Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jenifer has ALWAYS been Modern

My friend and esteemed colleague Jenifer Dick asked me to join the blog tour for her new book, The Modern Applique Workbook.

I have probably known Jenifer the quilter the longest of any of us on the tour. I met her working on her first book - Grapefruit Juice and Sugar - published in 2005. I was her first editor.

We were both new to quilt book publishing. Boy, have we learned a LOT since then! To me, Jenifer has always been a modern quilter. Her early work was definitely a precursor for today's work. Her quilts have always been bold.

So her new book is certainly an exciting addition to her life work. The quilts are great. The instruction is clear, detailed - everything you need to know about how to applique.

The wonder of working on quilt books is that you turn in your portion of the work - a carefully edited, well organized manuscript. And as the book continues through the production process, more and more wonder just piles on. It is carefully edited from the technical standpoint. Art is created. Photos are shot. And all of that ends up in the hands of an incredibly talented book designer who turns it into the beautiful product you can hold in your hand and admire and work with for years to come. It's just magical to be part of this process.



I will gush. C&T turned Jenifer's work into a gorgeous book. The solid, solid content is enhanced by the solid, solid design. Color bands in Jenifer's palette edge the pages. Groovy tabs help you find the project or section you need. I love how they styled the photos.

Last but not least, there are 11 exciting modern project designs for you to practice different techniques. If you are looking for a great workbook to learn new techniques for modern, machine-applique projects, buy this book.

Stash Books has generously offered to give a book to one of you reading my blog. If you’re in the US, you’ll get a print copy, and if you’re an international reader, you’ll get an electronic version (complete with full-size printable applique templates). If you are interested, leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open until Saturday, Feb 22 at midnight.
For more reviews and opportunities to win, check out the other blogs on the tour:

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

57 comments:

  1. I am interested in winning a copy of the book!!!

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  2. I'm just beginning to explore modern appliqué, and this book would be a great help. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  3. I would love to do more applique. It would be great to have this book for instruction. Thanks for your blog and the opportunity to win a free book. Diane

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  4. great book i am enjoying visiting all of the blogs

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  5. I am really enjoying seeing snippets of this book, would love a copy :)

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  6. This looks a great book!
    Count me in please!!

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  7. I particularly like the flames and would love to have the book.
    thanks!

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  8. The more I read the reviews and the more I see the pictures, the more I want this book. Looks like a winner to me.

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  9. This looks like it would be such an informative book! Hope I WIN!

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  10. sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. I'm enjoying the blog hop and each post makes me more and more excited about this book. It looks great! I would love to win, thanks for the chance!

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  12. I would promise to take very good care of this book and to read it cover to cover many times!

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  13. Oh wow! This book could persuade me to learn how to applique... Thanks for the chance!

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  14. This book looks like fun. I poked through your blog and love the shirt you and your daughter worked on. Hold out, I have three daughters and the oldest just started quilting and sewing some. There is hope...

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  15. The more I see, the more I want to see. Great blog hop!

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  16. The pride you feel for your friend shines through your words. It looks to be a very beautiful book and one I'd love to own.

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  17. Wow !!!! you sold me. Have to have this book ! Thanks Deb. I'm in need of inspiration as I am in a dry area for quilting enthusiasts. Love your blog.

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  18. Indeed a lovely book, thanks for the chance to win it. I am a newbie to modern, love these projects to get my feet wet, and great how-to's. Gush away!

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  19. This looks like such a fun book! Would love to win a copy.:)

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  20. Horay! You let us 'Anonymous' ones join in! I completely understand why alot of bloggers don't, but I'm happy to be able to join in for a chance to win this lovely book! I love to work in plains myself, so of course it would be great to read this and learn more. Many thanks!
    Kate
    kate_orchardmerkel@o2.co.uk

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  21. What a beautiful book! Now that my son is going off to college (in the Fall) I hope to have more time for applique. I love the modern quilts.

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  22. I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog about Thrift Store quilting. I love modern quilting and applique, so, I'm very interested in this book. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  23. My quilting goal for 2014 is to learn machine applique, so I'd love to win this new book. Thanks.

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  24. Beautiful book and quilts! Love modern quilts!

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  25. Absolutely love this book. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  26. Looks like a beautiful and informative book. Would love to get a copy!
    yoyopattycakes at hotmail.com

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  27. I've been following the blog hop religiously so I can get a few chances to win this book! I'm in love with all of the content and the art work is phenomenal! Thanks for another chance! :)

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  28. Thanks for the chance to win. It looks like a great book with some new ideas, at least to me. :)

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  29. Yay, I like applique and am so pleased to see a book with modern applique featuring beautiful bright colours.

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  30. Jennifer's book looks awesome...sure would enjoy winning a copy.

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  31. I am teaching myself to applique. I would love a copy of this book. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  32. I would love to win a copy of Jenifer's book. I am still fairly new to quilting and this is another technique that I would like to learn other than regular piecing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Beautiful projects - maybe I can overcome my applique phobia... Thanks for a chance!

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  34. I would love to learn to applique, Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  35. This looks like an awesome book! I love the look of applique but don't do it often enough to get good at it. This would help, I'm sure. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  36. Boy could I use the book to practice my appliqué skills! The book has beautiful quilts in it, I would love to try one! Fingers crossed!

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  37. i'm a great fan of Jennifer's patterns and would love to win a copy of her new book. thanx for the chance to do so.

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  38. Thanks for giving the opportunity to receive this book! It looks amazing!

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  39. I really Enjoy these blog tours and meeting new bloggers. Thanks for participating and for the chance to win.

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  40. So glad I stumbled on this blog hop. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  41. I really, really want to get better at applique. I love the idea of turned under machine applique.

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  42. where do you buy the invisible thread brand she uses in the book?

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  43. The quilts that are sampled on the blogs look so interesting - some I will surely make.
    Thanks for the drawing.

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  44. This blog hop has been so much fun! It's great to read all the blogs from all the different bloggers so far. I have learned a lot. I'm new to applique so this book would be a great teacher for me. Thank you for the change at the give away.

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  45. This seems like a great book. Would love to win it.

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  46. While I have learned and used several different types of applique through the years, I am always open to learning new techniques as well as variations of what I've already learned. This book looks like it would be a great resource. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  47. This looks like a great book! I would love to learn how to do it. Thanks!

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  48. I'd be very interested in this book to help me improve my applique.

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  49. I need this book ! My applique skills sure need improving.

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  50. Well of course I want a copy! Looks like a beautiful book with some gorgeous quilts!

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  51. After looking at this book I'm going to have to do an applique quilt this year. I hope I win this book to help me learn this skill better.

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  52. thanks all for your comments and interest in Jenifer's book! A winner has been selected and the book is on the way to her. If you would like a copy - especially a SIGNED copy by Jenifer, it's available at http://42quilts.bigcartel.com/.

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  53. Deb,
    I also love the wonder of working on books. Its magic to submit black and whites text. Then several months later find such a beautiful book in your hands. C&T does an amazing job with their books. Hope you are well

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