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The Ultimate Applique Guidebook: 150 Patterns, Hand & Machine Techniques, History, Step-by-Step Instructions, Keys to Design & Inspiration [Paperback]

Annie Smith
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Book Description

Nov. 16 2010
This complete source book guides you every step of the way in how to design your own applique patterns. Learn where to find new inspiration, read more about the history of applique, and build your skills in both hand and machine techniques. You'll revel in your new-found freedom to make your applique projects uniquely your own!

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I have to give a shout out to my buddy Annie Smith (Quilting Stash podcaster) for her book, the Ultimate Applique Guidebook. This book is sensational! Everything you need to succeed with applique is within its pages. There are over 150 applique design elements-flowers, leaves, stems, vases, birds etc-and you can mix and match all of the elements to design your own applique treasures! There are reviews for both hand and machine techniques for applique, as well as step-by-step instructions with very detailed pictures to help you through the applique process. Every tool you need is reviewed, and full-size patterns and beautiful examples of applique quilts are also included. Annie really did a bang-up job with this book and I couldn't be more pleased for her, as there is hardly a more generous and humble person in the industry.

About the Author

Annie Smith runs her own highly successful pattern company, Simple Arts, and teaches quiltmaking around the world.

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Ultimate"? Really? June 26 2011
I have been making patchwork quilts for a while now, but lately I find that I am drawn more and more to applique. I am gearing up to make a full sized, hand appliqued bed quilt and thought I should prep myself with a bit of reading and studying before I began. The title of this book, along with the rave reviews, tempted me to purchase it as I thought it would be a resource that would cover all I needed to know about the various methods of applique. In fact I was rather disappointed as only one method of hand piecing was given, and even that had very little space dedicated to it. The main focus is on the authors prefered method of machine applique and some of her process of designing a quilt. There were not very many pictures of completed quilts and there was one VERY frustrating paragraph talking about a famous Beatles Quilt which had inspired the authour, but then no image of the bloody thing! All in all I have to say that this is NOT an ultimate applique guidebook at all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile and easy to follow... Jan. 10 2011
There's lots of books on the market covering applique.
I found this one to be inspiring and easy to follow with encouragement to use either hand or machine stitching and reasons for using one or the other.
Includes instructions for layering and suggestions for choosing the right colours on your background to make your applique designs really stand out.
This will become part of my reference library.
I am not a newby or an old hand at applique so this suited me perfectly.
There is tons of patterns/design elements included and ready to use as is or create your own designs with. Worth the price, especially on sale!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate applique guidebook Dec 8 2010
By Pat Hinrichs - Published on
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Some nice patterns. However it doesn't live up to it's title. If it was the ULTIMATE applique book it wouldn't give needleturn applique such short shrift.
41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars title needs to be changed Oct. 31 2010
By Dear Hannah - Published on
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I was so excited to read the title, The Ultimate,Applique Guidebook. Terrific,another source for needleturn applique, I thought.But after it arrived I could'nt find anything for needleturn methods. Then lo and behold, on page 46 under Hand Applique, the author states "I am still no good at needleturn applique." But she begins that same paragraph by saying,'There is only one method of hand applique that I can wholeheartedly recommend,and that is the one my friend Holly Mabatas of EAT CAke GRAPHICS developed and taught me. TTHE ULTIMATE GUIDEBOOK should be named, THE LIMITED GUIDEBOOK OF WHAT ANNIE SMITH KNOWS.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book for quilters Jan. 29 2011
By goldendog - Published on
The Ultimate Applique Guidebook by Annie Smith is a great book for both beginners and advanced quilters. The book talks about the history of appliqué and shows some examples of her own work in the 1970s. Smith's book contains patterns and instructions for either hand or machine appliqué with fusing the fabrics.
The book contains 150 designs- lots of flowers, stems and vases. It also has patterns for cute dog and cat patterns and patterns for bugs- lady bugs and bees are some.
I like this book because it contains a lot of useable patterns that you could mix and match, and that you could adapt to make your own designs and blocks. It is also a great reference book and a book that will give you new ideas for your quilts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Applique Guidebook Aug. 24 2011
By Ilona Manion - Published on
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I loved this book it was very helpful and can be used for both machine and needle turn applique. I am rather new to applique and the instructions were easy to understand and read. Plus beautiful patterns and will be easy to transfer to your fabric it is a must for new new quilters wanting to learn applique
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Applique Reference Feb. 7 2011
By Jane M Betterley - Published on
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This book caught my attention because of the designs on the cover and a sample I saw at a quilt store. The book is well written with pictures of step-by-step instructions. The book also goes into designing applique patterns. There are patterns in the book that are simple and fun. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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