American Quilter's Society US$26.95

ISBN 978 1 57432 9568 (s/b 96 pages)

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'Love to Machine Appliqué - A Medley of Techniques' by Caroline Price.

This book is both a technique book and a project book. The book opens with a chapter on basic supplies, including photos of, for example, the sewing machine feet you might need. This is really helpful as it enables you to look and see if you have one similar in your sewing machine box. This chapter also includes threads, stabilisers and fusible web. Chapter two is of great help to beginners as it covers four different methods of preparing the shapes to be appliquéd. This is followed by a chapter on stitches. If you thought you could only use satin stitch, you will be amazed. All examples include very clear photos of stitched samples and also stitches on one fabric piece for comparison purposes. Finally, to end the techniques section, there is a chapter on special techniques: reverse appliqué, bias strip and 3D. The projects that follow put all these techniques to use. The instructions specify which techniques were used in the preparation of the project. The first, Love Affair, is a sampler which uses them all and would be perfect for practising the skills needed to see which suit you and your machine best. There are nine different projects and they range in size from wall hanging to bed quilt. If you have ever wanted to know more about machine appliqué then I recommend this book.