Blog tour: Make new fabric from your quilt scraps (+ giveaway!)

Posted by on June 7, 2012, in quilting & sewing, ,

Scrap-Applique Playground Blog TourToday we’re delighted to be the first stop on Kay Mackenzie’s blog tour introducing her latest book, Scrap-Appliqué Playground. If you keep quilt scraps but aren’t sure how to put them to good use, you’ll find Kay’s technique a real time, space, and scrap saver! (See a how-to from an earlier post.)

Kay’s book makes it easy to fuse and patch your scraps to make whimsical designs. First, learn five ways to create new fabric from your quilt scraps, ready to become appliqué shapes. Then choose from eight simple appliqué quilt patterns that quilters of all skill levels can make.

Now, let’s hear from Kay as she shares how the idea for her fun new book—and how her awesomely original technique for quilting with scraps—came to be.


Greetings, quilting friends!

Kay Mackenzie, author of Scrap-Applique PlaygroundI’m Kay Mackenzie, a quilter, designer, and Martingale author. I live in Santa Cruz, California, with my husband, science journalist Dana Mackenzie, and our young tuxedo cat, Maxwell Smart.

Stitch This! has kindly invited me to be a guest today, and I’m excited to be here. It’s the first day of a very fun blog hop all through cyberspace to learn more about my new book, Scrap-Appliqué Playground. Today I thought I’d talk about how the idea for Scrap-Appliqué Playground cooked gently for years before it finally came to the forefront and became a book.

Scrap-Applique PlaygroundThis scrap-appliqué journey started a long time ago at a rare juncture when I found myself with a little space between deadlines. All I wanted to do was sit down and sew!

I gathered scraps and strips, sorted them into loose colorways, and started sewing them together, cutting across them, and sewing them together again. It was fun and engaging; I was having a fabulous time with never a thought of what I’d do with those spontaneous fabric compositions. Before I could even get that far, another project came up, so with a little regret I set my free-time sewing aside.

Those patchwork fabric compositions sat in my UFO pile for years while I traveled down the Easy Appliqué Blocks and Inspired by Tradition roads. But I never discarded them, because I knew their someday would come. At long last I hauled them out. I’ve always been an appliqué enthusiast, so I started playing with the idea of cutting appliqués out of them. I made big hearts.

scrap-applique hearts

I used the fusible-interfacing method, which is given in the book. They looked like a stack of fluffy pancakes:

scrap-applique hearts--fluffy pancakes!

I made a couple things for the charity group in my guild that makes quilts for kids in need.

scrap-applique hearts quiltThe gals in the group were so enthusiastic that I gave them the rest of those prototype hearts to play with. And the patched-appliqué idea simmered some more.

Finally the decks were cleared and there was time to start on a whole brainstorming session, refining my methods as I went and seeing just what I could do with patched-together appliqué. I used fun unplanned piecing methods and spontaneous fusing methods to create fabric compositions. I reached into my appliqué bag of tricks and used a few different ways of making appliqués out of the patchwork pieces. And so Scrap-Appliqué Playground was born!

The methods have been refined since those first big patchy hearts, but the spontaneous, unplanned aspects remain. It’s all creative and engaging, and it adds texture, sparkle, and whimsy to your appliqué. There’s no measuring or calculation, and you’ll have loads of fun putting fabrics together and using your most precious scraps. Join me on the playground!

from Scrap-Applique Playground

Courtesy of Martingale, I have a copy of the Scrap-Appliqué Playground eBook to give away. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment  on this post before 7:00 p.m. (PST) on Friday, June 8.

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And come on along for the rest of the hop! Start at my blog, All About Appliqué, and I’ll send you through cyberspace each day to visit a different wonderful quilting blogger and discover something new about Scrap-Appliqué Playground. There will be chances to win at each stop along the way.

Thank you so much to the Martingale staff for letting me come by today to talk about my newest title.


Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win the Scrap-Appliqué Playground eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Deb. Deb said:

“Whenever I get together with sewing friends, I am the one pulling scraps out of the trash cans… they are better treasure than a pirate’s map. Thanks for giving me a new map to let me create fabric scrap bounty!!”

Deb, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


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