Let’s Bee Social #123
Introducing Crafted Appliqué …… New Possibilities by Lara Buccella. I became acquainted with Lara through the Let’s Bee Social soon after she started her blog. A couple of weeks ago I received my copy of Lara’s new book and was so excited to finally get a peek inside of this cool new book!
On her blog, Buzzin Bumble, Lara had introduced her readers to the fact that she was writing a quilting book and then, much later, she shared a photo of the cover. I was drawn in by this retro styled campy design on the cover. And my curiosity increased! What was this new method of appliqué?
It has been wonderful to develop a friendship with Lara through our online visits back and forth. But, even though I thought I was familiar with her style…. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is so much more going on behind the scenes, as evidenced by some of the gorgeous projects she shares on the pages of her book!
You see, I was recently visiting with my mom. And she sent me home with a request for an alteration to her spring jacket. Mom wanted me to replace the lining of the sleeves. They weren’t damaged or ripped. But she wanted them replaced with some cotton fabric. After 50 years, I know her well enough not to ask why. I just agreed that I could do this for her if that’s what she wanted.
This funky runner was a quick make using the Crafted Appliqué method,
which promises that your raw edges won’t ever fray,
even after washing.
Normally I would have used a satin stitch around all my raw edges.
So very time consuming. And really not very attractive.
THIS IS SO MUCH EASIER!
And it was so much FUN!!!!
Giveaway Winners Announced!
What perfect timing! The floral print was ideal for this book review 🙂 it's so pretty!
That Lara! Just like you, she is a clever lady! I have followed you for quite awhile but this is my first time linking up….thanks for hosting.
Hi Lorna! Your mother may use short sleeve blouse and then the slevves with the slippery fabric don't feel nice; she will love the new flower sleeves! Table topper is beautiful! Now I make applique circles and they take quite much time. I like also raw edge applique. x Teje
love the fabric used for your mom's gift. The applique looks amazing tracinecharest at Gmail dot com
As a die hard appliquer, I'm intruigued by finding another method. I'm a fan of both satin stitch and raw edge for the different styles they give, but am always up for a quicker method!Your runner is just lovely x
I like appliqué, but I don't like going round the edges with zig zag stitch, it's difficult to keep it looking neat! Thanks for the chance to win.
This is absolutely stunning! I feel the need to start digging my stash for some suitable fabric.
The very first quilt I made (well started first) was a huge applique project. Being new to Quilting and taking on the applique was almost enough to make me pull my hair out a few times, but I stuck with it and 9 months and over $700 later I had it done and given to my niece who had begged me to make her a quilt and just kept wanting it to be bigger all along the way. She treasures it so I think it was all worth it. I would love to learn new techniques though because I know I wasn't the most efficient at it. Lol. I look forward to all your blog's and read them religiously. Your quilts are amazing and inspirational. Please keep posting and keep up the great work as well!!!
Usually use satin stitch or zig zag round edge. Need to try ordinary sewing stitch as something new. I think it's a case of making sure the edge looks neat! Looks a super email@example.com
My appliqué always looks wrinkly after I wash it…I guess that is my pet peeve with it! mumbird3atgmaildotcom
I've tried many different types of applique and have been happy with a lot of the results. But I've always gone by the \”rule\” that if it is something that must be laundered I only use turned edge applique. So I generally keep those things to only simple shapes. This new technique looks so amazing, and really opens up the possibilities for what I might do with applique. I think I need this book!
I too picked up a copy of Lara's book and was very intrigued with her method. I have never really appliqued before and looking forward to trying her method. You redo of your Moms spring jacket is adorable, love the fun fabric and what a super cute runner.
Ahh, me and applique….I've done a few projects and all have been raw edge (haven't learned how to do needle-turned). I like the speed of RE applique, but I DON'T like those pesky little threads that fray no matter what stitch I use. Lara's method sounds intriguing, I will definitely have to check it out! I think it was a genius idea to make your Mom a table runner with her old sleeve lining. It's so fun and fresh looking, she's sure to love it!
I am currently taking an applique class, using the blanket stitch, with fusible. This will have a raw edge, so I am worried about fraying, even after firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking at your beautiful Table runner – it intrigued me how the appliqueing was done. Love how you interwove your flower petals – just like they would in real life. Your mom will love her new lining – maybe roll up the cuffs just to show it :)! I used to do a lot of appliqueing, till my old sewing machine couldn't handle it anymore. I really enjoyed it – didn't know any other way to make quilts, till I learned to make 'blocks' a few years ago – which opened up a whole new wonderful world to me. I'll have to check out this new applique method.
This needs to be my year of applique as I have started several BOMs and QALs that include applique, most which I did not know would include it when I started – lol. I have started with the starch method and have made some shapes, but I have not attached them to the backgrounds yet. The jury is still out on my success!
This looks intriguing, and for sure that little calmer is fantastic!!! Love the table runner you made too! Thanks for sharing! I need to check out the others now too!!!
I love this book and I love your table runner. And I feel horrible because I have NEVER appliquéd anything. I can just CRY 🙁 I feel like the little kid who was left locked up in the bathroom when you all went to the appliqué picnic – boo hooI will ask Lara to give me a personal session. Yeah, I know – Dreaming big!!!Hugs,Preeti.http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/
I love applique — my first quilt was applique! However, I don't do as much anymore because I don't like the frayed edge look of raw edge applique, and am unsatisfied with my points in turned edge. This book may be the answer to my problem! Thank you for a chance to win it. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com
Great looking book. Thanks for sharing. I hate the prep time to get everything ready, copies, traced, glued, etc…
My daughter has just completed a project for her Textiles exam that included appliqué. Really wish we'd found out about this technique email@example.com
I've done applique, usually raw edge. I'm intrigued by her new method! The table runner is lovely.
I love the look of applique and I've done some on blocks, but not a whole project. I don't think I do it well and would love to learn a new technique.Your table runner came out so nice!Thanks!
Pet peeve is getting those corners neat with a buttonhole stitch and all that turning of the fabric. Cute runner.
I always have problems getting around corners neatly with satin or buttonhole stitches. I have never done raw edge straight stitching.This book looks interesting. Can we all get as nice results as you, Lorna?
This sounds so interesting, I'm really looking forward to seeing a copy of this book. Right now I'm working on 5 applique blocks for a wedding quilt – machine stitching them with a small buttonhole stitch. Pet peeve, that I can't do needle-turn applique better, but those tight curves and corners do me in!
Beautiful table runner Lorna and I bet your mom will love it! Lara's book is so neat and her applique techniques are wonderful!
Your mom's new jacket lining is now so lovely that she'll be looking for reasons to oh-so-casually roll up her sleeves, just so people can see how pretty it is! It's amazing that you had it in your stash, because it matches like they were meant to be. It's no wonder you wanted to use it to create a birthday surprise for her. Lorna, I love what you did by turning the flowers into broderie perse applique' and creating that gorgeous table runner too! Your stitching is perfection and clearly you have a gift for applique'! I'm so happy that you took my new method and flew with it! And even more thrilled that you loved it enough that it will be your go-to method! I too find now that I don't want to applique any other way. Thank you for such a marvelous review!
Experienced needle turner devotee. I've never liked raw edge methods. I would enjoy learning a no fray version.
My only experience with applique is a class I took in Houston last fall. I have to say I didn't love it, so maybe this new technique is what I need to try again! I do really like the way applique opens up so many more possibilities to quilts, so I want to learn to love it :-)Off to check out the book!
This is so cute! I have never tried applique but have been wanting to for awhile. I will def have to buy this book!
I love a quilt with applique. However, I've never fell in love with the process of applique. I want to but haven't. I've ordered a copy and cannot wait for my copy to get to me. From what I'm hearing this might be the technique I've been dreaming of.
I have tried needle turn applique, but not very successfully. I want tolearn about the crafted applique that you used. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
The flower sleeves are very pretty and your table runner looks wonderful. Your mother will love them.-Soma
Would love to win this. I love doing appliqué and would like to get more ideas. firstname.lastname@example.org
You are one of my favorites. I'm not sure what crafted appliqué means but your project is beautiful. Your Mother is a lucky woman with such a talented and caring daughter. Swoot@att.net
I am newish to applique but love it! I am very interested in what \”crafted\” applique is! This book looks fun and I can't wait to get my hands on it! The floral print for the jacket lining is awesome! So fresh and fun!!!
Love applique and always excited at the possibility of a new technique. Your jacket sleeves are awesome. Mom will love it
I was curious enough about that book that I have already ordered it and waiting for it's arrival
I do some applique and have tried many methods — I am curious what her is. Your runner and the matching jacket lining are a great idea for your mom. The fabric looks like spring!
I do my applique on the sewing machine and it never looks like a satin stitch. I think that is my pet peeve.
I do love applique and create applique all the time. I am curious about Lara's method. It's been kept such a secret that I hope I win a copy of her book! The only thing about using fusible applique that I use the most is the time it takes to cut out all the pieces. I could invest in one of those Brother's Scan and Cut machines, but then I would be spending as much as a sewing machine and have to learn to use it! I doubt if Lara's method would be able to help me with the cutting part.
I think I know why your mom wanted a replacement–I have a spring jacket with polyester-lined sleeves and it gets way too warm. Cotton is much more comfortable! I love your project with Lara's method. I am definitely curious. I have never cared much for applique because of the time and I don't have zig zag for overcasting. This method seems just right!
I haven't done much applique, but I'd love to make a table runner like yours!
This book looks like alot of fun. Yes, I do use applique. My vision is not good enough for the needle turn method, so I tend to use fusible. What I don't like about the fusible is how the \”hand\” changes. However, when I did a project with dresden plates and I could just \”apply\” without fusible to the quilt, I liked that alot better.
Awesome print. The table runner is beautiful. I think I need to check this out. I'm not a fan of applique because I can't never seem to get it to look nice.
I had never been attracted to applique, preferring the angular look of paper piecing, but over this past year I have been softening to it and in fact did some raw edge and needle turned applique. In certain quilts applique has it rightful place. I'd definitely be interested in Crafted Applique.
I'm still a beginner with the applique …I love it….But just need to take my time…. email@example.com
HOW ATTRACTIVE! LOVE APPLIQUE! IT TAKES A LITTLE LONGER THAN SOME OTHER APPLICATIONS, BUT IT'S WORTH IT! THANKS FOR SHARING! firstname.lastname@example.org
Dose machine applique count!
I have always wanted to applique and recently we had a lady come to our quilt guild to teach needle turn. Her method was fairly easy. But I am all for learning new techniques, especially if it speeds things up and looke as nice as the authors.
I would be thrilled if I won. Maybe it would change my mind about the A word! I think it just takes a lot of time to Applique, but I do it from time to time.
Lovely runner for your Mom. I have always used raw edge appliqué and wondered if it frays. Going to check out this book.
I'm intrigued to see this new method. I do raw edge appliqué too. I've done needle turn as well. Raw edge is much quicker but as you say it can fray
Beautiful work, Lorna. I agree that this is a genius method. I am not going back to my ugly frayed edges again.
I love to hand applique. The hardest part for me is to find the right fabric for the applique. Some fabrics I want to use for stems cannot be used on bias. Yes, sometimes the bias of the print is directional.
My vintage machine doesn't have the buttonhole stitch, and when I use a straight stitch I often end up with corners or points that just don't want to stay down. Eager to learn a new email@example.com
I love your table runner! So pretty and a great way to try out Lara's technique! I have just dabbled in applique, and tried both hand machine methods of stitching it down. I'm looking forward to checking out her new ideas!
What a fun table runner! I would love to win! 🙂
I love what you did with the flowered fabric! I have tried applique and as long as the edge is straight, I can get by. But give me a curved edge, such as flowers and leaves, and it's a bit of a bugger!
Oh, wow, I love your tablerunner, and I know your mom will! It IS just \”the bomb\” of a technique, right? Don't pick me as I'm on the hop, just wanted to tell you how I do love that runner. 🙂
I'm a big applique fan, and it looks like this book will not disappoint. Hmmm, no frayed egdes… I'm intruiged. Great birthday present for you mom!
While I do know how to do hand applique, mostly I use a fusible and then a machine buttonhole stitch.
I have not tried it yet, as I am new to quilting
I am just working on my very first applique project – a baby quilt and am using a blanket stitch. Working hard to get the corners/turns just right. Can't wait to try more. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet
I have tried a lot of different types of applique ans would love to see my raw edge applique not fray. crystalbluern at tds dot net
I am not a big applique person. I hate doing needleturn so the few projects I have done have been raw edge for the most part. I avoid it when I can. This sounds like a great technique!
Love the table runner. I don't do a lot of appliqué, but I just happen to be quilting a wall quilt for my oldest granddaughter that has an appliquéd red elephant on it. (She goes to the University of Alabama) I have had several frustrations with it. I had trouble catching all the edge when I did satin stitch. This is the first time I have done it with this machine. I don't remember having trouble with it with my other machine. I also made the mistake of not cutting out the center of the fusible material before I applied it to the back of my fabric. I also think I chose the wrong batting. Lessons learned!
I don't do a lot of applique but I think it is beautiful. I often have a problem with stitching it down, but this book looks awesome. Thanks!
Lucky mom! She gets a fixed jacket and a beautiful runner. Your appliqué looks great!
I like some appliqueI made a quilt with dresden fan flowers and used mono filament to appliqueIt was very tedious. I would love to leave new applique techniques
I love doing applique, and I don't think there is much I haven't tried. It would be fun to try the method in the book. Thanks for the draw. firstname.lastname@example.org
So sweet of you to alter your mom's jacket. The runner turned out adorable. Thanks!
I have done only a lil' Hand Applique (2 wallhangings..) I loved it…but only thing..I was soooo slooow..took long time to finish. lol Am trying Raw-edge Applique lately..goes faster using sewing machine! 🙂 This book looks amazing…and encouraging me to try again…Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! 😀
I like raw edge appliqué the best, and either stitch around the edge with straight stitch, or just fuse it and not worry. I like the look of turn-under, but not so keen on the time investment. Love your table runner. Turned out great. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!
What a lovely summery table runner! It's great to see the different ways that Lara's applique method can be used!
This looks like a great book. I love applique, but haven't done it lately. The only thing I don't like about it is when I am hand appliqueing and I want a great point, but don't get it 100%. Thanks for the opportunity email@example.com
I love applique, usually done by zigzag satin stitch. Sometimes it's difficult to find the right color thread. How generous for Lara to giveaway a book!
What a pretty runner, Lorna! The Crafted Applique technique worked out wonderfully!
Have not done a lot of applique; this looks like the way to go forward!
I am so excited for Lara and am loving this method. And what a great idea for a gift for your mom; I hope she really enjoys it! <3
I love applique! It is probably my most favorite technique. You can make anything happen with applique. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.
I would love a better way
my last two pieces were raw edge, paste basted and blanket stitched. but I've a hard time following that edge, so … i'm going to have to have this book and lara's secret! thanx for the opportunity to win a coopy.
I'm very curious about this new method. I don't do much applique because I don't have the patience for it. When I do, I zigzag or satin stitch around the edge, and I'm not particularly good at following curves.
I've done some appliqué and love it, but this book looks so much easier!
Happy Birthday to your mom…I'll bet she loved her table runner! If she didn't, send it my way! I do like applique and my problem with it is not getting the satin stitching even. It gets jerky and doesn't always look good.
The only applique I have been doing lately is with the embroidery machine.
Applique and me are best friends. Don't like how LONG it takes, but needle turn wirks beautifully for me. Fusible is way too stiff, even the lightest products.
Applique and me are best friends. Don't like how LONG it takes, but needle turn wirks beautifully for me. Fusible is way too stiff, even the lightest products.
I am still learning applique. Right now, needle turn is my favorite but I just got a new sewing machine that might work better for machine applique. My old one didn't have a blanket stitch and the zigzag was horrible.Sandy A
I'm not greatly experienced in appliqué, having recently tried to create a few blocks using blanket stitch. I think the next project will use satin stitch, since hand stitching does take a fair bit of time. Thanks for the giveaway. tania.hodges at gmail.com
Looks like a great book. I am not yet into applique. Good idea to start :)Susanne
I love appliqué and this new technique has peaked my interest . My pet peeve is I have to many appliqué patterns and not enough time to make them
I too have Lara's book and am creating a little mug rug with her applique technique and her method is so much easier!! And…it's looking great! PS Love your thrifty tablerunner…I'm sure your mom will too.
I have NEVER appliqued and want to see what this technique is all about. Looks so easy!!Gosh I love the fabric you selected for the jacket sleeve lining. The table runner is beautiful. I love coral, too!Happy Birthday MOM!!
I love hand appliqué, needle turn. One day I will try machine and fusible appliqué!!
I find needle turn applique intimidating and tend to do raw edge applique instead, which frays. I am very interested in this new method!
Looking forward to reading this book! I adore applique and always looking for tips and tricks to make things easier.
Okay, so both of my first two quilting classes included some appliqué, the turned edge technique. I have avoided anything with turned edges ever since just because fiddley and my fingers don't go well together…this book of Lara's is so intriguing! And your table runner is uber cute!!
Wow! you've totally intrigued me with this great book review, talk about a must-have! Lara's method obviously greatly inspired you to make something, and that table runner is just genius! I'm sure your mum will love it!
Looks so interesting. Love applique and look forward to trying this technique.
Probably the worst part is the time element of applique and that goes for needle-turn or machine applique. The other problem I find is the stiffness that applique can give to a project.
The worst part of needleturn applique for me is how time consuming it is…I also like to do blanket stitch by machine but sometimes it just doesn't fit theme-wise with every project.
The crafted technique is certainly a game changer. Your runner is so bright and cheerful!
I have appliqued a little. Using the fusible applique'…. which is great for mug rugs and small projects. But I don't like not being able to sew closely to the edges on a big project, to stop the edges from fraying.Susie
I love to appliqué. I trace and sew a design on the interfacing and fabric, cut and X and turn inside out. The hardest part is to get all the shapes right and to get into little itty bitty pieces to turn them.
Thanks for the great giveaway:)
I have not done any applique in many years. I am sure there are much better ways to do it now. I machine appliquéd using the raw edge method.
I've done some raw edge applique with free motion stitching, i've tried needleturn but found it frustrating trying to get it flat. I like decorative hand stitched applique with embroidery
Lovely runner Lorna! I mostly do fusible appliqué. I find stitching around all the pieces tedious at times. Especially if there are a lot of layered segments.
I agree – your flower runner is so pretty! I do not light my needle turn applique – it looks too messy for what I like – I would love to try this technique!
Want to know about this one. I either fuse or us interfacing turned fabric for applique.
I try to avoid appliqué because I don't enjoy hand sewing and I don't care for the look of a blanket stitch.
I have done a little fusible appliqué and I always finish it with a hand done blanket stitch.
I have tried a little bit of applique and I do like it because I love handwork. I trace and sew a design on the interfacing and fabric, cut and X and turn inside out. I would love to try new methods. This book looks great. I need some inspiration (and pictures) before I try anything!Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.Leslie
I do some fusible applique. My pet peeve is the backing paper being difficult to remove.
I do applique and I love the look of the final result. It is time consuming though. I'm curious about this new method.
I haven't yet tried appliqué negate it sends a bit scary. But I will be working on a project starting today that has it so wish me luck!
Beautiful work, Lorna!
I do appliqué. I've used the technique where you sew it to fusible backing and flip it. It's great for circles and simple shapes, not great for what you've done. Totally would love how to do something odd shaped like those flowers!
Thanks for your generous giveaway. I have done every kind of applique, from a king size needle turn quilt, to machine applique, to Eleanor burns style double sided, to my degree in pressology with double sided fusible… I'd love a new take on the process! My pet peeve is that my fingers are not as nimble as they used to be and my stitches aren't quite as tiny, but I keep at it!
Hi Lara! You designs and quilts are adorable! Love that fabric used as a lining and table runner, it's so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing!
I love how that floral fabric looks for the lining … and how clever to use it in the runner …. so pretty
I love how you appliqued the flowers of the jacket lining. The runner is fabulous!
Such a delightful, cheery runner!Makes you smile looking at it : )
Love your work. I just did some applique, but used a satin stitch on my sewing machine. This quilt is going to one if my great granddaughters who just turned 7 and I was afraid if the applique was done by hand, it could get a toe or finger that would mess up all my work.
I forgot all about playing this week because life was busy!! Such a pretty table runner and I almost missed out on a great giveaway!!
I've never appliqued before. It seemed way too complicated and time consuming. I am intrigued to find out what Lara's new method is!
I love doing fusible for appliques and would love to have the EQ program!
I'm so bad at appliqué. I have trouble doing stitches that don't show.
I do needle turn applique; yours is neat and your mother will love.EQ program would be great. I have taken classes in hand applique.Nancy
I can't wait to get my copy. I love applique, especially raw edge applique. Thanks for suggesting her book…it looks so inviting!
My frustration with applique is always points, yours looks great. I love how your Mothers runner turned out. Thank you for the inspiration.
I have mostly done fused applique and the turned-inside-out applique. My next adventure is going to be Hawaiian applique. Wish me luck!
I am just starting applique trying some edges with the satin stitch and some with the straight stitch. I prefer the straight stitch but using the free motion settings on my domestic home machine. It stitches so much faster this way, I get a nice consistent stitch length with some practice and this makes the process so much more enjoyable to me. I am excited to get and read Lara's book for ideas and inspiration and if I happen to win another book I shall gift it to my quilting buddy! Thank you so much for sharing Lara's book!
I love the simplicity of raw edge applique but cannot like the way it becomes stiff!
I need to adventure back into appliqué! My skills are a bit dated. Thanks for your wonderful post!
That my appliqué is sometimes crooked!
i do fusible applique and what i don't like is that the pieces are so stiff.
I am fairly new to appliqué and do worry about raw edges, I tend to backstitch around mine which is very time-consuming. x
I've only just started applique and I learnt needle turn applique which is really really slow !! I'd love to learn a quick method !!
I have been avoiding applique, but what I've seen from this book has me intrigued enough to give it a try. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
I do a lot of machine applique and love it, usually turned under with freezer paper or spray starch. I want to try this raw edge technique and have just the applique in mind.
I love to applique and currently use fusible web. It is frustrating when I iron on the fusible web, cut out the piece and realize the fusible web does not cover the whole piece. I am interested in learning a new technique. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Lara's book.
I enjoy applique both by hand and by machine but I have to let you know this book blog hop has piqued my interest. I hate, or should I say Hate, really HATE shaggy appliqued shapes! I hope your Mom loved this fabric for her new lining and the bright bouquet Birthday table runner, how fortunate that you got both commitments done so nicely and quickly with that bright floral fabric.Right now I am hand stitching a rainbow for my OMG May project – the next step will be layering and appliqueing shamrocks via machine.Thanks for the chance on winning this book.
I have only used machine applique for a few things – your projects look great. This book sounds like it will really open doors for how I finish projects! thanks for the chance!
I keep trying to find a technique I like. Hand turned is not my thing. Thanks for the chance to win the book.
I really like the look of needle turn applique but it does take so long.
Frayed edges are the pits! Very intrigued to learn the new method she promotes. Your floral runner turned out well!
Ooh, can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the chance!
I want to learn, I'm new to quilting and love it 🙂
I have tried every applique method available! by hand and by machine. I am not completely sold on any of them. I have to find out Lara's no fray method. Thanks for the chance to win the book.
I love applique and can't wait to apply this new technique.
I do fusible applique with zig zag stitching and I always mess up the needle position on a turn.kakingsbury at verizon dot net
What a lovely review of Lara's book. I enjoyed your appliqued table runner. I'm working on my project, now.
I like raw edge applique, but I don't have the patience for needleturn!
I've tried many methods but this seems to be the way to go. Thanks.
I've tried a few methods…I'm better at some than others :-)Lara's book looks so interesting…from the cute designs on the cover to the idea of a new applique technique. Can't wait to see it!