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Inspired by Tradition: 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 Sizes Paperback – March 8, 2011
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Kay Mackenzie barely took a moment to catch her breath after the release of her first book Easy Applique Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes before she started work on her second book. While the first book was geared toward fun designs in a variety of styles from offbeat and modern to whimsical and traditional, her latest offering focuses on the traditional. Kay was so attracted to traditional blocks that she went on to create a library of 50 blocks, all inspired from the past. These blocks are now available in her new book Inspired By Tradition: 50 Applique Blocks in 5 Sizes. The blocks in Inspired By Tradition are reminiscent of old-time vintage flavor and feel, but are simplified for the modern quilter. There are baskets, flowers, wreaths, vines, birds, berries and more all included on a CD you can reach for at any time to create your own projects.
The CD is easy to access and navigate. The "Block Index" page allows you to either click on a thumbnail rendering of the block in color or use the names of the blocks to link to the pattern. Once you click on your desired block, you are taken to a pattern page with a color photo of the block finished in fabric, as well as the outline of the pattern. You have the option of printing the block out in 5 different sizes: 6", 8", 9", 10" and 12". Once you determine the correct pattern orientation for your applique method, you are asked to choose either the "Regular" or "Reversed" format. Use the "Regular" option for freezer-paper-on-top hand applique and positioning patterns for fusible-web machine applique. Use the "Reversed" format for back-basting hand applique and fusible-web machine applique. If you choose to work on the large size formatted blocks, never fear--they are formatted to nicely split over several pages. Just trim and attach them together.
With the popularity of smaller-sized applique blocks it is so nice to be able to print full size 6" and 8" patterns right from your own computer, and also print as many patterns as you need. Kay's preferred method of hand applique is the back-basting method and she includes clearly illustrated instructions to get you started. The applique stitch is also covered for beginners. The "Raw Edge Machine Applique" section will be a big help to all those trying to master that technique. Fusible-web management pages contain useful information for keeping your fusible product under control. Congratulations, Kay, on another terrific book. --Patti Ives, The Applique Society
About the Author
While living in central Ohio as a newlywed, Kay took one class and became an instant quilter. She was an appliqué enthusiast from the get-go!
A few years later, fortune took the Mackenzies to Santa Cruz, California, where Kay now lives with her husband of more than two decades, science journalist Dana Mackenzie.
Classes in digital media at the local college introduced Kay to computer illustration, and again it was love at first try. Appliqué design and computer drawing--what a great combo platter! Combine them with a writerly bent and, according to Kay, you've got the best job in the world!
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Once at the redirected site you can print patterns in a range of sizes which is nice as you do not need to down-scale or up-scale them them yourself. The patterns while very basic, do combine with each other well so you have some mix and match possibilites.
Bottom line - the disc is a great asset, just be aware that you need an internet connection to use it. The patterns are basic spin-offs of the more complicated Baltimore Album style blocks, excellent for beginners or folks looking for more country/primitive applique designs. Well done and I wish there was another for the more complex designs as I would certainly by it!
I was not aware that there was a CD included when I ordered the book, so the CD was a bonus! I was ready to start the (sometimes tedious) process of lightbox work to reverse the pattern for freezer technique and adjusting block sizes but discovered that not only can the pattern for 6-8-9-10-or 12" block but it can be printed in reverse! So, for the time it would have taken me to adjust sizes and reverse patterns, I will probably get a goodly number of blocks finished. Great job Kay Mackenzie!!!
P.S. Be sure to heed instructions about checking the printing size and running the test pattern. My printer defaults to "adjust to page size" so I must uncheck that to get the correct size pattern. Also, the system requirements listed only go up to Win 7, but I am running Win Vs. 8.1 with no problem (although that is usually the case, I have some very expensive design software that works with Win. 8 but the company has not upgraded it to work with 8.1). I am thrilled to be able to run this CD without a hitch!