Easy piecing + seasonal appliqué = Patchwork Plus!

Detail of Freedom Waves from Patchwork Plus
Detail of "Freedom Waves" from Patchwork Plus

I know, I know…many of you don’t “do” appliqué patterns. But what if it’s fusible appliqué that is super quick, super easy, and super cute? Would you consider giving it a try?

Patchwork PlusPatchwork Plus by Geralyn Powers features easy one-block quilts with a touch of seasonal appliqué. She says, “If you haven’t used appliqué to enhance your quilts, the simplicity of fusible web will delight you and give you so many opportunities to create beautiful quilts.” If you’ve never tried fusible appliqué before, Geralyn’s short but thorough explanation (along with some helpful tips and tricks) will get you started in no time! You can also read a little more about fusible appliqué in the How to Quilt section at ShopMartingale.com.

Geralyn “grew up around strong, accomplished women and watched them express their creativity while caring for homes and families. It is an amazing lesson to learn from others that in the midst of the many demands of life, one can choose to be expressive in functional tasks.” She participated in 4-H and graduated from college with a BS in Clothing and Textiles. Although busy with her family, she still finds the time to teach quilting classes and to design quilt patterns.

Read on for a look at some of the fast quilt patterns you’ll find in the book, along with some of Geralyn’s handy tips for enhancing your fusible appliqué projects!

Petals for the Table quilt
“Petals for the Table” (with a holiday option!).
This happy, springy table topper can quickly and easily be adapted for your Christmas table. The motifs for both the flower and holiday versions are included.

Step into Halloween quilt
“Step into Halloween.”
Isn’t this a fun quilt? When I saw this for the first time, I wondered how in the world Geralyn got the ghost and the skull so white and opaque, without the dark background showing through. The secret is a layer of interfacing between the appliqué motif and the fusible web. Brilliant!

Gingermania quilt
Just looking at this quilt makes me crave the wonderfully sweet and cinnamon-y taste and smell of gingerbread! A “rickrack look” decorative stitch plus raisin buttons and eyes give these cookie boys the realistic look of their gingerbread brothers (sans the calories!). This idea really got me thinking about new ways to use the decorative stitches on my machine.

Jordan's Train quilt
“Jordan’s Train.”
Your favorite train lover is sure to be delighted with this bright and cheerful quilt! Once again, Geralyn uses decorative stitches to “punch up” the appliquéd trains. The colors and appliqué are easily changed—I think that a cute floral for the main print and some posies appliquéd in the border would be super cute (and easy, too!).

Grandma's Legacy quilt
“Grandma’s Legacy.”
Geralyn learned how to sew and quilt from her grandmothers, each of whom had a drawer full of colorful aprons. What a lovely tribute—I know they would be so proud! The top apron is cleverly done by glue basting the appliqués and then placing a ruffle underneath. The appliqué is fused right down onto the ruffle and then decoratively stitched in place.

What are your favorite tricks for successful fusible appliqué? Leave your suggestions in the comments and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free eBook copy of Patchwork Plus! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Sheila, who writes:

“My best tip—read the instructions that come with your fusible. I’ve had great success using an old, wet washcloth to steam-set the fusible. Thank you for the opportunity to win this inspiring book.  :)”

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


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