Girls’ Day Applique!

My buddy and applique guru Kay Mackenzie (Easy Appliqué Blocks)  has a brand new book out called Dolls & Dress to Appliqué and it’s just perfect for the mom, grandmom, or woman wanting to play with fabric paper dolls!  Here’s my exclusive interview with Kay about her newest offering:

Q: What was your inspiration for Dolls & Dresses to Applique?

A: The original idea was ‘Paper Dolls to Appliqué.’ But when I drew them with their hands and feet out into the seam allowances so that they would connect up when the blocks were sewn together, I was not a fan of the look, so it became just Dolls. Then, I had so much fun thinking about the fabrics for the dresses, it evolved into Dolls & Dresses to Appliqué.

Q: What fabrics do you recommend for the doll faces?  For their dresses?  What should we look for?

A: I ordered the Complexion Medley from Keepsake Quilting, but I think it’s discontinued now. You can use any solid or near-solid that looks like skin-tone to you. Or hey, maybe you can find freckle fabric! For the dresses, whatever looks good to you and represents the flavor you’re going for! One thing to think about is scale.

Q: What advice do you have for quilters who are still a bit intimidated by appliqué?

A: I would say, find your method. There are a gazillion ways to appliqué and they’re all good. Some prefer to work by hand, others like machine sewing. Some want a prepared edge, others have no issue with turning the edge as they go. Some are glue or starch gals, some like freezer paper templates, I could go on and on. Just find the method that works for you and gives you satisfaction in your results. Don’t think you have to do it a certain way. There’s lots of information about appliqué, all kinds, on my blog All About Appliqué. There are photo tutorials and links to other sites that have tutorials too. Just investigate the Categories and enjoy!

Q: What was the most fun part of developing this project?

A: Choosing the dress fabrics and the embellishments. I used the embellishments with restraint but I have a tub full of ribbons and beads and buttons and flowers and lace and rosettes and bows… it was so much fun rummaging through that stash to fund just the right touch! Including a little dog that is a 3-dimensional scrapbooking sticker.

Q: Did you ever do paper dolls as a young girl?

A: That’s funny. Not so much! I ran around the neighborhood in dungarees, went fishing, and rode the horse for miles through the countryside. I did a blog post about the dichotomy of the tub o’ doodads and my tomboy childhood.  Now I love floral fabrics and the shabby chic look.

Q: I just created some paper dolls with the kids in the Sunday School class I teach.  One little girl wanted to do paper dogs, and asked me to draw them:  that was a challenge!

A: Now that’s a cool little girl. I’m a total dog person.

Q: Have you thought of combining your teapots (in Kay’s books Teapots to Appliqué and Teapots 2 to Appliqué) and your dolls for the ultimate little girl tea party quilt?

A:  What a great idea! Synergy! A friend of mine, Kim Jamieson-Hirst, already combined one of the dolls with a dog design from my book Easy Appliqué Blocks into a Wizard of Oz project. I love it!

Thanks Kay for stopping by and chatting about such a fun appliqué book that’s bursting with possibilities!  You can win your own copy of Dolls & Dresses to Applique!  Just leave a comment here and I’ll choose the winner on Friday.  Good luck!

1,792 thoughts on “Girls’ Day Applique!

  1. hermes belts for men

    I have to show my respect for your kind-heartedness supporting persons who need guidance on your field. Your real commitment to passing the message all over was remarkably productive and have continuously helped men and women just like me to arrive at their endeavors. Your entire informative help and advice signifies a great deal to me and still more to my fellow workers. Warm regards; from all of us.

  2. roshe run

    I would like to point out my admiration for your generosity supporting those who really need help with in this question. Your very own commitment to getting the solution all over had been especially informative and has continually enabled men and women just like me to get to their dreams. Your amazing useful guidelines signifies this much to me and substantially more to my peers. Warm regards; from all of us.

  3. adidas ultra boost

    There are some interesting closing dates in this article however I don? know if I see all of them center to heart. There may be some validity but I will take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively


    As with any tool, your power washer and replacing power washer parts as necessary may help you have the absolute maximum useful
    life through your system. The best pressure washer may be the one with pressure levels not more than 1500 psi.
    Most with the famous labels, no less than the good ones that are made inside the United
    States use a safety mechanism that shuts off the burner if gets too hot.

  5. escape room plano

    Aw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

  6. michael kors outlet

    Needed to write you one bit of word to say thank you again relating to the striking opinions you have discussed at this time. It is simply unbelievably open-handed with people like you in giving easily all some people could have distributed as an ebook to get some money for their own end, especially considering the fact that you might have tried it in case you decided. Those principles additionally worked like the fantastic way to recognize that other people have a similar fervor like my very own to learn great deal more when it comes to this matter. I think there are some more pleasant moments in the future for folks who looked at your blog.

  7. atlanta falcons jersey

    Thank you a lot for providing individuals with a very spectacular opportunity to check tips from here. It is often so good and also stuffed with a lot of fun for me personally and my office colleagues to visit your blog no less than three times every week to learn the new issues you have. And lastly, I’m also actually happy considering the excellent suggestions you give. Some 3 facts in this article are really the simplest I have had.

  8. Web Design

    You are my breathing in, I possess few blogs and rarely run out from post :). “Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” by William Shakespeare.

  9. moncler jackets

    I precisely wished to say thanks yet again. I do not know what I would’ve sorted out in the absence of these advice revealed by you about my industry. Entirely was a real depressing condition in my view, however , finding out the expert fashion you treated that made me to weep for joy. I’m just happier for your guidance and thus sincerely hope you realize what an amazing job you were providing instructing other individuals through the use of your blog post. More than likely you haven’t got to know all of us.

  10. nike zoom

    I truly wanted to construct a small note to be able to say thanks to you for some of the awesome suggestions you are posting at this site. My extended internet investigation has at the end of the day been rewarded with professional facts and strategies to share with my best friends. I ‘d express that many of us readers actually are really endowed to dwell in a magnificent community with so many wonderful professionals with great basics. I feel quite grateful to have discovered your entire site and look forward to some more excellent moments reading here. Thank you once more for everything.

  11. Adidas NMD XR1 Zebra Crossing Blue White

    I needed to compose you that bit of word to help give many thanks once again for the unique suggestions you have documented in this article. It’s so seriously generous of you to convey unreservedly exactly what a lot of people would have marketed as an ebook to get some cash for their own end, precisely considering that you might have done it in case you wanted. These points as well served to be the fantastic way to be sure that most people have similar keenness like mine to grasp a good deal more with regard to this issue. I am certain there are thousands of more pleasurable sessions ahead for folks who read your blog post.

  12. Impression affiches a3

    My bro bookmarked this blog for me and I have been going through it for the past couple hours. This is really going to benefit me and my friends for our class project. By the way, I enjoy the way you write.
    Impression affiches a3 [url=]Impression affiches a3[/url]

  13. Impression affiche a2

    First Off, let me commend your clearness on this subject. I am not an expert on this subject, but after reading your piece of writing, my understanding has developed substantially. Please allow me to grab your rss feed to stay in touch with any forthcoming updates.
    Impression affiche a2 [url=]Impression affiche a2[/url]

  14. Agence de conseil en communication Skikda

    Easily i am not against what we saying but i have to exclude that you arent valid with this issue. Why we know people convertd much in course of time? Can’t we only coincide on all causes? We had comparable injury in our business.Decoding the issue want some concentrated analysis
    Agence de conseil en communication Skikda [url=]Agence de conseil en communication Skikda[/url]

  15. Health

    Enjoyed reading this, very good stuff, regards . “To be positive To be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.” by Ambrose Bierce.

  16. Michael Kors Only $169 Value Spree 28

    I needed to create you one very little word in order to thank you very much over again just for the superb opinions you’ve provided on this site. It was certainly surprisingly open-handed of people like you giving unhampered all that a number of people could have made available as an e book to earn some cash for their own end, primarily given that you might have done it if you decided. These tricks as well acted to provide a fantastic way to be certain that someone else have similar dreams similar to mine to figure out whole lot more with reference to this condition. I believe there are many more fun moments up front for individuals who looked over your website.

  17. jordan retro 12

    I precisely desired to thank you very much yet again. I am not sure the things I might have achieved without the ways discussed by you regarding this subject matter. It was before an absolute distressing matter in my view, however , spending time with a professional mode you treated the issue made me to cry with fulfillment. Extremely thankful for the advice and in addition hope you find out what a great job you have been carrying out training many others by way of your web page. Most likely you have never come across any of us.

  18. michael kors handbags

    I really wanted to jot down a small word so as to thank you for all of the fabulous tricks you are writing on this website. My time-consuming internet search has now been compensated with wonderful tips to share with my close friends. I ‘d tell you that most of us readers are truly fortunate to be in a wonderful place with many brilliant individuals with useful basics. I feel truly happy to have seen your webpage and look forward to tons of more excellent moments reading here. Thank you once more for all the details.

  19. FIFA Mobile 18 Soccer

    Thank you for publishing this awesome article. I’m a long time reader but I’ve never been compelled to leave a comment. I subscribed to your blog and shared this on my Twitter. Thanks again for a great article!

  20. Health

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

  21. bape clothing

    I truly wanted to make a quick word to say thanks to you for all of the splendid ideas you are placing on this website. My time intensive internet investigation has at the end been recognized with useful insight to write about with my company. I would say that we site visitors actually are very much blessed to live in a perfect community with so many marvellous individuals with very helpful ideas. I feel extremely blessed to have used your entire web site and look forward to so many more fabulous times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  22. buy a degree

    T?anks ffor the good writeup. It in rea?ity w?s
    a amusement account it. ??ance ?dvanced to far introduced agreeable from you!
    Howe?er, h?w can we keep in touch?

  23. Home Improvement

    certainly like your web-site but you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to inform the reality on the other hand I’ll surely come again again.

  24. goyard handbags

    I definitely wanted to jot down a remark in order to thank you for those nice information you are sharing on this site. My prolonged internet investigation has at the end been recognized with really good content to go over with my great friends. I would suppose that many of us readers are really fortunate to live in a good network with very many special individuals with insightful ideas. I feel very much happy to have come across your entire site and look forward to many more excellent moments reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  25. ultra boost

    Thanks so much for providing individuals with a very remarkable chance to read articles and blog posts from this blog. It is usually so sweet and packed with a good time for me and my office co-workers to search your web site at the very least thrice per week to read through the new secrets you have. Not to mention, I’m just usually contented for the impressive tips you serve. Certain 3 ideas in this article are truly the most efficient we have had.

Leave a Reply