Thursday, May 29, 2014

Playful Petals - Book Review

Periodically (like, at least twice a week), sends me an email with some books they think I'd like.  When Playful Petals by Corey Yoder appeared in one of the emails, I was intrigued by the cover enough to check it out further.  Fortunately, it is one of Amazon's "Look Inside" books where you can see a sample of inside pages.  I saw a project that I wanted to put on my "make soon" list so I ordered it and am glad I did.

Corey Yoder has taken the petal shape, often called "orange peel," and freshened it up in creative ways.  There are nine quilt projects but each includes a companion pillow project, a good way to try out a new technique.  Fusible applique is the author's construction technique for the petals and the book includes extensive instructions, including several alternative ways to stitch down the applique pieces.  I am thinking of modifying my selected project for hand applique or machine applique with the raw fabric edge turned under.

Most of the designs also involve piecing.  For example, Tossed Petals puts the petal appliques on top of a pieced foundation.

And Flower Garden uses the petal appliques in the sashing.  I like this quilt a lot though not sure I'd  use black.  The pieced blocks use 8.5" squares so this quilt could be made using a layer cake.

Scattered Blossoms is the reason I bought the book.  I've been wanting to make an orange peel quilt, procrastinating only because of the amount of hand work involved.  But as soon as I saw this design, I knew it was the one. My planned fabric choices will give it slightly different look though.

It was worth going off my book-buying diet to get Playful Petals!


Thimbleanna said...

Oh wow -- that looks like a great new book! I LOVE the quilt that you want to make -- beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing the fabrics you choose. I'm getting ready to do some orange peel blocks on a quilt I'm making too -- I love them!

Margaret said...

This looks like a marvelous book! Thanks for sharing it. Tuileries by Stitchery Dickory Dock is another great pattern with that curved shape.

Jan said...

You know, honestly, I probably wouldn't have looked at this book - curves, yikes. Now, I want a copy!

Kyle said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful book. It does have some great patterns. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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