I had the privilege of reading a digital copy (how cool is it that sewing books are now so easily accessible?) of Playful Petals, thanks to C&T Publishing. Corey has done a bang up job of demonstrating the versatility of orange peels/petals. She supplies clear instructions and uses different sized petals. The petal templates are conveniently located with each of the 9 quilt patterns.
^This design, "Posey Patch," involves layering petals. I can't wait to try this!
Corey also explains fusible applique ("Applique Basics") by guiding you through the process and stitching options. She encourages you to use the method you like best, whether fusible or not. I really enjoyed her tips on how to make applique a bit faster (complete with diagrams) - I like to put my pedal to the metal sometimes! Another unique part of the book is the section about using precuts for petals. Plus, I can see myself using her handy "Pillow Back Cutting Guide" chart for basically any pillow I make in the future! That is one valuable little chart!
My favorite part of the book: it doesn't end there. Corey designed 9 smaller projects (minis or pillows) based on her quilt designs. So you have 18 project options! I love a good mini quilt and I know many of you do as well.
I decided to try out "Flower Garden" first. I love how you combine large prints and small, skinny petals with this pattern. I could repeat this block throughout a quilt or just making a one block pillow (as Corey has done). This block, however, is destined to become a medallion-like baby quilt! Can you believe I actually used some of my AMH fabric? I even have the rest of my fabrics picked out - all based on the center.
In the future, I'd love to read a book about improv (improvisationally pieced peels? maybe I should start experimenting?) and more about using scraps for applique. Also, it would be fun to read about all different types of applique and make specific projects to practice each technique. I really love reading about techniques more than patterns - and Corey's book has a lot of both!
Altogether, Playful Petals is certainly a great place for beginner and seasoned quilters alike to practice and challenge themselves with fusible applique and petals. I'm confident you will love the projects Corey has come up with. :)
Thanks again, Corey, for inviting me! I hope you will all check the rest of the blog tour (these bloggers have all made petal minis as well!):
September 15: Amy @ http://www.
September 16: Melissa @ http://www.
September 17: Jessica @ http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.
September 18: Faith @ http://www.
September 19: Amy @ http://www.diaryofaquilter.
~Break for Weekend~
September 22: Sherri @ http://www.aquiltinglife.
September 23: Amber @ http://alittlebitbiased.
September 24: Lori @ http://beeinmybonnetco.
September 25: Amanda @ http://crazymomquilts.
September 26: Lee @ http://www.freshlypieced.
September 27: Corey @ http://www.littlemissshabby.
com - Final Round-up & Giveaway