12 Nov Modern Appliqué Illusions!
I am thrilled today to be part of the blog tour for Casey York‘s new book, Modern Appliqué Illusions! I’ve been watching Casey’s creations ever since her quilt Onwards won the Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road fabric challenge. I loved the modern, minimal design and the perspective conveyed by the trees. Casey now brings those same wonderful design qualities to her new book Modern Appliqué Illusions. It is fascinating to see how she can bring a third dimension to a basically two dimensional quilt.
When I saw Casey’s book, I was eager to try one of her quilts. Grand Canal is inspired by the gardens at Versailles in France. Being a bit of a francophile who has always wanted to visit Versailles, I knew that was the project for me! Casey graciously downsized the templates for Grand Canal so I could make it as a mini quilt. She warned me that some of the pieces would be tiny and that she had slightly adjusted some of the proportions to make the quilt work in such a small size. The original Grand Canal is 80″ x 60″ and my quilt is about 24″ x 18″. My retreat last week was the perfect time to indulge in such a fun project. I was able to pull all the fabrics I needed from my stash and set about tracing the templates and working with the fusible.
I chose quilting that echoed the perspective of the design and bound it all in the blue water fabric (which isn’t quite as bright as it seems in the photo).
In addition to amazing quilt designs, Modern Appliqué Illusions features detailed information on appliqué techniques including Casey’s special embroidery-finished appliqué method.
Casey and C&T Publishing/Stash Books have graciously offered to give away a book to one of my lucky readers. The giveaway is open internationally – a US winner will get a hard copy book, an international winner will get an electronic copy. If you are not the lucky winner or you just can’t wait, Casey is selling signed copies of her book on her website.
In addition, Casey is also doing posts on her blog during the blog tour that provide more information about her inspiration and process as well as an additional giveaway of Pellon interfacing.
Check out all the other stops on the tour:
To enter the giveaway, tell me if there is somewhere that inspires you that you’d like to turn into a quilt one day – or maybe you already have! Don’t forget to include your email so I can contact you if you win! The giveaway will close Friday, Nov 14 at the end of the day.
SuzePosted at 03:08h, 23 November
I visited London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Birmingham, England in August. I took lots of pictures of the architecture with the idea of either blocks or quilting or both to be included in future quilts. Who knows? Maybe it'll become a reality.
Farm QuilterPosted at 07:13h, 18 November
I have a file of photos on my computer of nature that I would love to turn into quilts one of these days!! Maybe after studying Casey's way of keeping things in perspective I may be able to accomplish that goal!
Yan HongPosted at 13:32h, 16 November
I love trees, and when I saw Casey's trees and their shadows, I thought I'd like to try those.
Jackie ThompsonPosted at 08:17h, 16 November
I love your honesty and ingenuity in regards to the trees!
HeatherPosted at 15:17h, 15 November
I went to Rome years ago. I think the Coliseum would be an interesting study for a quilt!
Karen ThurnPosted at 03:47h, 15 November
I'd love to make a quilt of the Eiffel tower. I think it would make a good illusion quilt. email@example.com
LouisePosted at 22:18h, 14 November
I sketched a scene out the front window of our boat as we were cruising down the Hudson River. I would really love to quilt it!
Thanks for offering this giveaway.
MokkiPosted at 20:44h, 14 November
That looks great! I live near a beautiful landscaped park, I bet that would look lovely in a quilt using techniques like this.
SalliePosted at 19:45h, 14 November
oknonniePosted at 18:04h, 14 November
45 years ago we spent our honeymoon at Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota. I'd like to capture this memory in a quilt someday!! (we actually got snowed in!) firstname.lastname@example.org
BethPosted at 05:10h, 14 November
My hometown landmark, the Huntington Beach pier, would make a wonderful quilt. Now I just need the skills to match my inspiration.
California Fiber artist and composerPosted at 07:15h, 14 November
Beth I must live near you. We cycle to the pier and back. I had thought of it as a subject too.
kimberjPosted at 23:01h, 13 November
I am so inspired by the high desert of Santa Fe, NM and would love to use perspective to try and capture its beauty. I think Casey's book looks amazing, thanks for the giveaway 🙂
LindaPosted at 22:06h, 13 November
HI, yes, I love appliqued vines and flowers and have completed some quilt borders with them! Thanks for a great giveaway! HAPPY QUILTING!
RxMomPosted at 21:21h, 13 November
I have a pattern to do Yosemite Falls… I am kind of scared to try it, but it is going to be a great wall-hanging. I actually hiked to the top of one of the waterfalls at the National Park 25 years ago…very cool memory. my e-mail is
email@example.com thanks for doing a give-away ! Lisé
KathrynPosted at 18:25h, 13 November
I have a picture looking up through tree branches that I think would make a great design.
AmorettePosted at 18:14h, 13 November
New Zealand! I have not made one yet, but i would love to figure out how and what to make.
patty a.Posted at 15:13h, 13 November
This book could open a lot of possibilities that I never thought of before. I work in non-picture themes, but I am getting some ideas on how to incorporate this into my work.
ClaudiaPosted at 14:29h, 13 November
I'm inspired by my hometown, San Francisco. Love your version of this quilt.
Gina S.Posted at 12:44h, 13 November
I would like to do one based on the view from my parents deck. They live in the Arkansas mountains. That's where i spend most of my vacation, sitting on that deck.
BetsyPosted at 12:38h, 13 November
I love pictures of rows of colorful houses along a cliffside overlooking a calm sea. Think that would be very stunning in a quilt.
Tabitha KeenerPosted at 09:48h, 13 November
I've always wanted to visit Venice, Italy and see the canals. I think this would be beautiful in a quilt using illusion to feel like your seeing the whole picture. Thanks for the giveaway, I will definitely be getting a copy for myself!
California Fiber artist and composerPosted at 06:11h, 13 November
I have several photographs from my travels that I would like to turn into quilts, such as a decrepit barn in Canada and a sand spit in Fiji.
PT in SCPosted at 02:10h, 13 November
I have thought about doing 'Polariods from the Mediterranean'
habibihomemadePosted at 01:43h, 13 November
I have always wanted to make a quilt based on my travels in Europe and the Middle East! But I never seem to have the time.
RobinPosted at 01:29h, 13 November
I really love the way your quilting accentuates the architectural elements of the quilt. I think from this I am now inspired to do something architectural, maybe something in a Salvadore Dali type style, who knows.
Cat LadyPosted at 22:58h, 12 November
I have hopes of someday making a quilt that resembles the house I grew up in. Perspective would really help bring it to life.
sophiePosted at 21:34h, 12 November
I am also a Francophile and would live to make a quilt based on the south of France where I was lucky enough to live many years ago.
lizzieslogPosted at 20:07h, 12 November
The golden sunset at Kahana Beach in Maui
Lisa MariePosted at 20:04h, 12 November
There was a waterfall we used to hike to when we were in college. I would love to make a quilt inspired by that.
DonnaPosted at 18:12h, 12 November
I would love to try to do a lighthouse quilt… Never tried anything with landscape or art….
Jodi - usairdollPosted at 17:43h, 12 November
Love your mini! That's great that you found a stitch on your machine for making the trees instead of doing them applique, hehe. I think it would be fun to try a landscape. Can't wait to see more on the tour.
Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.
GillPosted at 17:17h, 12 November
I'd love to try the Malvern Hills in the UK! a favourite spot for walking!
DianeYPosted at 17:11h, 12 November
Living in Hawaii, I see so many sights, usually beaches, that I see as a quilt. But I will have to say, as soon as I saw the photo for this post I knew it was Versailles! I was just there in Sept and was so taken by all the gardens. She captured it beautifully
AuntiepatchPosted at 16:57h, 12 November
The ocean is going to be my next project!
BenPosted at 14:11h, 12 November
Great job on the mini! I'm planning an applique quilt inspired by the US Space and Rocket Center.