Friday, May 6, 2016

"Crafted Appliqué.... New Possibilities" Bloghop & Giveaway!

I have been playing with raw-edge applique! 
Do you recognize the Shasta?

That center dot is my "miniaturized" version, copied from the "Hello Mr. Ranger, Sir!" Insulated Picnic Bag, (and pictured on the cover of!) Lara Buccella's new book, "Crafted Applique... New Possibilities".

Welcome to Day #6 of the Blog Hop and Book Tour!
All month long, we are celebrating the recent release of this exciting new book!
Lara is giving away a LOT of books during the hop, (the Vintage Picnic giveaway is open until June 4th!) including a signed copy to one lucky reader of this post!

I am so grateful to share with you today, just how this book is inspiring me. One thing that intrigues me is the realization that very small piecework is possible with Lara's techniques. Those three dots I made are part of my Quilty365 Journal-Quilt: They're 3.5" Diameter each!
The Shasta trailer has pieces so tiny, I used tweezers to set them in place!
Then I top-stitched those little guys!

With Crafted Applique new things really are possible, and I find myself looking around my stash for potential candidates for applique. A rabbit caught my eye and I cut a piece of the vintage, sateen-type fabric to experiment with him a bit.

Cutting an image from fabric, for applique, is much like Broderie Perse. Usually flowers are involved, but bunnies work for me.
This rabbit is appliqued on some Heather Ross stash, then top-stitched by machine, with black thread.

I practiced some of Lara's tips for top-stitching the applique's.
I used my old Bernina 1020, with the 1/4" foot because it has an open toe.
It was working pretty well, so I left it on when I stitched all of these down:
MOD Winter Wallhanging, approx. 24" x 28", combines tiny pieces with large. Currently loitering in the ever-accumulating FQDP pile (Final Quilting Decisions Pending). 

I thought those large pieces may need the walking foot, but no distortion resulted and I was able to use the same foot to finish all the pieces.
My wheels were still turning..

I suppose I am on a bit of a holiday roll, the next project I chose to be sidetracked by is Just Batty:
Pattern by Carolyn Lynch, "The Bat in the Moonlight". I found the block printed in QNM, OCT 98 issue. It was designed for her quilt, "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Does anyone remember it? It's an amazing quilt, as are all of the quilts I found displayed on Carolyn's website, Articles of Merit Not Listed.

The block is a single applique, nearly 16" across. I used my FMQ foot for this because I am top-stitching and quilting at the same time. I left the feed dogs up since the piece is small enough that I don't need to go backward much. The stitching went really well despite my increased speed, (this was stitched last night - I really wanted to have the background quilted too!).

Perhaps there's a Hawaiian quilt in my future afterall?

Loving how it looks with my witchy hat...

A pleasant surprise, and huge value-bonus are seven amazing projects designed by Lara. Practical projects with stunning beauty and style. Now that I have built some confidence, Folk Art Christmas  is on my definitely-must-do-soon list!

Keep following the blog hop to see more of the projects revealed!

Blog Hop Schedule:

May 1 ..... Kick-Off and continued giveaways with Lara at Buzzin Bumble
May 2 ..... Valerie at Pumpkin Patch Quilter
May 3 ..... Dana at Stormy Days
May 4 ..... Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts
May 5 ... Mary at Needled Mom
May 6 ..... Thank you for visiting Red Letter Quilts!
May 7 ..... Alycia at Alycia Quilts
May 8 ..... Amy at Amy Made That
May 9 ..... Sherrie at A Quilting Life
May 10 ,,, Lara guest post at Sew Mama Sew
May 11 ,,, Christina at A Few Scraps
May 12 ... Melissa at Happy Quilting
May 13 ... Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
May 14 ... Soma at Whims and Fancies
May 15 ... Val at Val's Quilting Studio
May 16 ... Angela at Cut to Pieces
May 17 ... Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon
May 18 ... Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs
May 19 ... Judy at Quilt Paradigm
May 20 ... Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
May 21 ... Cindy at Stitchin' at Home
May 22 ... Susie at Susie's Sunroom
May 23 ... Connie at Freemotion by the River
May 24 ... Ruth at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
May 25 ... Kaja at Sew Slowly
May 26 ... Ann at Fret Not Yourself
May 31 ... Jenn at Quarter Inch From the Edge
June 1 ..... Paulette at The Way I Sew It
June 2 ..... Sandra at Studio Sew of Course
June 3 ..... Christine at Triangles and Squares
June 4 ..... Darlene at Quilt Shop Gal
June 5 ..... Lara at Buzzin Bumble


 Thank you so much for reading today!
Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing for your own copy of Crafted Applique... New Possiblities! Giveaway is open through Sunday, May 17th, Winner selected by random drawing and announced on Monday the 18th.
Edited on MONDAY, May 16th: Apparently I was looking at the April calendar when I wrote this! Giveaway will remain open for entries through Tuesday, May 17th!

I hope you find this book as inspirational as I have found it to be! 

Lara is also offering a giveaway with this month's One Monthly Goal
Have you set a quilty-goal for May yet? (linkup open through May 7th!)


114 comments:

  1. Wow! thanks for sharing. I've been looking forward to getting my own copy of Lara's book and it really seems to be a very popular technique.

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  2. Love the Bunny pouch! This book is a must have.
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  3. What great projects! This book looks wonderful - thank you!

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  4. Fantastic looking book! Thanks for the chance! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  5. Thanks for the chance....love that bunny!

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  6. Oh, my gosh--that Shasta trailer is tiny! This must be a great technique.

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  7. Oh, my gosh--that Shasta trailer is tiny! This must be a great technique.

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  8. It has been so much fun seeing the projects everyone is making with this technique. Amazing tiny Shasta trailer!

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  9. I love the bunny on the purse. Something like that would be great for toddler quilts and t-shirts.

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  10. Oh wow! I'm in awe of your work; the pieces that make up the Shasta trailer are so very tiny. Would love a copy of this book, thanks for the chance to win.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  11. Oh my gosh, your applique projects look amazing! That bunny is just the cutest ever!

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  12. Wow those are some very teeny, tiny pieces you whipped up!

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  13. I love those red deer; and the bunny: amazing! I especially love the flower you fmq'd for him to hold. Adorable. Thank you for sharing. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  14. Too cute, thanks for sharing. I really want to try this method.
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  15. Heidi, I'm just blown away by how creative you are and how you took the Crafted Applique technique in my book and flew with it! I still can't get over your teeny tiny appliques on your dots! That Shasta in miniature is amazeballs, and I love the pear and flower too! What you did with your broderie perse bunny is incredible! He looks so much more darling on his new background and the touches of embroidery for his flower and meadow are perfection! Mod Winter and Just Batty both turned out fantastic too. I can't imagine free motion quilting an applique on. I am in awe!

    Thank you for being so inspiring and for such a great review of my book! It was so much fun seeing the great things you made and knowing how much you love using Crafted Applique! It makes me really, really happy!!!

    Love the button for the hop that you made for your sidebar too! Wow you are a wonderful friend Heidi! Thank you!

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  16. Wow! Your dots are totally amazing!!! The bunny is darling! My mind is going a mile a minute with ideas... what a great book!

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  17. This looks like fun! I haven't d done much with machine applique, but oh, the eye candy!

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  18. I love applique! I would love to try this method. Since I also make a lot of bags, this would be great to applique on the bags too. Your projects are all great.

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  19. I can't wait to try this! Your projects are great. Love the bunny pouch!

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  20. That little bunny is adorable! And the fabric you cut her out of is as well. You make it seem so easy I may have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Love the bunny and reindeer. I have tried hand applique one time and would love to learn an easy machine technique.

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  22. I do love those deer! So cute!

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  23. It is a brilliant technique and your pieces show that. Those reindeer are amazing and so pretty. Love your bunny too.

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  24. You have some great appliqué here. Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  25. Your Appliqued Bunny is AWESOME!! Love it the best of your projects you shared here...This Hop is sure encouraging to try Applique again! :) Would love to win your Give-a-way..thank you for the chance! :D

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  26. Hello! I am enjoying reading each post and visiting the new to me sites each day. This Blog Hop is a great idea - we're being exposed to such creativity. I'm designing my first project - picking fabrics and the pattern - - this is so much fun! Have a blessed day!

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  27. Bunnies work for me too!
    Adorable : )

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  28. I am intrigued by Lara's technique and feel like I need this book!

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  29. What amazing projects you have created, and with some very tiny pieces. I am intrigued by what Lara's technique is so thank you for the chance to win a copy of her book.

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  30. Wow...I already feel like a winner by being introduced to so many great blogs...but having said that I would REALLY love to have the book! Thanks for a chance to win....I loved your renditions of Lara's projects. Really nice.

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  31. Wow! How did you ever manage to top-stitch those tiny pieces! Wonderful projects, Heidi!!

    -Soma

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  32. Fun projects. I absolutely love the bunny in his new Heather Ross meadow (blowing his embroidered dandelion fluff). His old home was...ahem.
    Your little whimsical deer with the heart antlers are sweet.
    I can see possibilities.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. WOW ... those appliquéd pieces are amazing!

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  34. I love the bunny. That gives me an idea! Thank you!
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  35. You've gone beyond convincing me--you've inspired me!

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  36. This book looks fantastic!

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  37. I want to improve my raw edge applique projects such as mug rugs and wall hangings. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  38. You certainly used Lara's method to perfection; I'm loving the bunny! Can not wait to learn the secret to her new applique procedure.

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  39. i could really use thius book, thanks

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  40. LOVE YOUR BUNNY! THANKS FOR SHARING!
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  41. Bunnys cute but love the bats....ty for sharing.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  42. I loved the first one so much, but then I hit the second project! Oh, wow! You did a great job on both projects. I do really like the bunny on that flower fabric, though.

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  43. I love your Just Batty project.

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  44. love the mod winter wallhanging! enjoyed seeing all your projects!

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  45. I am blown away by your 3.5" trailer dot. That is amazingly tiny! I am really interested in learning this new applique method. There isn't a frayed thread to be seen!

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  46. Love the deer. Would be great to use on my Christmas postcards. I love needle turn applique. Want to see the book to check how the applique is done.

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  47. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. You are one busy BEE!!! Fitting right in with Buzzin Bumble! Terrific projects all of them Heidi. It is really an eye-opening method isn't it? My brain is fizzing with possibilities.

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  49. I am excited about this new book! I am not a huge applique fan and need to do a bunch in the next few months.

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  50. That looks like an amazing book - I love all of the things it inspired to do!

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  51. Your bunny appliqued zippered pouch is just the sweetest thing! Lara's technique looks spectacular on all of the blogs in this tour. I need to know the secret!

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  52. I love the bunny. Looks like a must have book for 2016.

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  53. Am curious about this applique method. Always find it difficult to sew down the tiny pieces.

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  54. LOVE your appliqued bunny. I will be on the lookout for fabrics that can be special appliques. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. The bunny pouch is so cute! Great job!

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  56. Love your bunny pouch and definitely the bat applique........one of my fave holidays. The applique technique looks most interesting.

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  57. love your applique projects, can't wait to try this new technique.

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  58. I am new to appliqué but love the possibilities. The bunny bag is very sweet. Thank you for sharing your ideas. x

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  59. Glad to see you can do small pieces with the new technique

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  60. That's a lot of projects, Heidi! I'm super excited about this book, can't wait to try the mystery technique for myself! I like the look of applique but find finishing edges frustrating, so this sounds perfect.

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  61. Have a happy monday everyone <3 :)

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  62. Super cute projects! It's hard to believe that it can be easy to work with such small pieces. I'm so intrigued!

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  63. I am always afraid of fraying after all the hard work of cutting pieces. I am anxious to learn the secret! Thanks for the chance.

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  64. I am intrigued by some of the projects pictured. Thabk you for the chance to win.

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  65. Very interesting. That bunny is too adorable.

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  66. This book looks great - I want to make the RV applique for my camper. I love your bunny.

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  67. I love to applique and am interested in learning a new technique. Thanks for the opportunity to win Lara's book.

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  68. Love, love, love Just Batty! Very fun and bright.

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  69. I'm just batty over all those sweet projects you've shared. I just love that bunny on the Heather Ross scraps and with that quilting petal and slash details is over the top. Thanks for sharing a hosting for this book blog hop giveaway

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  70. I've been fascinated with all the enticing posts about Lara's book, but now miniature projects, too!! Ah-Ma-Zing!

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  71. I'm inspired to follow all the stops on the blog hop! You did a great job getting me interested with this post! : )

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  72. Love your block! Great hop!

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  73. Can't wait to try the new technique. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  74. I am always looking for a new method for applique. Love the projects in this book too.

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  75. I have two applique projects sitting on my To Do List and would love to learn this slick method. It's been fun hearing about everyone's experience with - sounds like a win-win technique to me!

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  76. Applique is one thing I haven't mastered yet, maybe this book would be the help I finally need!
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  77. Oh, what a terrific way to use the vintage textiles that I've accumulated. I may not be able to wait for the result of the giveaway to get the book. Thanks, Heidi!

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  78. Love all the possibilities with this applique method. Can't wait to find out about it.

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  79. This looks like a fabulous book. I love applique but must learn this new way of doing it.

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  80. This looks like a fabulous book. I love applique but must learn this new way of doing it.

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  81. This looks like a great book. I love applique and can't wait to learn this new technique.

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  82. Very curious about this new method. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  83. Fabulous projects - I would love to win a copy of this book. Kristawells at nl dot rogers dot com.

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  84. I'm excited about the book.

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  85. Great ideas. I love the mini camper. Thanks for hosting!

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  86. I love the rv on the cover of the book. I would make that to use when we go camping.

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  87. I am very interested to learn about the no-fray techniques. Oh the possibilities!

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  88. wow great projects. I love the bunny pouch.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  89. What fun projects are in that book! I'd love to win a copy!

    nkadenver at yahoo dot com

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  90. Oh, my goodness, such fun projects!

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  91. Love your colours. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to try this new technique

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  92. These are great. Thank you for such great inspiration. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  93. Am very interested inthis new technique.

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  94. I must get my hands on this book. Raw edge that doesn't fray! Awesomeness

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  95. The camper is so cute, and if I don't win the book I will but it. Thanks for the visit, I came over to visit as well and decided to stay. Very nice blog, I'm glad I came in time to follow the Hop as well And speaking of hopping your bunny pouch is adorable.

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  96. I love your reindeer !!!
    I'm soooo curious about the new applique technique. I need the book !!!!

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  97. Thanks for sharing your projects. I'm truly intrigued by this approach. Camille@focus20.com

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  98. Your projects are a great showcase for this method. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks!

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  99. Fun projects! Love the bunny!

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  100. I would like to explore more of applique

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  101. I like the Applique you did. Sunday is the 15th, FYI . I would love to have this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  102. I like the Applique you did. Sunday is the 15th, FYI . I would love to have this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. The bunny is adorable. I love exploring something new.

    slowery@shaw.ca

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  104. I have made a few applique quilt with less than stellar success. I want to learn a new way to do raw edge applique

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  105. This book looks awesome. I would love to learn how to do applique. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  106. This looks a great book! I love your bunny pouch!

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  107. As a member of a large P&Q group in Australia, I would love to win this book to show the girls. We are always looking for inspirational books & so many members are intimidated by applique - this book could change all that! Thankyou for the opportunity to enter. Regards from Downunder Australia, Jessica, Southern Highlands Quilters Guild, Mittagong, NSW, Australia 2575

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  108. I would love to win if I can still enter. = )

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  109. Oh, your bunny pouch is soo sweet!

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  110. Wow. I'm beyond impressed that you could get that detail in 3.5". I'm making a pillow but my scale will be gigantic compared to yours. It's such fun to see everyone's take on Lara's technique. Congratulations.

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