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Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts Paperback – April 12, 2011
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* Simple shapes to applique--easy enough for a beginner
* Clear instructions on the special techniques needed for these quilts
* Piecing and applique are combined in interesting ways
* 11 patterns for $24.99 means a great value: just $2.27 each
* Designs are easy to visualize in different fabrics
My favorite quilts in Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts are Night Blooms (batiks in amazing blues and oranges) and Amaryllis (see the front cover) but there are half a dozen that could easily go on my "must make" list. I'm so excited about Amaryllis that I made a sample block in the fabrics I m considering.
I believe one indicator of a great pattern is when a quilter can see the design and easily visualize it in fabrics different from those shown. In fact, I can think of so many possibilities for Amaryllis, I might need to make this quilt several times. --Diane Harris, Quiltmaker Magazine
About the Author
Author, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker Nancy Mahoney, of Palm Coast, Florida, has enjoyed making quilts for more than 25 years. Her beautiful quilts have been featured more than 100 times in national and international quilt magazines. Nancy has designed several fabric lines for P&B Textiles, along with dozens of patterns.
More About the Author
Nancy has authored thirteen books since 2002, all have been published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Appliqué Quilt Revival (2008), Ribbon Star Quilts (2008), Quilt Revival (2006), Treasures for the 30s (2010) and Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Kaleidoscope Paper-Piecing (2012), and Simple Circles and Quick Curves (2013).
Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Not considering herself a specialist in one particular area, Nancy's favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué.
When she's not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens.
Top Customer Reviews
The first section on "Quiltmaking Basics" is very well written with illustrations that follow along with the step by step directions on the different applique methods for fusing. The author also notes that one of the methods can work well for hand applique.
The author does not just have directions regarding the applique but takes you through steps on how to complete your quilt, along with easy to follow illustrations.
There are several very lovely quilt patterns for you to try your desired technique. The author takes you from start to finish on each design and even has an illustration to show you suggested quilting.
This book includes patterns for those who are applique beginners as well as the more advanced.
I found all eleven projects delightful and quickly tabbed six of the eleven; I'm in a dither as to which project to make first!
Each quilt is shown in sizes ranging from lap to twin, but could easily be enlarged, using a little math. Color alternatives are given for several of the projects.
The book begins with quilt-making basics. I can complete all the projects using the following tools: rotary cutter, 18x24-inch cutting mat, 6x24-inch acrylic ruler, and a 12.5-inch acrylic square. A few other suggested tools, Mahoney indicates are not necessary, include: 1.25-inch bias bar, 6-inch bias square, washable fabric glue, and template plastic. As for me, I will use the bias bar (for vines) and template plastic in order to make the process go more quickly and simply. I have elevated these two "optional" tools to my "necessary" list!
While the title of this book indicates that the projects are made with fusible web; there are instructions for alternate applique techniques. These are: invisible machine, starch, fusible, and hand. Mahoney indicates that while hand applique is beautiful for heirloom quilts, machine applique is better for quilts that will receive hard wear.
All applique patterns are full-sized and therefore do not require enlarging. The patterns do not have seam allowances so if you choose to use a "turned under" applique technique (rather than fusible web,) you will have to add them.
I have a skill level of intermediate but believe that most of these projects could be completed by a confident beginner.
The finished examples have been machine quilted.Read more ›
While I expected these projects to all be fusible web appliqué, Nancy provides information in the book for other appliqué techniques as well, such as using spray starch and plastic templates. You can decide which technique you will use when making these quilts.
These designs are not complicated, yet the addition of appliqué to the pieced background gives the illusion of a complex quilt. Being easy to make with complex results is always good in my books! I also like the fact that Nancy provides quilting suggestions for each quilt. This is helpful information for both beginner and experienced quilters. While I can decide on my own quilting motifs, I really appreciate knowing what the pattern designer used on the sample quilts (for those days when I really can't decide on which quilting motif to use).
These are happy, simple projects that could be completed in a few days. I could see making a wall hanging from these designs with a table runner for your dining table too. They'd also be wonderful for summer quilts in your bedroom or guest room, bringing some of those wonderful florals into your home.
Nancy's books are easy to follow and the patterns look much harder than they are to complete. Every pattern in the book is an inspiration to me and I've already completed one and am starting a second one.
This book is a "must have" for quilters of any skill level. I'm excited to add this Nancy Mahoney book to my collection.
She starts the book with a nine-page basics section which includes tips set off in colored boxes. She provides several ways to do appliques, you choose which one you want to use. This section also includes the basic quilting, squaring and binding for a quilt.
The projects show a photo of the quilt, a paragraph about it and the finished block and quilt size. Material and cutting lists are detailed so everything is clear.
The main instructions for creating the blocks contain graphics to help you make sure you are sewing correctly. The flower applique is shown at full size although you will need to add seam allowances. My only problem with this book is I can't decide which one to start on!! Oh well, I guess I will just have to make them all.
There is a small bio at the end of the book about Nancy. Her web site URL is also given if you want more information about her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nancy Mahoney writes directions that anyone can follow. She gives you options for machine or hand applique.
I am currently working on the one on the cover. Thanks Nancy
I have most of nancy,s books, we have the same taste in quilting. I am never disappointed in her books. Love it,Published on June 10, 2013 by Cabingirl
The author provides excellent instructions for making flower quilts. Some of the patterns are more obviously flower like than others. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by K. Platt