Monday, May 11, 2015

Review of Sue Bleiweiss's new book: Colorful Fabric Collage:  Sketch, Fuse, Quilt!


Last year, I was invited to submit a little quilt for Sue's book. I was delighted to give it a go. This is my little quilt, Welcome Home. It was fun to make. The only requirements were the size, and that it need to be made with fusible applique. Her book, Colorful Fabric Collage: Sketch, Fuse, Quilt has been published now. I love it! It is filled with a lot of techniques for fusible applique and many fun projects!

I have been doing similar work for years and thought there would be very little to learn from her book, but happily I was wrong. I like using black lines to outline my work from time to time, and the only way I have ever used is with satin stitch, like this:

Now, I have learned another way! Just to practice the new things I learned I made this new little quilt, Garden House using some of Sue's techniques. I really like it and was surprised how quickly it came together!
My favorite things about the book:
1. It has all the steps, start to finish, including design, dyeing fabric, fusing, quilting, embellishing, and finishing it. I love that it is comprehensive.
2. Lots of pictures! Well, maybe that's a given, but very important to me because I am very visual.
3. Lots of examples from other artists. I love that Sue included examples from many of her artist friends. It was interesting to see the other projects.
4. Speaking of projects, Sue's book is packed with them, and they are not all quilts. I love some of the other projects she shows how to make like the tote bag and the fabric journal. Excellent!
5. Last, and this one is important! Sue gives tips that help make your project a success. Thanks for that!
Giveaway Pack
Sue is having a blog hop. There will be a drawing for a free book, hand-dyed fabric, Mistyfuse, and Aurifil thread. Leave a comment below to enter!

May 4: Sue Bleiweiss: http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog/
May 4: Jamie Fingal :http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5: Leslie Tucker Jenison: http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com/
May 6: Terri Stegmiller : http://stegart.blogspot.com/
May 7: Deborah Boschert : http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
May 8: Desiree Habicht : http://myclothesline.blogspot.com/
May 9: Kathy Sperino : http://finishinglinesbyksperino.blogspot.com/
May 10: Barb Forrister : http://www.barbforrister.com/blog/
May 11 Kathy York : http://www.aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com/
May 12: Lyric Kinard : http://lyrickinard.com/lyric-kinard-blog/

Good luck!!


37 comments:

Allison CB said...

The Welcome Home quilt is lovely - love the big flower house!

Rachel Parris said...

Love Welcome Home!

Sylvia said...

Love the flower house! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sherri Lipman McCauley said...

I'm intrigued with the construction of the black lines and the curves.

OhioLori said...

Your Quilt is Awesome!! (love the Kitty too!) Thanks for such a great review off book too...would loooove to win! Thanks for a chance! :)

Sarah@123quilt said...

This book looks amazing. I'm curious to see the technique for the black lines. Thanks for the chance to win!

Charlotta said...

Looks so great. Fusing is about the only way I do appliqué, so I'm very interested in learning all I can.

peggymcd said...

Sue always gives detailed and clear instructions n love your quilt.

Lee said...

Love the Welcome Home Quilt! thanks!

Lisa Filion said...

Love your colorful collage!

janice said...

Sue's book certainly sounds like one I will be adding to my birthday wish list,

Gina said...

Welcome Home and Garden House are such fun! Sue's book is on my wish list!

annmarie said...

This has been a fun blog hop. Love your little Welcome Home birdie.

LynneP said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. I have done very little with fusible and would like to learn more.
jlpfeffer at gmail dot com

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Love your pieces!

Vicki said...

The book sounds great. I like that it includes works from many artists. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marsha said...

What a beautiful book, thanks for the chance
Marsha vamoody(one)(@)verizon(dot)net

PK Sews said...

Thank you for sharing what you liked about the book! It sounds wonderful! And thanks for sharing your delightful quilts. Your lovely work makes me smile.

StanleyBeagle said...

Thanks for the chance to win

Janis Hudson said...

Your bird is one of my favorites. I am using more color now, so the new book looks very interesting and fun!

Melody said...

Very pretty colors in this piece.

Laceflower said...

this blog hop has been really interesting and the book looks like it has fun projects and new techniques.

Gene Black said...

Excellent. I always love to learn new ways to do things. I would love to win the prize package

elle said...

a round house! cute!

Ellee said...

Such a cute cat! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Jessica said...

Lovely creations! I haven't worked with applique before, but I have been wanting to try. Thank you for the chance.

Lisa Marie said...

Love your little quilt, I'm a sucker for things with birds!

Joanne said...

Thanks for the chance to win! jvermunt(at)shaw(dot)ca

Karen said...

Great review and lovely quilt, will put this on my reading list!

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Yeah! Very nice! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

Sandra Cooper said...

I love your welcome home project!! This book looks like a great source of ideas.

KateMadeloso said...

So happy to find a new blog to follow. My cup runneth over!

Nancy said...

Love your Welcome Home quilt, and thanks for the list of reason why you like this new book! Very helpful.

liberal sprinkles said...

Beautiful quilt. Thanks for the review and chance to win. Grace

Ingleside Belle said...

Oh, the more I see projects in this book, the more I want to see it! Thank you for sharing your part of the book.

wordpoet55 said...

Good review of this book....I respond so readily to these colors!!!! :)

kathy york said...

Sue has announced the winner of her bloghop. The winner was Vickie from Deborah Boschart's blog. You can see it here: http://suebleiweiss.com/blog/2015/05/18/and-the-winner-is-5/