Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Modern Applique Illusions Blog Tour


Hi everyone! We're so happy to be participating in Casey York's blog tour for her newest book, Modern Applique Illusions. This book is based on perspective and illusions. The projects in this book explore the potential for using minimal shapes, colors, and compositions to create the illusion of space. 
Casey at Fall 2014 International Quilt Market
We've asked Casey a few questions about her inspiration, love of quilts, and favorites from the book! Read on to learn more. 



What inspired you to create the Modern Appliqué Illusions Book? 
Casey: I love appliqué, but it's only just the beginning to catch on among (self-identified) modern quilters. I thought this presented a great opportunity to create a book (there have been several wonderful modern applique books released, so it seems like the time was right!). It was actually the publisher and acquisitions editor at Stash Books who suggested that I focus my book proposal around quilts that create the illusion of depth and three dimensionality. They had seen my Onwards Quilt, and wondered if I could create a whole book's worth of projects based on the same principles. I'm really glad they did, because it was tremendously fun designing and making the projects in the book!

Casey's Onwards Quilt 

How long have been you been quilting and sewing? 
Casey: I've been sewing since I was a child, and I sewed a lot during high school, but I mainly made garments back then. I made my first quilt about nine years ago, when my first son was born, and I was hooked. Now it's uncommon for me not to have several projects going at once, although I don't think I'm alone in that! 
Grand Canal quilt

Which is your favorite project in the book?
Casey: It's difficult to choose a favorite, but I really love the Ripples quilt, which gives the effect of koi floating underwater. it's a very simple quilt to put together and also fairly minimalist, which I love, yet the shadows give it a great amount of impact. I also love how the applique and the quilting work together to create the illusion of floating fish. 


Here are also a few of our favorites from the book.
Upward quilt
Still Life quilt
Casey is generous enough to give away a hard copy of Modern Appliqué Illusions to one lucky winner! Enter the giveaway through our rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced November 26th, 2014. Good luck and have an amazing day! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

93 comments:

selleck said...

I tried applique and wasn't crazy about the results but samples in books were so beautiful so I made 24 pillows for Christmas. The first took me three hours and the last 45 minutes. All I needed to do was practice, practice. Now I love it.

Terri said...

Wow, these projects are gorgeous! I would love to try making some of these. Cool book!

cjmont said...

i enjoy raw edge applique but not needle turn.

Crickets Corner said...

I love applique, both hand and machine.

Alexis Borsboom said...

Only patches on clothes......a fun way to cover stains and holes.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have only done a minimal amount of applique. would love to learn more.

Gina S. said...

Yes, love it.

Andrea York said...

Never tried it but I am a beginner at quilting. Hoping to take a class at my local quilt shop!

C Whelan said...

I asked for this book for Christmas!

Wendy said...

yes, I love raw edge applique and the clever glue basting methods, but I'm not so keen on needleturn applique, it's a bit too slow for me.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Yes, I have done a few projects in applique and hope to do more in the future. it's a fun way to quilt different shapes!

Anita said...

I have done both raw edge appliqué and needle turn.

Gill said...

I've done a little fusible applique!

Mary said...

I've done both fusible applique and the starch method. The appliques with the shadows look really cool!

Jenny B said...

I've tried appliqué and find it to be a challenge! Because of that I hope to do more in the future.

Louise said...

I haven't tried applique yet, but I have a good friend who really rocks it. I'll probably ask her to teach me her technique. I'd love to try to make the fish quilt in the book!

Oksana Shpack said...

So creative and really beautiful.

delaineelliott said...

I have tried applique before and I am addicted to it! Thanks!

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Jodi - usairdoll said...

Yes I have tried applique and love it! Casey's work os amazing!

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

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Jackie Thompson said...

I am working on my first appliqué project now. We will see how it goes!

Julia said...

Wow, this book is truly different! Would definitely force me out of my comfort zone!

Lisa Marie said...

Yes, I do applique sometimes. I think a bit of applique added to a pieced project really makes it special.

Digiscrapations said...

I usually do raw edge machine applique.

Christine M said...

I have done applique before but mainly button hole. I have tried a little needle turn and would like to do more.

Carol said...

Yes, I've tried needle-turn and machine sewn. I'd like to try more prepped forms as needle-turn can be a little finicky depending on the shape of the piece.

crazy quilter said...

I love applique , and do all the methods, backbasting, needleturn( which I learned first) and machine applique, as well as the Starch method. love them all and use them in one piece depending on the pieces I am appliqueing. For instance I love the starch method for Leaves, so easy..

Mtclifford said...

I've tried needle turn and machine applique. Thanks for the chance to win!

Melanie said...

I've only tried basic appliqué...on baby onesies

kimberj said...

I have done appliqué in the past however I had no instruction, I just winged it. It came out okay but I can't wait to try it using tutorials :)

Pam said...

I love doing machine applique

Karen said...

I have done wool applique and have dipped my needle into needleturn applique. I have not done any machine applique, but it is one of my quilty resolutions for 2015 to give it a try!

KathleenD said...

I've only attempted to applique 4 fussy-cut flowers as cornerstones for my first quilting class project. I plan to applique a snowman and a Christmas tree on the stockings I'll be making in the next couple of weeks. Nothing yet, like the art pictured in this book!

babiesdoc said...

I have tried applique but have only been truly successful with machine applique

Linda said...

Hi! Yes,I've done some applique on holiday runners! I like doing it,but I like piecing+quilting traditional-style better!

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Granny Maud's Girl said...

Of course! It is my favourite technique.
Thanks for introducing us to this book. It looks like one with lots of inspiring designs and will go straight to my 'hubby hints' list for Christmas.

nicolesender said...

I have tried applique but need to improve my skills.

habibihomemade said...

Her work is beautiful!

Tamie said...

I've tried it many times but still haven't learned to love it.

Anonymous said...

Once and it turned out okay. I did not have the luxury of a book or tutorial to help me.
Love the Onwards quilt, I feel like I'm traveling forward at high rate of speed.
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Jane S. said...

I had a disastrous and traumatic machine applique experience 30 years ago, so since then I've stuck to hand applique. I enjoy it both from the control aspect and from the love of hand work aspect. This looks like a wonderful book, thank you for the chance to win!

Terry said...

I've only tried appliqué a few times, but really enjoy it!!

Kathy E. said...

Oh, yes, I've tried applique before and have better luck using my embroidery machine to do it with digitized designs. I really need to learn the other way and do it properly!

kate said...

Not yet, but I want to!!

Cecilia said...

Yes, I love both needle turn and machine appliqué.

Sarah said...

Yes, I've done aplique by hand and machine. sarah@forrussia.org

Karen Thurn said...

I took an applique class in September. I recently bought Lori Holt's circle ruler from you so I plan on doing some applique. kthurn@bektel.com

madebymeinred said...

I am so impressed. What a combo of art and quilting. The simplicity of the designs are amazing and has me hooked. Best eye candy.i

Trisch said...

I have done applique before and would love to do more in the future!! Thanks.

GranChris said...

My applique is only soso. I need more practice.

jednoiglec said...

I've tried applique before, but only a few times. I'll happily learn more!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Wow, what cool quilts using perspective! I love it - thanks for the chance to win a copy of Casey's book. I've tried every method of applique' I have ever seen, and I'm always looking for something new. I've learned that Needle-turn is NOT my favorite. I love adding dimensional applique' elements to my quilts.

Purl Buttons said...

YES! I really enjoy hand applique' and I look forward to learning machine applique'.

Mary Menzer said...

This looks like a fun book - I would love to try out the patterns. Thank you for the give away!

Mary Menzer

Sigi G said...

I enjoy applique, and all the different designs you can add onto your quilt. Just LOVE the 'Still Life' Quilt. Thank you for this Giveaway!

Josie McRazie said...

I have done a small amount of applique! (I recently did the eat, play, sleep, repeat quilt for my cousin!)

mlisshouston said...

I have tried applique in a few different ways. I love raw edge applique but am not so fond of needle turned...however, sometimes its the best way to do it.

Trudy Keller said...

I have tried applique a long time ago. Would love to do more.

Lauren said...

I have tried appliqué!! I am in progress with a similar type appliqué quilt!! This book looks amazing!! Thanks!!

Pat Ioveno said...

This book looks VERY interesting. I would love to try making several of these quilts. I sometimes find applique time consuming but these quilts look worth the effort.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Those are pretty cool quilts! I definitely remember your madrona road winner!

Marie Chat said...

Actually I've done mostly hand applique and I'm in a bee. It can be relaxing and something else I can do when watching TV.

Marie G said...

Cool book. yes, appliqué is soothing.

crafty prance said...

These applique quilts make me want to try it again! It's been ages since I have done it.

Janice said...

Yes, I love applique. And, I've always wanted to make a quilt with backgrounds such as these. THanks so much.

nan_c said...

I am fairly new to applique but I really like it. I finished my first mini quilt recently...a spring skinny!

Laurie T said...

Yes, I love applique and have done some hand applique. I have just finished doing some machine applique on a table runner. Love both.

kaym said...

I've learning applique, and the you tube videos you have done have really helped make me better and more confident about my efforts. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

These quilts look amazing. I've often thought of quilts as works of art. Incorporating perspective in this manner further shows that a quilt is a canvas for an artist's vision. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I have become very interested in doing an Illusion quilt to go in a special place at the end of our hallway.

Debbie said...

I have tried and love applique.

Crafty Coffin said...

I haven't tried applique before but I would love to make the Koi quilt!

Lori said...

I have done hand applique but not by machine yet. On my to do list.

Anita said...

I've been too afraid to try it as I am a new quilter

Elizabeth said...

I have a friend that just learned to applique and really enjoys it. I have never tried. I like the designs in the book and these designs make me motivated to learn how to do it.

Nancy said...

I love appliqué!

Brenda Iwami said...

I tried hand applique for the first time this year. Thought I bit off more than I could chew, but each block I made got better than the one before!

JANET said...

LOVE applique. When I am working on a project, I cannot stop! I put it down at night and when I wake in the morning my fingers are itching to get back to work on it.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Yes I have. I do enjoy applique needleturn and machine.

Deb said...

Yes, but i'm not the best at it. I'd love to perfect that skill.

Anita said...

Yes, I love applique. It's my favorite technique.

Mary McIntyre said...

I have been doing raw appliqué for years, but I'm trying needle turn and freezer paper methods now for a more polished look.

apple blossom said...

yes, I've appliqued before

Lovelli Quilts said...

Yes I have.

Country Girl said...

I love applique and use it quite abit. I also love the minimalist looking quilts. Same goes for furniture and other furnishings. Would love to have this book!

bee said...

i've done hawaiian hand appliqué and machine appliqué - both have been fun!

Suze said...

I have tried needle turn and fusible applique.

Linda Fleming said...

I love appliqué. I used fusible appliqué to sew on several zoo animal heads - it was so much fun selecting different fabric and threads!

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Beth said...

This looks too cool!

S Walker said...

I have tried applique, but have ended up doing it by machine. I am intrigued, however, by your designs and think I might give them a try.
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Cher Merriman said...

I have tried appliqué but nothing as unique as these. Wouldn't mind trying with the book to guide me.

Bluefigquilts said...

yes. I have tried Applique.. just the easy stuff.. :)

Laura G said...

Yes I have tried appliqué and I love how it looks.

Terri said...

Yippee! I'm so excited to find out I won this giveaway. What a treat. Thank you so much to Fat Quarter Shop and to Casey!