Put a little romance back in your life – and your precious scraps too (+ giveaway!)

Fall in love with romantic quilts—perfect for your reproduction stash!

Autumn Bouquet

The collection of dreamy quilts in Autumn Bouquet bursts with fabrics from the scrap basket. Classic patchwork provides a backdrop for pretty flowers and twining vines, all made easy with machine appliqué. Learn two ways to prepare appliqués, plus tips and tricks for setting up your machine for appliqué success.

From Autumn Bouquet

Dozens of close-up photos reveal secrets for mingling antique-style fabrics ranging from blushing pinks and soft purples to rich golds, red, and browns. From small wall quilts to lap-sized designs, this bouquet of quilts is simple to sew—yet so extraordinary, the quilts you make will be handed down from generation to generation.

Purple Daisies quilt
Purple Daisies

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Autumn Bouquet author Sharon Keightley today—she’s here as our guest writer to tell us about her gorgeous new book!

Sharon KeightleyIt gives me great pleasure to share the patterns in my new book, Autumn Bouquet. Every one of these quilts is a favorite, and each was a joy to make. I hope you’ll choose a pattern you like, take out your scrap bins, and find treasures you had long forgotten. Locating those long-lost special fabrics, ones I couldn’t bear to throw away, and incorporating them into a quilt is something I love.

Recollecting who we were thinking of and what we were doing as we made a quilt turns each one into a memory keeper. If I had to choose among the quilts in Autumn Bouquet, I’d say Goose Crossing has a large part of my heart.

Goose Crossing quilt
Goose Crossing

Detail of Goose Crossing quiltFor a long time I collected scraps and made Flying Geese blocks with them, knowing that they would someday go into a quilt. After laying out the blocks, the quilt still seemed to need something. Appliqué was the perfect fit. I was so glad this quilt made it on the book’s cover.

Another quilt that was made in the same manner—Treasures from the Scrap Bin—found me making cute little Shoo Fly blocks, and then adding appliqué in the border to give the quilt the punch it needed.

Treasures from the Scrap Bin quilt
Treasures from the Scrap Bin

Appliqué is always a favorite part of a quilt for me. I give two appliqué methods in the book, along with everything I know about stitching invisibly by machine to get the hand-sewn look that I love. Or, if you like, you can sew the appliqué by hand. I’ve also included quilts without appliqué for those who prefer to piece only, although I hope you decide to give the appliqué a go!

Itty Bitty Roses quilt
Itty Bitty Roses

Autumn Bouquet has something for everyone, and I hope you enjoy making the quilts as much as I did.

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Watch Sharon share a bit about how she creates her appliqués in the video below:

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Autumn BouquetThank you for sharing a few favorites from your new book, Sharon!

We have a lovely new copy of Autumn Bouquet to send to one random winner today! To add your name to the drawing, tell us in the comments:

How do you prefer to appliqué?

  • I like the relaxing, slow-and-steady pace of needle-turn appliqué.
  • I like using the back-basting appliqué method.
  • Machine appliqué: fun and done!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to start one of Sharon’s projects above right away, order Autumn Bouquet at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook for free.

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

“I prefer freezer paper applique for the speed and smooth edges. It also takes less concentration than needle turn.  I also like to machine applique using a blanket stitch.  Sometimes I match the thread to the fabric but on some projects use a black or brown thread throughout for a folk effect.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Theresa—congratulations!

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