Saturday, November 22, 2014

Modern Appliqué Illusions Blog Tour and Giveaway



Today I'm excited to share a new book written by my friend, Casey York, called Modern Appliqué Illusions. I met Casey through the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild several years ago. As a lover of appliqué, I was immediately drawn to what she was creating at our sew-ins and sharing during the Show-and-Tell portions of our meetings. Casey has a unique style that is very modern and not seen elsewhere in the modern quilting community. So the fact that she's written a beautiful appliqué book is no surprise!


All of the quilts in the book play on the illusion of perspective and depth. It's quite amazing how the projectss create dimension on the quilt surface, through both the appliqué design and the quilting. If you haven't given appliqué a try yet, this may be the perfect place to get started. Casey includes lots of basic instructions for fusible appliqué and includes her unique method of using embroidery to finish the raw edge.

I was drawn to this project called "Perspective" because I love letters and words on quilts. See the illusion of depth? You're actually creating the letters by appliquéing the shadows.


I decided to try it in a small project and made a pillow for my grandson...


Some of the illusion is also created by the quilting. There are quilting lines provided in the pattern for the letters and I quilted the background with closely spaced straight lines to flatten it a bit.


I used my go-to machine appliqué technique of a small button hole stitch around all of the appliqué pieces. Here's a close-up... I take the width and length of the stitch down a bit from the default settings to create a less-noticable stitching line.


It was a fun project!


Would you like a chance to win this new book? Casey has kindly offered a copy to giveaway here! Just leave a comment below - if you're in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you happen to win and you're international, you will receive an electronic copy. I'll choose a winner on Wednesday November 26th. Good luck!

Be sure to visit Casey's blog as she is showing and discussing in-depth all the projects in the book. And if you don't win you can buy a copy here.

For more chances to win and see more of the book, be sure to visit all the stops on the tour!

42 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book! Thanks for the chance.

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  2. What an incredible technique- very cool! I love the look of all those shadows too! Thanks for the chance to own one of these books!

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  3. I love your pillow! I need to make four! Brady, Hunter, Abbey, and Brynn......Hope I win the book ;)

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  4. Great pillow! I have looked at her patterns before and love them. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of her book.

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  5. The pillow is fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  6. Love the illusions. Definitely want to try some of the quilts.
    lowson@swbell.net

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  7. Love the floating letters. I think i'm going to try those first for practice.

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  8. Love your pillow! I would love to make these for my grandchildren! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  9. I, too, like the applique letters. Very clever.

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  10. Clever, modern twist to appliqué. Love it!

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  11. Very nice pillow. I like how you took the idea and made it your own. So many times I get bogged down thinking I have to keep things the same or I try to change it up and get lost in the process and the project gets shelved. This is a great book. kthurn@bektel.com

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  12. Great pillow...........really like the way the name pops and the fabric and quilting choices that make it stand out.

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  13. I always struggle with perspective. Would love to have a copy of this book!

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  14. I love the "SAM" pillow. Perspective is such a great tool for Modern Quilting!

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  15. How clever is this?? I would love to win this book to try the technique. Thanks for the chance!
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I would love to make one of those pillows for every kid I know! Great job.

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  17. Very nice pillow and a fun way to personalize it. I like the way you quilted it too.

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  18. love that book, thanks for the chance

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  19. THANKS FOR SHARING A GIVEAWAY BOOK THAT LOOKS VERY INTERESTING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  20. This book looks great with fun projects to try!

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  21. I'm sure this book is amazing!

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  22. Oh, I love this interesting book. IF I win, I'm going to donate the book to the library at my guild as soon as I take a peek at it. After losing my husband in 2013, I volunteered to do a 5-10 minute education segment at my guild's night meeting this year. It has inspired me to get out of self and out of the house. I was asked to be the librarian at our night and day meetings next year. As I said, if I win the book, I will donate it to the library to share with my fellow members.

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  23. The pillow for your grandson is so cute!

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  24. I've been following the hop and love the projects that have been shared. Would love to win the book, thanks for the chance.

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  25. Great pillow! Sam's a lucky kid for sure! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  26. That is such a great technique. I love how your pillow turned out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Casey's book.

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  27. I haven't been brave enough to try applique yet. This might be the push I need!

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  28. You did such a good job with Sam's pillow. I'm sure that he will love it.

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  29. I love doing raw edge appliqué on my machine - would love this book the add a new perspective!

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  30. I can't wait to try this out. I'm going to make a special label for a baby quilt I've just finished.

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  31. I love your Sam pillow - I'd love to try this technique!

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  32. This book looks like a real challenge - the quilts are gorgeous, so I want to try them, but this sort of applique is completely new to me. A welcome, but mildly intimidating, challenge!

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  33. Love this technique! Your work is exquisite!

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  34. This book looks fantastic! I love those koi!

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  35. this book looks really intriguing! A new (to me) way of approaching quilts! really cool

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  36. Looove the pillow! I would like to make some for my kids.

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!