How to appliqué quilts just like Kim Diehl (+ fabric giveaway!)

If you’ve always wanted to appliqué exquisite quilts just like bestselling author Kim Diehl, we’re thrilled to tell you that the following statement has never been truer than with the release of Kim’s new book:

You CAN do it!

Homestead Harvest quilt from Simple Appeal
“Homestead Harvest” from
Simple Appeal

Bittersweet Briar quilt from Simple GracesIn her ninth book, Simple Appliqué, Kim shares her best techniques—developed over years of teaching thousands of appliqué students—for six different ways to appliqué. (Did you even know there were six ways to appliqué?) From traditional needle-turn appliqué to her signature invisible machine method, Simple Appliqué is a class, a show-and-tell, a guidebook, and a reference all in one—and it’s a book you’ll rely on for as long as you love needle and thread.
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DID YOU KNOW? After teaching herself the steps needed to make a quilt in the late 1990s, Kim entered and won American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s “Pieces of the Past” quilt challenge with the third quilt she’d ever made.

Oh, and don’t forget—Simple Appliqué is a project book too! Once you experiment with all six techniques, you can choose your favorite to create Kim’s stunning “Scrap Basket Blossoms” quilt. The complete pattern is included.

Scrap Basket Blossoms quilt
“Scrap Basket Blossoms”

With this all-inclusive handbook, you’ll never be at a loss for an appliqué answer again. We’re happy to have Kim as a guest blogger today to tell you more about Simple Appliqué. Take it away, Kim!


GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Henry Glass have generously provided a beautiful bundle of 28 fat eighths from Kim’s “Heritage Hollow” line to give away to you!

Simple Applique fabric giveaway

Learn how you can win it, along with a copy of the Simple Appliqué eBook, at the bottom of this post.


Kim DiehlGreetings from Idaho! I’ve been so blessed to be a quiltmaker for more than 15 years, and while I’ve loved making each and every one of my quilts, my very favorite projects have always been those that include appliqué. I’m really passionate about appliqué and I love the magic that even simple designs can bring to a quilt—so much so, that I’ve spent more than 10 years traveling around the country teaching my techniques.

During my travels I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of quiltmakers who enjoy appliqué, but in all honesty, I’ve also met others who consider it to be the “A-word” and find it more than a little bit intimidating. My goal in writing Simple Appliqué is to show that when appliqué is broken down into small, simple steps, it’s very approachable and SO not scary!

In Simple Appliqué, six of my favorite appliqué techniques are explained in down-to-earth, easy-to-understand language, with each section featuring tons of how-to photos and illustrations.

How-to photos from Simple Applique
Detailed how-to photos from
Simple Appliqué

For an added dollop of inspiration, and to give you the itch to stitch, I’ve included scads of my favorite quilt photos from my previous books.

Quilt photos from Simple Applique
Quilt photos from
Simple Appliqué

The icing on the appliqué cake is the dozens of “Pin Point” tips shared throughout Simple Appliqué—little tips, tricks, and hints that I’ve learned through many years of trial and error while I honed my appliqué skills. Here’s just one great tip from the book:

Pin Point tip from Simple Applique

With a few quick swipes of your pencil, the “Fit Your Skill Level” tip will make any appliqué project doable as you learn, until one day you realize that this step is no longer necessary and you can stitch any shape with confidence!

It’s my hope that as you read through the steps for each of the six appliqué methods, you’ll feel like we’ve tackled them together. I hope you enjoy Simple Appliqué!


Simple AppliqueThanks for sharing your latest book with us, Kim!

What appliqué method haven’t you tried yet: needle turn, machine, trapunto, fusion, wool, or fusible? Tell us in the comments and you could win a bundle of Kim’s latest fabric line from our friends at Henry Glass plus a copy of the Simple Appliqué eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Buy Simple Appliqué today and get the eBook instantly for free:

Print book (with free eBook): $22.99
eBook only: $14.99

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

“I’ve never done wool appliqué. I want to do an appliqué border for a table topper; if I start small, the project will be manageable!”

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


Kim Diehl's Best Applique Freezer PaperCOMING IN JULY: Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper

The quality product that Kim uses for her invisible machine-appliqué method! Create instant tracing templates and pattern pieces for hand or machine appliqué using an inkjet printer or photocopier. Includes 30 sheets + a free downloadable pattern.

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