New Release! Simply Successful Appliqué…and a giveaway!

“An outstanding teacher who knows all the tricks of the trade, Jeanne Sullivan can turn an appliqué novice into an expert.”

Sue Garman

And now, you don’t have to wait for one of her popular classes—you can learn it straight from Jeanne in her new release, Simply Successful Appliqué!

Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan for C&T Publsihing

We asked Jeanne to tell us about her inspiration for the book, and this is what she had to say.

“You don’t need to be around quilters very long before hearing appliqué being referred to as “the A word!” This always makes me laugh out loud because it can’t be further from the truth.

Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan for C&T Publsihing

Traditional turned-edge appliqué can be one of the easiest and most rewarding needle art techniques! But it’s gotten a bad rap. I wanted to write a book so I could right that wrong. I love appliqué so much that I wanted the opportunity to share with quilters a simple, enjoyable, stress-free way to be successful and proud of their appliqué right from the start—by hand or machine.

Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan for C&T Publsihing

Seasoned quilters and sewers will also love using these new techniques for more complex designs and challenging fabrics.

Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan for C&T Publsihing

Simply Successful Appliqué is presented as a comprehensive visual guide. In writing my book, I paid great attention to giving easy, detailed, explicit directions for learning new appliqué skills with pinpoint accuracy—all with lots and lots of photos supporting the text for added clarity.

Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan for C&T Publsihing

It’s filled with all the whys and wherefores you’ll want to know; tips and notes, how-to techniques and projects. And the bonus CD is chock full of printable templates and pattern overlays (accurate and no more tracing!), step-by-step assembly instructions (no more guessing!) and plenty of up close detail photos (eye candy!).

Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan for C&T PublsihingI wrote my book because I want quilters to love appliqué so much that they refer to it as “the double S word” — Simply Successful!”

Thank you, Jeanne!  What a wonderful insight into your world of appliqué!

The giveaway – To enter to win a copy of Simply Successful Appliqué, leave a comment here telling us if you are already an applique lover or ready to become one! Deadline to enter is 10/29/12.  The winner will be drawn at random from the comments section and will be notified by email. Our winner’s name will also be listed here as an update to this post. *Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book. Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version.

11/1/12 UPDATE: Hazel Dickinson is our winner – congratulations!

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97 Comments

  1. Nancy Myers
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I have done a little hand applique. I find I have difficulties with turning under and keeping the correct shape to the piece. Perhaps this book will help me do better.

  2. Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    yes, I’m one of those that thought applique was hard but after appliqueing some flower garden hexis and also dresden plates recently I found that I really loved it and its not that hard !! I’d love to learn more techniques and projects in applique :)

  3. Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    yes, I’m one of those that thought applique was hard but after appliqueing some flower garden hexis and also dresden plates recently I found that I really loved it and its not that hard !! I’d love to see more details and projects in applique :)

  4. fran apland
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Lovely book to add to my collection of SS applique books and projects.

  5. Carol Jordan
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I am one of those people that panic at applique. This book sounds like a great book for me.

  6. kay
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m learning. Have been doing some fusible machine applique, and have had the most success with the blanket stitch. But I still prefer needle-turned applique by hand, although I’m very much a novice. Can’t wait to spend some time practicing it and picking up some pointers from this interesting book!

  7. Nancy
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    This book looks great! I’m a novice appliquer, but I sure do love to do it and would love to learn more!

  8. Z. T. Ulman
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    The applique took my breath away. Never realized how beautiful it could be. Yes, I’d love to learn and do. Am already looking at my fabric to see what might be!

  9. Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t attempted needle turn because it looks so hard.
    I love the way it looks. Maybe with this book I could be inspired.

  10. Cathy
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I love to appliqué. I’m always interested in learning new techniques.

  11. Pat C
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    If I could learn to make something half as lovely as the pictures from the book, then I’m m ready to give it a whirl. All I’ve ever attempted is some very elementary machine applique. Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Garnet
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Am always envious of folks who can accomplish beautiful appliqué…. hope I win so I can become one of them. Thanks for the opportunity

  13. Susan S
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I have never thought of applique as the A word and I love doing it but am always wanting to learn new techniques.

  14. Sandra V
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win this book. I am enjoy Applique but am still trying different methods.

  15. Judith Allen Zinn
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    As a student of Ely, I was inspired to become an applique teacher myself. I have been doing so for quite a while and I, like others, am always anxious to see what marvelous new things there are to view. One can never learn too much about a beloved artform.

  16. Debbie smith
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m just learning needle turn applique and this looks like a great book to guild me. Love the pictures

  17. Laura Gullickson
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I always enjoy looking at applique quilts and have a small project to start me off on. I’ve had this project for a few years. I need to get brave and start it. I am going to suggest that my library gets this book so I can get some help.

  18. Tammy Hempel
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I needle turn applique . People think that needle turn is so hard but it really is easy. I would love to have your book!

  19. lyn lewis
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Ah yes, I have tried a little bit of appliquea nd it wasnt very successful at all!
    So, this book is obviously made for folks like me lol

  20. Barbara Roberts
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I am an applique wannabe. I would love a copy of this book!

  21. Shelor Robin
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I love the look of applique, but just haven’t been able to get the results I want. I would love to try the techniques in the book!

  22. Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    The photos you have shown are a tempting teaser. The book must be truly spectacular!

  23. Therese Cossens
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Well I thought appliqué would be too hard for me, but seeing these beautiful pics I would love to give it a try✂

  24. Deanna Klintworth
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I just love applique, and would like a different way to try it. Your book looks like a beautiful way.

  25. A. Mae Conatser
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have “Simply Successful Applique” to fine tune my expertise in the art of applique. Thanx for the opportunity to win this beautiful book for my sewing/crafting library.

  26. Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I am already and applique lover but not yet an applique doer, if that makes sense. But I’m thinking that this book is right up your alley, Miss Allison!

  27. Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Needleturn always scares me……….This sounds like a good calming influence to learn it.

  28. Rebecca
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I have always been leery of trying to applique–it just seems too complicated. I do want to learn because I think it is absolutely gorgeous.

  29. Patricia Hersl
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I love applique and learned at the knee of Mimi Dietrich. I’ve made one Baltimore Album, a smaller version, and several medallions. Not enough time to do it all! Still always room for improvement and I’d love to see some new techniques.

  30. Nancy of IN
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I love needle-turn applique. I do fusible when it has too many sharp points, etc. Thanks.

  31. Nancy
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I love hand applique – it is so therapeutic! This book looks like it would be a great addition to my library.

  32. Anita
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    That book looks amazing! I’m an applique lover, but get stuck in deciding what form of applique to do as I am no expert in any style. This book looks like it helps answer lots of questions. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  33. Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    this is such a beautiful book , I would love to win it and get back to some applique

  34. Vicki Sprain
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I have always admired applique in books and at quilt shows, but wasn’t sure about trying to make it myself. This book sounds like THE applique book to learn from and is sure to be a constant reference when it arrives on my bookshelf since I plan on purchasing it as soon as I can! Love the daisy bouquet in the basket vase quilt! Jeanne’s style is beautiful!

  35. Betty Caldwell
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I enjoy applique, though I don’t do it as much as I’d like and I’m not very good at it! I think your new book is just what I need to renew an old friendship.

  36. Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Oh this book sounds like a must have. I love applique and have several projects going at the same time. I love the pictures that were shown of blocks etc. Would love to win the drawing, but know its the luck of the draw. Will be watching for this at my LQS as they stock lots and lots of new books.

  37. Terri Drake
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I really LOVE applique as it allows you to add wonderful dimensionality to your quilts. For me it is a relaxing way to end the day or break up a stressful one. What better way to give a traditional pieced block some zip! The book and preview sounds enticing and one that I definitely want to add to my library. Thanks for doing the give way.

  38. Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I love applique. For the most part I use a no template method I learned from Jeana Kimball. I’m interested in the techniques in this book, and the designs look scrumptious!

  39. Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I think I am ready to take those Applique quilts I have stashed away. This book would definitely help me over the fear factor.

    I am ready for a new skill

  40. Mary
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I love applique and I am always interested in learning new techniques. Applique can be used in sooooo many settings and designs can be pulled apart or combined to make it your own.

  41. gsr1
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I am seeeeeeeeew ready to learn applique – and this book will be the perfect start!

  42. Hazel Dickinson
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I would love to learn more App. methods. I do a lot of hand work in the evenings & am looking for my next project. Pick ME…

  43. Alice
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I’ve been a fanatic quilter for nearly five decades, but only learned to applique a couple of years ago. I would love to learn to refine my techniques, and this book looks like it might do just that!

  44. Virginia
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    It is always exciting to hear from some one who loves applique like I do. Am anxious to look at this book.

  45. Ann
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I have done some successfuly applique but it needs improvement. I loved the sample you showed. Traditional work but a difference in fabric choice (prints as petals and focus fabric.

  46. Alice Lawson
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I love the look of applique. I have done some applique work but I have always used the raw edge method and then used zig-zag or blanket stitch around the edge. I would love to learn more ways to applique – and I could do that if I would win this book!

  47. Allison Bird
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I’m a beginner to applique but a long admirer – this looks like a truly inspirational book to start me on a project (or two or three! :) )

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