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Petal Play, The Traditional Way by Joan Shay shows you how to embellish your quilts and design projects with three-dimensional flowers that are unique, fun and easy to do. Offered are 20 patterns to choose from and combine, and detailed instructions for using appli-bond which eliminates the need to finish fabric edges resulting in quick and stunning floral creations.

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Petal Play
The Traditional Way

Author: Joan Shay
Pages: 112
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: American Quilter's Society
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4FF0724
Weight: 0.92 lb

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Embellish your quilts and design projects with three-dimensional flowers that are unique, fun and easy to do.

Appli-bond is a time-saving method that eliminates the need to finish fabric edges, resulting in quick and stunning floral creations.

  • Create realistic flowers as you master curling techniques. Make washable, wearable flower corsages too!
  • Recommended for quilters and crafters of all ages and skill levels. Perfect for every project!
  • 20 patterns to choose from and combine 10 traditional block - 10 Appli-bond flowers (for example, Water Lily floating on Lady of the Lake).

About the Author

Although Joan doesn't love gardening, she does love flowers. It was through her love of flowers and desire to make them as realistic as possible out of fabric that her Appli-bond technique was conceived. It is difficult to believe that she comes to quilting having no artistic training because her Petal Play designs are so life-like.

Joan, who was taught to sew on a Singer treadle machine by her grandmother, has been a quilter for many years. She has her own pattern company, Petal Play, which she operates from her home in Massachusetts. In addition, she has taught and lectured extensively throughout the country. She has appeared on television on the PBS show "Quilting from the Heartland" with Sharlene Jorgenson, and on the HGTV program "Simply Quilts" with Alex Anderson.

A registered nurse, Joan and her husband, Tony, live on Cape Cod. They have two children, Matthew and Kristin and granddaughter, Shay Elizabeth.

Table of Contents

My Garden Continues to Bloom 6
Chapter 1 - General Instructions 7
Fabric Selection 7
Supplies 8
Appli-bond Applique 11
Needle-turn Applique 12
Machine Piecing 15
Dimensional Techniques 17
Embroidery Stitches 18
Quilting 20
Finishing Touches 20
Chapter 2 - Patterns 24
Traditional Quilts  
Lady of the Lake 24
Double Wedding Ring 30
Hole in the Barn Door 39
Rocky Road to California 46
Nosegay 52
Double Irish Chain 61
Log Cabin 67
Flying Geese 72
Snail's Trail 79
Dresden Plate 84
Snowball 92
Appli-bond Flowers  
Water Lily 27
Magnolia 36
Dandelion 42
California Poppy 50
Forget-me-not and Queen Anne's Lace 58
Shamrock 65
Coneflower 70
Morning Glories 75
Trillium 82
Violets 90
Christmas Cactus 96
Chapter 3 - Challenge Gallery 101
Home Shopping 109
Suggested Books 110
About the Author 111

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TrilliumMorning Glories


Forget Me Not and Queen Anne's LaceCalifornia Poppy


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