. All of your blocks look great. I love the fussy cut reindeer. I really like your green one too. (I think you may have cut out 4 stems and had them meet in the middle instead of two stems that cross in the middle. I have to admit that I did that too the first time I printed out the templates.) Thanks again!

Linda said...

Freezer paper appliqué !!!!

rrjane011749 said...

I like freezer paper applique!

Annmarie said...

I'm with you - batiks are great to work with - love them!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Great blocks Barb and you know I also love Island Batik fabrics!!

Peggy said...

The Interface Applique looks interesting.

June D said...

I'm just learning - all new to me. Exciting to see new techniques.

Quilting Tangent said...

I like your bubbles quilt. Haven't done applique.

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Alwayskeptintap said...

I need to learn more on needle turn applique, and reverse applique technique.
THanks for the blog hop share!

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