The Appliqué Book blog hop!

Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for The Appliqué Book by Casey York!  One of the things I tell my students when I teach appliqué is that there are so many different ways to do it.  I implore them that, if they don’t like my method, please try another, and then another, until they find one they like.  It is so worth it!

Casey has made it easy for all of us by writing a book that includes 5 major ways to do appliqué with many variations on those themes described as well.  Even when you find a technique you love, it is a great idea to learn other ways too.  Different projects lend themselves to different methods and it is helpful to have several to choose from in your “toolbox”.

I love the subtitle to the book:  “Traditional Techniques, Modern Style”.  While I do consider myself a modern quilter, I make my quilts in traditional ways.  Other than a bit of fusible webbing, the products I use have been around for generations. (Well, maybe not the rotary cutter, either, but you get the general idea 🙂  )

Casey and I first “met” online and bonded over a mutual love of modern appliqué.  We’ve been lucky enough to continue our friendship in person and I always look forward to seeing Casey and chatting about life and quilting.

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Paper Chains

When Casey contacted me about contributing to her book, I knew right away that bias appliqué was the perfect choice for me.  It is a technique I love and one that is gaining in popularity as quilters learn all the amazing things a little strip of bias can do.

I had celebrations on my mind as I envisioned a quilt of bias paper chains.  Although my children are grown now, I remember the wonderful days making things with them when they were smaller.  Paper Chains would have been a fun quilt to add some celebration to our everyday lives or to bring out on special occasions.  To add to the fun of the bright primary colors, I quilted Paper Chains in wavy lines reminiscent of streamers.

Casey and her publisher, C&T, are generously sponsoring a book giveaway at each stop on the blog tour.  US winners will receive a hard copy and non-US will receive a digital copy.  To enter leave a comment and tell me if you’ve ever tried bias appliqué.  The giveaway will be open until the end of the day on March 25.  Please don’t forget to leave me your email address.  You can’t win if I can’t reach you!

If you can’t wait to see if you win the giveaway, you can get a signed copy of Casey’s book here or get one from C&T here.

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the hop to learn more about the projects in the book!

Mon. March 14:
Casey York |
C&T Publishing |

Tues. March 15:
Jenna Brand |  (coming soon)
Adrianne Ove/Pink Chalk |

Wed. March 16:
Jenifer Dick |
Pati Fried |

Thurs. March 17:
Shannon Brinkley |
Bari J. |

Fri. March 18:
Debbie Grifka |
Beth Vassalo |

Mon. March 21:
Latifah Saafir |

Tues. March 22:
Lynn Harris |
Kevin Kosbab |
Modern Quilts Unlimited |

Web. March 23:
Allison Rosen |
Cindy Lammon |

Thurs. March 24:
Rossie Hutchinson |
Generation Q |

Fri. March 25:
Betz White |
Casey York |

  • Paula
    Posted at 17:16h, 25 March Reply

    I’ve never tried bias appliqué, but this quilt inspires me – it’s stunning! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • candy Grisham
    Posted at 08:30h, 25 March Reply

    Love this quilt. So much fun Look forward to seeing the book

  • usairdoll
    Posted at 23:17h, 24 March Reply

    What an awesome quilt! I’ve used a bias strip before when appliquing curves but never a whole quilt. Yours is stunning!

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  • Tina
    Posted at 19:57h, 24 March Reply

    Thank you for your inspiration. I would love to learn more applique techniques.

  • Umaesew
    Posted at 15:27h, 24 March Reply

    Have never tried bias applique but would love to give it a go.

  • Josee
    Posted at 14:40h, 24 March Reply

    I’ll have to try bias applique. One day…

  • pennylanequilts
    Posted at 10:44h, 24 March Reply

    I haven’t tried bias tape appliqué, yet, but your paper chains quilt looks great!

  • Paige
    Posted at 00:49h, 24 March Reply

    Why yes, I have. I made your pillow from Sew Solid Sunday #4, I believe! Love your paper chains!

  • Glenell
    Posted at 00:39h, 24 March Reply

    I’ve never tried bias applique, but it looks like a technique worth trying! I love all the pictures shared along the blog hop — so many fun styles and ideas!

  • Bonnie
    Posted at 23:22h, 23 March Reply

    I’ve only just learned about bias applique. I can see it has lots of potential uses.

    Posted at 15:11h, 23 March Reply


  • Kathie L
    Posted at 15:02h, 23 March Reply

    I’ve used bias binding for garment sewing, but this puts a new twist on it. love it.

  • Wendy T.
    Posted at 12:01h, 23 March Reply

    I have not yet tried bias applique but certainly would give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Ellee
    Posted at 06:37h, 23 March Reply

    Bias applique is new to me. I’d like to learn it and try it out on a pillow or wall hanging.

  • Diane
    Posted at 18:30h, 22 March Reply

    What a great quilt! I haven’t tried bias appliqué yet but hope to soon.

  • VeronicaMade
    Posted at 16:59h, 22 March Reply

    I have tried bias appliqué, but I don’t think it’s for me. I think I would need more practice to get better at it. I prefer raw edge fusible applique.

  • selina
    Posted at 15:29h, 22 March Reply

    Recently picked up the little gizmo to make bias tape. Looking forward to trying a bias project. Love your chains.

  • Tac
    Posted at 13:18h, 22 March Reply

    I have not tried bias appliqué but think I will have to do so. The quilts look amazing.

  • Truda Lee
    Posted at 12:28h, 22 March Reply

    Joined the Lucky Spool club and it was the first challenge! Really enjoy making it in various colors and widths. It really makes a statement.

  • Debb Hulseman
    Posted at 12:07h, 22 March Reply

    I’ve been dreaming about trying bias applique

  • Veronique
    Posted at 10:16h, 22 March Reply

    I’ve never tried bias tape appliqué before but the examples from the book really make me want to try

  • Margaret
    Posted at 01:57h, 22 March Reply

    I did a small square using bias appliqué. I want to try more on a larger scale.

  • Sarah S.
    Posted at 22:40h, 21 March Reply

    Your Paper Chains looks like a fun quilt! Bias applique is something I’d never thought about until I saw one a few months ago. Definitely want to try it! Seems like it could be fairly easy and opens up more design possibilities!

  • Sheetal L
    Posted at 08:27h, 21 March Reply

    Applique is something that I haven’t tried much of….just a little here and there. Never tried bias applique yet but after looking at the quilt designed by you I would love to give it a try. Always looking for tips and tricks to help me learn something new

  • northshorequilter
    Posted at 06:07h, 21 March Reply

    I have never tried bias applique, but I would love the chance to, particularly by learning how to do that cover image!

  • Sheila
    Posted at 21:40h, 20 March Reply

    I have used bias applique several years ago on a Christmas table runner. It turned out lovely but other than that, I haven’t thought of it since. Why, I don’t know. It was fun, It looked nice, and received many compliments. Out of site, out of mind. Your quilt is unique. I would enjoy doing this some more.

  • Diane in VA
    Posted at 15:46h, 20 March Reply

    Debbie, it’s nice to meet you. Haven’t tried applique at all, and this is such a cool technique…bias applique…haven’t tried it either. Thankyou for sharing.

  • buntyw
    Posted at 11:56h, 20 March Reply

    Great quilt!
    I’ve never tried bias applique

  • Cathy C
    Posted at 11:35h, 20 March Reply

    Wow! Great quilt, very inspiring,

  • Laura
    Posted at 10:59h, 20 March Reply

    No, I’ve never tried bias applique, but it sure is a lovely visual impact. I can see this technique used over a pieced background or many other options. Thanks for sharing.

  • Caryn
    Posted at 22:03h, 19 March Reply

    It looks like it may be fun.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    Posted at 19:48h, 19 March Reply

    I have done applique (buttonhole stitch & needle turn) but I haven’t tried bias tape applique.

  • Joan
    Posted at 17:42h, 19 March Reply

    I have done bias appliqué. I enjoy hand appliqué of all sorts. This looks like a great book for my library. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Janet T
    Posted at 15:28h, 19 March Reply

    I have done some bias applique, but not on the level of the Paper Chains quilt. It looks like fun. I might have to try that!

  • bookboxer
    Posted at 14:04h, 19 March Reply

    Not only have I not TRIED bias applique, I’d never even HEARD of it! Looks interesting!

  • applik
    Posted at 13:43h, 19 March Reply

    I have done stems and vines, but this looks like fun! I haven’t done much modern quilting, but I think it would be fun and challenging.

  • Tina
    Posted at 13:40h, 19 March Reply

    I have not tried the bias applique technique. Looks like a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marj G
    Posted at 11:57h, 19 March Reply

    I’d love to try bias tape appliqué but haven’t yet. I have been doing a lot of needle turned appliqué and I find that incredibly relaxing.

  • anna Brown
    Posted at 10:09h, 19 March Reply

    very cool love the rings ty for your ideas and inspiration….hmmmmm will have to give a try to bias quilting…

  • Jean Blythe
    Posted at 09:55h, 19 March Reply

    Yes, I’ve done bias applique, needle turn, machine, with a few different methods. I’d love to win this book!

  • Patty
    Posted at 09:49h, 19 March Reply

    I have used it for vines and stems. Easy. I also did wool once

  • deb
    Posted at 09:27h, 19 March Reply

    Very creative! No, I’ve never tried bias applique. I’d love to explore the book!

  • ritainalaska
    Posted at 21:58h, 18 March Reply

    I was tickled to see all the chains on your quilt! what a delightful quilt it is! did you make your own bias tape? I’ve made bias tape stems and vines, but I’ve also bought bias tape and laid that down for vines. it’s really hard to find the right color in bias tapes in stores … much easier to make your own with those little thingies that make the bias tape. I’ve made curly-ques but no chains.

  • Beth T.
    Posted at 14:24h, 18 March Reply

    I haven’t ever tried bias applique, but it’s a funny coincidence–just before this blog hop, I saw an older article by Joe Cunningham, talking about making portraits using bias applique that really piqued my interest. Now, having followed along on Casey’s blog hop, I’m convinced I need to try this method!

  • Kate
    Posted at 11:50h, 18 March Reply

    Great quilt Debbie!

  • Allison Church Bird
    Posted at 11:27h, 18 March Reply

    I haven’t tried bias applique yet but it is on my bucket list!!

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