A Book Review and a Giveaway: The Quilter’s Applique Workshop

I used to be afraid of applique because the first time I tried it, I didn’t know the right tools to help me along the way; I was making a starfish pincushion with appliqued leaves on it; my poor little leaves were so frayed and my stitches were all over the place! If only I had The Quilter’s Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab back then to ease my fears…lol. But that’s what learning is all about, right? I now love applique because it’s so versatile, and I can adorn even the simplest projects with a little bit of basting or stitching. This book is cool because of all the detailed illustrations; and the directions are very concise. Kevin Kosbab really covers everything in this book, and makes applique very user-friendly and fun to do!

A couple of really fun, eye-catching projects in this book: Pineapple Rings Lap Quilt

China Cupboard Wall Quilt

This book also teaches you about some common embroidery stitches that will look nice with applique…

Like these cute pillows with embroidered trees and leaves…

Take a look at this lovely table runner with a simple background and appliqued blooms…

This red quilt looks super fun, bright, and modern…

This book features so many different methods of applique, you’ll be really inspired. Oh but wait! It’s another GIVEAWAY! This time I will be giving away to one lucky winner a copy of The Quilter’s Applique Workshop, and a fat quarter bundle of our Rhapsody of Reds fabric that I’m sure you could find a use for! (Go ahead, do your happy dance now.)

In addition, a second winner will also receive a copy of The Quilter’s Applique Workshop. If you’d like to win, simply leave me a comment telling me why you would like a copy of this book, and what your favorite method of applique is. Comments must be submitted by Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 7am PST to be entered. 

Winners will be selected randomly and announced here on Notions next Monday, March 3rd. If you can’t wait to get your hands on The Quilter’s Applique Workshop, you can buy it while it’s on sale!

*Rules: Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada only. One entry per person, please. No purchase required. You must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. All comments must be on this blog post; any comments on other posts will not be counted. If you’re selected as a winner, we will contact you and ask for your mailing address. If we do not hear back within 7 days, your prize will no longer be available. Good luck!


  1. JoAnn Parsons - February 28, 2014

    I love all kinds of appliqué! I am working on a Baltimore album now, and this book would be so helpful!

  2. Stelle - February 28, 2014

    Looking forward to learning from this book!

  3. Sue Fitzpatrick - February 28, 2014

    The only way I know how to appliqué is fusible so I will need this book in order to do good work!

  4. maggie planer - February 28, 2014

    I would love to win this book! I have started doing applique on projects. My favorite applique method? I only knew there was one–that is how much I need this book!

  5. Michele Wheeler - February 28, 2014

    I love doing all kinds of applique but end up doing it by machine most often for the sake of time.

  6. kthy haymes - February 28, 2014

    I love the pineapple quilt in this book! would be fun to make – especially for a pineapple lover! haven’t done much applique but like the fuse/stitch by hand or machine method.

  7. Paula - February 28, 2014

    What a wonderful giveaway! I love the reds!! And I could sure use instruction on applique. I made some Sunbonnet Sue block (many many many many) years ago, and they were fused on and then machine zig-zagged on the edges. That was my one and only foray into the applique world.

  8. Beth Litster - February 28, 2014

    I have just become interested in applique after I took a workshop offered by my quilt guild. I was afraid of it for years and now I want to devour all the tips and techniques I possible can. This book would be the perfect resource for learning more about applique and becoming better at it so I am no longer afraid of it.

  9. Carol Sharman - February 28, 2014

    I’ve done machine applique, but would like to learn to do hand applique.

  10. Connie Taravella - February 28, 2014

    The book looks great. I could use it, with all the ideas for quilts and hand stitches. I have been quilting sense I retired and LOVE it.

  11. Tina Mc Kinney - February 28, 2014

    I would love to have this book. I am a new beginner at quilting and would love to learn more. this would help out so much. unfortunately i do not have much money to get started and not sure where to begin. the simple quilts I am sure are hard work but they are boring to me and need to have something I would be proud of to make. this would help out so much in that area. I wish good luck to all of those who enter and best of quilting to you.

  12. Katrina H - February 28, 2014

    This book looks like an amazing resource. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Carolyn Knight - February 28, 2014

    Love to win this book. Id like the table runner.

  14. Angela Bartlett - February 28, 2014

    I like needle turn appliqué using papers for shapes I’m doing multiples of. I used to be afraid of it as well but no longer! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Mercedes Rose - February 28, 2014

    Love doing applique! Most is completed by machine.

  16. kaholly - February 28, 2014

    This book looks absolutely delightful.

  17. Kristine Warner - February 28, 2014

    This book looks to be full of refreshing new quilting ideas and I would love to have it. I like to do the raw edge applique.

  18. judith brill - February 28, 2014

    i love to do hand applique. I mostly do needle turn and freezer paper techniques. i would love to win a copy of this book, to expand my repertoire. i also am finding the photos shown above to be very inspiring– i’d like to try to make a few of the quilts shown right this minute!! 🙂
    thanks for this opportunity!

  19. Kathleen - February 28, 2014

    I would love to win this book (and the fabric if I should be so lucky . . .). I really don’t have a favorite method of applique. I just do my best to not let the stitches show! So I’m sure I could benefit by any tips and tricks this book presents!

  20. Carol Tolliver - February 28, 2014

    I have always been intimidated by applique and would love to give it a try! It is so beautiful!

  21. kay holm - February 28, 2014

    Mostly I have done applique by machine but I am doing more and more by hand. I would like to really learn how to applique better, the one quilt I made was stiff feeling from all the fusible. I would like to learn how to avoid that and I absolutely love every project you have shown on this page! Your fabric is wonderful too. I love you guys!

  22. Carolyn Wallace - February 28, 2014

    I love the look of appliqué! I like to do hand- turned and machine
    appliqué. I am 71 and still striving for the best looking finished product. Thanks for all of the wonderful things that Connecting Threads provides for us.

  23. Linda Lovely - February 28, 2014

    Appliqué is my favorite look! I do mine by machine, but want to branch out into had appliqué.

  24. Judy Beebe - February 28, 2014

    I love red. Those fat quarters are so beautiful. And I certainly could use some help with my applique. Thanks for the chance to win these.

  25. grapenutquilter - February 28, 2014

    I applique with fusible and machine sew on. I was chicken to try at first and now I am hooked or should I say “sewed in”! This book would just add so much more!

  26. Joann Rosenfeld - February 28, 2014

    I’ve always wanted to do a Baltimore Album style quilt. I have done a small amount of applique mostly needle turn. This would be a great help to get started on a Baltimore Album style quilt. And the fabric would be wonderful also. All my friends think I have too much red already, but you can never have too much red!

  27. Nancy Kiley - February 28, 2014

    This book is inspiring. I avoid any quilt kits with applique because it scares me…even though I love how it looks. I love the fabric collection. A red and white quilt would be adorable. Thank you.

  28. Gloria Mittleman - February 28, 2014

    I would love the appliqué book. The Pineapple Ring quilt caught my
    Eye and since yellow is my favorite color I have plenty of scraps
    to begin making it. It would also be beneficial to learn new techniques in the area of appliqué!

  29. Jamey Wimer - February 28, 2014

    Needle turned applique is my newest love! The hand work is so relaxing! Hope I win!

  30. Linda Duthie - February 28, 2014

    have always wanted to learn to needle turn applique. Maybe now is the time!

  31. Pamella George - February 28, 2014

    I am new to quilting and applique and thonk this would be a good asset to my library

  32. gail graves - February 28, 2014

    i love doing appiique

  33. Charlotte Earley - February 28, 2014

    I would really like to win because I am a beginner quilter and I need all the help I can get! I am taking a beginner’s class and I am hooked!

  34. Heather - February 28, 2014

    I am still learning about appliqué, so this would be a great “current trend” reference for me! My favorite type of appliqué has yet to be discovered, I enjoy stitching down appliqué pieces, but do not enjoy the turning process. I also like for my quilts to be very washable as they are used and loved often!

  35. Shirley Graff - February 28, 2014

    Applique adds such a special touch to a quilt! I would find your treasured ideas a valuable resource. Thanks so much for the opportunity to learn more from your book.

  36. Cherie - February 28, 2014

    I love the look of applique, but have never done any. Maybe this book could inspire me to try.

  37. Nancy N - February 28, 2014

    I would love to win this book for two reasons: 1) I am really getting back into applique, not only by machine but also by hand. 2) There are no finances to purchase a copy.

  38. Heidi - February 28, 2014

    I’m just a plain Jane machine zigzag type appliquer… Would love this book to learn about other methods!

  39. Deb Praus - February 28, 2014

    Sure would love to have this!!! First of all I am so excited that they brought Rhapsody(both colors) back….and then an applique book on top of it. What more could a girl ask for?

  40. Sarah Z. - February 28, 2014

    I have never done applique…yet! I need this book so that I can try it! It is beautiful!

  41. Holly Mckeever - February 28, 2014

    I have never appliqued, still to nervous to try, maybe this is the book to get it all started. Thanks for the chance.

  42. Karrie Strohan - February 28, 2014

    I have yet to try applique but am very interested in learning it. This book would help get me started!!

  43. Darlee Byron - February 28, 2014

    I love machine stitched fused applique and am sharing my fave way in an applique mystery quilt along, this year. Although, I always enjoy seeing other methods. Winning would be a great birthday gift! Thanks

  44. Deb G. in VA - February 28, 2014

    I love to do needle turn and machine applique! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Cathleen Mason - February 28, 2014

    I keep seeing more & more applique quilts that intrigue me, but I haven’t been brave enough to give it a try. I think this book might help me get started. 🙂

  46. Tami Chaulk - February 28, 2014

    I would really learn how to applique. I don’t have a favorite type that I like doing, but I sure do like the look of needle-turn. I would love to win this book so that I can learn how to applique!

  47. Laura Melvin - February 28, 2014

    I would love to learn how to applique and this book sounds like just what I need to learn how!! I am new to the quilting world and what I have learned so far has me hooked!!

  48. Tina Belen - February 28, 2014

    I would love to win this so I could make a quilt for my mom’s 60th this year. I have never tried applique, or quilting for that matter.

  49. Melissa Webb - February 28, 2014

    I do not know how to applique, but I would love to learn so that I can carry on the tradition that my husband’s great-grandmother started! I am sure this book would be a good wy to learn how to applique.

  50. Lisa Wilson - February 28, 2014

    The “A” word adds so much dimension to a quilt. Would love to win this book. Freezer paper is my method of choice.

  51. Denise Mitchell - February 28, 2014

    Machine applique is my favorite method . I love the patterns in this book . Would love to try a few of these patterns.

  52. Debbie Rogowski - February 28, 2014

    I’m doing a happy dance too 🙂
    I’d love to win this book as I’m not that great at applique yet. My only method is to do the inside out thingy (see I dont’ even know the right words) and then I zig zag stitch onto my block. I would love to try my hand at other methods. And the Red fabric is gorgeous too!!

  53. Ranch Wife - February 28, 2014

    THAT is a book I NEED! I have appliques projects piling up and I don’t know how to applique! 🙂 This is the year I want to learn so this book would be much loved. Thank you so much for the opportunity to put my name in the hat!

  54. Cindy - February 28, 2014

    I only have done machine applique have been thinking about trying some hand applique. This book looks like it would be a wealth of information. Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Lynn Westerman - February 28, 2014

    Newbie to quilting , want to learn all types. Would love to read this book to learn about stitches, and applique and all about quilting of all types.

  56. Norma Wood - February 28, 2014

    I too am new at applique. I have been sewing since I was around 8 years old. Started out sitting under a quilt in frame while women at church quilted. I always wanted to make a quilts. Started out making my own clothes through school. At around 18 I got into quilt making. The bug got me good! Have done several quilts, but love making baby quilts. I want to learn to applique the “right” way. And I can just see things I can make out of those gorgeous fabrics. I LOVE reds!

  57. LisaT - February 28, 2014

    I currently applique via match and its primarily using the blanket stitch. I like the stitch reference you’ve included and have never seen most of those you’ve included perhaps because I never took an applique class? Thanks for sharing!

  58. Liz - February 28, 2014

    I’ve been quilting for 9 years and am still scared to death of applique. Help definitely needed. This book would be a big help.

  59. Cheryl B - February 28, 2014

    Happy dancing here! Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. Sandy A in St. Louis - February 28, 2014

    I am still trying to find the “right” applique method for me. My favorite method right now is back basting.

  61. Peggy Moller - February 28, 2014

    I have embroidered for years but have never seen the leaf stitch. Thanks for the chance to win.

  62. Connie Rodriguez - February 28, 2014

    thanks for the chance to win. I have try it once on a wall hanging,

  63. Robin Noel - February 28, 2014

    My favorite methof of appliqué is machine blanket stitch but love the look of needle turn. Would love a chance to win. Thanks.

  64. Dixie - February 28, 2014

    I love the table runner with the 4 flowers. Since I don’t do hand work much anymore, I prefer fusible applique with machine blanket stitch.

  65. Marianne Stolfi - February 28, 2014

    My favorite method for appliqué is blanket stitching fusible appliqué. It is actually my only method. That is why I would love to win this book!

  66. Susan Jane - February 28, 2014

    The first (and only) quilt I’ve made that involved applique was an orange basket quilt. That quilt is dated 1985. The oranges and leaves and were hand appliqued above a pieced basket. I would love to try applique again, and it sounds like this book would be a great resource for more updated methods of applique.

  67. jmniffer - February 28, 2014

    I would like to win this book because I haven’t tried applique yet and I want to. A book with detailed how to’s is bound to make the experience go smoother. Thanks for the chance.

  68. Lisa - February 28, 2014

    I would love to win this book and fat quarters because I have always been terrified of appliqué and yet always wanting to try. I would love to make quilts appliqués with family members names on them and this book would give me the skills I need, and it would be something my kids would cherish

  69. Carol Vickers - February 28, 2014

    Mostly I do my applique using fusible but I’d love to learn needle-turned and the fabric would be awesome too!

  70. Heather Mentzer - February 28, 2014

    This book looks awesome! I really like applique and the patterns in this book look fun and modern.

  71. Kathleen Lambert - March 1, 2014

    Only applique I’ve done is fusible and it didn’t stay on. Would love the book to learn more on the stitches. Thanks for sponsoring this fabulous giveaway.

  72. Jeanie Pettifer - March 1, 2014

    I would LOVE to do some appliqué out of that book and my favorite color is red! I love to appliqué and to do any kind of hand sewing… It’s good for my Arthritic hands! The book looks like just my kind of book to add to my library of fun things to do!

  73. Amanda Best - March 1, 2014

    I adore applique! This book looks like it has a lot of great patterns, the Pineapple Rings quilt is stunning! I would love to win this book and see all the many things it has to offer. My favorite way to applique is, with out a doubt, needle turn applique. My machine applique never looks half as pretty, as when I do it by hand.

  74. Kathy Clark - March 1, 2014

    Thanks for the chance to win the book….so glad that you included Canada. After the coldest winter in years(-37.1 Celsius yesterday) I would love to use the pattern to make the summery Pineapple rings lap quilt

  75. Lynn D in NC - March 1, 2014

    I love applique and I love backbasting best. I use other methods when I feel it is more appropriate, but If I can make it work with backbasting, that is my method of choice.

  76. Donna Sykes - March 1, 2014

    I have not done a lot of applique. What I have done is using fusible web and needle turn. I would love to win this book and some tricks of the trade!

  77. Kathie L - March 1, 2014

    I have some DWR pieces from a yard sale that I’d like to learn how to use. this book looks like it has some good ideas. I currently just top stitch a lot of my appliqué.

  78. Nancy Ridder - March 1, 2014

    I have always tried to avoid applique, however, am starting to try fusible web and then tiny zig zag. Need a book to help me try the different methods.

  79. Connie White - March 1, 2014

    I love applique and would love to have this book. I bought a new machine when I retired just so I could blanket stitch applique. I have tried hand applique and could sure use some help in teaching me how to do this. I definitely need help! There are some embroidery stitches in your picture above that I have never seen. Looks interesting! Thank you for a chance to win!

  80. Carol hamel - March 1, 2014

    I just learned my firt appliqué stitch, blanket stitch, and this book would help me learn more

  81. Dawn Jones - March 1, 2014

    I really don’t know my favorite method, I have been reading tutorials to learn how to do applique. It feels a little overwhelming but I really want to learn.

  82. Rhonda Best - March 1, 2014

    I would love to win this book because learning how to do all the new stitches would be great. They can make a big difference in how the finished project looks. I am just learning how to applique, so for now I prefer machine applique.

  83. Robin Maguire - March 1, 2014

    The very first quilt I made was 80 appliqued maple leaves. I did it all by hand, figuring it out along the way. The worst part was all the little burns from the iron when I turned all the edges under. If only I knew then…but that was 38 years ago. I would love to win this book, so I could make another appliqued quilt!

  84. Michelle Smith - March 1, 2014

    I have several applique projects I need to start, but am worried I am going to mess up. This book would help me practice

  85. Lou Ann - March 1, 2014

    I have tried the traditional method and using the iron on product on the back and then machine stitching around the edge. I am always looking for new ways and new projects and would love to have this book.Thanks for the offer!!!

  86. Susan Ashley-LaFitte - March 1, 2014

    I really, really want to try applique; but like alot of folks – totally afraid of it. This book looks like the answer to a prayer! Many thanks.

  87. Susan P - March 2, 2014

    This book is a gem that I would love to own! The methods described look very appealing and enjoyable. I love doing hand work and would love to learn these applique techniques and put them into practice. Sew on everyone 🙂

  88. gina - March 2, 2014

    I love learning and doing applique.

  89. Mary Ellen Coumerilh - March 2, 2014

    I’ve wanted to learn to appliqué forever, and this would be a great way to learn! Thank you for the giveaway~

  90. Janine - March 2, 2014

    I have not done a lot of applique, it’s a skill I would like to learn. When I have done applique it’s been with my embroidery module.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  91. Molly Skeen - March 2, 2014

    Looks like a great book. I’d love to win it!

  92. Diane C - March 2, 2014

    I like machine stitched fused applique. I am always interested in learning new ways to do things so this book would help

  93. Laurie T - March 2, 2014

    I love to applique by hand, even though I haven’t done very much and need to have more ideas and learn more. Would love to win this book … it looks beautiful!

  94. Susan Kliewer - March 2, 2014

    I have determined this year to be my year to learn hand quilting and applique. The first has started with two lessons at my local quilt shop. Going good, (and slow). Now I am looking for appliqué resources….this one looks perfect! I would love to win this book!

  95. Linda Christianson - March 2, 2014

    My method is using wonder under- light weight for some projects, other cut out the pattern with edge to turn under, no glue.The glue method get machine stitch for quilter. The no glue method get needle and thread method, my take along. Love the fabric offer, the book has some neat items to make with stitches of the past and how to use them in today’s quilts.

  96. Rachel Gagnon - March 2, 2014

    I had the same experience with my first applique. It looked lost in the middle of my first quilt because I was afraid of messing up the whole quilt and I didn’t know any better. I am not an expert but I do love putting applique on my quilts. I like the wonder under-light weight fusible method and I use either the satin or the zigzag stitch to secure the applique.

  97. Anita - March 2, 2014

    I have recently started quilting, and appliqué is next on my list of things to learn.

  98. Amy - March 2, 2014

    I have really enjoyed applique lately. The handwork can be fiery relaxing.

  99. Cindy R. - March 2, 2014

    I would love to win this book and fabric. I frequently use applique and depending on the project determines the method I use. Some projects are suitable for fusible webbing then stitched around the edges. Other times I do needle turn applique with and invisible stitch. One day I would really love to create aBaltimore Album quilt. I am always on the lookout for books that have new and/or different patterns and ideas.

  100. Mary Power-Burke - March 3, 2014

    I’m not very good at applique, usually use iron on bond then machine a satin stitch around edge. Book looks like it full of wonderful patterns and great ideas. Would love to win it.

  101. Ruth - March 3, 2014

    I am a new quilter, trying different methods and ideas. I did make a dresden plate and used the machine to applique it to a table runner. I am interested in learning more.

  102. Peggy P - March 3, 2014

    Currently I usually use fusible machine applique as that is fairly simple, but I would like to refine my applique skills to be able to do better hand applique. Thanks for the opportunity and inspiration!

  103. Heather S - March 3, 2014

    I’d love to win this for my mother-in-law. And hand applique is my favorite!

  104. Charlie DiSante - March 3, 2014

    Currently my favorite way of applique is by machine but in the event there is a grandchild in my future I’d probably use some hand applique in his/her quilt. I’d love the book to, ok, here’s an honest answer: to add to my bookshelf so I can pick it up any time I want and start working on a project. Thanks for the chance!

  105. Jeanet Wilson - March 4, 2014

    I would really like to try some of the appliques in this book.

  106. Lorna Alexander - March 5, 2014

    I LOVE applique, and try to always have an applique quilt in the works. They are fun to work on while watching TV and perfect for taking along on a car trip. This book looks terrific, hope I’m lucky!

  107. Ginger - March 6, 2014

    My sister and I just started sewing together one day a week. Applique would be a great technique for us to try together. Thank you for the chance to win the materials and a book to guide us along.

  108. Linda King - March 7, 2014

    I have never done applique by hand, but would love to learn how. Thank you for giving me a chance to win!

  109. FLOR CHAVARRIA - March 10, 2014

    I really want to learn applique and having the book to follow would be great. Thanks