29 May 2014

Simple Appeal by Kim Diehl {Book Review}

Kim Diehl is known for her striking applique and quilt designs. In her new book, Simple Appeal, Kim shares 14 patchwork and applique projects for everyday living.


Photography by Martingale / Brent Kane


Simple Appeal includes full size applique patterns which is always much nicer than having to play around with enlarging pattens on the printer.

Beautiful coloured photos and step by step detailed images which are also in full colour.

Kim’s detailed quilt-making basics section which includes tips and tricks for effective and beautiful applique results.


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Farm Girl Finery - Photography by Martingale / Brent Kane

The quilts and other projects in this book are simply stunning. Some projects look to be quick (ish) finish ones – eg the Patty Cake Pincushion or the Wreath of Lilies Mini. 


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Penny Garland - Photography by Martingale / Brent Kane

Quick finish projects are always nice but it’s Kim’s quilt patterns which are the main drawcard. They’re pieced and appliqued and though traditional patterns aren’t ones I’m normally drawn to, these have inspired me. The quilts may take a little while (or a long while) to complete, but the final results would be well worth the effort.


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Sprigs and Twigs – Photography by Martingale / Brent Kane


If you like more traditional quilts and enjoy applique, or if you’re like me and enjoy traditional designs with contemporary prints - this is certainly a book which would be of interest to you.

Simple Appeal by Kim Diehl is available at Shop Martingale.


  1. oooh, some lovely patterns. i do struggle to imagine patterns like this in modern prints though

  2. I pre-ordered the book and was so happy when I received it, it's hard to just pick one pattern to work on I could happily just work my way through from the start! Thank you for the great review as well.

  3. Thanks for the review! Her work is inspiring!

  4. I love those quilts.....

  5. Thanks for the review ... I order one !


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