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Organic Applique: Creative Hand-Stitching Ideas and Techniques Paperback – 30 April 2019

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The intro chapters are more Doughty's philosophy on life than quilting per se. I am very attracted to the colourful quilts and appliqué shapes in this book. I am particularly drawn to the organic flowers and plants. There are useful exercises for choosing fabrics. Instructions include basting, needle turn applique, EPP and hand quilting. You'll also find a chapter on inspiration, although the photos in this are not very inspiring and poor quality. Design tips for those who prefer to use the book purely for inspiration and projects for those who need something more concrete to follow. If you are a Doughty fan and a lover of interesting fabrics and applique, you'll most likely love this book. Something of a pot boiler perhaps.

-- Karen Platt ―

With its free-forming lines, hand applique is the perfect technique to express your creativity! In-depth instructions will explain the whole artistic process starting at picking the fabric and choosing a pattern, then moving on to mastering needle-turning and making bias vines. 


This dazzling book combines colourful quilts in many colours, all hand stitched and hand quilted.

Needle turn applique, English Paper Piercing, Broderie Perse and fussy cutting, plus other techniques are explained well. Hand quilting with perle 8 thread is shown in stages with photos and words. Simple exercises encourage individual style.

The quilts have bold designs often with large flowers and leaves. Liberty's Tana Lawn is used for the hexagons on a large quilt, surrounded with a border of plaid fabrics. Some quilts have suggestions, rather than instructions, for the quilts' layout.

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About the Author

Kathy Doughty is a self-taught quilter, author, fabric designer, and the owner of Material Obsession, a patchwork shop in Sydney, Australia. Working with customers, teachers, and industry leaders has given Kathy a unique skill base and an eclectic style.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Stash Books (30 April 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1617458236
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1617458231
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I am a quilter lucky enough to have owned a popular patchwork shop in Sydney, Australia called Material Obsession since 2003. In my books I share the experiences gained from working with the wonderful quilters that frequent my shop as well as the many talented teachers that we employ. It has been a rich and wonderful time of learning at warp speed about color and design. I was a self taught quilter that stuck to basic skills while making up my own rules. Over the years I have learned a lot and am happy to share tips and techniques that bring the readers of my books.

In case you don't know, I am an American living down under, married to John the resident photographer at Material Obsession. We work together to make our ideas and products available on a world wide basis through our website, and on a social media level through the blog and my instagram accounts which are @matobsgirl and @materialobsession. We have three sons that pursue their own creative endeavours and a dog!

Working full time in the shop means I have learned to balance work with design time. In March 2019 we will release my sixth book, Organic Appliqué and my latest fabric collection for FreeSpirit Fabric called Seeds and Stems. I teach regularly in my shop but also regularly in the USA. You can often find me at Empty Spools, The Quilters Affair, Quilting by the Lake and AQS as well as teaching in shops ow with guilds across the USA as well as L'Amour du Fils in France.

What you should know about me if you are considering one of my books is that I value my original voice as a quilter and show my hand in all endeavours. I encourage every one to have confidence in their ability to be creative. I value the community of quilters and textile artists as an important part of my life and welcome you into my life sincerely.

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