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: ???

Comments are closed for this post.

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!


157 Comments

  • The sewing is the most exciting and rewarding. Seeing the final results is great.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on January 13, 2015
  • Love to do the designing and choosing the fabrics. Then of course sewing it together to see what the final result looks like.

    —vera schmidt on January 13, 2015
  • If "embellishing" includes the smiles and warm fuzzies I get when I’m done and when I or loved ones enjoy the quilt, then that is my favorite part!

    —Teresa on January 13, 2015
  • I think the exciting part isthe construction of the project and watching it come together applique scares me to death,even though i have purchased some project kits but are scared to attempt. i guess i need a practice workbook !!!

    —Lana Metheny on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part of quilting is the binding.

    —Thelma Crape on January 13, 2015
  • The best part of creating a quilt is collecting the fabrics for the quilt: first going through my stash to see what I already have and then off to the quilt shop to purchase the rest of the fabrics needed for the quilt! Then comes enjoyment from sewing it together, quilting it and embellishing…..actually the whole process is fun and the end result: a beautiful quilt!

    —Judi Rizzo on January 13, 2015
  • I like every part of making a quilt: the designing, piecing and embellishing! Thanks for the chance to win this book – it looks fantastic!

    —Karen M on January 13, 2015
  • Definitely the sewing, that means I have gotten past my fear for coordinating the fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Janie on January 13, 2015
  • I like all the aspects but you can start out with a plan and it seems to change and evolve as you go. I think the actual sewing is my favorite part but I also enjoy handwork so the embellishment is also fun and makes it come alive. I had Rose come and speak at our guild and give a class when she lived in CA. She is very talented.

    —Barbara on January 13, 2015
  • Sewing

    Christy Trevino on January 13, 2015
  • I love all aspects of the quilting process. I do enjoy the planning and thinking stage, and the sewing is so meditative, but the embellishing is the most exciting part. I love putting the finishing touches on, the quilting designs and stitches.

    Josie Dinwiddie on January 13, 2015
  • The best part for me is the designing. After that, it doesn’t matter if the sandwich ever gets made.

    —mary on January 13, 2015
  • So far it’s the designing, but this book looks like it might help me like the whole applique process a lot more!

    —NancyB from Many LA on January 13, 2015
  • I like embellishing quilts and am interested and excited to try different techniques

    —Marthese on January 13, 2015
  • Love Applique. Love the handwork.

    —Valley on January 13, 2015
  • The designing and picking of the fabrics! Thanks for the give-away.

    —Bea K on January 13, 2015
  • Oh, that is a tough question….the pure joy of sketching a new design that has popped into my head, or the fun and giggles of embellishing, especially with three dimensional "stuff"….it’s all fun! The sewing is the quiet time that is my therapy! LOL I’m off to see all the blogs in the hop; so glad this was in my inbox.

    Jacque (aka Snoodles) on January 13, 2015
  • Definitely the designing!

    —Terri J on January 13, 2015
  • For me … I think it’s an embellishing technique which gives it an added value

    —Liliana on January 13, 2015
  • The concept and designing!

    —Julia H. on January 13, 2015
  • I’ve yet to embellish a quilt, but looking at Rose’s quilts and her techniques have given me inspiration and can’t wait to try her techniques! My favorite part is putting the quilt together and watching it come to life.

    —kraftykc on January 13, 2015
  • I would love to win the book. I would like to learn more ways to applique.

    —Sylvia Lutz on January 13, 2015
  • I think it’s all three. Seeing a design go from your imagination to the actual sewn creation and then to play with the embellishments to give it more life.

    —connie b on January 13, 2015
  • I enjoy the entire process of making a quilt. most of all I love seeing the finished project

    —Shawna on January 13, 2015
  • Rosie’s technique looks interesting and do-able!! I love to design my wall hangings and equally enjoy watching it come together.

    —Gwynette in NW Arkansas on January 13, 2015
  • I Love the designing part of quilting, but each step is exciting to see as the whole quilt comes to life! Thanks for this great giveaway, I would love to have a copy of Fast-Piece Appliqué in my library! 🙂

    —Kathy Gates on January 13, 2015
  • Yikes! I have stayed away from "art" quilting because I’m a little timid in trying it but with this book I would definitely try. Rose makes it look so easy in her Youtube video.

    —TXrose on January 13, 2015
  • The most difficult part of creating a quilt is determining what quilting design I will stitch. I suppose that falls under the embellishing category.

    —Karen on January 13, 2015
  • This look awesome I was afraid to try before, but seeing you do it I’m ready to try Thanks for the help

    Donna Davies on January 13, 2015
  • I am finding that I enjoy the embellishing part with sewing next. I haven’t done design yet, only used existing patterns.

    —Ann D on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part is designing – although I don’t really design – I find something I like and then make it my own by changing here and there! Just like with these words – I want to make a table runner so I’ll only enlarge a little and go from there! Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

    —Debby E on January 13, 2015
  • mine is twofold , i love picking out the fabric for the project then i love sewing it is a close second

    debra on January 13, 2015
  • The most exciting part to me is designing the quilt. I am as happy as a clam being surrounded with various fabrics and media to create something of harmony. This book looks awesome!

    —Marilu Howard on January 13, 2015
  • Designing is the most exciting part for me.

    Brainstorming and creating the patterns, choosing fabrics and starting the project are thrilling, sooo that means I’m one of those who struggles in the final stretch.

    —DebbieLynn on January 13, 2015
  • Planning a quilt is very exciting, but the best part is seeing it all come together to form a lovely quilt to give to someone.

    —Virginia in AK on January 13, 2015
  • Love the applique look, have only used it for hexagons so far…

    —Vin on January 13, 2015
  • I love designing quilts! I could do that all day….and night!…..long! Thanks for the YouTube tutorial and the chance to win her book!

    —Sharon on January 13, 2015
  • I’m a newbie and haven’t designed, nor embellished yet, so I’ll say sewing is my favorite thus far

    —Jinger on January 13, 2015
  • I love the embellishing – it makes the piece your creation. You can have so much fun with the wide variety of elements available to put your signature on the piece.

    —Terri on January 13, 2015
  • I love the sewing of the quilt because I get to play with all the lovely fabrics. I also enjoy seeing the design come together.

    —Karen A on January 13, 2015
  • I love both the designing and the sewing. Embellishment, for me at least, is in the quilting.

    Susan Arnold on January 13, 2015
  • Definitely the embellishing! I love to sew but the embellishments take it to a new level.

    —Lori H. on January 13, 2015
  • At the moment the best part of making a quilt at this point is the designing part. As my sewing improves I am sure it will soon become a favorite as well. The embellishment is just icing on the cake.

    Tina Howell on January 13, 2015
  • I love the progressing from design to sewing!

    —Linda Fleming on January 13, 2015
  • This is only my fourth year quilting. The first few my focus was on the sewing — getting everything neat, lined up, points sharp and matching, etc. In the last year or so I have felt more free to experiment with design, combining elements of different patterns to create my own and working more aggressively with colors. The concept of embellishment is just now beginning to pique my imagination. I made a fall table runner and have been a great time adding little embellishments to make the different elements in it pop out. So I see your question as an ongoing process of growth 🙂

    —Kate on January 13, 2015
  • The designing of the individual quilt and knowing the prayers, love and caring that goes with it.

    —Kristina on January 13, 2015
  • Für mich ist die Ideen am Schwersten. Welches Muster mache ich???
    Die Ausführung läuft dann meist von allein

    Translation: For me, the idea is the hardest. What pattern do I do??? Execution then runs mostly on its own.

    —Frauke Krug on January 13, 2015
  • I think the applique technique is quite clever. I would really like to win the book so I would have the patterns to try. I have some mobility issues due to two failed spinal surgeries so I cherish the sewing time I have.

    —Martha Starcher on January 13, 2015
  • I like the sewing part the best, closely followed by embellishing.

    —Shari K on January 13, 2015
  • The most exciting part is when I start stitching after designing. The piece then begins to come to life.

    Kathy Angel Lee on January 13, 2015
  • Designing is my favorite part! I’ve made thousands of virtual quilts in EQ. Designs come much more quickly than my hands can stitch.

    —Sally on January 13, 2015
  • I love embellishing. I have 5 granddaughters that love bling so the more I can add to a quilt the better!

    —P. cummins on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part is the embellishing…for that is when you can make any quilt your very own because no one will do exactly what you do. I love to quilt as I only learned 2 yrs ago and have finished 1 queen size, 5 of various lap and larger. I love the process.

    —Laurie Travis on January 13, 2015
  • Designing and selecting the fabrics is the most fun part other than seeing it finished.

    —Sharon in Michigan on January 13, 2015
  • I love the designing part of the quilting and then also when I finish the quilt to see how it came out.

    —karen on January 13, 2015
  • Thinking up the ideas are really exciting. I enjoy that part the most.

    —Marguerite Namdar on January 13, 2015
  • I do love to embellish my quilts — it makes them unique and my personal touch.

    —Estie on January 13, 2015
  • I love the designing. I love pulling out and matching fabrics, seeing all the vibrant colors. Looking for different designs and motifs to include. I just love the whole designing process.

    —Kim Brownell on January 13, 2015
  • I love designing because I also love to draw and I have done some oil paintings. I like to sketch out something that comes to mind and then get some fabrics together and by trial and error decide what fabrics would look good. I also love sewing the pieces together to see the finished end result. Embellishment? That is the best part! Adding just the right "bling" to make it pop!

    Cynthia J Benedum on January 13, 2015
  • I think my favorite part of the process is the planning, don’t like kits and usually put a little of my own style in a pattern. Thanks for sharing.

    —virginia dale on January 13, 2015
  • Sewing it together, I’m working on "The Guardian" (horse applique) right now, love seeing it come together.

    —Shirley Hemphill on January 13, 2015
  • I enjoy the creating aspect of quilting the most, next would be embellishment. Actual sewing of my design is the hardest for me because I am always anxious to see the finished work, and I can’t sew fast enough!

    —Roberta Kennedy on January 13, 2015
  • I love to plan and shop for the fabrics.

    Carole

    —Carole Diehl on January 13, 2015
  • Thank you for the giveaway…I love the looking and design of quilt…but I really enjoy the piecing of the top…it is my quiet space……

    —Lori M. on January 13, 2015
  • Coordinating materials, then completing it. I get satisfaction when a project is completed, and even more satisfaction if it is completed well..

    —Karen on January 13, 2015
  • I think playing with the patterns, and fabrics. I often get all the blocks done, then kind of lose the motivation to finish.

    —Pamela R on January 13, 2015
  • I like the designing and the sewing, both the same. love to see what my design looks like when I am done sewing it.

    —Jeanne on January 13, 2015
  • Oh I like to embellish….I love fiber arts and mixing that with my quilts is just wonderful….Thanks so much for being part of this blog…it is a great one.

    —Sharon Joyner on January 13, 2015
  • I love the actual applique itself more even than embellishing which is always lots of fun. I have even been called "The Applique Queen" by a group of fellow quilts/sewists!

    —Norma Weeks on January 13, 2015
  • I like to design the quilts. After a few ideas on paper, I can see what it will be.

    —jean crowe-balliro on January 13, 2015
  • I love the sewing part, but all of the parts are fun for me. Mostly, I like to hand-sew the binding down and have a finished quilt!

    —Susan Stanton on January 13, 2015
  • as a newbie quilter I would say appliqué looks very intimidating. but I am enjoying just the sewing aspect now. I have only done straight top stitch so freestyle is next. but boy am I scared!

    —kitty Demeo on January 13, 2015
  • Looks like a very interesting process! It looks like it would be fun to take a class from Rose. It has the feel of her being a good teacher, doing a fun project. I have never worked on a project with embellishing.

    Nancy Trumble on January 13, 2015
  • see above

    Nancy Trumble on January 13, 2015
  • You have made applique "EASY" I will use this when ever I can. Thanks

    —kantuckee on January 13, 2015
  • I like it all!

    —Lisa Marie on January 13, 2015
  • Love the design phase, guess that comes from being an engineer!

    —tracydvr on January 13, 2015
  • Oh! What a great video! I’ll share it and add it on to our post, too. It’s perfect!

    Rachel Biel on January 13, 2015
  • The sewing– then it’s a reality.

    —Gail on January 13, 2015
  • It’s the designing that I love and enjoy the most. Followed by the quilting….and designing the quilting to fit the quilt. I sew to design!

    Debbie Clarke on January 13, 2015
  • I enjoy the designing process the most. Perhaps because that refreshes my memory of my fabric stash. Joy, joy, joy!

    —Valerie Clark on January 13, 2015
  • I am most excited about the process of selecting colors…making the piece my own in some way. Although all my choices don’t always turn out the best it’s worth trying again and again until I like the selections.

    —Kathi Potter on January 13, 2015
  • embellishing – love making a quilt mine own and making it shine

    —Kathy Luehrs on January 13, 2015
  • Applique is a favorite thing for me to do, both on quilts and clothing. It can turn a plain t-shirt or sweatshirt into a beautiful piece of wearable art. A quilt made for children, is especially adaptable to most any kind of applique, because you can use a theme they are partial to, or, make them really feminine, or definitely boyish. I have done all of the above for our great grandchildren, and before that, their parents. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Sylvia on January 13, 2015
  • love applique and this book looks awesome. Love to be a winner.

    Vickey

    Vickey Stamps on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part is the sewing and hand-quilting.

    —Susan Green on January 13, 2015
  • I like the putting it all together…seeing it take shape & become what I "see" in my head…that’s the best fun part! 🙂

    —Lori Morton on January 13, 2015
  • Sewing the quilt is my favorite part, seeing the quilt come together as each piece is added making the whole quilt top. Thanks for the chance to winning a copy of the book.

    —Leah on January 13, 2015
  • Well, since I don’t have the talent to design, I would say the sewing of a quilt is my favorite. However, I would love to experiment with embellishments. It looks like fun!

    —Kathleen on January 13, 2015
  • I love the sewing part the best. It is always exiting. I like this applique book, thank you for the chance!

    —Timtirim on January 13, 2015
  • I enjoy the designing process. It motivates me to begin the project and enjoy the other aspects of quilting.

    —Judy Graham on January 13, 2015
  • I probably get the most excited about the design, then the actual sewing.

    —Robin M on January 13, 2015
  • Designing is always a lot of fun. Sewing satisfies the desire and the habit. Embellishing is new to me. Hard to say which is the favorite…the whole process is fun, satisfying, and a lot of it new.

    —Janie on January 13, 2015
  • The designing!

    —Karen Cohn on January 13, 2015
  • Most often my favorite part is the planning, setting up, and starting the quilt. For me that is the exciting part especially if I am making something for a specific person and need to find "just the right fabric" for them.

    —Karen L. on January 13, 2015
  • A favorite part is probably designing! No matter if it is a total from scratch design or if it is a piece of this one and some of that one. I do however love a finished quilt!!!!!!

    —Tonie Peterson on January 13, 2015
  • I like to choose the fabrics and then design! Of course, the finished quilt is the best moment!

    —Nicole Sender on January 13, 2015
  • i enjoy all aspects of creating- from fabric selection to the finished project. i also love to see the appreciative faces when it is then gifted out.

    carol on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part is sewing a quilt together. I love seeing how the small pieces come together for the final quilt.

    —LeAnn Paton on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part is the designing and the quilting.

    —mary ann on January 13, 2015
  • I love all parts – from design to picking out colors and fabrics, to auditioning them with help from my son, to sewing, to quilting to completing and showing it off!

    —Alice on January 13, 2015
  • My favorite part is taking a picture of the finished quilt.

    —Judy Allen on January 13, 2015
  • Applique is great..Love to do it on a lot of projects. This book looks like a big win for me….. got to have it….can’t wait till it gets in the store….

    —Sandy on January 13, 2015
  • Hi there, I’m so excited to use this book the video was amazing. I know that I’ll be using it as much as I can create something new each and every time. Thank you giving me the chance to win this book. I have my fingers crossed 😉

    Dawn Rasmussen on January 13, 2015
  • would love to win this book! Everything is so fresh and happy looking.

    elr on January 13, 2015
  • Most exciting for me is the sewing and if hand work like appliqué is part of it, all the better!

    Thanks for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on January 13, 2015
  • sewing and putting it all together.
    THANKS

    —Connie German on January 13, 2015
  • The sewing generally, but I’ve got a quilt that I am planning lots of embellishment and it’s got me so excited I dream about it. Thanks.

    —Mom C on January 13, 2015
  • The embellishing – the final touches that say "me"! Hate appliqué, would love the book to help me get better at it. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Karen on January 14, 2015
  • My favorite part is choosing the colours, (also ther hardest part) then it’s sewing the pieces toether to finally view the block.

    —ELIZAJANE on January 14, 2015
  • The designing and then the sewing

    —Bridget Fletcher on January 14, 2015
  • My most favorite thing is doing applique. This book looks like it has lots of fun tips and tidbits.

    —Claire on January 14, 2015
  • The most fun for me is the sewing and watching the parts all come together to form one piece. Second to that would be the embellishing, because that is step the part where the project can come alive and depending on the amount of your embellishment, the project can say hi, or it can scream HELLO!

    Watching Rose’s video makes her way of doing the applique look like a lot of fun and with not much stress at all.

    —VickiT on January 14, 2015
  • The sewing and seeing it come together. 🙂
    craftyccain@gmail.com

    —Connie Cain on January 14, 2015
  • I love all aspects from start to finish and then seeing the personality that the piece takes on…..some more than others reflect the stitcher.

    —Grams on January 14, 2015
  • Really interesting method, would love to try it.

    —K on January 14, 2015
  • Choosing and shopping for fabrics, going through my scraps and deciding on embellishing.Thank you for the chance to get a copy, especially because I live in Argentina and publications are not easy to get.

    maria on January 14, 2015
  • I like all aspects of the quilt process, but really like the piecing part. But, I also like the "finished" part, when I am able to say that it is done and can be enjoyed!

    —Donna W on January 14, 2015
  • I like the designing -and the logistics of making the sewing as "seamless" as possible.

    —Regina on January 14, 2015
  • All love all the steps involved in making a quilt but my very favourite is choosing the colour scheme and fabrics.

    —Linda Webster on January 14, 2015
  • Being a graph paper junkie and a pretty good seamstress, I’ve been mainly a piecer. Curves don’t bother me, so I’d usually sew a flower rather than applique. But I like this idea of something quick and fast and can see using it, especially on children’s quilts.

    —Brenda on January 15, 2015
  • Designing

    —Debbie Pete on January 15, 2015
  • I love the sewing part. I just can’t wait to put it together and see how it turns out!

    —Gina S. on January 15, 2015
  • I love embellishing a quilt there is such a range of items and techniques to use. It brings out the artist in anyone.

    mindy wolfe on January 15, 2015
  • I enjoy every part of making a quilt but I have to say that I love to sit and bind. I will never forget the first quilt I binded. I cried like a baby. I wasn’t happy to see my finished quilt. I was sad that it ended. I have since gotten over that and look forward to "kickin" it out and starting a new. I just love to make memories for my family.

    —Alesha on January 15, 2015
  • I like to create the design best so choosing the pattern and just the right fabric are the challenge to me.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on January 16, 2015
  • I love the designing most, but also like the sewing part as well. Always seem to struggle tho with the finishing.

    Moira McSpadden on January 16, 2015
  • So far the sewing is my favorite part and I love to see the finished product.

    —Carol Bakaj on January 16, 2015
  • Pulling out the fabrics is my favorite part!

    —Heather on January 16, 2015
  • What I love about applique? Well, the chance to design in a painterly way a fiber art piece that can warm your heart, feed your eye and soul. It’s a great way to play with fabric and need I say, practice tons of patience.

    —ckachel on January 16, 2015
  • The entire process is fun, but I think I like picking out all the different fabric and actually sewing it together the most. it would be grand to learn how to put it on my quilts!

    —Tammy on January 16, 2015
  • I like the sewing part the best. Seeing all the pieces come together is exciting to me.

    —Mary on January 16, 2015
  • The design stage is most fulfilling for me, as one would see from my sketches all over my sewing room and desk. Next would be choosing the fabrics; I get totally lost going through my stash for just that right snippet or fat quarter.

    —Glenna Denman on January 16, 2015
  • Whenever I have free time I will just pull a fat quarter or some odd sized pieces from my stash and iron them onto the iron on adhesive paper or freezer paper. This way I always have many choices when I need a quick project for a gift. Plus it gets some of those smaller pieces stacked up neater. So, I guess "early planning" would be one of the best parts for me. Finishing a project and giving it to the recipient is the greatest fun though.

    —CindyM on January 16, 2015
  • My favorite part is planning and stitching the appliques. I always opt for the machine fused method; and would love to add this fast-piece method; as my applique phobia is needle-turned method. This book is going on my wishlist for 2015. Thanks for the video to inspire my love of applique. Going to check out your blog…

    Darlee on January 16, 2015
  • There are 3 ‘best parts’ of making a quilt; Choosing the fabrics and how they’ll work together, looking at the quilt with ‘fresh eyes’ a week or so after it’s done (when you truly see the finished product, instead of just seeing all the flaws when it’s first finished (or am I the only one who does that?)), and the look on the person’s face when you give them the quilt as a gift. Their thrill at the piece, and the fact that you did all that work just for them, is heartwarming indeed!

    Lynn Whinery on January 16, 2015
  • I enjoy sewing the quilt together…:)

    —Joan Rodriguez on January 16, 2015
  • The designing (and shopping) is exciting and fun for me. Sometimes the piecework gets tedious, but it’s always fun to embellish.

    —Cindy S on January 16, 2015
  • I am an applique-beginner. So I start with the piecing of the quilt and as I always do I think about how to "built" the rest of my quilt. The colors in the quilt for the applique are depending on the colors I use for the piecing. I think I like the "designing" part the most. But I do like applique"ing" also.

    —Jos on January 16, 2015
  • I love the piecing of the quilt. It has a quiet, calming effect for me.

    —Sue L on January 16, 2015
  • I think I like the designing process best. Do enjoy all of it though/

    —teri c on January 16, 2015
  • I think I like the designing process best.

    —teri c on January 16, 2015
  • I have to say the embellishing is the best part of the quilt and the most fun for me!

    —Bridget on January 16, 2015
  • My favorite part is sewing the quilt. It is exciting to see how the pattern comes together.

    —Bonnie on January 16, 2015
  • I love applique. The sewing is my favorite part. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on January 16, 2015
  • Love to know more about it

    —barbara woods on January 16, 2015
  • I think I enjoy designing the quilt more than other steps.

    —Susan Clarkson on January 16, 2015
  • I am new to quilting, basically squares, rectangles and straight sewing. So for me it would have to be the embellishment. I am an avid crocheter and I create different appliques to put on my quilting. I sew a lot of yo-yos and make designs with them. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on January 17, 2015
  • Picking the fabric to make it "your" quilt! Then the sewing, watching it come together!

    —Maryanne Wilson on January 17, 2015
  • I love the design process and then pulling the fabrics from my stash.

    Jacqueline VH on January 17, 2015
  • The most exciting part of quilting is the actual assembly of the top, watching the colors I’ve chosen come together to create a unique work of art!

    —Kathy B. on January 17, 2015
  • I enjoy sewing the most–seeing the project come together.

    Carol Kussart on January 18, 2015
  • I love to embellish. I have used yarn, buttons, hot crystal affixing, and adding yo-yo’s, so far. The most fun was doing a tree of life in dark colors.
    I have had a small bit of experience with Rose’s fun things and some pre-cuts from her. She does some great things.

    Donna on January 18, 2015
  • Embellishing is the most fun and spontaneous. It feels like the final big creative splash you can make before calling it finished, and one of a kind. The only problem is knowing when to stop…once those creative juices start flowing it’s very easy to take it one step too far. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Rose D. on January 18, 2015
  • I love the sewing! I’ve never felt comfortable with embellishing, unless it’s all planned out for me and I only have to follow the directions. Rose could definately teach me a few things!

    —Pearl on January 18, 2015
  • I would love to learn more about embellishing…right now, most of my embellishing is with the quilting, I’d love to learn more!

    —Beth Strand on January 19, 2015
  • Definitely the sewing! I love seeing my quilts come together!

    —Nancy Roraback on January 20, 2015

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