Playdate in the Scrap-Applique Playground!

>> Saturday, June 9, 2012

 Welcome to Sew JOY Creations and to Kay Mackenzie's book around tour!

I've had a  playdate with Kay before; you can read about it here.
But THIS one is where all the FUN is at! 

When I first read about Kay's newest book on her blog, I gave out a little squeal
 {maybe not so little!} 
 When she asked me to participate in the book around - I was already sorting my scraps!

 This book is great fun even if you're not an applique fanatic - yet!
 Kay provides several techniques on how to create patchwork with your scraps and then projects to make with them. As always, she provides great tips and instructions on how to applique with ease.

 Kay said I didn't have to make an entire project from the book, BUT

The VOICE of this book is so 
encouraging and

 - I already KNEW what I wanted to make!
{don't you want a Studio sign for your space, too?}

Then, life happened.
 I had all my letters traced out and ready to go, but ran out of time. 

Maybe it sounds better if I say I had another idea?!

This is kind of a 2-in-1 deal. 
I got a sign for my sewing space
a sewing machine cover!

I took some generous artistic license and played with the letters from "Studio" to create "Play" {does my "P" look like it could be an upside down "d" to you?}

 I quilted the front "Play" panel and decided I should do the same to the back. 
Let's just say it's a cozy fit!

Do you see the selvages?

I used up a collection of selvages that I had stashed away with the fat quarter I used for the back of the cover. I didn't quilt these side panels and I'm glad too - you can see in this photo I need someplace with give to ease everything into place.

I had CUT my background piece and remembered AFTER the fact that I was going to use the spools and such as an explanation point. 

That's how I ended up with 2 projects!

 I LOVE my special little sign! Luck would have it that 3 spools and some scissors could make Sew JOY so special!

As you can see, I found this book and Kay's guidance very inspirational. 
I'm sure you will too!

Kay is giving away one copy of Scrap-Applique Playground at each book-around stop.
OPEN TO CANADIAN AND U.S. comments ONLY due to shipping costs.

Comments are open until tomorrow night, Sunday, June 10th at 7 p.m.

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You can get a copy of Kay Mackenzie's Scrap-Applique Playground at 
your local quilt shop,
 through online retailers like Amazon,
 through Kay's publisher's site,,
or purchase a signed copy from Kay's site

PLUS there are still more stops on the book around tour with chances for you to win a copy!
Click over to All About Applique to find out who else has a playdate with Kay!

I hope you enjoyed your visit and are inspired to play with some scraps too!

Sarah Vee


BillieBee (billiemick) June 8, 2012 at 12:42 AM  

I love, love, love the Studio sign! Wow and fantastic colors as well.

Janet June 8, 2012 at 1:07 AM  

I love your Sew Joy sign and the machine cover is gorgeous too. The book looks great.

Lisa England June 9, 2012 at 7:01 AM  

Your projects are adorable! I'd love to have this book to try these ideas -- they look like such fun!

LisaT June 9, 2012 at 7:35 AM  

The book looks great and what a great way to use up some scraps. It'd be nice to take a break from larger projects and actually have a finished project! Thanks!

Carrie P. June 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM  

Great projects you created. Please Don't enter my name in the giveaway. I am part of the hop.

Anonymous,  June 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM  

I love what you did with those letters! This does look like a very creative book, and I look forward to reading it and learning how to use up scraps.
P.s. I'm glad to find your blog - I live in Michigan, so we're neighbors!

Anne-Marie B. June 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM  

I love what you made out of this book! I think I need a studio sign! Thanks for this giveaway!

JudyG June 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM  

Love your machine cover and the studio sign from the book. Whether I win a book or not, I see I am going to have to have a copy.

Jocelyn June 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM  

I love the letters!! This book looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

Linda,  June 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM  

I love the projects you made. Going to try sewing scraps to make another fabric, love the idea. Thanks for the giveaway.

Wanda June 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM  

I love your sewing machine cover. Very inspiring.

LeAnne June 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM  

Those signs are so cute! Love the Play one. Reminds me of something I need to do every day.

ritainalaska June 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM  

this is an inspiring book ... sure like what you saw in in the studio sign. your machine cover is cute. thanx for the chance to win a copy of scrap-applique playground.

Lynn June 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM  

I love your projects! What a fun book this looks like!

Angie in SoCal June 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM  

Your two projects are great! Love the machine cover. I'm off to sort scraps by color. Thanks for the chance and the ideas.

Allie June 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM  

OH my goodness your projects are awesome - you clever girl - this book was already on my 'must have' list and now even more so!

kc June 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM  

Very cool & imaginative! I love love love your studio sign! Those little spools & scissors are just adorable! Thanks for sharing your playdate with us!

The Village Queen June 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM  

very cute! Wouls love to see the whole book, on my list! Thanks for th chance.

FinoFiend June 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM  

The Joy of applique is in the way
That our good friend, Kay
Makes the intricate so easy.

Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown June 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

I love your sewing machine cover! So pretty! - yes, I'd love to play! :-)

Sandra June 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM  

Your sign and machine cover are lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM June 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM  

Love the cute sewing machine cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

Douglas Oliver June 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM  

Your projects are amazing Sarah. I love the "Sew Joy" and your machine cover makes me want to go make one of my own. Thanks to you and Kay for the chance to own a copy of this delightful book.

Joanna June 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM  

You are very creative to use the scissors for the y in Joy. Really cute wall hanging.

Jan June 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM  

Your projects are such fun and inspiring,too!

Anonymous,  June 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

What fun projects you have made. They made me happy just to look at them.

WoolenSails June 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM  

I love the pieces you have made, so fun and wonderful for the quilter, so great gift idea too.


Lynne June 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM  

Oh wow! I love the sign and the sewing machine cover! (PS I came in from Carrie's blog).

~Kris~ June 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM  

I love to appliqué and I have tons of scraps, so I think I am ready for the Playground. Thanks for sharing.

I love your Studio sign.

Sharon June 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM  

I love your projects! Especially the studio sign! This book does look very inspirational.

Kathy H June 9, 2012 at 8:04 PM  

I love your studio sign and such a cute machine cover. I have been thinking I need to make one too and yours is a great inspiration.

Edie June 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM  

I love your use of color and this looks like so much fun! Thanks for the inspiration!


Maureen June 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM  

Thanks Sarah for some great inspiration! And thanks so much for a chance at the give-away!
mgw070 (at) shaw (dot) ca

Marcia W. June 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM  

Your Sew Joy is wonderful! Serendipity is a good thing. THanks for the giveaway as need some motivation to use (my mother's) scraps. I organize hers by color in long shallow clear plastic bins, labeled, and stacked in the hall linen closet (which has no linens). Periodically I whisk her leftovers away and put them where they belong. I'm new enough to quilting that don't really have scraps. Usually at the end of a project my little bits are sewn together and after a while, a dolly quilt top for the grandnieces is ready.
So, that's how we handle scraps.

Dotti June 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM  

This looks like a fun book to have. I love all the patchwork lettering!

Loris June 9, 2012 at 10:51 PM  

Such inspiration in your signs :-) Can't wait to put some scraps in my applique!

Donna Joy June 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM  

Love your creativity, the sign is so much fun on your sewing machine cover. Your second project makes a great wall hanging in The sewing room. Thanks for giveaway as I have scraps.

Nancy Sue June 9, 2012 at 11:11 PM  

Love the studio sign! This book looks jammed-packed with ideas! Thank you for participating in the blog hop!!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM  

Oh my I'm not sure which project I like the best--The book would be such an inspiration to me.

Anonymous,  June 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM  

Your sign is awesome. very interesting book..
diane i

Jodi - usairdoll June 10, 2012 at 2:40 AM  

Both of your projects are great! What a super idea to do different words! I love applique and can't wait to see more of Kay's book. How inspiring!

Thank you and Martingale for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.


Diane June 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM  

Great projects. I need the sewing machine cover. Sew cute. Iwould love to win.

Barb June 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM  

I never throw away any little scraps and love books that show great ideas on what to do with them!! Love your take on the projects!!

Diane June 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM  

Scrappy is so much fun. I would love to win this book. I have a lot of scraps that need to be used!

M and M plus 3 June 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM  

I was out yesterday and I collected someone elses scraps to add to mine. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!!!Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Arlene Delloro June 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

I love your machine cover! I just got a new machine and was thinking I really should make one. I think your adaptation of the studio sign project was genius.

Quilter Kathy June 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

Love both of your projects! I think your machine cover invites you to sit down and sew! And your "Sew Joy" is just fabulous! Looks like a fun book!

Eileen June 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

Joy, I like both signs, but I definitely need one for my studio. Thank you for taking part in the giveaway.

Oknana June 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM  

Would love to win this book! Thank you for this great opportunity!

Lline June 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

Just found out about the new book. How perfect. I have tons of scraps I just can't throw away. Now I can Use even the smallest pieces. Thanks for the give-away.

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