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!