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.