I’m often asked by my students to recommend a good book for beginning appliquists. And, for years I have replied without hesitation that Elly Sienkiewicz’s book Applique 12 Easy Ways is the best on the market. Clear and instructional, it covers almost every way imaginable to hand applique.
Now there are other good books on the market, including those by Alex Anderson, but this one covers everything. And, since it includes the freezer paper method that I use, I’m a happy camper.
I was reminded about this book earlier today when I received an email notification that Elly is about to release another book in her series that focuses on Baltimore Album quilts. Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts will be released mid-October and just in time to include on your Christmas list. The notice says that there will be 25-8″ block patterns and will feature quilts from the 2010 exhibit Baltimore Album Review II: Baltimore’s Daughters – Friends Stitch Past to Future which will be at Houston this year. And, if the cover is any indication of what’s in the book…nice.
To get more information on this new book, I took a little look at the C&T Publishing website (www.ctpub.com), and was *shocked* when I saw that my old stand-by, Applique 12 Easy Ways, doesn’t seem to be in their current lineup of offerings. Can this be! I fear that it means what’s in the market place to purchase now may be all that is available.
So, if you were ever thinking of purchasing this essential book, and haven’t….now may be the time. Elly’s books command high prices once out of print, and I would suspect that your purchase might become an investment. But, as any financial investor would caution, this is just a guess.