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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 05 September 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617457258
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 215x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: £23.99
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The Big Book of Pretty & Playful Appliqué


150+ Designs, 4 Quilt Projects by Carol Armstrong

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Book Description

Carol Armstrong’s stunning garden quilts and charming critters have changed the way we appliqué. Now her best flora and fauna are together in a single volume. 162 full-size patterns from blooming flowers and birds in flight to household pets as lovable as your own dog or cat. Bring creatures to life with sparkling eyes, dainty wings, and twitchy whiskers. Forgo templates with her timesaving, beginner-friendly light box appliqué technique.

About the Author

About Carol Armstrong

Carol Armstrong taught herself to quilt in 1980, developing a unique and highly artistic style. She uses her favorite technique, "Lightbox Applique." Botanically correct conventionalized celebrations of flora, birds, and woodland creatures are her strongest output, though any subject that catches her artistic eye may end up a minutely detailed grace on fabric. In 1986 Carol moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, USA where she lives with her cabinetmaker husband.



Bring your quilting to life with a hundred and sixty appliqué motifs featuring cats, dogs, birds, insects and flowers. Even if you are fairly new to this type of needlecraft the instructions are simple and the author even has a new, simple way of doing appliqué.

You will need a lightbox if you want to use Ms Armstrongs method, or at least a glass topped table with a lamp under it or a sunny window. Before the patterns there is a section on what you need to buy and some useful techniques and tips. This type of appliqué is done by hand and there are a few embroidery stitches to learn plus some helpful advice about getting features such as eyes right. Find out how best to capture the look of feathers, fur, bird beaks and legs and whiskers. Discover how to adapt your own favourite flora and fauna for this type of work and also how to do quilting basics such as borders, layering, binding and assembly. These brief pages are ideal for anybody who needs to brush up, but a total beginner would be advised to purchase a book that gives more detailed instructions.

There are five sections of patterns comprising all the topics as mentioned earlier. The contents are listed at the front (no thumbnails but there are a lot of patterns) and most take up one or two pages depending on size and detail. Some of the one page motifs (mostly flowers and birds) have very small photographs of stitched examples, and I would have loved to have seen larger pictures for the peony project. The insects are mostly tiny and intended as details to add to other designs and so are several to a page; the cat and dog projects all take up two pages and unlike the flowers, birds and insects are actual pictures. The dogs pose alone, but the cats are all busy interacting with their world; I think the author must be a cat lover! At the back is a gallery to inspire on how to combine the motifs plus a few projects including tote bags, squares for a quilt, a panel and an idea for using up odd buttons. Any quilter of improver level upwards will find these projects doable, and beautiful. A lovely book that will appeal to a wide range of needleworkers due to its accessibility.

Postcard Reviews

This is the most perfect book for appliqué fans. Cats, Dogs, Birds and Flowers are all beautifully showcased inside this wonderful book. The templates are perfectly sized and each of the projects come with instructions and extra details to embellish and finish your work. In full colour, the projects are amazing. The detail in each piece is stunning and the finished pieces are really something to look at. They can be made into quilts, cushions, bags and other home furnishings or they can be given as gifts. There are techniques and stitch details included and with lots if hints and tips, even a beginner will be able to achieve a beautifully finished item.

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