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Library Journal★ 06/01/2014
Appliqué can seem daunting to novice quilters but it's simply the practice of applying one fabric to another whether by sewing or by other means. In this guide, quilter Kosbab explores three basic techniques for sewn appliqué: raw-edge, prepared-edge, and needle-turn. Each section begins with a tutorial explaining basic tools, supplies, and techniques, followed by a series of projects of various sizes. The majority of the quilts feature modern designs—think undulating shapes, soft curves, and bold colors—but a few have an interesting mid-century feel. Kosbab intersperses tips and tricks throughout the text both in sidebars (the one about the "quilt police" is priceless) and within the directions making this a true master class in appliqué. VERDICT With its comprehensive coverage of sewn appliqué techniques and its clear, thorough instruction, this is a book that quilters will want in their libraries. The projects are fantastic and the tutorials are excellent but what makes this book shine is Kosbab's voice, which is wry and funny and encouraging in all the right ways.