When she told me she was going to be releasing a book I volunteered to help out any way I could. In addition to sending me a copy of Crafted Applique to review, she is also sponsoring a giveaway of an additional book, see the bottom of the post.
Confession time...I have not done much applique because...
1. Raw edge applique - I don't like how the edges fray when doing a straight stitch to hold down the applique and I don't really care for the blanket stitch or zig-zag look (and I can't get the satin stitch to look decent).
2. Needle turned applique - I really do not know how to do this type of applique and I bleieve that it is very time-consuming.
In Crafted Applique, Lara introduces a totally new way of applique which totally changes my thoughts on applique. It has the speed and ease of fusible applique with none of the fraying, the best of both worlds! In the words of a guild member I showed the book to, "This is a game changer".
Take a look at this bookmark Lara sent me made using the technique, it is raw edge applique with a straight stitch...look how clean and smooth the edges are! (and this is after my entire guild played with the bookmark)
In addition to teaching her new applique method, Lara does a wonderful job completely explaining all of the different variations and tips to make the method work best for ever situation. Crafted Applique also contains 7 fun applique projects to try the new technique on.
So now you probably are wondering what Lara's magic applique method is. I can't tell you but you do have an opportunity to win a copy of the book below or if you cannot wait to get your hands on a copy you can order it today on Amazon (not an affiliate link).
To be entered, simply leave a comment on this post, any comment will do. If you would like a topic comment on, you can tell me whether you have ever appliqued before and if yes, which method is your favorite.
The giveaway will be open for one week, ending on Wednesday, May 25th at 8 pm EST. If you are a no-reply blogger make sure to leave your e-mail address (If I can't reach you, you can't win).