I hope you all had a turkey-stuffed Thanksgiving and are still enjoying leftovers. We are… happily! It’s always just the hubby and me, but I cook the full dinner anyway.

I took some time today to update the Appliqué Booksstore with the latest scrumptious-looking appliqué titles. This virtual store is a very good gift resource for all your appliqué friends.

Have you seen the Appliqué Bookshop? It’s on the blog, in the left-hand sidebar. If you’re subscribed by email, you’ll need to click over to the blog itself on the internet to see the sidebars.

If you live in my area, you probably know the annual Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair held at the Fairgrounds in Watsonville. It’s this coming weekend, and this year I’ll have a booth! It’s my first sort-of craft fair (as opposed to quilt show) and I’m excited because I’ve been into making finished goods lately, like those framed mini-quilts I blogged about not long ago. I’ll have my petite clutches, button magnets, button bouquets, and more. I’m also going to be offering quite a few wall quilts that I don’t need any more. Great opportunities for holiday shopping, for your loved ones or for yourself!

Here’s the poster for the fair.

Hope to see you if you’re from Santa Cruz County or thereabouts!

Holiday cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

November 30, 2014

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A heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by on the 100 Blocks blog tour. It was so much fun to read all of your comments, and I so totally appreciate all the nice words about my block and my designs. It’s been a warm, fuzzy week. :)

The winner for my stop on the tour was Sheila Ivany. Congratulations, Sheila! The Quiltmaker staff will send out your issue. Enjoy!

If you didn’t win during the week and will be looking for a copy of Volume 10, mine are on the way and will be up on my website soon, on the Patterns page. I also still have a few copies of Volume 9 if you need that one.

As a reminder, the Scratch & Dent Book Sale is still going on!

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

November 22, 2014

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Greetings gentle quilters!! It’s Kickoff Day of the 100 Blocks Volume 10 blog tour! I’m so happy to have a block in this landmark issue.

I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my books and patterns on it, plus select notions for the appliqué enthusiast. If this is your first time visiting my blog All About Appliqué, I’m so glad you’re here! You’ll find a wealth of information about all kinds of appliqué here on the blog, so take your time clicking around the categories, and use the keyword search as well.

I’m delighted and proud to say that this is my ninth time having one of the 100 Blocks. (I must have been asleep at the switch for Volume 2.) I just love participating in these special issues, and golly! Ten times ten, that’s 100 different original blocks that have been published since the whole thing started. Quite an accomplishment… comgratulations to the Quiltmaker staff!

My latest title from Martingale, Scrap-Appliqué Playground, is all about different ways to put scraps together and cut appliqués out of them. After the book came out, I started playing around with more ideas for cutting appliqués out of something other than just one fabric. In the last issue I had Half-Log-Cabin Tulips. Another clever way to use a traditional pieced quilt block for appliqué is Nine-Patch Posies!


Cutting a flower “just so” from a traditional nine-patch block gives a fun, stylized look to a very traditional appliqué motif. Of course you can change up the colors as you like.

The magazine gives complete instructions for making the block, and includes the flower template that fits just right on the pieced nine-patch. Awesome.

I hope you enjoy this block and all the other 99 fabulous and varied designs in Volume 10!

The editors of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are sponsoring a giveaway of a copy of the magazine! If you’d like to enter to win, please leave a comment here on this post before 12:00 noon California time on Friday, November 21.

Good luck in the drawing, and remember that if you are subscribed to the blog by email, clicking “Reply” will not enter you in the drawing. Come to the blog on the internet and leave your comment at the bottom of the post. :)

Many thanks for your visit!
Cheerio,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

November 17, 2014

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Just finished one of the most hectic times ever. Palm Springs, followed by PIQF, followed by a visit from the in-laws, followed by a guild show. All I can say is, I lived through it, and am mighty glad to be home amid peace and quiet and down time. Happy rabbit. :)

Over this last weekend I was in Roseville, California, for the Pioneer Quilt Guild show. A quilter stopped by to let me know that she had a quilt in the show made using my Teapots 2 to Appliqué patterns. What a treat for me!

Asian Teapots by Karen Price

Thank you for the shout-out, Karen!

Beautifully hand appliquéd.

And hand quilted!

On another note, Volume 10 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks comes out later this month.


I have a block in there once again, I’m happy to say. The kickoff blog tour is November 17-21.

These blog tours are lots of fun, with many prize-winning opportunities along the way. My day is Monday, November 17. See you then!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

November 4, 2014

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The winner of Plant Your Own Garden is No. 6, Char! Congratulations, and have fun putting the techniques into your appliqué bag of tricks!

At Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs over the weekend, there was a special exhibit of quilts made by members of the Baltimore Appliqué Society. In the booth one day I struck up a lovely conversation with a fellow appliqué enthusiast, who told me she had followed her quilt to California all the way from Maryland. Kelly Kout, I enjoyed talking with you!!

Here’s Kelly’s quilt, “Flowers for Jean,” designed by Lori Smith.

That is one gorgeous, amazing, handcrafted masterpiece.

Next week… the fabulous Pacific International Quilt Festival!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

October 7, 2014

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This month, courtesy of AQS Publishing, we have Rebecca L. Campbell’s charming book Plant Your Own Garden.


This little book features a dozen original flower blocks that you can use to plant an appliqué garden. Each design can stand alone in a project of your own creation, or join the others in a sampler quilt.

Rebecca shares with us what inspired her to become an appliqué enthusiast and to develop her own system for pleasing results. Take it away, Rebecca!

I belong to a quilt guild, Quintessential Quilters in Columbus, Ohio. I thank that organization for the opportunity to take classes from an amazing list of famous quilters. Those teachers inspired me in a so many ways. I wanted be a part of the quilting business. but what was I going to offer? A seed was planted and I was searching for my way to inspire.

I fell in love with an appliqué pattern and became determined to learn turned-edge appliqué, but my results left a lot to be desired. I wanted perfect shapes right off the bat and didn’t want to spend time tracing or ripping freezer paper out. I matched up products that accomplished those tasks. I eliminated tracing by using a copier to create a placement guide (June Tailor’s Perfect Piecing) and templates (C. Jenkins Freezer Paper Sheets). If I ironed the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric it could be pulled off once the piece is in place. Print n Fuse ironed to batting enabled me to create trapunto without stuffing.

Now I had a method that worked well for me. Teaching classes was a test to see if it worked for others. Beginners were excited with their results and experienced appliquérs found it increased their accuracy and productivity.

I had a proven method that I titled Innovative Appliqué. Someone suggested I should create an original pattern to teach from. Sixty-one patterns and more in the works are available. All individual patterns are full size.

Designing, teaching, vending and trade shows lead to connecting with America Quilter’s Society to publish a booklet, Plant Your Own Garden. Twelve flower patterns, quilt construction, and Innovative Appliqué instructions are all included. I like to provide lots of pictures to show what I am explaining. The booklet patterns do need to be enlarged 111%. That is something I hope to avoid the next go round.

I hang a sign at shows that says Appliqué is not a four letter word. I think that is so funny.

At a recent Checker Distributors open house, Rebecca filmed a video presentation showing her appliqué techniques.

Rebecca’s video.

If you’d like to win this booket, please leave a comment before 7:00 p.m. California time on Monday, October 6. Open to U.S. mailing addresses only.

Good luck everyone!
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

October 1, 2014

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In Sonora over the weekend, Susan Florez mentioned to me that she had a dollhouse quilt in the show. I went to take a look, and OMG!

Pocket Dollhouse Quilt by Susan Florez

What a dollhouse wonderland! It’s the kind of quilt where you just stand there and look at every square inch of it, discovering delightful details at every turn.

The sewing room.

The kitchen.

The sweet girly bedroom. Wish mine looked like that.

I loved this little domestic microcosm. Here are links to the information on the label.

Designed by Jan Leifson for The Apron Lady Designs and purchased at Bearly Quilting (in Sonora).

What lucky kids!! Congratulations, Susan, on a true heirloom.

This weekend, I’ll be in Brentwood (the one in northern California, not the one near UCLA) for the Delta Quilters show.

Back one day, then headed to Palm Springs for the brand-new Quiltfest Oasis, put on by the same folks as PIQF.

See you when I’ve got time to breathe! :)
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

September 25, 2014

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Each month we feature and give away a beautiful appliqué book. Let’s have some followup! I’d love to see what the lucky winners have been doing with their prizes.

If you’ve won one of the monthly drawings (you know who you are), please send me a photo of a something you’ve made that was inspired by your prize, and tell me a little bit about it.

I’m at kay at kaymackenzie dot com. If you’ve made something using one of my designs, that counts too!

This will be fun. :)

If you live near gold country, hope to see you this weekend at the Sierra Quilt Guild Show in Sonora.

Until next time,
Kay

September 18, 2014

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All the lights are green once again, and we’re connected back up to the interweb. It was only mildly traumatic for my husband this time, having gone through it once before when we unexpectedly lost our DSL line. It was bitter, but he lived through it that time, so he knew he could do it again.

On another topic:

Retro Clean to the rescue again!

Somewhere in my journeys I picked up this cute vintage rooster towel. It had a stain on it, but I wasn’t worried about that.

I got out my trust Retro Clean!

Now I must admit that the spot didn’t come out completely the first time. Since it was not a pressing matter, I set the towel aside to give it another whirl next time I had some other things to soak.

This time I left it the whole two days, and voila!

Beautiful!

Here’s the first post I did about Retro Clean.

Thanks you so much Mindy and Larry for inventing this product!

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

September 11, 2014

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Our interweb is down for a few days. My number one suspect… cat hair.

Even the Uverse can be brought down by cat hair.

The red light of doom.

See that red light? That’s not good.

Our winner from the drawing for Animal Parade is No. 9, Patricia! Congratulations, and enjoy all those adorable animals!

Until next time, when all the lights are green,

Kay

September 8, 2014

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This month, with many thanks to Martingale, we have Cheri Leffler’s Animal Parade.


The subtitle of this charmer is “Adorable Appliqué Quilt Patterns for Babies.” I’d say, anyone young at heart would also qualify!

Cheri begins by presenting instructions for her favorite method of needle-turn appliqué using an overlay for placement. For those who prefer machine work, she also gives a quick overview of fusible appliqué. A little lexicon of embroidery stitches rounds out the method section.

Feeling Sheepy by Cheri Leffler, quilted by Vonnie Maglinte

In this book you’ll find quilts featuring cheerful frogs, floating duckies, happy monkeys, wise owls, rollicking foxes, playful penguins, swimming sea creatures, tree-hugging koala bears, long-necked giraffes, and fluffy lambs! A whole menagerie of cuteness! Each quilt design features the animals set against a sweet and simple pieced background.

Kits 'n Caboodle by Cheri Leffler, quilted by Vonnie Maglinte

You can see the koalas peeking out at the foxes.

The appliqué patterns are printed full size and… bonus… the book includes a pullout section for the designs that are too large to fit on a page. Excellent!

A Penguin Playdate by Cheri Leffler, quilted by Vonnie Maglinte

If you’d like a chance to win this delightful book of youthful quilts, please leave a comment here on this post by 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, September 5.

Open to U.S. mailing addresses only, and please resist the temptation to click “reply” to your email feed. To enter the drawing, come to the blog on the internet and leave your comment at the bottom of the post.

Good luck everyone!
See you then,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

September 1, 2014

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Got a note from the Mancusos that pre-registration is open for three of their upcoming shows:




There are some fantastic appliqué classes offered at each of these. I’ll be at both Oasis and PIQF, in the merchant mall. Oasis is new this year, and we all have our fingers and toes crossed that it will be just as big and bustling and exciting as PIQF. Heavenly heaven for the quilter.

Until next time,
Kay

August 27, 2014

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Well I got back from a week in Portland and lordy was I tired. It was a very difficult trip all the way around, and the most discouraging part of it was that the new Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show was very lightly attended. Everyone was disappointed, including the organizers.

When I got to my front door after a 10-hour drive that day, I told my hubby, “If I thought I could get back up, I’d get down there and kiss the floor.”

Okay, shake it off, and focus on the comforts of one’s own home and much more fun things in the future. On the first of September we’ve got a fabulous featured book and giveaway. See you then if not before!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

August 21, 2014

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The lucky reader who won Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures was No. 32, Margaret! The book is on its way to you now, Margaret, have a wild and colorful time with it!!

And my thanks to all of you who follow this blog. When you enter these drawings, it lets me know you’re out there, and you’re a fellow appliqué enthusiast, and I appreciate it so much.

I’ve been having a fabulous time making more framed mini-quilts. Here are a couple of them.

It’s a whole lot o’ fun.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

August 7, 2014

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Our featured book this month, courtesy of C&T Publishing, is Wendy Williams’ Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures.

I’m wild about these colorful blooms and creatures!

This book is all about combining our traditional cotton prints with wool and linen, to add a new dimension. Wendy starts out with a section on appliqué basics that gives information on wool, wool felt, threads, templates, and her style of needle-turn that uses a running stitch close to the turned edge. There’s also a whole page of illustrated embroidery stitches for adding special touches.


Then on to the projects! There are wall quilts, runners, pillows, bags, and sewing notions galore. All of the appliqué templates are printed at full size, and there’s even a pull-out section for the larger designs. Always a bonus!


Aren’t the designs wonderful? Such a fearless sense of color and whimsy.

If you’d like to win this book in a random drawing, please leave a comment before 7:00 p.m. California time on Tuesday, August 5.

Notice how I said “leave a comment”…? This is not the same as replying to your email feed. You’ll need to get out of your email program by clicking on the title of the post, which will bring you to the blog itself on the internet, and leave your comment there.

Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. Good luck all!!

Until then,
Kay

August 1, 2014

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Normally my stash looks about like this.

It’s an inelegant stash, but it’s my inelegant stash.

The other morning I wandered into the studio with my mug o’ coffee, only to witness this scene.

Not even the large mug of coffee could counteract the early morning shock at the pillage and devastation.

J’accuse!

Yes, it was these girls. Oh sure, they look all sweet and innocent now.

Mimi and Maddie are older than our usual fosters, at an age we call “kitteens.” They were staying at our house to get over kitty colds that they just couldn’t kick at the shelter. They improved a whole lot in just a week and a half, and have gone back to the shelter for adoption. They’re total love-machine sweethearts.

Now to pick up the stash. More coffee.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

July 28, 2014

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Materials organized. Make sure your design fits well within the frame. Heads up, when it says 4×6, that means the opening in the back. What shows in the front will be slightly smaller.

Fused and ready to stitch. Cut the background an inch or so larger than the finished size so you can trim later.

Stitched! I use a machine blanket stitch but you could finish by hand or with another machine stitch.

Quilted and trimmed to the finished size. I used a low-loft cotton batting, and I didn’t worry about whether any quilting would be cut off, in fact I kind of planned that it would be, just for the freedom of it all. After trimming, I stay-stitched all the way around, close to the edge.

I glued my business card to the back. That’s right people, I glued it. You can make a fabric label for yours. :)

All done! And might I add that it was done by 3:45 in the afternoon of a day that included taking kittens for boosters, running three other errands, playing with kittens, and having a leisurely lunch with my husband on the patio. Not bad!

These make great gifts. If you start now, you can have one finished for everybody on your holiday list. The design can be something very simple, and your kith and kin will appreciate that it’s something you made.

Until next time, on to the next frame,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

July 24, 2014

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Many thanks to all of you who gave my slightly distressed books a good home! The sale is ongoing until these copies are gone, so tell all your friends! The special ordering button is on the post entitled “Scratch & Dent Sale,” or, here’s a handy link:

Scratch & Dent Sale

I’m embarking on a new kind of project! That’s always pretty exciting. In the past, I’ve made some mini-quilts, put them in frames, and given them to dear friends as a gift. Here’s the one I made for Suzanne years ago.

I got the urge to play around with this idea some more, so I went to the thrift shop and found quite a few cute frames. I went to the cashier with my stack, and AGAIN I scored a half-price sale, with eight minutes to spare! I did not know, just got lucky.

Here’s my first project, all organized, with frame selected, fabrics pulled, pattern correctly sized, and reversed pattern printed and ready to trace some SoftFuse templates.

I’ll be working on this today, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

July 22, 2014

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Now and then, some books fall off the back of the truck or there’s a minor flaw right out of the box from the printer. There might be a crunched corner, a few scuffs, or a spot of printer’s ink on the cover. Otherwise these copies are intact and completely useful.

It’s time for these darlings to go to good homes. I’m offering Scratch & Dent copies of select titles for the bargain price of $7 dollars each, shipping included! That represents a savings of up to 65%. Such a deal.

For more information about these titles, please visit my website
By Kay Mackenzie. But don’t use the buttons on the website unless you want regular copies… come back here to the blog to order your special
Scratch & Dent copies.

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Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

July 17, 2014

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This weekend I’ll be at the Piecemaker Quilt Guild’s biennial show held at the Newark campus of Ohlone College here in northern California. The guest artist is design genius and my pal Tracey Brookshier :) .

At a recent show, my booth was situated in front of a back hallway. The guild had a security person posted there, because it was not an entrance to the show. But it was the path to the hospitality room. Guild members congregated in that spot all weekend long, and I was treated to much information about their various medical histories.

At great length and detail, I heard about:

• High blood pressure.
• Allergies to medications.
• Rashes. Lots of rashes.
• Foot surgery.
• Cysts.
• Arthritis.
• Diabetes.
• Sciatica.
• Pain. A whole lot o’ pain.
• Asthma.
• Open heart surgery.
• And my favorite, the ruptured bra from the crutches.



Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

July 10, 2014

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