On Being Brave: The Quilt Retro Blog Tour
I’ve met so many incredible women through the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. One of those women, Jenifer Dick, is an author and designer who happens to have a new book out this month! Jenifer asked if I would like to be a part of her book’s blog tour and I was happy to join in.
If you’ve not visited Jenifer’s blog (Forty-TwoQuilts) before, you should definitely stop by. One of my favorite things about her blog is her Modern Monday/Traditional Tuesday set of blocks. Go ahead. Check it out. I’ll wait right here.
Pretty clever, right?
Jenifer’s book, Quilt Retro: 11 Designs to Make Your Own, has a major component that I quickly zeroed in on as I read along: Applique.
I will be the first to admit my ‘fear’ of applique. Perhaps I thought it wouldn’t (couldn’t?) fit my style. Perhaps I thought it wasn’t “modern.” Perhaps I wasn’t sure about what it really entailed. Here’s the scoop: It was something unfamiliar to me and I was afraid of messing it up. Plain and simple…. I was a chicken!
Luckily, Jenifer’s book makes the entire process a lot more approachable. It’s almost like Jenifer is sitting there, talking right to me. Just look at the featured note at the top of this page:
Her writing style is friendly and the pages are full of tips and tricks to have some great beginner success. The quilt shown below, Fork and Spoon, is one of the applique projects in the book. It was on display at Quilts on the Quad recently and it was fun to see her wonderful craftsmanship up close!
In the last line of the acknowledgements, Jenifer has a note about the KCMQG. It is such a sweet gesture and it is most definitely reciprocal… we can thank her for helping us to be brave as we try something new! Because really… we never grow as sewists if we aren’t brave enough to step out of our comfort zones and risk a learning curve, right?
Jenifer has kindly offered a copy of Quilt Retro to one of you! Simply leave a comment here by Sunday (10/16) at midnight answering this question: Have you braved the world of applique yet? If not, what’s holding you back?
If you’ve missed any of the party, you can catch up here:
Monday 10/3: Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa
Tuesday 10/4: Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville!
Wednesday 10/5: Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie.
Thursday 10/6: Jenifer Dick at 42 Quilts
Friday 10/7: Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy.
Monday 10/10: Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studios.
Tuesday 10/11: Deb Rowden of Deb Rowden’s Thrift Shop Quilts
Wednesday 10/12: Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio