A Book Review: The Modern Applique Workbook

According to Jenifer Dick, author of The Modern Applique Workbook, “Modern piecing focuses on a fresh and fun design aesthetic, so does modern machine applique. This can mean using a wide variety of stitches, threads, and unusual (fabrics) to create applique.”

I love this book because she teaches us how to use the invisible zigzag applique method from start to finish, and the included 11 quilt projects are truly inspiring with the unique applique pieces. She covers a variety of techniques as well, taking the fear out of trying different applique for the first time. On a side note, I think the quilting in the photographs is amazing (and drool-worthy)!

Here’s a very cool applique wall hanging that looks like the fabrics are transparent! It’s just applique using freezer paper.

Another one of my favorite quilt projects in this book is this gorgeous “Fall” quilt, 25″ x 38″. Leaving the leaves unquilted makes the details of this quilt really pop.

I love The Modern Applique Workbook and highly recommend it. Author Jenifer Dick has written four quilt books on topics from traditional to modern, and her work has been published in many other books and magazines as well. Follow her blog! 42quilts.com






  1. Ann - March 4, 2014

    Jenna, I have used the invisible applique method and liked it. The transparency effect in the water drops picture is great!

  2. Jenna - March 4, 2014

    awesome, I have yet to try the invisible thread 🙂 Thanks Ann!

  3. Amanda Best - March 4, 2014

    Looks like a great book!