Introduction from Marti Michell
If you know me or know of me, you may be saying, "Why
is she writing a foreword to this book? She doesn't even do hand
applique!" That thought crossed my mind before I was reminded
that you don't have to be an expert to recognize and expert.
Liuxin's handwork is incredible. It is actually how
we met. I went to Australia to teach at quilt symposium. I arrived
the day before it began and was taken to a preview of the quilt
show. I casually walked the aisles until suddenly my eyes were riveted
to a beautiful hand-quilted quilt. I walked closed and asked immediately
to meet the quilter. "Oh that is Liuxin Newman. She is also
a tutor, but she won't arrive until tomorrow. We call her the Thimblelady!"
I have published books and written best-sellers and
I was privileged to get a preview of this book. I loved the succinct
way Liuxin dissected and presented hand applique. It is logical
orderly, lavishly illustrated and encouraging! In addition, once
you watch the video you will anxiously await an opportunity to meet
Liuxin personally. So, I am happy and proud to write the foreword
for this book on hand applique. I think you will be happy that you
have pursued this method.
About the Author
Liuxin (pronounced Lee-oo-shin, a Chinese name meaning "be
happy") is an award winning quilter from Australia. She fell
in love with quilt making shortly after migrating to Sydney in 1994.
Australia and quilting have given her a happy, busy and fulfilled
life with a proud and supportive family behind her!
Liuxin, aka Thimblelady is best known for designing
a unique thimble and a quilting technique that can prevent chronic
pains in quilters' hands. She is also known for her excellent needle
skills in both fine hand quilting and find hand applique.
Liuxin has taught and lectured at most prestigious quilting events
and conferences in the world. Her willingness to share her knowledge
and skill has seen many of her students winning awards both in Australia
Table of Contents
|Part 1: Applique designs,
Materials and Tools
|What is Applique
|Degrees of difficulty
|Sewing order of applique
|Part 2: Perfect Needle-turn
|Transfer a design
|Baste a project
|Cut a project
|Hold a project
|Start and Finish
|Trimming and Trapunto
|Prevent the needle slipping