Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Inspired by Tradition 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 sizes

I love Kay Mackenzie’s 50 Block books.  I previously reviewed Easy Appliqué Blocks and now I have Inspired by Tradition with 50 blocks.  These blocks are inspired by the more traditional styles, but not at all old fashioned or stuffy.   Visually the book is beautiful.  It is very colorful and the pictures really pop off the page.  The patterns are flowers, vines, berries, birds, hearts, and wreaths.

A CD is included with the book and you can print the patterns out as 6”, 8” 9”10” or 12” blocks.  You can also print them reversed for back-basting hand appliqué or fusible web machine appliqué.  

Kay includes very detailed instructions on back-basting, hand stitching, raw-edge machine appliqué, fusible web, and everything you need for the fine details of your blocks.  The book ends with a nice gallery of quilt and wall-hanging ideas.  Skill levels will depend on what method of appliqué is used, but I would say there is something here for every skill level.


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