Blog hop: Applique phobia? Try Fast-Piece Applique (+ giveaway!)

Fast-Piece Applique blog tour

Calling all quilt artists: welcome to our stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour!

Four-time author Rose Hughes is on a mission: to give you the techniques you need to make the art quilts of your dreams.

Aspen Dawning quilt
“Aspen Dawning”

Keep Rose’s techniques in your quilting toolkit to use over and over again. They’re easy to learn, fun to experiment with, and liberating to use on all sorts of projects. Even if you’re not experienced at machine appliqué—or have a bit of “appliphobia”—you can quickly master the techniques in Rose’s new book, Fast-Piece Appliqué.

Umbrella Beach quilt
“Umbrella Beach”

So, what are these tools that will coax out inner quilt artists? Rose offers three core techniques (with lots of variations within each):

1. SKETCHING. Discover how to “simplify, simplify, simplify” any motif by pulling out its most essential elements. Follow along while Rose shows you how on a leaf motif—you’ll learn the ropes in a snap.

Simplifying a leaf motif

2. FAST-PIECE APPLIQUÉ. Use most any shape or motif you can dream up, including circles and curves. Rose’s Fast-Piece Appliqué construction technique lets you easily create it in fabric! Watch Rose demonstrate the technique with a flower motif in this video (to see how easy the sewing is, jump to 1:55).


Reading this in email? See the “How to machine appliqué in a new way: Fast-Piece Appliqué” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


3. EMBELLISHMENTS. Once your quilt top is sewn, the fun continues with decorative embellishments. Learn couching, hand stitching, bead quilting, and other techniques that will help you complete your creative vision.

Hand-stitched snowflakes
Rose used a straight stitch to create snowflakes, which fill the background of “Sweet Dreams.”

Once you try Rose’s methods, you’ll feel your confidence growing and your creativity flowing. Make Rose’s beautiful art quilts as shown in the book, or bring your own ideas to life!

Fast-Piece AppliquePick up your copy of Fast-Piece Appliqué at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
eBook: $16.99


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Fast-Piece Applique hugs patternA gift from Rose: #loveletterhearts

Visit each stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour to download a FREE #loveletterhearts pattern—plus three more on the final day of the tour at Rose’s blog! Collect them all and you’ll have a dozen patterns for making your own hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Find general instructions for Rose’s piecing technique in Fast-Piece Appliqué.

Download the #loveletterhearts “HUGS” pattern.


What’s the most exciting part of creating a quilt for you: the designing, the sewing, or the embellishing? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Fast-Piece Appliqué eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Follow the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour through January 16:

Monday, January 5: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
#loveletterhearts word: KISS

Tuesday, January 6: Natalie Barnes
#loveletterhearts word: SOUL

Wednesday, January 7: Maddie Ketray
#loveletterhearts word: SEXY

Thursday, January 8: Generation Q Magazine
#loveletterhearts word: SWAK

Friday, January 9: Mandy Leins
#loveletterhearts word: LEAP

Monday, January 12: Megan Dougherty
#loveletterhearts word: LUST

Tuesday, January 13: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
#loveletterhearts word: HUGS

Wednesday, January 14: Sam Hunter
#loveletterhearts word: FIRE

Thursday, January 15: Rachel Biel
#loveletterhearts word: SING

Friday, January 16: Rose Hughes
#loveletterhearts words: ???

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Regina, who says:

“I like the designing and the logistics of making the sewing as ‘seamless’ as possible.”

Regina, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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