21 April 2014

My Enchanted Garden: Applique Quilts in Cotton and Wool

My Enchanted Garden: Appliqué Quilts in Cotton and Wool is the beautiful new book by author, teacher and quilter extraordinaire, Gretchen Gibbons.


Gretchen takes us on an applique journey through nature and our surroundings. 

The main project in this book is called The Enchanted Garden, which is just a breath taking quilt. Inspired by a nineteenth century quilt called ‘Birds of Paradise’, Gretchen takes us through the steps to create our own Enchanted Garden quilt.

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From the basic applique instructions, to choosing fabrics and actually making our own wool felt, Gretchen covers all of the general sewing requirements right at the start of the book. Excellent images are also included with the instructions, which assists those of us who like to learn through images.

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The projects in this book are created with a combination of wool and cotton fabrics - then finished with beautiful embellishment. After creating The Enchanted Garden quilt, the sewist has the opportunity to create a number of other, smaller, projects in this same applique style. Projects include a purse, pillow and numerous smaller wall quilts and blocks.

My Enchanted Garden: Appliqué Quilts in Cotton and Wool is an excellent resource and is a wonderful addition to any sewing library.

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All photography by Martingale and Photographer Brent Kane


  1. Beautiful applique designs and the colours are so vibrant and cheerful!!

  2. Beautiful applique. Definitely a book to have.

  3. I have this book and it is one of my favorites.

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