Greetings fellow appliqué enthusiasts! I’d like your opinion on something.

I was thinking of putting together a self-help brochure to hand out at my booth during quilt shows. Something like this.


The brochure would be offered to visitors who say things like:

I haven’t done any appliqué yet.
I can’t do appliqué.
I’m afraid of appliqué.
So this is all hand appliqué? That’s too hard.
So this is all stick-on? That’s not really appliqué.
How long did this all take?
I don’t have the patience.
Did you do all this?????
My dear, you need to get a life.
Oh, it’s more of that crappliqué.

And the list goes on.

My responses generally fall into the form of reassuring, encouragement, clarification of method, assertion that there is no one correct method, and letting less than kind comments roll off the back. :)

It’s a lot of talking. Wouldn’t it be much simpler to hand them a little brochure? Something that they could take home and read at their leisure? Surely the scales would fall from their eyes and their quilting lives would be forever changed!

What do you think?

Can you add to the list of comments that put you into appliqué defense mode? And what would be the perfect name for the handout?

Many thanks,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Whaat??!!! (Sorry, I just watched the Psych marathon.) I’ve been nominated for a Golden Quilter Award!


These are reader-nominated awards hosted by SewCalGal. Someone nominated me in the “Best Quilt Book Author” category. There’s some mighty powerful company over there… you’ve made my day!

The categories are:
Best Quilt Designer
Best Fabric Designer
Best Quilt Book Author
Best Teacher/Instructor
Best Quilt Store (physical)
Best Quilt Store (online)
Most Innovative Product (software)
Best New Product Introduced in 2012 (physical)
Best New Product Introduced in 2012 (software)
Best Quilt Book Published in 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award

To cast your vote in any of these categories, head on over to SewCalGal before the end of the month. Voting ends February 28, 2013.

Doin’ the happy dance!
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

On January 27, postage is going up again. It’s only going up a penny for first class, but Priority Mail is busting out a 65¢ increase for the flat-rate padded envelopes that I use. Wow.

What floor?

If there’s anything anywhere you’ve thought about ordering (or mailing), now might be the time. Just sayin’. Also stock up on those Forever stamps.

I’m on the road to Road today, setting up tomorrow for Road to California this weekend. If you’re in southern California, hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

A new Olympic sport!

Yeah, not really. A couple months ago I received notice from Digital River that the shopping-cart and credit-card processing platform that I had been using on my website for 10 years, CCNow, is going away. Like gone, poof, at the end of the year.

Oy vey. After considering a few different options, I decided to go with PayPal, especially since they now have a weight-based shipping option, something I strongly believe in since it’s the closest to actual you can get.

I’ve spent some time converting my website to PayPal checkout, and gulp, I uploaded the new pages today. May the overlords of HTML smile down on me.

Also new on the website: a brand-new pattern, Flying Fan Kites.


As I was working on Scrap-Appliqué Playground, which whacks together scraps and cuts appliqués out of them, I jotted down ideas for taking the idea on a tangent and using traditional pieced blocks.

Flying Fan Kites is the first pattern from that list! You piece a fan and then cut a kite and kite-tails out of it! It’s fun! This is a little guy, 12″ x 16″.

The kites are paper-pieced. Do not groan. Do not fear the paper-piecing. I made it so systematic, so no-brainer, you will not get confused or sew a piece into place that won’t cover when flipped. The full-size foundations are included and ready to use.

Once the fans are pieced, I use paper-backed fusible web for the machine-appliquéd kites and kite-tails. I’ve now started to offer SoftFuse in the 10-pack, and that’s up on my website too, on the Notions page.


I’ve set the shipping to zero on these two new items, through November 22. That’s right, free shipping on Flying Fan Kites and SoftFuse, just in time for a post-turkey-coma Black Friday project!

Fingers crossed that I’ve coded everything correctly, please let me know if you have trouble with anything!

Cheers,
Kay

In contemplating thankfulness, I’d like to shout out a great big Thank You to all of you who follow All About Appliqué. I thoroughly enjoy writing this blog, and it’s gratifying to know that someone is reading. No matter what form of quilting we employ, we all have one thing in common… we are appliqué enthusiasts! Yay!

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Ready, Shop, Sew!


In appreciation, I’ve created a coupon for $5 off any order of $10 or more on my website, where all my stuff is. The coupon code is 5OFF and is good through December 10, 2011, for your holiday shopping pleasure. U.S. and Canada only, regular shipping charges apply.

Here are some great ways to take advantage of the coupon. Stocking stuffers for your quilty friends!

When you click on the links below, you’ll be taken to the page on the website where the item is found. If you don’t see it right away, just scroll down.

Vol 4-500Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 4. Only $6.99.

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A cute little pattern for your friend who would like to hang this in her sewing room. Just $6.

butterfly

Magnetic Needleminder, $9.50. These look like beautiful cameos and make fantastic gifties. There are 10 different styles to choose from.

needles

John James #10 Straw/Milliner needles, $3.00. My favorites for hand appliqué.

scissors

Clover 5″ miscroserrated scissors, fantastic for appliqué. They’re very grippy on the fabric and the cut edge is less prone to fraying. $23.50

The coupon is good on anything you’d like to order from By Kay Mackenzie, including all of my books, patterns and notions. Maybe you’d like to get a gift for yourself! Have you been looking at Sew the Perfect Gift, Inspired by Tradition, or Teapots 2 to Appliqué? Now’s the time!

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Hope you had a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Last fall I was hanging out in my cozy little booth at a quilt show. An attendee came in, looked around, and said, “Oh, it’s more of that crappliqué.”

Well, she had a nice spirit about her and the way she said it was funny, so that actually made me laugh.

We started chatting and I asked her why she felt that way about appliqué. She told me that she had taken a class and had hated the process and the result. During our conversation I told her that there’s not just one way to appliqué and she just hadn’t found the way that suited her best. She agreed with that philosophy, and promised to give it another go.

I hope I helped this nice gal be more receptive to our polarizing pastime. What do you say to fellow quilters who have experienced frustration with appliqué?

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

• My talk with Pat Sloan on March 21 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time
•10-day blog hop, Book-A-Round 2, March 22-31.

The Giveaway for Kids has drawn to a close. All of the books have gone to good homes. Since the giveaway began, I’ve heard from quilters in about every state in this country. Each one has a heartfelt story to tell of the wonderful warming efforts that they and their groups put forth. It makes me know the depth of caring among quilters. We are a wonderful bunch and I’m happy to be a member of the community.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Admin note: The Giveaway for Kids has drawn to a close.

Awhile ago I instituted a Giveaway for Kids. I’ll repeat the post here.

Due to a printing glitch and subsequent reprinting, I ended up with way more copies of In a Twinkle: Youthful Quilt Designs than I needed. It’s time for them to move away from home!

If you’re a member of a group that makes and donates quilts for kids in need, email me at “kay at kaymackenzie dot com” and tell me about your group. I’ll send you 6 copies (as many as I can stuff in a bubble mailer) by the “slow boat to China,” Media Mail. If you feel like paying me back for the postage, you can PayPal a couple bucks to the same address.

If you’re not a member of such a group but you know somebody who is, feel free to spread the word.

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This book includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions for five easy quilts and a comfy cozy flannel blankie, plus detailed instructions on the fusible-interfacing method for machine-appliquéing big, simple shapes.

There are only a few more packets of In a Twinkle waiting to go to a good home. So if your group has not yet received any, now’s the time to let me know that you’d like one for the use of your group’s worthy efforts. U.S. and Canada only.

Thank you for what you do for kids,
Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

I’m a member of an internet discussion group among quilt-pattern designers. Our conversations range far and wide, and recently the topic of blogs, blog feeds, and email subscriptions came up.

I myself am subscribed to the blogs I follow through Google Reader, an RSS feed reader that keeps everything organized in a browser tab.

Many people subscribe to blogs that way, while others prefer to subscribe by email. They’re more familiar with email and prefer having a post’s content delivered right to their in-box.

We who write blogs are ecstatic that you’re following us! Any which a way you like! But did you know that if you subscribe through a feed reader or by email, you’re missing a lot?

You’re getting each post in its bare-bones form. You see the text, you see the photos. But we work hard to format our posts, making them look pretty with text lined up and wrapping the right way with the pictures. This formatting is usually stripped away when posts are delivered remotely.

Also, you’re not seeing the blog’s sidebars, which are rich with possibilities.

Have you reviewed lately what All About Appliqué‘s sidebars have to offer? Take a moment to click over to the blog itself. Just click on the title of this post and you’ll be whisked away to the blog.

Are we there now? See how nice the content looks in its intended form? See all the good stuff in the sidebars? Let’s take a tour.

Top left… the Appliqué Bookshop, powered by Amazon. All appliqué titles, hand-picked by me for your browsing pleasure. Just below that is the Appliqué DVD Store.

Next comes a rotating ad from Amazon, with juicy titles to catch your eye.

Below that is a search function for the blog. Type some keywords here and it will search the entire archive, bringing up any post no matter how old. A very handy feature when you’re looking for information on a designer or a technique!

Then come the Categories. These are categories that I assign each blog post so that if you’re looking for info on a certain subject, you can click on one and all posts assigned that category will come up. Another way to search the blog, and very useful when looking for information.

Then there are a couple of blog rings. Click on these logos and you’ll be taken to another blog that belongs to the same ring. You can keep going around from blog to blog for a long time :) .

Lastly on the left are the Archives, filed by month. If you want to look back and see all the posts for a certain month, that’s how you can do it.

Now we move to the right-hand side.

Up top are two ways to subscribe, by email or by feed reader. Both of these are great ways to receive automatic notification when a blog post goes up. Just remember, you’re only seeing a stripped-down version of the post when you get them this way, and clicking over to the blog itself is a good thing to do every once in awhile.

Below that are two linked logos, one for the new on-line Quilt Pattern Magazine, and one for the first issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, both of which I had stuff in.

Then there’s a link to the All About Appliqué Flickr group, which you can post your appliqué photos to, or just go and enjoy the eye candy!

Below that is a linked image for the Easy Appliqué Blocks Book-A-Round from 2009. Ooh, that was a fun one.

rose basket3Guess what… there’s another one coming down the pike! That’s right, look for Book-A-Round 2, Inspired by Tradition coming your way in March or April. There will be tons of info about the new book as well as lots of chances to win a copy.

Below that is the blogroll, with lots of linky love for appliqué designers and pattern companies. Another rich resource for appliqué enthusiasts.

That’s it! Thanks for coming on the sidebar tour with me. And thanks for reading the blog, and subscribing to it!

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

I recently received the Versatile Blogger award from a fellow blogger who enjoys my blog.

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How very cool! I certainly appreciate receiving an award of any type!

What does it mean? I asked myself.

I Googled the term and found Versatile Quilter awards all over the internet, and not just among quilting blogs. You name it, this award is going around it, and I couldn’t find out who started it.

Not knowing its provenance, I’m choosing not to pass the award along, which would involve telling you seven things about myself and presenting the award to other blogs that I read. However, I will tell you about one blog that you may find of interest. Did you know that Checker Distributors publishes a blog? Called the Checker Newsletter, it’s mostly written by Penny Haren, author of the Pieced Appliqué series of books. Penny’s not a Checker employee but works with them a lot in the industry. The blog highlights all the brand-new things that are coming onto the market… very interesting!

The fellow appliqué enthusiast who sent me the award is Erin Russek, who writes a pretty darn versatile and attractive blog herself. Thank you Erin!

Erin’s blog is One Piece at a Time and she does lovely, lovely work. Not only that, she has posted several appliqué tutorials that you’ll find of interest.

Well, I still don’t know who started the Versatile Blogger award, but the way I interpret it is that Erin finds my blog worthwhile, so I’ll take it and run! :) Thank you so much again Erin! Your original designs are gorgeous.

Miss Kelly-web

Here’s Erin’s “Miss Kelly.” It’s the center block for her 2011 BOM called “My Tweets”. There will be a free small pattern every month so be sure to check it out on Erin’s blog.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

A recently shipped carton of Teapots 2 to Appliqué fell off the back of the delivery truck onto its corner. Dang, I hate it when that happens. Thanks a bunch, Brown! They denied the claim, saying that I should have packed with 2″ of cushion all the way around in addition to 2″ of cushion in between each individual item. LOL!!! I did some quick calculation, and at 5½ feet tall, the box wouldn’t even fit into my car! (But it might survive a dive off the truck).

Would you like one of these Scratch & Dent copies at a bargain price?

Teapots 2 to Appliqué by Kay Mackenzie

Teapots 2 to Appliqué by Kay Mackenzie

Crunched corner, otherwise completely useful

Crunched corner, otherwise completely useful

If so, send me a PayPal payment of $14 (that includes the shipping) to kay at kaymackenzie.com (no spaces, and use the @ sign) and be sure to include your shipping address.

FAQ:

• No, no mail order on this one. PayPal is easy and quick, and you don’t need to have a PayPal account.

• The book normally sells for $16.95 plus a couple bucks shipping.

• You can see all the details about the book at By Kay Mackenzie.

• Do NOT order the Scratch & Dent through the website. This sale is “off the grid.” If you use the shopping cart on the website, you’ll get a regular copy at regular price.

Please give these slightly blemished beauties a good home.

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

wanted

Would you like to contribute an article to All About Appliqué? Come on down!

You can show us a special tip or trick, give us a photo tour of your method, demo a product, review your favorite book, etc. etc. Any method of appliqué is great! Use anybody’s pattern, or your own, just be sure to give the pattern source. Shoot me an email to kay at kaymackenzie.com (you know the drill, use the @ sign and no spaces) and let me know what you have in mind.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to blog! If you can write an email and attach a photo, you can do this! I’ll turn your material into a fantastic post.

Many thanks!
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

I sent my tech guy a note giving him a heads-up that I’m proceeding with some posts so he’ll know to do a new backup whenever he’s ready to try the upgrade again. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me that 2.3.2 will consent to become 2.8.4!

:) Kay

I’m on blogging hold right now. Cruzio called and told me I really needed to upgrade WordPress. Yes, I admit it, I was using an ancient version, but the last time I tried upgrading the blog was down for four days. But, since they called, I tried again, and once more the venture was met with less than success. Apparently the database is confused from the last attempt. The techs are workin’ on it, but in the meantime I’m treading lightly.

Sigh, see you soon,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

First of all, let me hasten to tell you that Willie is in fine fettle. Almost 15 years old, he’s healthy and vigorous, still runs in the park with Dana, and we cherish him every day. So the following information has nothing to do with the state of the Real Quilt Puppy.

This is me

In fact, Willie has started his own dogblog! He’d be very pleased to have you share in his rich times. Visit The Most Excellent Life and Times of Willie the Quilt Puppy.

Now back to the subject of change. I’ve been feeling for some while now that it’s time to step out from behind a cute name and be myself. To that end, my design and publishing company is now called By Kay Mackenzie.
Quilt Puppy Publications will remain a publishing imprint.

Visit my redesigned website! It still has all the same stuff on it, but it’s got a different look now.

Here’s where the reorganized URLs go:

www.kaymackenzie.com ~ By Kay Mackenzie website
www.quiltpuppy.com ~ By Kay Mackenzie website
www.kaymackenzie.com/wordpress ~ Kay’s Show and Tell Center (or, go to kaymackenzie.com and click on Show & Tell)

My new email address is kay at kaymackenzie.com. (You know the drill, use the @ sign and no spaces.)

Thanks for hanging in there with me during this exciting time. Sometimes a little change can make you feel fresh and new.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Thanks to the encouragement of my friend Maria of Maria Michaels Designs, I finally figured out how to make it so that you can subscribe to this blog either with a feed reader or by email! That’s right, if you haven’t figured out the feed reader thing you can now sign up to get the posts delivered to your in-box. I put the links at the top of the right-hand sidebar.

I also added the Search widget to the left-hand sidebar, so you can search this blog by keyword.

Cheers,
Kay
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

Just added some designers to the lists.

Cleo’s Designs: Lovely flowers and birds.

The Noble Wife: Fresh, modern country look.

Janet Selck: Scraps of Time is her company and her new book Pieced Potpourri has tons of cute appliqué.

Whims: Kits for watercolor quilts with appliqué laid over.

until next time,
Kay
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

Just as in the best-laid travel plans, stuff happens. Take a rest, relax, and enjoy your break from the virtual tour. The blogosphere has a frog in its throat but never fear… we’ll get Annie’s podcast to you ASAP!

Stay tuned,
Kay
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

When I got home from Market, one of the first things I did was to add a bunch of designers and pattern companies to the lists in the right-hand sidebar. Here are my new additions:

Bayou Patch Designs
Bloomin’ Minds
Ewe-unique Creations
Granola Girl Designs
Hatched and Patched
Jenny Creek Designs
Kitambaa Designs
Log Cabin Quiltworks
Patchworks Studio
Primitive Gatherings
The Quilt Company
Rabbits Haven
Sue Spargo Folk-Art quilts
Under the Garden Moon
Cathy Van Bruggen Designs
Waltzing With Bears
The Wooden Bear

There were scads more appliqué designers that I also saw and/or chatted with that were already on the lists. Other appliqué designers… if I’ve missed you, give me a shout!

Much more to come pursuant to Portland…
Until next time,
Kay
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

I spent a lot of time today adding designers to the list of links in the right-hand column. I also created a separate list of pattern companies, in case you’re more familiar with those names. There will be a lot more to come on both lists! I’ll be adding steadily, and my hopes are that this place will become a central resource for appliqué information. If I’ve missed a super appliqué designer, please let me know.

We also have an Amazon bookstore filled with books about appliqué! Check this out, in the left-hand column. I hand-picked these titles. Again, if I missed your favorite appliqué book, chime in! I’ll be working to keep the bookshop current with all of the newest titles.

Until next time,
Kay

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