Lara Bucella has been celebrating the release of her new book Crafted Applique’ New Possibilities, with a blog hop and giveaways.  And, I’m thrilled to be one of the last stops in this fun blog hop!    If  this is your first time to visit QuiltShopGal – Welcome.  

For those that may not have been following this blog hop, which began in May, this has certainly been a super fun blog hop with many highly talented participating bloggers that have shared their insights about this book, and many have created inspirational projects from this book, or appliqued the Author’s technique’ to other projects, which they shared.  Thus, I want to encourage you to take time to visit all the blogs in this hop, for more insights than what I’m sharing today.  


Appliqué got you down? Try Lara Buccella‘s innovative new way to make raw-edge appliqué a delight. Whether you want to try this technique in a big or small way, Lara’s projects will give you plenty of ways to get creative. Lara’s extensive introduction to her “no fray” method of appliqué is comprehensive, allowing you more time at your sewing machine. Follow along easily on projects with clear visuals and in-depth directions. Creative designs bring fun and flair to your projects.


larua bucella, author of crafted applique'

Lara Bucella lives in western New York with her husband Jim and their two terriers. She is the mother of three wonderful young people, mother-in-law to a terrific young man (with another soon to join the family) and grandmother to a sweet baby girl.

A lifelong love of arts and crafts led Lara to take up quilting after her youngest child left for college. Even before completing her first quilt, a One Block Wonder, she realized that she had found her creative voice. After more than forty years of sewing and fabric petting experience, becoming a quilter was a natural fit.

Over the years, Lara has taught many different kinds of crafts to groups of all ages. Always one to play around with and mix techniques, she often sets off on her own path. This has led to some interesting adventures in quilting. You can take a peek at what she’s up to by visiting her blog at


This book is absolutely packed with #CreativeGoodness and I can honestly recommend it as a “must have” book for anyone interested in raw edge applique, as well as for those interested in crafting with fabric, including Mixed Media Artists.

There are also seven beautiful projects in this book, each with great visuals and easy to follow instructions which all use Lara’s applique’ technique.  Projects range from a pillow, table topper, wallhanging, needle case, to an awesome sewing machine cover, which is so gorgeous you may find yourself leaving your sewing machine w/cover on top of your dining room table, or other table, to simply show it off.

3. It's Super Quilter - Needle Case

{above}  This beautiful needle case, called “It’s Super Quilter”,   is a project included in Lara’s book, but this project was actually created and made by her daughter Kait.  Personally, I love this project and am confident it would make for a great beginner’s project, as well as a great gift idea, including attendees in a retreat.

Lara’s innovative approach for raw edge applique was well researched and thoroughly tested.  She has also documented a variety of options, as well as tips, in her book, making this book also a “must have” resource, for on-going reference.  And definitely will make it easier for anyone interested in learning this  technique, as the book will help them save time and money vs any attempt to pursue this method on your own by guessing, or following second-hand advise.  

I found her applique’ technique to be easy to work with, actually making the fabric pieces easier to manually cut out than other techniques I have tried.  It also works well for die cutting and while I’ve not yet tried it, I’m confident this technique would also work with electronic cutters.  I also loved how the applique’ shapes could manually be positioned on your project top, auditioning for the perfect placement, with a low-tack adhesive feeling,  before ironing down to your backing fabric to permanently secure.

{above} Photos from Lara showing results of raw edge applique using different techniques.  Notice the unruly threads that poke out using the Glue Stick and even the Fusible Web Method, but not in the Crafted Applique’ method.  Lara also shared with me “

In each photo, the top two leaves show freshly sewn appliques.  The left leaf is stitched around the edges and the right leaf is only stitched through the veins. Then bottom two leaves in the photo are the same two leaves after washing.  I did not press them or tidy them up in any way”

But the highlight of this technique for me, was how much more soft and pliable this approach is vs other adhesive applique techniques and products, plus it eliminates the risk of fabric threads poking out after stitching down.

While historically many quilt judges may have frowned down upon raw edge applique, where lose threads would run wild, I foresee this technique being a big game changer for those entering such quilt designs into major quilt shows.  

2. Chubby Checkers

{above}  Chubby Checkers table topper (or wallhanging) made by Lara. She uses buttons for the checkers.

Lastly, I want to add that I shared with Lara I had great results with her applique’ cupcakes (from her Chubby Checkers design),  She mentioned that one of technique sample projects, which was made about 3 years ago, which had never been stitched down, but the applique had been ironed down and still completely secured.  Amazing.

1. Cupcake Appliques - Not Sewn Down - after 3 yrs

{above} Photo of concept project Lara created using her Cupcake design, from Chubby Checkers,  which for this “concept” project, used her technique, ironed, but never stitched down, but still perfectly secured years later. 

I hope you can see why I honestly recommend this book.  I hope you get a chance to check it out at your favorite quilt shop, but please remember if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like to have them carry it.  It is such a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find this book online at the American Quilter’s Society, as well as Amazon.


Here is the line up for this event:

Lara lined up a talented group of bloggers who have shared insights about this book.  Many have also created projects from this book and/or applied her techniques to other projects and shared.  Definitely and inspirational blog hop with plenty of #CreativeGoodness.  Each blogger also had the opportunity of giving away a copy of this book and some of the giveaways are still open.

Sunday, May 1 – Kick off with Lara – BuzzinBumble
Monday, May 2 – Valerie Smith – Pumpkin Patch Quilter
Tuesday, May 3 – Dana Gaffney – Stormy Days
Wednesday, May 4 – Lorna McMahon – Sew Fresh Quilts 
Thursday, May 5 – Mary S. – Needled Mom
Friday, May 6 – Heidi Kuntz – Red Letter Quilts
Saturday, May 7 – Alycia Carmin – Alycia Quilts
Sunday, May 8 – Amy DeCesare – Amy Made That
Monday, May 9 – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Tuesday, May 10 – Lara Buccella – Sew Mama Sew 
Wednesday, May 11 – Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps

Thursday, May 12 – Melissa Corry –  Happy Quilting
Friday, May 13 – Sarah Craig – Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Saturday, May 14 – Soma Acharya – Whims and Fancies 
Sunday, May 15 – Val Reynolds –  Val’s Quilting Studio
Monday, May 16 – Angela Pingel – Cut to Pieces
Tuesday, May 17 – Sandra Walker – Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Wednesday, May 18 – Cheryl Brickey – Meadow Mist Designs
Thursday, May 19 – Judy Murphy – Quilt Paradigm
Friday, May 20 – Yvonne Fuchs – Quilting Jetgirl
Saturday, May 21 – Cindy Pieters – Stitchin’ at Home
Sunday, May 22 – Susie Zlogar – Susie’s Sunroom
Monday, May 23 – Connie Kresin-Campbell – Freemotion by the River

Tuesday, May 24 – Ruth Bourke – Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner
Wednesday, May 25 – Kaja Zieslar – Sew Slowly
Thursday, May 26 – Ann Brooks – Fret Not Yourself
Friday, May 27 – Cynthia Brunz – Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30 … Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.
Tuesday, May 31 – Jenn Trott-Zisserson – Quarter Inch From the Edge
Wednesday, June 1 – Paulette Horn – The Way I Sew It
Thursday, June 2 – Sandra Jansen – Studio Sew of Course
Friday, June 3 – Christine Sherman – Triangles and Squares
Saturday, June 4 –  Quilt Shop Gal
Sunday, June 5 – Lara – Buzzin Bumble.


Lara has kindly offered to giveaway a copy that a lucky follower, anyplace in the world, could win.  To enter, simply leave a comment. While any comment, any subject is fine, I’d definitely would appreciate hearing your experience with applique’ (e.g. needle turn, starch, raw-edge, etc.), as well as your thoughts on Craft Applique’.   I’ll randomly draw a name, email them, as well as update this post on June 15th.

UPDATE:  I used the Random Number Generator to select the lucky winner.

random number

Congratulations to Nichole Sender.

random number winner

There are also several ways to get a copy of Crafted Applique.

  1. Enter a giveaway on one of the other blogs, in this hop, as there are several that are still open.
  2. Order a signed copy directly from Lara’s Big Cartel shop.
  3. Order a copy from AQS.
  4. Order a copy on Amazon.
  5. Pick up a copy from your favorite quilt shop!

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69 comments on “Crafted Applique’ New Possibilities and a Giveaway”

  1. I really need this book so I can try this new raw edge technique. I love machine applique with turned fabric but love the more complicated shapes you can make with raw edge applique.

  2. This new technique sounds amazing and that’s definitely what I need, especially since these old fingers aren’t agile enough to maneuver them in and out of intricate designs while trying to see them down with my sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  3. I think I’ve tried all the different methods of applique except this one. They each have their place, but this technique seems like it offers some benefits that the others do not. This looks like a great book and I am anxious to learn this technique.

  4. I love applique quilts/wall hangings, but have not liked the results I have gotten from the various techniques I have tried. The easy ones–visible or glue don’t have a c’clean’ look and the hand sewn techniques are to time-consuming. This idea looks to be a good solution.

  5. Darlene, your review is so comprehensive. Thank you for all your insights! I had never even thought so far ahead to how quilt show judges would react to quilts with tidy raw edge applique. But it’s true: judges, artists and quilters will be glad not to have their work fray. I really appreciate how whole heartedly you have thrown yourself into Crafted Applique – Thank you!

    Of all the applique methods, once I learned how to do Crafted Applique, it became my go-to method. It’s a real time and money saver, because I can achieve any design with it and not worry about my work falling apart or looking messy later on.

  6. I’ve tried pretty much all ways to applique. It always depends on the project, which way will work best. I’d love this book, to see how she does the raw edge. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I have followed this blog hop and have loved all the creations shown. As the method used produces such marvellous results I will definitely be using it in future applique projects.

  8. I love needle turn applique-takes time but worth the effort! The book looks awesome and got my curiosity up.

  9. I have done 3 different types of applique.

    Raw edge – using wonder under then a small zigzag around the edges.

    Turned edge – Freezer paper and starch
    – Needleturn

    I let the type of project determine which method I use.

    Would love to give this book a good home.


  10. I haven’t done enough applique to really comment. I LOVE applique on quilts, etc. and would love to learn to do it in a more comfortable and successful way.

  11. I’m so intrigues by this book! I’ve done fusible web applique but hate the fraying. This method sounds like exactly what I need!

  12. I haven’t had much luck with raw edge applique – always looks messy. I usually do a buttonhole stitch to hold the edges down. I’d be interested in learning this method.

  13. I have done applique projects with other techniques, and I love it. This new method sounds intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I have followed this blog hop all the way and am so intrigued about this method. Looking forward to exactly what this is all about.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  15. I love applique in any way. What i struggle with are circles. Sounds like this woud be a great help! Thanks for the review of the book!

  16. I have tried many forms of applique. It is not my favorite thing to do. I love the look of needle turn but don’t have the patience and skill needed, and don’t have the patience to acquire the skill! I mostly do raw edge but have definitely worried about the fraying. This should be very exciting and I LOVE all of Lara’s projects. I am sad this is the last stop on the tour 🙁 I have visited every stop on the hop and had so much fun.

  17. I have tried mostly raw edge and have not been entirely pleased with the fraying that occurs. Am anxious to get my hands on Lara’s book and find out her secrets! Your cupcakes are darling. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

  18. Oh my, I’ve done so many different methods (freezer paper and starch or glue, fusible raw-edge, non-woven fusible interfacing and turn a’ la El, needle turn, starch and plastic templates, raw-edge) but still looking for my ‘go to’ method!

  19. I’ve tried just about every kind of applique from needle-turn to machine with a blanket stitch to raw edge applique. Each has it’s issues….Lara’s technique looks intriguing…the results are certainly phenomenal. Thanks for a chance to win.

  20. I am very new at doing applique. Actually just a few weeks now. I’m not very good but I do try to do my best. Right now I am working on an Owl wall hanging for my daughters birthday June 11. I’m doing it on my sewing machine. I know that my daughter will love it no matter what because I made it for her.
    I would love to learn new things about applique and would love to have this book.

  21. The book surre has gotten positive reviews. I like that the projects aren’t all flowers. Sometimes I like to applique other things.

  22. Good Afternoon! I know that I have enjoyed this blog hop seeing all of the fabulous projects and reading all of the benefits of owning this book. Applique is my favorite technique in quilting! I try various methods off and on all of the time; my favorite at this time is fusible with a tight satin stitch. I am so hoping to win a copy of this amazing book and learn what the technique is that everyone is raving about! Thank You for sharing and the give away opportunity.

  23. I love Applique, but if I’m hand appliqueing, I keep it to simple shapes. I recently tried raw edge Applique with batiks and I just loved the finished product. In the past, I used fusible and did a button hole stitch by hand. This works well on wall hangings, but doesn’t hold up too good to a washer and dryer, in which case I’ll zigzag the edges on the machine. This book looks wonderful. It has been a fun hop!

  24. I’d love to study this book; maybe then I’ll have more success with machine appliqué than I’ve had so far. I’ve tried both raw edge and fusible, neither of which was really successful. Needle-turn is a new skill and so far my results are passable. Thank you for the chance in the draw.

  25. Thanks for this thorough review! I am sold on the book. I have so enjoyed this blog hop and seeing what everyone has to say and what they have made. I have done needle turn applique to get the look I wanted in projects, but I didn’t enjoy it. I have also done some accidental landscapes which I guess are sort of applique–they still require turning under the edge (along with straight stitch) but are easier. I can see combining Lara’s method with that method for some really cool landscape work.

  26. This has been a fantastic blog hop, meeting new quilters, seeing all the projects from Lara’s fabulous book, making new friends, and this is a book I would treasure so much. I am sure your words above about Lara have told us all lots more about her , her testing, her projects that she sampled, washed, ironed, stitched or not, and then her very generous book give-away.

  27. I have had lots of experience with applique…both raw-edge and satin/blanket stitched edging. I have not tried needle-turned as that sounds too nitty-gritty to me. I really like how Lara describes herself as having “more than forty years of sewing and fabric petting experience”. I love petting fabric too!

  28. I have more experience with raw edge, but I’m usually not very happy with the results. I have done some turned edge (hexagons) which turned out pretty good, both machine and hand stitched.

  29. Test Message created on behalf of Mary who emailed me with the following message:

    Since I cannot reply on your post, Darlene, I wanted to let you know that your review on Lara’s book was great. I love the cupcakes you did. I am so impressed with this technique and have been enjoying playing with it myself. Lara is such a sweet gal and I wish her the best of luck with her book.

    Needled Mom

  30. What applique I’ve done has been with a fusible product. Absolutely, the worst part of it is that it is ‘stiff’ so I’m looking forward to soft, drapey fabric.

  31. I enjoy needle turn appliqué, but with a project I want to do now, I need to be able to do raw edge with a straight stitch…looking forward to doing it with Lara’s method.

  32. I did applique once – needle turn and was not so good at it, need practice! I would love to try another technique for applique! Thanks!

  33. I have been following this blog hop and the one thing that I have learned is I need to find a better way to applique. the idea of raw edge applique is very appealing as is the loss of fusible web

  34. I am so excited to try Lara’s technique, I have tried several different kinds of applique but this one just sounds amazing!

  35. I’d love to learn more about this crafted applique method. I either do fusible with a buttonhole simulated or satin stitch machine stitch around or do hand applique with freezer paper and starch. I have several patterns to try that are raw edge and would love to learn this new way.

  36. The very first quilt I ever made (1977) used raw edge applique to apply stars and clouds. Knowing nothing about quilting, I thought I’d just combine the zig zag around the applique with the quilting, so I painfully zig zagged around a moon, some clouds, and several stars, right through a nice thick batting! It worked, but I can’t say it’s a method I recommend. I’ll listen to Lara Bucella in the future!

  37. This Hop has been such fun! I tried Hand Applique..was OK…but I was soooo slow at it. This Book looks Amazing & I am encouraged to try applique again! 🙂

  38. Mostly I’ve done fusible raw-edge appliqué, and some without fusible. I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative techniques. Sounds like I should check out Lara’s technique..

  39. Before buying the book, it would have been nice to know that the technique uses Modge Podge. That alone is a huge factor with this technique, and people living in small spaces, may not have the room to try this technique. I purchased this book back in April at AQS when I saw it was available as an ebook. I was intrigued, Applique, that’s totally my thing, I love new techniques and I like trying them, but with Modge Podge, I would have held off till I actually saw the book. I live in not necessarily a small space, but in a place where I don’t have the room to spread out a garbage bag and paint the modge podge onto the back of the fabric. When she notes in the book that you should not get any on the front of the fabric, it makes you wonder “How” because modge podge is wet, it’s going to get both sides wet. While she does show a sampling of modge podge, I wish she showed larger examples of the wet/dry, and the opacity that she talks about. It would be great if there was even a video of the application process. She remarks on page 12 of the book, that one doesn’t need a fancy sewing machine to do great applique, and I agree to an extent with that, but I wish she would have phrased that in a way that read, one should have a machine that stitches a nice stitch so that those buying today’s 100 to 300.00 machines would perhaps realize they should spend a bit more to get a good quality machine. I actually took offense to the statement, like it would be easy to go out and find a Singer 301A. I know she meant it in a different way, but that really threw me for a loop.

    On page 10, she shows which Modge Podge formulas you need or may need in the picture and chart, but she doesn’t say which one is which, so you don’t know if the Orange colored label is the fabric formula or the normal. If you go to the store to buy what you need, you may end up with the wrong one, because you weren’t sure of what was what. The picture of the bottles is so small, that I can not even tell which one is which. I did figure out that the fabric one is in the middle, but at Amazon, where I’d most likely purchase the modge podge, they have quite a few different formulas, so it’s important to know which formulas exactly that one needs.

    It’s not to say that I’m not intrigued by the technique, I’m just not overly excited about it either. Using Modge Podge just doesn’t entice me to try it, since I know what it’s like to use Modge Podge when making Pinatas. it’s an unfair comparison, but it’s just how I think.

    The projects in this book tho make it more than worth the money, they are cute, fun, and I don’t have to use the technique in the book to make them. The projects are laid out well, documented with good instruction, and images to show the process of how to put it together. I would love to make the CatMint Cottage Sewing Machine Cover in the book, what a cool and fun idea for a sewing machine cover.

    There is also no documentation on the book in how to enlarge a pattern to be printed, this is one thing I think should be added since nearly every template needs to be enlarged.

    • Hi Marian,

      Thank you for taking time to share your perspective with us for #CraftedApplique. I focus on writing honest reviews, but always want to welcome anyone sharing their perspective too! I agree with you 100% that Lara shared wonderful projects in this book, but I do want to clarify that I didn’t find the technique to smell, be messy, nor require any significant amount of space. I actually prepared my fabrics for cutting by placing on a plastic kitchen cutting board, which to me represents more than adequate space and was also easy to move around. I hope you will soon give it a try, as I think you’ll see how innovative and easy to use it is.

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