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Friday, June 15, 2012

Book-A-Round 3: Scrap-Applique' Playground & Giveaway


Kay Mackenzie is hosting  a fun  Book-A-Round (aka blog hop), to celebrate the release of her delightful new quilting book "Scrap-Applique'' Playground".  And, SewCalGal is absolutely thrilled to be part of this fun  event and share insights with you on this amazing book today!


"Scrap-Applique' Playground: Turn Quilting Scraps into Fun Applique' fabrics" is an excellent new book for quilters of all levels that want to make fun projects for their home and/or for gifts.  It is also a great resource to help those that want to use up fabrics in their stash!  This book will totally change your perspective on your scraps and scrap quilts and you'll want to spend time "in the playground".
Martingale - Scrap-Applique Playground (Print version + eBook bundle)


Kay shares her technique with Scrap Applique', where she sorts scraps and strips to create beautiful compositions that do not require measuring or calculations.  Techniques in this new book vary from piecing to fusing, yet all result in visually stimulating designs that everyone will love.

Some people are scared of applique', but the techniques in this book are really very easy with Kay's instructions.  Several methods of applique are provided (e.g. Turn and Press, Freezer Paper, Fusible and working with bias edges).  Likewise, there is a section on stitching methods that shares insights on Edge Stitch, Blanket Stitch that have great instructions and visuals.

There are eight cheerful and simple applique' designs in this book that range in size from the smallest being 10"x12" and the largest project being  35 1/2" x 25 1/2".   Material requirements, cutting instructions, applique' templates and sewing instructions are easy to follow, making this an excellent book for quilters of all levels.



Here are a few projects included in this book:

Lollipop Park is a fun quilt that measures 28 1/2 x 11 1/2" is so yummy!
Martingale - Scrap-Applique Playground (Print version + eBook bundle)

Studio measures 30 1/2 x 12 1/2" would look great in any sewing studio.  I'm already planning on making several of these for Christmas gifts.




"Thank You, Teacher" measures 10" x 12".  This is a very fast and fun mini-quilt that certainly would make for a wonderful gift for any teacher, a project for a school fundraiser and an endless number of possibilities. I do love this fun design, but particularly enjoy the interesting frame as well as the spectacular bias-covered edges.


Crazy Hearts finishes 21 1/2" x 21 1/2".
Martingale - Scrap-Applique Playground (Print version + eBook bundle)


I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your local quilt store. And, if you don't see it, let them know you are intestered in having them available.    And, of course, you can also find it at Martingale's online store too!


You can also find out more about this book by visiting the blogs that are participating in this Book-A-Round to learn their insights.  Each blog is also hosting a giveaway for a copy of this book, but you need to enter within a 2 day window of their respective date on this blog hop.  Visit Kay's blog (All About Applique') for current links to the blog posts for this event.




And, you can find Kay at:
http://www.kaymackenzie.com Books, patterns, & etc. for the quilter
http://www.allaboutapplique.net Appliqué blog

Did I mention a Giveaway?

Kay has generously donated a copy of  "Scrap-Applique' Playground" for one lucky follower of SewCalGal.  To enter, simply leave a comment and let me know what you think about Kay's new book.  This giveaway will be open for two days (Friday & Saturday).  I'll update this post on Sunday, to announce the lucky winner.



And, don't forget:





Update:  The Winner of a copy of "Scrap-Applique' Playground" is Cornwoman



Lastly, I'm happy to announce the winner of last weeks' Fun Friday Giveaway, for a Sushi Bundle of Hoffman Fabrics.  Congratulations to Nanbon44.  An email will be sent today and she'll have 3 days to claim her prize.

123 comments:

Pippa's quilts said...

Thank you for the friday giveaways I shall keep on entering may be one day!!

Pippa's quilts said...

Sorry forgot to say what I think of the book. I think it looks wonderful I am always looking for ways to use scraps as I do not like to through anything away.

Gill said...

This looks a great book!
I'd love to try 'Lollipop Park'
Thanks!

DebrafromMD said...

Love the sample photos from the book. I need to add this book to my library.

Linda Coleman said...

looks like a great book and especially to use up all those bits and pieces of fabric

Rachelle said...

Love the look of that book, I can see them being handy for teacher gifts.

Lisa Marie said...

I've been following the blog hop and this book looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gene Black said...

The book looks great and as I am just starting to applique, it would be a great thing to have for inspiration and fun projects to work on.

Jaime said...

Thanks for the giveaway... I've been wanting to try applique but haven't gotten up the nerve to do it yet. This might be just the thing to get me going.

Leah said...

The projects in the book looks really colorful. They are right up my alley.

Quilting Babcia said...

As a keeper of all scraps over about 1 1/2 inch, I'm in desperate need of new ways to use them up and this looks like great inspiration! Love the lollipop trees, not to mention the hearts - perfect for the granddaughters. Hope today is my lucky day!

Kathy MacKie said...

It would be a great way to use up scraps in a creative way, thanks.

robin said...

Looks like a really fun book! Thanks for the chance. :)

CaroleM said...

It looks like there are a lot of fun ideas in there, but I have a lot of scraps that could be used for it!!

Nancy said...

The patterns are lively and fun, and making use of scraps is always a good thing! thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

Teresa in Music City said...

I really love the book and will definitely have to have a copy of my very own! Hopefully I will be successful at winning a copy on the blog hop =^..^= I'm a huge fan of planned scrappy quilts, and bringing that scrappy-happiness into applique seems like a very natural progression to me. Can't wait to try it!!!

Jean said...

Looks like a fun book. I like applique of all kinds. Thanks for the chance to win.

Annette said...

looks like an awsome book ... just what my box(es) of scraps are waiting for.
thanks for hosting a give away
in stitches

Purl Buttons said...

I think her new book is colorful and compelling.

Jayardi said...

• • • They are so fun looking. What great ideas.

Prairie ST Quilts said...

Fun projects and a great technique!

Jean said...

I love her concept of using scraps to "build" fabric. It gives projects more depth and variety. Take those same designs with solid elements and the projects wouldn't be so cool.

LeAnne said...

I'm loving all the goodies in this book.

Laceflower said...

Aren't these pieces fun; this is exactly stuff I want to try.

Sharon B said...

I have been following the Book-A-Round and it is great fun to see all the opinions and comments about this book - it is on my list!

CopyrCowgirl said...

I always love playing with scraps!

Kris said...

I have lots and lots of scraps and I love to appliqué. This sounds like the perfect storm. Thanks for sharing in the Book A Round.

MooseStash Quilting said...

I am so excited about this book. Who doesn't have tons of scraps, and what a great way to make use of them.

West Michigan Quilter said...

I haven't seen this book before. Such cute ideas and I particularly like that I can use my scraps. I'll have to get this book for our Scrap Happy Bee.

shawkl said...

The book looks fun, and I'm hoping to win. Enjoying your blog and am a new follower!
Kathy

Anne-Marie said...

I am planning to start by making my own version of the "studio" sign! Thanks for this giveaway!

Casi en el Paraiso... said...

I love this blog... I read all post... I´m not a non replay blogger... I sew all day...I have lots, lots of scraps... Please, Dear God, can I win? Please...!!!

Maricarmen, palabradepatchwork.blogspot.com.ar

mahoo said...

Looks like a lot of fun,and a great teaching tool! Thanks for the chance to win.

Courtneysews said...

Fun Book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Aletheia said...

I love the projects from inside the book. They look wonderful. I would love to see the rest of the book.
Thanks for the chance to win.
xx
Sabine

Catskill Quilter said...

I love the whimsical designs of the quilts!

Shirley said...

These ideas and techniques are looking like SO much fun and a new way to diminish the scrappy pile at my house.

phyllis said...

This book combines many of my interests; thanks for offering it.
Phyllis

ANudge said...

This is such a fun book from what I've seen on each day of this book around. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

Mimi said...

From what I have seen so far of this book... it looks awesome! Thanks for the chance!

Sally King said...

Looks like fun. Would love to own it.
Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.

Kathrynn said...

Book looks great, I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

The Jewel's Quilter said...

I love applique and scraps. This is the perfect book for me. Thanks for the opportunity. I especially love the Studio block!

Rosa said...

the book looks great.Thanks for the giveaway!!

SpartanBabe said...

What a great way to use your scraps without having to pick just one for each piece of the project! I hate having to choose and this gives me the option of not having to if I don't want too!

spartanbabe.blogspot.com

CathyH said...

Applique is the technique I still need to explore. This book looks like the kind of Applique I need to learn!

Edie said...

Love the crazy hearts. This is a really cool book and I'm glad I've been following the blog hop!

edie

DonnaP said...

I am loving this book a round, especially all the wonderful things different quilters have done with her designs. I am looking forward to getting my hands on it! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Deb said...

Looks like a great book for using up scraps! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

It looks like a fun book! Please count me in!

Phyllis said...

Wonderful looking book! I love all the neat ideas and would love to win it!

Lisas Mom said...

Kay's new book is a great way to incorporate fabric scraps into all my quilt projects. Thank for hosting today, I like your blog...jpr :)

Diann said...

I like that the book inspires us to not only use our scraps, but to do so in more interesting and creative ways than we might have thought of otherwise.

JoyceLM said...

I've enjoyed seeing all the wonderful photos from this great new book - very inspirational. Thanks for the chance to win.

ritainalaska said...

lollipop part is my kind of cute! kay mckenzie is one of my favorite authors; her books and patterns are interesting, encouraging and inspiring with clear and concise instructions. thanx for the opportunity to win a copy!

otterdaughter said...

This is a wonderful idea, and I adore the book!

Loris said...

This is a fun book tour! I love Kay's new book. I can't wait to learn the technique and make use of some scraps.

Tracy said...

Everyone's posts about the Scrap Applique book are soooo inspiring. Each one gives me a new favorite project :-)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Looks like a great book.

Jeanne said...

What a great book to have! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jeanne said...

What a great book to have! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jeanne said...

What a great book to have! Thanks for the chance to win.

heleen said...

Looks a great book with nice projects. I'm a follower allready

Marcia W. said...

I like Kay's book as from the reviews have read, it does look like fun to play with small scraps to make fabric for these cute projects. I know I can cajole my mother into letting me use some of her scraps as my playground! I am a follower of your blog too. Thanks for the giveaway!

FinoFiend said...

While only a novice quilter, I've fallen in love with applique and all because of Kay! I'd love to win a copy of her newest book!

Donna F said...

I love applique. It's hard for me to make a quilt without even just a little. I would really appreciate her book, new ways to do applique is always on my list to do.

Bobbie said...

this book looks like FUN! I love love love the studio sign!

Barb said...

This book looks like a keeper!! Love the studio sign......I so want a "studio" instead of a sewing room!

Janet said...

This looks like a super fun book! Thanks for a chance to win.

Jevne said...

Quilts for kids are my favorite....this looks like a scrumptious book. Thanks for a chance to win it.

Terry@ iluvmybugs said...

This looks like a fun book...and one that would get me interested in trying applique...love all the sneak peeks you gave! Thanks for the chance.

Connie said...

Great giveaway, looks like a fun book!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I love applique! I'd love to learn something new from Kay. Good thing I've been hanging onto my small scraps. Looks like lots of fun.

Thank you and Kay for a super giveaway and a chance to win a great book.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

WoolenSails said...

I think her book looks like fun and I love the lollipop park. Kay's books are wonderful and I love her instructions for different techniques.

Debbie

Nancy H. said...

The book looks great. Would love to make the studio sign for my friend and the apple for my niece who is a new teacher. I have lots of scraps to use up too. Thanks for the giveaway. Humnan444@verizon.net

Ariane said...

Oh this book looks like a lot of fun!! I love how she makes fabric from scraps to do her appliqué!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Cliodana said...

wow looks great, the studio quilt is amazing... will be great on my sewing room door! thank's for the chance to win and make me know that book

Cliodana said...

wow looks great, the studio quilt is amazing... will be great on my sewing room door! thank's for the chance to win and make me know that book

Lyn said...

Looks like a really fun and informative book. I am a follower and thanks.

Inge Lise said...

Would love to win so great a book, should I be lucky (hope so much), I am willing to pay postage as I live in Danmark.

Jan said...

I know Kay and I love her work. Having this book would be lovely.

Lline said...

I have scraps coming out my ears. This is a great book for using all those bits that I just can't throw away to make something beautiful.

Cynthia Stockdon said...

Looks like a fun book to help use up scraps!

Sharon said...

I am loving the reviews of this book and hope to win one! That studio quilt is really nice!

Polly said...

Love Kay! LOVE this new book. The perfect projects for scrap lovers. Fingers crossed.

Shirley in Canada said...

I think this book is totally awesome!! Love, love the Studio wall hanging!

hueisei said...

Great book! Lots of creative ideas and projects :)

Jezibels ~ sproutbabysprout.blogspot.com said...

I would love this book because I've never apllique'd and I need the help and would love to learn.

Dar said...

I'm the scrap queen in my quilting circle, so this book would be very helpful to make new designs. Thanks for the chance to win it. It looks like some great little projects are included.

Marilyn S said...

I love the patchy pieces. It would be great to use up some of my stash and scraps. Thanks.

Wanda said...

Love the book. The designs are wonderful.

Donna Joy said...

This book is a dream, to be able to use scraps to make new fabric is great. With coordinated scraps the new fabric is sure to be awesome. Thanks.

Sandra Visser said...

Love what I have seen and read about this book.

Nancy in IN said...

The book looks like to much fun. Hope I get one of them

The Quilted Dog said...

Cute patterns, and you can never enough templates for applique!

B Greene said...

That Studio sign is my favorite from the book - love the idea!! Thanks for the peek inside and the chance to win!

Wanda said...

The book looks amazing. I need to do something with all my scraps and this book likes it would be fun.

Rhonda D. said...

I love applique. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

Karrie S said...

This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

I'd like to see more projects from this book. Inventive ways to use up precious scraps are always tops in my book. I love that Studio sign too!

Margaret said...

I have not done a lot of applique but this book looks like it would be easy for me to learn from and I think it has awesome graphics.

KAM said...

This looks like a great book for project ideas for my daughter and granddaughter who are currently learning to quilt from me. The projects have eye appeal and it is great to have the opportunity to participate in the five-away.

Kristin

Jeanne Gwin said...

Have tons of scraps and always need to work on my applique skills. Thanks for a great review and the giveaway.

sewmeow said...

My scraps seem to take over my sewing room and I always need new ways to use them.

Thanks for the chance to win this terrific new book.

Beth said...

I think this looks like a fun and fresh way to use scraps. Wouldn't it be great--a secret pleasure--to see pieces of old projects scattered within new ones?

Thank you for the giveaway.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Bonnie58 said...

I've been following Kay's blog and would love to win a copy of her book. Thank's for the opportunity

Unknown said...

What a cute way to use up scraps. I like how you showed Studio. Thanks for the giveaway.
Diane

Nancy in IN said...

Love the pics of the book. I hope to win one. Thanks.

Kathy H said...

I think the book looks like it has quite a few projects that i would like to make. I really like to use the cheerful and bright ideas on my little applique pieces.

Karen said...

Oh no, I really don't need another project, but the studio pattern looks so cute. And of course I have plenty of scraps from my valences and sewing machine covers that I just have to add this coordinating studio quilt!

Candace said...

This book looks like hours and hours of fun to me;D Thanks for hosting!

Skiver said...

Look like fun afternoon projects.

Chip E. Nell said...

I don't have this book yet but have other books by Kay and they have spoiled me for others. The cd that is included allowing to print in various sizes in her other books are just awesome. I know this book is wonderful too!

Kd Brown said...

Kay's book looks wonderful and full of great projects. Thanks for yet another giveaway, SewCalGal! :)

quilt happy said...

i would love to win her book so i could play with it

AlessandraLace said...

great book, I love it. thank you for this chance. hugs

Fiona said...

Great book... I love that she has used her scraps in a different way - by making fabric out of them first and then applique ... so effective
Hugz

LJ said...

This book looks like 'just the thing' I need. I love the projects you featured and would love to have the book.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

One of these Fridays will be my lucky day!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Amo aplique e só trabalho com sucatas então...dois mais dois é igual a quatro.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

KatheG said...

Love this book! I also enjoy some applique and this looks like it could make me better at it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Marla Nelson said...

This looks like a nice book to win. marlaruthnelson@gmail.com

Kathryn Knox said...

Hi! This book would be perfect for me. I'm new to quilting and have never appiqued, so I think this would be a great help. Thanks for the opportunity. Love your web site!!