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Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte by Margie Engel presents appliqué designs that are bold and beautiful, elegant and bodacious and they leap right off the quilts! With the detailed instructions and the appliqué suggestions you will be making your own bodacious appliqué quilts in no time!

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Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte

Author: Margie Engel
Pages: 95
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: American Quilter's Society
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4FF0170
Weight: 0.95 lb
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Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte = Bold, Beautiful and Elegant

  • Set a tropical mood with flowers, both realistic and imaginary and creatures such as a handsome macaw, a sparkly gecko and a whimsical cat.
  • Enhance the designs with colored pencils, markers, and hand done stitch embellishing for a complex look that is simple to do.
  • Try the four methods of interfaced and fused applique methods and you will be on your way to creating your own bodacious applique projects.

Author Margie EngleAbout the Author

Although she lives on a Florida beach, Margie Engel likes nothing better than spending the day inside—in her sewing studio. Taught to sew at the age of five by her mother, she was stitching appliqués to doll house linens with embroidery floss by age six.

In their first year of marriage, Margie's husband, John, gave her a sewing machine. She happily sewed decorative stitches that produced girly dresses for their daughters and embellished their household linens. Although quilts were not part of her textile heritage, it was the color and design possibilities and the desire for a Christmas wall quilt that led her to try out quilting. An artist was born! Today, she holds numerous quilt award ribbons.

Margie is founder and president of EduQuilters, a group of volunteers who take "The Kids Quilt Project" into schools, organizations and summer camps.

Margie teaches high school sewing teachers on land, leads retreats aboard cruise ships and heads symposiums for quilt guilds. Sharing her creativity through Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte is a natural step in her life.

Table of Contents

Appliqué Meets Interfacing and Colored Pencils7
Using the a la Carte Approach11
Step 1: Visualize Your Quilt11
Step 2: Prepare Your Fabric12
Step 3: Choose a Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte Method (or Two)13
Method One: Creating an Illusion of Depth in Appliqué14
Detailed Instructions14
Method Two: Jigsaw Appliqué Using Multiple Fabrics15
Detailed Instructions15
Method Three: Bonded Appliqué Using Paper-backed Fusible Web17
Detailed Instructions20
Method Four: Double-sided, 3-D Appliqué Using Fusible Web19
Detailed Instructions20
Step 4: Embellish with Colored Pencils 20
Hand Coloring on Fabric21
Techniques with Colored Pencils 23
Using Fabric Markers with Colored Pencils 23
Relating to Color23
Hand Coloring Appliqués25
Step 5: Embellish with Thread25
Threads, Beautiful Threads25
Your Sewing Machine at Its Best27
Needle Me27
Bobbin Along27
Tension Anyone?28
Machine Options29
Free-Motion Embellishing31
Step 6: Audition Fabric Backgrounds and Stitch33
Step 7: Use the a la Carte Approach36
Making Bias Flower Stems36
Adding Accent Strips36
Throw in a Few Beads, Why Not???36
Choices! A la Carte Projects38
Method One Projects - Illusion of Depth 
Cerulean Wildflower39
Out of the Swamp54
Methods One & Two Projects - Illusion of Depth and Jigsaw Appliqué 
Poster Girls of Spring61
Tropical Encounter70
Method Three Project - Bonded Appliqué  
Methods Three and Four Projects - Bonded Appliqué and Double-sided, 3-D 
Windblown Wishes79
DC's Garden of Glee84
Inspiration! A Gallery of Quilts90
About the Author!95

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Out of the Swamp
Out of the Swamp

Tropical Encounter
Tropical Encounter


Windblowen Wishes
Windblown Wishes

DC's Garden of Glee
DC's Garden of Glee

Beauregard and Meadowlark

Poster Girls of Spring
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