Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Giveaway & Book Tour - Crafted Applique: New possibilities

Welcome everybody to my stop on the Crafted Applique: New Possibilities blog hop!
I am delighted to be involved in the hop and share Lara's generosity by giving away a copy of her new book!  I've been following Lara's blog BuzzinBumble for ages and last year when I was renovating our kitchen, we got chatting by email about being too far away from each other to be able to drop by for a cuppa, so we decided on a mug rug swap instead and this way have a virtual cuppa with each other.  This is what Lara made for me!
If you have been following Lara's blog hop you will have seen this mini featured on Sew Mama Sew but I had to show it again for my stop on the hop to show what you can be done with Lara's applique method!  It is perfect for tiny pieces to add detail.  Check out their perfect expressions - this little mini brings me such joy - it captures the personalities of our Charly & Wilbur perfectly!

I ordered my copy of Crafted Applique from the AQS shop as soon as I heard it was available for pre-order and got it last month ahead of the hop & just in time for an applique project I was planning.   I had the bright idea of making a glow in the dark Lego inspired Darth Vader for a Star Wars mini quilt swap on Instagram!
Lara's method is very well explained in the book and when I emailed Lara to tell her I had a copy of her book in my hands she gave me pointers to help me apply it to Vader and it made the making of this mini so much easier!  The applique parts can be re-positioned and moved if you need to and I did!  The no fray aspect allowed me to make some tiny cuts into the fabric on Vader's face to give him a bit of a scowl.  I also added some detailing on his breastplate by cutting parts away and this made the glow in the dark fabric shine through!



Being able to make small cuts and not having to worry about fraying edges got me thinking about making a second project!  I am a big fan of all things Space related and have a great fondness for things like Star Wars and Doctor Who!

Lara Buccella
Ruth
The Doctor, a Time Lord from Gallifrey has a language made up of circles and is read anti-clockwise.  The TV program is full of beautiful images using the circular language and someone even went and created an alphabet for it.  Here's my name, Ruth and Lara's full name in Gallifreyan!

Yes there is a bit of artistic licence in this one - well its a made up language for starters!  But you can move the dots and lines about a bit and change up the colours and like Lara's method for applique the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

So I've stared cutting into fabric again trying to make something circular inspired by circular Gallifreyan.  I tried cutting shapes with a scalpel and that was tricky even with paper as a base as there is so much give in fabric.  So, out came the scissors and I just played with the shapes.   I am starting to think I need a die cutter as the only limiting factor with this one is not Lara's method but my ability to cut a curve!

I am far from finished, this is only layer 1 and 2, but I'm having a lot of fun and really enjoying the variety of things you can do with no fray applique!  From butterflies to flower gardens, mermaids to dogs on carts the possibilities really are endless!

To win a copy of Lara's book Crafted Applique:  New Possibilities please leave a comment telling me what you would like to make for your next applique project!  The giveaway is open until midnight Sunday 29th May, winner will be chosen at random next Monday, 30th May.  Good luck!

To see more amazing applique projects and more chances to win Lara's book please visit my fellow blog hoppers on the book tour below! If you just can’t wait and want to buy a copy right now, Lara has offered to refund your money if you win a copy in one of the giveaways! You can purchase a signed copy on BuzzinBumble, or from Amazon.co.uk

Crafted Appliqué… New Possibilities Blog Hop - May 1st to June 5th 2016

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Lara
Buccella
Introduce Tour   

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Valerie Smith
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Dana Gaffney
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Lorna McMahon
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Mary Schuberg
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Heidi
Kuntz
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Alycia Carmin
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Amy
DeCesare
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Sherri McConnell
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Lara Buccella
Guest Post

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Christina Cameli
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Melissa Corry
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Sarah
Craig
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Soma Acharya
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Valerie
Reynolds
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Angela Pingel
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Sandra Walker

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Cheryl Brickey
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Judy Murphy
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Yvonne Fuchs
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Cindy Pieters
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Susie
Zlogar
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Connie Campbell
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Ruth
Bourke
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Kaja
Zieslar
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Ann
Brooks
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Cynthia Brunz

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Holiday
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Holiday
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Holiday
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Jenn Trott-Zisserson
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Paulette Horn
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Sandra Jansen

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Christine Sherman


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Darlene Simmons
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Lara
Buccella
Giveaway Winners Announced!         





 









92 comments:

  1. I was thinking a summer theme. A day at the fair:)
    Thank you for this chance to win a copy of her book. And for your enjoyable blog!

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  2. I like the circles. It looks like you are having fun with Lara's method. I have avoided applique but I am intrigued...intrigued enough that I think I'm tempted to try it.

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  3. Both your projects are looking amazing! I have been thinking about making some seasonal pillows.

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  4. Both your pieces are great! I love being able to get lots of detail like this and if it could be achieved without fraying - all the better! Working appli-fusing some leaves and poppies on pieced backgrounds...wish me luck!

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  5. I want to make a beach scene with appliqué. My grandson would love darth Vader !!

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  6. Great projects! I would love to make a quilt all over with flowers and some butterflies.

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  7. I am intrigued by this applique method it looks like it will open up a whole new world of possibilities!
    I have a postcard of an old-fashioned tram that I would love to translate into applique one day, maybe that day will be sooner than I thought :)

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  8. I want to make a butterfly appliqué with the technique used in this book, and I have exactly the right fabric for it!

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  9. I have an Oregon Beach scene to do...this method will make it easier and better than I anticipated. May also be a Darth Vader mug rug in my grandson's future. Clever of you to use glow in the dark fabric!

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  10. Going to be making an applique of a TV/film camera on a quilt. Love Darth Vader.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  11. I would love to do something with circles. Thanks for the chance to win.
    doyleajackie AT gmail DOT com

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  12. We have a travel trailer, and I'd love to applique the trailer onto kitchen towels. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. I'm doing Barbara Brackman's Westering Women BOM this year, and would love to make an appliqued medallion center block for my quilt. Thanks for showing us your projects, and for hosting the giveaway.

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  14. Now i know gallifreyan has an alphabet, i want to make a mini with my family's names!

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  15. I am currently making a runner which will have flowers appliqued onto it. I would love to win Lara's book so I could try my hand at raw edge applique.

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  16. I have a quilt pattern for a row quilt with pumpkins that I would love a better way to applique.

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  17. Would love to use this method for some nature-type work. Thinking landscape. akronne17@gmail.com

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  18. Ruth, you truly all out and made such fun projects! I loved your glow-in-the-dark Darth quilt and now these Gallifreyan inspired circles are just Wow! That is going to be a very cool, very sci-fi looking quilt! Love the circles you've quilted over the top too. Yeah I had not much luck cutting the fabric with an exacto knife and found scissors to do the best job too. I'm so jazzed that you did our names in Gallifreyan! And even more excited that you said "The possibilities are limited only by your imagination"! In your case, that mean they aren't limited at all! LOL Thank you for such a wonderful book review!

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    1. ... it should say that "you truly went all out" I got so excited that I left a word out.

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  19. I would love to make an appliqué art quilt based on a previous one I made that has some fraying. If everyone is telling the truth, this method would solve that completely.

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  20. WOW! I love your Darth glow quilt and how you wrote out your names in the Gallifreyan inspired circles, you are so creative! If chosen, Id have to make something turtle-ish since the mojo within me is talkin' turtle just now.
    Thanks to both you and Lara for the giveaway.

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  21. I'd love to make the moth from the book! wow!

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  22. How lucky to receive such an adorable mug rug! Wow that Darth Vader is amazing!

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  23. I enjoy machine appalique, thanks to great workshops with Pat Sloan and Robbi Eklow. I'm very intrigued by Lara's technique -- my exposure has been all the great posts by the bloggers in this hop -- and I really want to get the book! As for your question, my next applique project will be a fall or winter-themed table runner for the silent auction at our guild's biennial show (November).

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  24. your projects are wonderful. i would love to learn to machine applique. I would like to start with flowers
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  25. I think I would like to try this method to add applique to my improv quilts

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  26. I will make an applique dresses quilt-- one red dress and all the rest black
    It will be for my nieces charity event -- red dress alpha phi gala this fall
    I would love to use a better raw edge applique method

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  27. i would love to make the Cecropia Utopia moth from the crafted applique book.

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  28. Ooooh! LOOOOVE your Doggie's!!! They are sooooo cute!! This Hop has sure encouraged me to give Applique another try! :) I think I would like to make an appliqued quilt for Granbaby...his room is done in Nautical things...so would try this first, as next project. :)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  29. I'm not yet sure if I want to try applique yet and was hoping against hope that I win a copy of her book to see what all the excitement is about! :)

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  30. I really like the camper...But my grandson loves star wars.... lol so who knows.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  31. Love your Darth Vader - very cool! I am working on some appliqued flowers at the moment! Would love to improve my work! THis book looks very interesting!! Thanks for the chance!
    churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  32. Am passing Darth along to a friend who's grandson is into Star Wars. She will love it. I want to make the butterfly quilt I saw a few days ago.

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  33. I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BALTIMORE ALBUM TYPE PATTERN THAT I WILL NEVER MAKE UNLESS IT IS WITH A METHOD LIKE THIS.

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  34. I have a lion applique pattern that I purchased several years ago and am afraid to do anything with it......so with this book I could at least try.
    jsorensen794 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  35. I adore your star wars appliques! I am excited by the possibilities of Lara's technique. I have a TON of applique projects I need to do. I am not a huge fan of DOING applique but I sure like the results. My husband purchased two applique kits at a local quilt shop and those suckers were EXPENSIVE so I have been holding off on doing them. This technique could be the answer. Also, I have a couple Toni Whitney and McKenna Ryan projects on hold....

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  36. Love the doggy mug rug! Would like to find something with Boston terriers on it to appliqué. Thank you! tljeo@yahoo.com

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  37. Can't wait to try Lara's method for some dainty flowers.

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  38. Sono nuova dell'applique e mi piacerebbe provare con questo metodo. Grazie per questa opportunità.
    elosarig59@gmail.com

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  39. Hi...for my next applique project I'd like to make a version of my Beagle named Lady much like your version of Wilbur.....

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  40. I would like to make a baby quilt with lots of little applique flowers and birds!

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  41. Thank you for hosting and the giveaway!!

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  42. I have an art quilt in mind with lots of tiny pieces that would be great not having the edges fray. Your Darth Vader piece is great...my boys would love that!!

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  43. I began a comment then hopped back to the "about " part,my Grandmother went from Glasgow to Ireland way back in the 1800's, she was a Nanny for a shipping company. She sewed, knitted, my Mum sewed too, and they would be amazed at all the possibilities now.Lovely book, and I would like to fussy cut some Kaffe flowers, and use as a pocket on a bag. Your appliques are super.

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  44. I have just finished William Morris Morning Glory quilt. My next applique quilt that I will do is Edytra Sitar Seasonal Silhouettes. Love your doggy mug rug! I would love to win this book to learn her method on my next quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I'd like to make a farm scene!

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  46. That turned out beautifully. Darth's features are so tiny there. I can't imagine doing it with fusible web or needle turned appliqué. I love your circle project too. I plan to use Lara's technique on a growth chart soon.

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  47. I'm still thinking about my little house appliqué. The image it taking shape))

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  48. I'd like to make a bird and flora silhouette pillow for my bed.

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  49. Love your pieces Ruth. I have no current plans but I'm thinking perhaps something circular.

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  50. I have a sandpiper small quilt that I have been wanting to make. The pieces are small so I have been waiting for some inspiration on how to make it. This book seems like it has some great ways to do the applique. I love all Star Wars quilts too so I really enjoyed seeing your Darth Vader quilt.

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  51. I have a quilt wall hanging of Lake Michigan that I'm working on, and I'm thinking that a frame of trees would look really neat. I wasn't at all sure how I could do it until I started reading all of these blog posts about using Lara's method. This might be what I'm looking for! Your Star Wars inspired circles are so neat--even to someone who isn't real well acquainted with Star Wars.

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  52. I'd make something for my sweet baby granddaughter! That mug rug that Lara made is absolutely adorable, and your Darth is quite intricate. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  53. I have an applique cut out ready for needle turn but I'm thinking it would probably look much better in machine applique !! thanks so much for the giveaway ! daisyandjack@hotmail.com

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  54. I'd make some more appliqué flowers for a sampler I have going.

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  55. I have so many ideas of things I would like to make -- a flower wallhanging, an adorable doggie mug rug, a sewing machine cover, finish the little houses quilt I'm currently working on -- and the list goes on! Thanks for the opportunity to win Lara's book.

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  56. I would love to learn this method. I would like to make quilt for my son with his dog on it.

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  57. I have a table runner with a central medallion to applique and then some fmq medallions on either side of the applique. I need this book to try the raw edge applique for the intricate swirls and hearts of the medallion. Love your little dog quilt:)

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  58. I have a copy of Lara's book- so leave me out please. I just couldn't help telling you how impressed I am with your circle art and look forward to seeing what the finished project looks like. How intriguing. Now I want to go ponder circles and curves. I've been having that itch lately.

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  59. Another Baltimore Style quilt in zip wow pop pow bright batiks! Your circles are amazing, I just said ooooooooo aaaaaaa, awesome.

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  60. Another Baltimore Style quilt in zip wow pop pow bright batiks! Your circles are amazing, I just said ooooooooo aaaaaaa, awesome.

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  61. This summer, I have plans to make a lap quilt for my husband's aunt who lives in a nursing home. I'd like to applique her name on the back of the quilt using Lara's awesome technique!

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  62. Your doggie mug rug has inspired me to make a similar one of my cat! I hope I win so I can apply her technique.

    Love the Doctor Who quilt. My daughter would love it too. We're big fans.

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  63. The dogs are adorable. I would make some flowers in a flower pot wallhanging.

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  64. I have three baby quilts queued up with trains and cars and animals to be appliqued. Would love to learn this new method. I only hope it does not use some speciality tool or glue that is not available in my part of the world!

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  65. Hmm. It's more a matter of what I wouldn't make. Bags...towels....pillows...

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  66. I have a challenge quilt project to do with hearts I need to applause.

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  67. I'm still very much at the learner stage of appliqué, my next project is to decorate a needle case for one of my daughters teachers. I'm so impressed with the results obtained with Lara's technique - your Darth Vader is amazing! Would love to win a copy of the book in order to learn more.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  68. Love that this method allows for such detailed cutting. You presenters are doing a great job with your projects but also by giving us lots of info without giving away the secret!! :)

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  69. The more I see the more I want to do some applique!! Anything...I just want to try!

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  70. I love appliquing flowers and anything that makes a beautiful scene: I can't wait to try this method out! Thanks for hosting!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

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  71. Seeing your Star Wars figure reminds me that one of my grandchildren was hinting at something from Minecraft. She needs a cushion for her desk chair, so she'll get that with a Minecraft character appliquéd on it. Thanks Ruth for hosting the giveaway. Incidentally, as one of the original Dr Who viewers, I have to confess I'd never heard of Gallifreyan!

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  72. Your project is so fun! I'm hoping to get started on A Primitive Garden soon!

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  73. I would love to make another Dresden Plate quilt. I am also working on a sewing kit with applique. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks.

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  74. I have never done applique. This book looks like just what I need to get a jump start. I am definitely budgeting for it if I can't win it.

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  75. I loved seeing the Darth Vadet project progress on Instagram.... But somehow I missed the circle piece. That is so cool!

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  76. Gah, I love, love, love your projects you made with this technique! I'm wishing I was your swap partner, lol. I love applique, so I'm really itching to get my hands on a copy of this book!

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  77. I would love to make a pillow with butterflies appliqued on it. I love the mini quilt of the 2 dogs in the wagon.

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  78. I would like to learn this new applique method to make a baby quilt with cute little animal shapes appliqued onto it. thanks for sharing with us. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  79. I would love to learn new appliqué techniques. sweetpeamarie2003@yahoo.com

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  80. I'd like to make a wall hanging for my entry.

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  81. I want to make a fairy wallhanging.

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  82. I haven't found an applique method that's worked for me. I've gone to several classes but have never even completed one block. Maybe this book is just what I need. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com https://tunaquilts.wordpress.com/

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  83. My first project would be to personalize a simple top or two, and then decorate some quilts.

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  84. Love that red wagon and dogs - so cute. Thanks for the giveaway chance. I'd do something with whales. refusestofear at yahoo dot com

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  85. I want to make some butterfly wings! grecomara at gmail dot com

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  86. I do a lot of appliquéd portraits, usually with fusible web. But I'm always looking for new and better techniques.

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  87. I make a I make a lot of mini quilts for my small wire quilt stand. I am in the process of making a VW bus from a Tula Pink pattern I found on line. It is so cute and would be a great way to try out Lara's no fray method!

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  88. Love your circles project. Am trying to decide which project from Lara's book I want to try first. I did try the technique after purchasing her book and it is awesome.

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  89. Great projects! Love the circles plus Darth as well :)

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