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Applique Your Way

I have been following Kayte Terry's blog, this is love forever, for a few years now and was anxious to get my hands on her new book, Applique Your Way, for many reasons.  First, I love applique.  I think it is one of the best ways to make something that is a little ho-hum into something fabulous with a little time and few supplies.  Plus, Kayte's aesthetic really appeals to me.  She combines materials and fabrics in unexpected ways and ends up with completely charming results.  Also, Jennifer Causey, of simply photo and simply breakfast, was the photographer for this book, so I knew that it would be a visual treat as well.  I pre-ordered it, waited paitently and it finally arrived a few weeks ago.


I wasn't disppointed.  It is a fantastic book with many great projects.  Kayte has included great instructions on many different ways to applique (hand sewn, machine sewn, reverse applique and more) and the projects are very inspiring.  They include things to wear, things to give and things for decorating your home.  I like the mix of techniques - some of the projects you sew from start to end and with others you embellish something you already own.  I, for one, have clothes hanging around that could benefit from a little face lift.  I bet you do too.

Here are a few of the projects that immediately caught my eye:


I think the Coco Sweater is fantastic.  I adore the idea of adding felted wool and new buttons to spruce up a cardigan.


The apples on this market tote are so cute!  Kayte gives directions on how to sew the bag, but I think that adding them to a pre-made canvas tote would be just as cute.


The Doily Trivets are fantastic! I don't think I have seen anything like these before.  I think they would make a great gift.  I think I might have to make a set of my own.

These are just a sampling of what Applique Your Way has in store.  The other projects include napkins, note cards, embellished skirts and dresses, a fabulous ribbon belt, pillows and more.  Bonus:  many of the projects are simple enough that they could be done in a day or two at the most.  You know how I like fast crafting!

The generous people at Chronicle Books have offered a copy of Applique Your Way to one of my readers.  If you are interested in a chance to win this book, leave a comment on this post before Monday, December 21 at 5:00 p.m.  I'll announce the winner on Tuesday.



Simple quick projects are just what I need! And this book just looks likes sooo much fun to look through.... Love that apple bag!


pick me, pick me!! Having been introduced to applique through your blog, I would love to further my skills.


I would love to give this to a friend of mine- looks just the kind of thing she loves to do!


Oh, yes! I'd love to win this.
Many thanks,


This book looks great. The doily trivets are gorgeous!
Thank you for the chance of winning this :)


I'm intrigued by those Doily Trivets. So cute! Fun to have an opportunity to win. Thanks.


i'm just learning appliqué and can use all the help i can get ... this books looks like it would do the trick ... hope to win!


Easy and applique are both great words.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


That looks like a great book, love the doily trivets! A fresh take on an old fashioned object.


Katye's book looks very inspiring; I would love to give it a try!


I love the trivets and so want to make some! Crossing my fingers...


What a cool book! I would love to win this one.
Thanks for the giveaway, Erin.


I would love love love to win a copy of this book. I have recently been introduced to this type of sewing/crafting and am so excited about it! I would love to read about all those wonderful ideas so I can create some for my little family! Fingers are crossed! PS I love your blog!

Dorothy M.

I'm a newish sewist and would love to get inspired with this book! Thanks Erin!


Wow, that looks look awesome!! I'd love a copy.


I love applique, please include me in your give away. Happy holidays!


I love the looks of this book. Would love to win it. Have a great weekend!


Oh, this looks very tempting. Thanks for the chance to win!


I love applique~ great for skirts and cardigans. I often add petersham ribbon but I love the felted wool idea. Would love to be a owner of this book! count me in. Merry, Merry Christmas!

mon ami

thanks for the review, the book sounds great. I saw a photo of the trivets somewhere else before and loved them too!

thanks for sharing


That bag is ridiculous amounts of cute. Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway, perfect for Christmas!


looks like a fun book...what a fun giveaway!

Danielle H

Those trivets look fun. I bought some precut felt from the $1 store that looked sorta like that. hmm maybe I should make trivets with them!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Donna B.

What a cute sweater!! This seems to be a must have book.....


oooh, more things to sew. And they don't look too difficult. Thanks for the chance to win!


This is such a great book, it's been on my wish list since I first found it! Thanks for the giveaway!


looks like a wonderful book!


While I haven't done much applique of my own, I agree that it adds such a splash of fun to a project ... I'd love to do more and I bet this book would inspire me to do so :P.

Jennifer H

I would like to learn more about applique, what a great giveaway!

Leslie @ Our Soft Spot

I have zero experience with applique but I'd love to give it a go!


I would love to give applique a try! I think the first on my list would be the doily trivets.


I was really hoping you were going to say, "I'm giving a copy away". :) Looks like a fabulous book!


This looks like an awesome book! :)


This looks like a gorgeous book! It's so great that they gave you a copy to share!


i would LOVE a chance to win! this book looks GREAT!


i did my first applique this year on a t-shirt and it turned out so much nicer than i expected. i want to do more! thanks for sharing.


Oooh, that book looks AMAZING. The apples are killing me.


I'm with ya'! Quick and easy crafting (and face-lifting things already owned) is just my style!

Thanks for this great giveaway!


It's on my Christmas list, so I'd love to win a copy!


Those apples are the cutest! Thanks for sharing, Erin. :)


Oh Erin...How exciting....I almost bought this book for myself last week. Thanks so much for sharing and offering a chance to win this gorgeous book :) Happy Holidays!


That apple bag is so cute! :D I would love to have a copy!


definitely a must have! can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Julie Alvarez

I´ve only made a couple of applique things (here is one of them: and I'd love to learn more about it!
Thanks for sharing this.


How neat! I tried an applique for the first time last week and it's addictive, lol. This book looks like a lot of fun. Thank you for the great giveaway! :)


ooh ooh ooh!


I love the way appliqué looks, but I've always been too afraid to try it. I'd sure like to get my hands on that book!

Jen Gough

Oh! That book is on my wishlist!



This looks like a fabulous book - I live appliqué! Count me in!


Appliqué has always been a bit of a mystery to me. This book looks like a delightful way to learn more. What a great giveaway!

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