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Modern Applique Workbook: Blog Tour

February 20, 2014

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Modern Appliqué Workshop, a recent Stash Books release by Jenifer Dick!

I’m fortunate to regularly see Jenifer’s work in person, as we are both members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. It really is gorgeous work and her craftsmanship shines through in her book. These aren’t raw edges, people! Jenifer uses invisible thread for her invisible zigzag appliqué method and if you’ve never tried it, this is the book for you.

It’s that attention to detail I’ll be talking about today.

Many of the quilts in Jenifer’s book feature unique shapes that include sharp points, v-shapes or curves- shapes that add a lot to the quilt, but might make an inexperienced appliquér nervous.




That’s the magic of this book! Jenifer’s quilts are beautifully made and her tips will set you up for success, too. The book has a wonderfully detailed section on working with dull points, sharp points, inner and outer curves and deep v-shapes, including nice large, detailed step-by-step photo instructions. Jenifer is an excellent teacher and that comes through loud and clear in her writing.

Giveaway time!

Stash Books has offered up a copy of the book! International winners will receive an e-book, US winners receive a hard copy. To enter, tell me if you’ve ever used invisible thread before. I’ll select a winner on February 26th!  This giveaway is now closed. Sherry VF is the randomly selected winner and has been notified. Thanks to all who entered!

Grab a copy of the book online now or order an autographed copy of Modern Appliqué Workbook  directly from Jenifer. Be sure to enter the drawings at each of the blog hop stops, where each host has a different chance to win a copy:

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville

Feb. 11: Amy Smart @ Diary of a Quilter 

Feb. 12: Angela Walters @ Quilting is My Therapy 

Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka @ Esch House Quilts  

Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer @ Crafty Tammie 

Feb. 17: Casey York @ Casey York Designs 

Feb. 18: Deb Rowden 

Feb. 19: Melissa Thompson Maher @ Generation Q magazine 

Feb. 20: Shea Henderson – That’s me!

Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine



81 Comments leave one →
  1. Debra Kay Neiman permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:41 am

    Actually, I have used invisible thread on a quilting project. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  2. gina permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:42 am

    NO! I dont like it and I think it does not hold up very well

  3. February 20, 2014 7:52 am

    yes, I’ve used Superior Threads invisible thread in my Gammill longarm recently to do the quilting on one called Glacier. The thread just barely added a sparkle to the crystals that were attached when finished.

  4. Julia C K permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:54 am

    Looks like a great book. I have not used invisible thread before.

  5. Tonya Stewart permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:54 am

    I have not used invisible thread before but am tempted to try it with an upcoming project of mine.

  6. Holly Harrison permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:26 am

    I tried to use invisible thread, but I set it down then couldn’t find it again! Just kidding, I haven’t used it. :)

  7. Delaine permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:35 am

    No I have never used invisible thread, but I am going to try it for the first time on my next applique project. Thanks!

  8. Sasha Edelman permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:37 am

    I have not tried invisible thread before, but have seen it and have been tempted to give it a shot!

  9. Kimberj permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:49 am

    Never tried it, never heard of it, can’t wait to give it a go!

  10. Sandra Schultz permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:55 am

    I have used invisible thread before but was frustrated with it. I have since learned that the bobbin thread needs to be regular thread, NOT invisible thread. I haven’t tried that yet but will the next time I use invisible thread. I am a thread a holic and love trying different threads, in addition to just admiring my collection of threads. I have various kinds, colors and brands of invisible thread just waiting to be used! I love applique and am doing an old fashioned hand appliqued quilt and have completed some other machine appliqued quilts but I don’t like the raw edges showing. I hope I win the book!!! It looks simply Stash Shea sensational (I like the letter S too for some reason)!

  11. Nancy Noah permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:18 am

    I shied away from invisible thread for a long time as I remember when it first came out (a few decades ago) it looked and felt like fishing line. Then I had an applique project that called for securing the edges of the fusible and the quilting to be done at the same time. Needless to say the only thing that would move from one color to the next was invisible thread. The new threads are so much better.
    Thanks for the review and the chance to win Jenifer’s book

  12. claire sandbothe permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:21 am

    I HAVE used invisible thread once on a quilt and i didn’t like it .. I prefer using regular thread.

  13. Sue Neuber permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:32 am

    Appreciate all the info. I am new to modern.

  14. February 20, 2014 9:36 am

    I have never worked with invisible thread before. I was told that it will ruin my fabric. I must give it a try. Thank you for the review and the give-away.

  15. Diane O permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:53 am

    I haven’t used invisible thread for probably 20 years. I had a bad experience with it, but am hearing good reviews of the current threads. So, am thinking of trying it again. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Diane

  16. February 20, 2014 9:57 am

    Hi!!!! Great give away!!!!! I tried it but also back when it was like fishing line!!!! It worked well on doll making at the time!!!!! Thank You

  17. Mary Anne permalink
    February 20, 2014 10:02 am

    Hi Shea – great review! How exciting to read about Jenifer’s new book! Yes, I have used invisible thread for quilting before, but never for applique. One time I used it to shorten the straps on my daughter’s Prom dress…fortunately, the thread snapped before her date arrived so Mom had time to repair the strap and avoid disaster! :-)

  18. Lisa McGriff permalink
    February 20, 2014 11:18 am

    I have not tried it but I sure would love to!

  19. quiltonia permalink
    February 20, 2014 11:53 am

    I’ve used invisible thread and find the better quality thread works the best but it takes patience. Thanks for the drawing.

  20. Anne Walker permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:11 pm

    Hmmm… invisible thread… i used it once a long time ago in its early incarnation for machine quilting. It wasn’t pretty using it in my old brother machine. I was always having to take the machine apart to undo birds nests. I understand its come a long way since then, but i’ve been too chicken to try it out in my new bernina. Maybe a new book and new ideas will be the incentive to try it out!

  21. Ashley permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:17 pm

    I’ve used it but not very successfully :( Would like to be able to use for future projects though!

  22. Pam w permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:24 pm

    I have some success and some without sucess

  23. February 20, 2014 12:49 pm

    Some time ago I’m using invisible thread. I like this thread and accommodates a lot when I need the application to be sewn and the seam does not show.
    Can you see the link where I show a picture and explain that use invisible thread for quilting on a part where I had embroidered a few letters.
    Thanks for the opportunity to be able to win this beautiful book.

  24. Lee Anne permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:50 pm

    I have used invisible thread occasionally….some tips would be appreciated as I find it a bit tricky! The book looks like a lovely edition….would love to explore.

  25. Lisa Marie permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:53 pm

    I have used invisible thread on several occasions. The girl I bought my mid-arm machine from recommended MonoPoly and that is better than others I’ve used. The biggest problem I have is with my over-40 eyes, it takes ages to put it through the needle!

  26. Rhonda permalink
    February 20, 2014 1:35 pm

    I have used invisible thread a few times and as someone else commented I also have trouble seeing to thread the needle. I finally purchased a good quality needle threader and that helps tremendously. Jenifer’s book would be a very welcome addition to my oh sew small library. I have been quilting for about a year. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

  27. Teri Sinclair permalink
    February 20, 2014 1:59 pm

    I purchased a spool, but I never used it. I give all my quilts away, and I’m worried that the person who ends up with the quilt will unknowingly put an iron on it and ruin the thread. It seems that is a legitimate concern, so I’ve not tried it yet.

  28. Lisa E permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:13 pm

    I tried invisible thread once before, and it was a mess. I have since learned it was due to tension and/or needle problems. However, I haven’t tried it since! I love the cover quilt on the book!

  29. Kathy B permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:20 pm

    I have tried invisible thread. I was taking a class making a table runner. It worked well but I found I didn’t really care for the look so I haven’t used it again.

  30. Gill permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:34 pm

    I’ve only used it once and I hated it!!
    Never again!

  31. Melissa G permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:37 pm

    I have used invisible thread before for machine quilting. My sewing machine does not like the invisible thread, so I have to play with the tension a lot and sometimes baby it along. I have been advised to try different brands until I find the right one.

  32. Pattie C permalink
    February 20, 2014 3:00 pm

    Yes I have used it and it worked perfectly. I didn’t use it in the bobbin though.

  33. Jennifer Leean permalink
    February 20, 2014 3:07 pm

    I have never used invisible thread before but would give it a try. Thank you for the give away; the book looks delicious!

  34. Tamie permalink
    February 20, 2014 3:13 pm

    I’ve never used invisible thread before but I think I need to check it out.

  35. February 20, 2014 3:34 pm

    I HAVE used invisible thread but only by hand. I sure hope it has improved since the 70s.

  36. Myrna Wiebe permalink
    February 20, 2014 4:06 pm

    I have used it, easier than I thought it might be to handle and a great effect! This book is eye candy! Thanks for your participation in the tour and doing the giveaway, love the chance to win.

  37. judith brill permalink
    February 20, 2014 4:07 pm

    hi! i have used invisible thread for applique. i made a king-size double wedding ring quilt for my daughter and her husband’s 1st wedding anniversary. it was amazing how well it worked! but there are lots of applique techniques that this book covers, in which i’d like to become more exact and proficient. thank you for the chance to win this book!

  38. Sandy Cooper permalink
    February 20, 2014 4:54 pm

    I have never used invisible thread before and would love some guidance as to how it is done! Thank you for the chance to win what sounds like a thoroughly informative book.

  39. Mary Kay Fosnacht permalink
    February 20, 2014 5:06 pm

    I used invisible thread in one of my first quilts about 15 years ago. It’s a wall hanging and it’s been holding up just fine.

  40. Joyce Mitchell permalink
    February 20, 2014 5:18 pm

    I’ve never used invisible thread. Thanks for the chance to win this great new book.

  41. Barbara permalink
    February 20, 2014 5:57 pm

    I haven’t yet tried invisible thread but plan to give it a try!

  42. Sherry VF permalink
    February 20, 2014 6:02 pm

    I have used clear monofilament thread several times. I like the transparency of it and have mastered the tricky elements of using fairly well. (A thread spindle/holder provides good results for me as the thread spirals a lot.) I would love to have this book because applique is so versatile. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  43. Sandi permalink
    February 20, 2014 6:10 pm

    Yes, I’ve used invisible thread but was having trouble using it on my Bernina. Then someone told me to put it in a cup or something and then thread the machine and it worked.

  44. Amy Lause permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:56 pm

    I have used invisible thread on a McKenna Ryan pattern. I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. Would totally be open to using it again.

  45. Tracy DVR permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:19 pm

    Used a lot of it over the years for Scout badges/patches etc… my son is an Eagle Scout & my daughter made it thru a Silver Award and participated thru HS graduation. have not used it to quilt, have a hard enough time threading the needle. LOL

  46. Tabitha K. permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:32 pm

    I’m brand spanking new and I haven’t tried it yet. I’m still learning a lot about thread and there is so much to learn! I would love to try it though. Thanks

  47. Nancy H.B. permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:39 pm

    I have purchased some, but I haven’t yet been brave enough to try it.

  48. Ariel permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:06 pm

    I have never used invisible thread before but I am hoping to for my next quilt!

  49. February 20, 2014 9:30 pm

    I have a spool in my sewing room, but am scared to try it.

  50. Lee Hartnett permalink
    February 20, 2014 10:44 pm

    Hello, what a great book! I’d love to win it. :)

  51. February 20, 2014 11:19 pm

    it is great for applique … love it for raw edge, and zigzagging. love jenefer’s new book! thanx for a chance to win a coppy.

  52. Evelyn permalink
    February 20, 2014 11:24 pm

    Years ago, when a long-armer used invisible thread on a top she quilted for me, I didn’t care much for it because it was shiny. Also, she didn’t trim off the loose threads, and the thread felt a bit stiff as well. I understand the invisible thread of today is much nicer, so I’d be willing to try it out if the project would benefit from it. At least with invisible thread, matching the thread to the fabric isn’t an issue.

  53. Angie H. permalink
    February 21, 2014 1:03 am

    I have used invisible thread. So long ago…probably the last time was making a costume in the 90’s. Invisible thread has changed so much, I will definitely give it a try again.

  54. Pattij permalink
    February 21, 2014 7:30 am

    No I have never used invisible thread, just makes me a little nervous!

  55. Lorraine permalink
    February 21, 2014 8:16 am

    Yep! I used to use it to sew patches on uniforms for my daughter and son when they were in scouts. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it made a mess, but the patches stayed on!

  56. Deborah permalink
    February 21, 2014 9:46 am

    I could use some “success” with applique. Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. Elizabeth Bolton permalink
    February 21, 2014 11:33 am

    I have never used invisible thread before, but I am very curious now to try it – would it make hexies fabulous or what?!!?!?!

    Great giveaway!! Thanks.

  58. February 21, 2014 11:56 am

    I’ve bought invisible thread, but I’ve not used it. I’ve really appliqued the most by hand.

  59. Karrie Smith permalink
    February 21, 2014 12:01 pm

    I have never used invisible thread before. Thanks for the chance to win. This book looks awesome!

  60. February 21, 2014 1:01 pm

    I haven’t used invisible thread before and in fact haven’t appliquéd either. The book looks comprehensive and I’d love to have it in my collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. February 21, 2014 3:37 pm

    I have never used invisible thread on a quilting project.

  62. Chancy permalink
    February 21, 2014 4:14 pm

    I have never used invisible thread before but just heard Ricky Tims talk about applique and am itching to try it!

  63. Susan Stanton permalink
    February 21, 2014 5:28 pm

    Yes, I’ve used invisible thread for sewing down the binding. It makes a nice finish, but I don’t know how it has held up as I gave away the quilt!

  64. Pam S permalink
    February 21, 2014 8:45 pm

    I used to use invisible thread all the time because it hides so much bad stitching :). But I’ve improved a bit and now prefer working with colored thread. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. This quilt looks awesome!

  65. February 21, 2014 9:36 pm

    Yes! I’ve used invisible thread when making a fall leaf wall hanging.

  66. Chris permalink
    February 22, 2014 5:44 am

    The quality of invisible thread is much better now then it used to be so I do use them now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  67. Helen Thomas permalink
    February 22, 2014 10:37 am

    Yes, I’ve used invisible thread. Learned it via Harriet Hargrave’s work many years ago. As long as the thread isn’t shiny, it’s a great way to work!

  68. sharon permalink
    February 22, 2014 10:46 am

    I have never used or even thought of using invisible thread.
    if it helps hide bad stitching like a previous post. I need to buy some NOW

  69. Joan H. permalink
    February 22, 2014 6:52 pm

    I tried invisible thread once and had a difficult time with it. Maybe there’s some secret to it. It would certainly make things look great if I could master it.

  70. February 22, 2014 8:07 pm

    I’ve used invisible thread and don’t like it very much. I really prefer to see stitches!

  71. February 22, 2014 10:05 pm

    I have not used invisible thread, but I can see I would like to try it now! thanks!

  72. Shar F permalink
    February 22, 2014 11:11 pm

    I have used invisible thread on several quilts. I’m starting to like it more and more. I wouldn’t used it for a baby quilt. They need to be soft. That thread could be pokey.

  73. Kell permalink
    February 23, 2014 8:57 pm

    I’ve never used invisible thread.

  74. Geni Pickens permalink
    February 23, 2014 9:24 pm

    I have used it once before and found it is a bit tricky, would love some tips on using it!

  75. Barbara permalink
    February 24, 2014 7:38 am

    I definitely use invisible thread!

  76. February 24, 2014 7:45 am

    I don’t use invisible thread often but it is great for appliqué by machine and sitd. It’s kinda crazy to work with but ‘when ya gotta, ya gotta’

  77. February 24, 2014 11:07 am

    Many, many years ago I used invisible thread. My machine didn’t like it. I guess over the years things have changed and it is most likely pretty good now. Perhaps I should try it again.

  78. MoeWest permalink
    February 24, 2014 4:40 pm

    I have never tried invisible thread but I suppose I should get some and give it a try.

  79. Beth permalink
    February 25, 2014 8:17 am

    I’ve used invisible thread numerous times. The first few attempts, years ago left a lot of room for improvement. Recent uses have yielded much better results. It does take experimentation with the different brands out there.

  80. Helen Petrik permalink
    February 25, 2014 2:54 pm

    I used invisible thread on a small project a very long time ago on. I didn’t get along with it very well.


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