I don't know if you've seen Shannon's book at all, but for those that like scraps it's a perfect buy.
Shannon asked if I'd be part of her blog tour to help promote her new book, Scrappy Bits Applique (published by Stash Books) and as soon as I saw the cover and read the premise I was hooked.
Shannon blogs over at the bottle tree. I have to admit, our paths hadn't crossed before but I'm so glad they have.
This book is a great way to use up all those little scraps that you keep but aren't sure what to do with. It combines applique with a kind of mosaic, raw edged piecing. I'm not going to tell you too much because that's what you need the book for.
Inside you'll find full details on how to use Shannon's fun (and pretty fast) technique for creating fabric from scraps and eight quilt projects.
I love the fox quilt (I also love the styling in this picture - and that dog on the couch)
But my ultimate favourite is this world map. Again, the styling is awesome and the photos throughout are really beautifully done (I notice that even more now I work in the publishing world), but I just love the quilt itself. I think it'd be a great one to make for a child's bedroom wall or to make as a gift for a travelling type.
What I particularly liked about Shannon's book is that she teaches the technique, it takes up a hole chunk of the book, and gives you the skills to go on and create your own designs. So you can make any of the eight projects but you can also use the gallery pages to find your own inspiration and create something unique to you. I do like a book that gives you skills like that, not just patterns after patterns. It's something I've noticed is happening more frequently these days, and I think it's a great thing.
Hop on over to Shannon's blog for the full list of folks taking part in the tour and for a chance to win a book on each stop.
You can win here too! Just leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you for a chance to win a print copy if you're in the US and a digital copy if you're outside.
And you can pick up the book from all the regular places including Amazon (and UK Amazon, and book depository - sometimes people can get a bit narked when I don't leave a direct link to places within the UK...so here they are).
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