2014 Summer Book Club: Playful Petals by Corey Yoder - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

2014 Summer Book Club: Playful Petals by Corey Yoder

Hello everyone! Welcome back to our 2014 Summer Book Club. Today we are featuring Playful Petals by Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby. There are eighteen beautiful quilting projects that range from pillows to quilts. Using one simple petal shape template, precuts and basic piecing technique, you’ll be able to create these eighteen beautiful quilts. We know that many of you might be intimidated by applique, but in this book, Corey will teach you all about the basics of applique and how simple it can be!

Jocelyn caught up with Corey at the 2014 Spring International Quilt Market!

It’s time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know if you’ve tried using applique before. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting! 


  1. Yes….and love doing all kinds of applique projects. These petals look interesting and looks like some really great projects.

  2. Yes I have tried applique but I need to take a class and practice. Some of the techniques are difficult for me so I would love to have a book that explains the process very easily and I will be able to complete in my own projects.

  3. I do love to applique but I don't know how to needle turn so I'm looking forward to getting that skill under my belt…or onto some fabric!:)

  4. Yes, in high school I did make a skirt with appliqué sailboats and I do not think I ever wore it. I think the new fusible web helps the fabric stay secure and is a better outcome. I plan to give it another try in a quilt. 🙂

  5. I've done a very limited amount of machine applique- but probably not in the "correct" or best manner 🙂 Would love to learn more! Thanks- Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

  6. II have done LOTS of fusible appliqué but not much of the traditional needle-turn or spray starch method of appliqué. For me, it is a slower process than sitting and piecing.

  7. I've tried needle turn applique and machine applique. I hope to try freezer paper next bc neither are really successful for me

  8. I've done lots of appliqué, hand and machine. This is a awesome book with several projects I want to make.

  9. I actually just purchased this book recently to make my first appliqued pillow. Well, technically, my second, but the first one was a disaster since I tried to do it without any guidance or instruction.
    This book is wonderful, with a great many projects that I'm looking forward to making.

  10. The only applique I've done is sewing dresden plates to their backing. This was many years ago, and that experience put me off off trying applique again. It's time that I got over it, and Cory's pretty–and very modern–patterns are just the motivation I need. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Have only done a tiny amount of applique and that was using a machine. I love the look of applique though and need to get a lot better at it so I can do more projects with it.

  12. I have done hand applique in the past and really enjoyed it. In recent years, I've done machine piecing only (mostly baby quilts and small patchwork projects) but this book looks beautiful and I'd love to try machine applique!

  13. I have done a little appliqué but I do not feel confident at all about taking on new projects. The book looks great. I love coreys blog. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  14. Long time ago I tried my hand at Hawaiian quilting. I started with a pillow, thinking it would be small. Needless to say my pineapples were crooked…that was my last applique. But that was before glue and adhesive webbing. I'd love to give it another try!

  15. I have done lots of applique on small quilts but mainly button-hole. I have done a little needle turn applique. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  16. I love applique and I've just started a wall quilt using floral applique blocks.
    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

  17. I love machine-finished applique! I could never get the hang of hand applique, but other methods are lots of fun.

  18. I really enjoy doing applique. I am always looking for new patterns and new techniques to improve my piecing and quilting. This book looks great!

  19. I have never done applique but recently bought a craftsy class to learn how. I love the petal quilt and the cover of the book and am hoping that I will win one.

  20. Yes, I love applique. The petals shown here are fun. I like the designs.
    I love to do wool applique, and I love to make tiny bias stems with flowers and leaves.

  21. I have tried applique, but must admit it is not my favorite thing to do. However, I certainly do admire the beautiful works of art that other quilters have made.

  22. Yes, I did one applique project when I hand pieced a small wall hanging years ago and had given it to my teenage daughter. Now you have me wondering if she still has it in her possession. I love this book because to me it is whimsical and I love whimsy. I would love to have it.

  23. I made a one block table mat for my first applique project a few years back. I then made a lap quilt using a pattern from "With Fabric &Thread". I still haven't decided if I'm a fan of applique or not. Either way, I love the outcome!

  24. I have done a couple of applique projects, but i am always feeling uneasy, unsure of myself. I would love to learn more. Thank you for giving me a chance to win this book.

  25. I have done a lot of appliqué. My favorite method is finished edge appliqué sewn down with satin stitch around the edges. Thanks!

    Please click in the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  26. I just finished my first appliqué quilt using the starch method. Never thought I would enjoy appliqué so much but am now hooked and can't wait to pick my next project.

  27. I have done a very basic applique flower, but I look forward to the day when I attempt something more involved.

  28. I love the look of appliqué but am a bit intimidated by it. Would like to learn how to do it!

  29. Yes, I have "dabbled" in appliqué and I really love it. My favorite is wool appliqué. The wool fabric feels so cozy and does not fray for the most part.

    I also like to do the spray starch-freezer paper method, turning the edges under with my tiny iron. It is quite a relaxing method, and the results are amazing.

    Corey's book looks inviting! Love those petals.
    Thanks! nettiecrain@live.com

  30. I've done a little needle turn appliqué in the past and I would love to hone my skills even more. I love the scrappy fabric colors in the petals quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I love needle turn applique, but I've never tried machine applique. That's next on my list to learn to do. Must get this book!6691

  32. yes, I've done some machine applique. The only hand applique I've done is the wool on cotton by Lisa Bongean. I appliqued small petal shapes on a drunkards path quilt once- waited until it was on the quilting frame & then sewed them on.

  33. Yes I have done both blanked stitch by hand using applique techniques which I enjoy very much. I have also done applique on the machine but prefer to do it by hand if possible.

  34. No I haven't tried applique yet but it is on my to do list. Only been piecing/quilting for about 9 months so far so. This book looks like a wonderful addition for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. I love appliqué and I have done several small projects. I always have some type of hand work on the go to sit down and relax with.

  36. Actually am working on an Applique wallhanging! My first try at applique…and am loving it! Would love to have this book!! Pictures are inspiring for sure!! 🙂

  37. I've never appliqued a quilt, although I have done stockings for the whole family with appliqued animals.
    I have an applique quilt in the planning stages, tnough, for my grandbaby when she graduates from a crib.

  38. I've just appliquéd a couple of bunnies to a quilt of Moda's Sunnyside fabrics. They provide a whimsical finishing touch.
    Thanks for another giveaway opportunity.

  39. I've done mostly machine embroidered applique, but I have done a few small projects using machine applique. Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Yes, indeed. I stayed away from it for years, but now that I've completed an appliqué quilt (actually a triptych wall hanging), I'm ready for more.

  41. It's my birthday – love the post and yes, I do applique. I love doing it by hand, but recently am learning to do it with the machine. A little intimidating right now, but I think more durable for kids. So, I am working on the blanket stitch (by machine)for my grandkids. Would love this book and it would sure help me to be more confident! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. What a lovely book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it. Yes, I've done applique. On two quilts I have flowers and vines on the corners, just that extra zip added to make the entire quilt pop.

  43. I love appliqué and go with fusible most every time. Every other quilt I make has some appliqué it adds so much dimension and interest, I don't get tired of it!!!

  44. I've done a few small appliqué projects and would love to attempt a larger piece. This book looks like a wonderful guide and inspiration. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  45. Yes, I have done both hand and machine applique. I enjoy both. This is a lovely book. I think my granddaughter and I could find at least one quilt we would enjoy doing together. Thanks for sharing.

  46. I made a few appliqu̩ quilts many years ago and thought I was pretty proficient at it. Fast forward 30 years Рrecently tried a small appliqu̩ project and boy, I need to go back to school! I think I need to tackle some practice pillow tops before I sew a quilt. I originally used needle turn appliqu̩. Now I would like to fuse and use my machine stitches to appliqu̩.

  47. This looks like a great book! Yes, I've tried both needle turn and machine applique. Machine applique is by far my favorite! Thank you for a great giveaway.

  48. Yes, I have done applique before, both by hand and machine. And, I love it! Look like a great book and would love to win a copy. Thanks

  49. I've done raw edge applique on a Christmas wreath wall hanging and right now I am part of a swap of appliqued primitive cat blocks with my guild. Having lots of fun with it.

  50. I love to do repeat patters with my stash and this looks perfect – would love to play with these patterns!

  51. I love the portability of applique. And yes, there is a lot of work in those blocks. My favorite project was a "monster" quilt made from fabulous batiks for my daughter. Tried a Baltimore block of the month after that.

  52. I really like to applique! It is fun to have a project that I can do while I am away from my sewing machine. To me, hand sewing is very relaxing. This books looks fabulous!

  53. This would be perfect for my scraps! I hae only done ome machine appique. Never by and. Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous looking book

  54. Yes, I applique and doing it helps my time go by gracefully as I must live in an assisted living home. I want to do gifts for my new friends with my lifetime stash.

  55. I have done hand and machine applique with fusible web. I have finished the edges with decorative stitches and left raw edges. I admit that I shy away from appliqué, though, and would like to be more comfortable with it. What a beautiful book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Love Corey's playfullness in her designs. Applique is one of my favorites – machine sewn or needle turn works for me. A wonderful giveaway and finally you do not have to be on Facebook to participate. Judy C in NC

  57. I've just started machine applique ('cause it's faster!). I love sitting down and doing it by hand, but time gets in the way! Thanks for the chance at winning this beautiful book!

  58. I love doing all kinds of applique though I enjoy hand applique the most. Corey's book looks like a winner. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  59. Thanks for a peek inside this book!
    My favorite appliqué quilt was a baby quilt of animal heads each made from different fairy frost fabrics. I had so much fun making it for a friend's grandson.

  60. I have made a few quilts with hand applique. The quilt I just finished has dresden plates.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  61. An 83 year old friend and quilter taught me how to do needle turn applique and we have a bee that meets twice a month. Now machine applique is still in the 'to do list" of learning. This book lookd like it would be the one to help me accomplish that. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. I have a big applique project in the works. I'm slightly terrified but am determined to do it as best I can.

  63. I am working on an applique project right now…"In the Meadow we shall build a snowman" and I am getting tips off you tube. A book would be so much easier.

  64. I love applique! I think a good half of my quilts ARE appliqued-it's fun and it's a great stress buster besides! I also love your book. I am a traditional quilter but I found myself really liking the ones shown. Hope I win!

  65. I love to do wool applique by hand and have done a couple of pieces using fusible for small quilts. Looks like a great book!

  66. I've only done some free hand appliqué work on Halloween stockings but would love to try out some of these patterns! They're so pretty.

  67. I love to play with appliqué. I like to take my daughter's drawings and turn them into appliqué. She likes my rendition of her art work. This looks like a very interesting book. Thank you for showing us. Really would be nice to have in my sewing library.

  68. I enjoy both needle turn and machine appliqué. Corey's book looks very interesting and I would love to make some of her projects. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  69. I have only begun to dabble in applique. I would love to learn more about machine, hand (starched) and needle turn methods. Thanks for the chance at this book.

  70. I've had some practice with machine quilting not much with hand appliqué. This book looks like it is full of fun projects.

  71. I keep wanting to make something with applique, but get discouraged when it does not come out well. This book intrigues me because I think the focus is great and I like the fresh look.

  72. I've tried needleturn applique but prefer fusible or wool techniques. I could see a couple of the blocks in this book using one of the techniques I've used. Thanks for the Summer reading reviews.

  73. Add me to the list of those who have been shy to do applique projects, and therefor, there are so many pretty patterns that I pass on.It is one of my goals for this year,and this year is slipping by…

  74. I absolutely love Corey's designs! I've really been wanting her book! I haven't done much appliqué but I'm anxious to learn her methods!

  75. I am a new quilter and have not done appliqué, but I adore Corey Yoder and would love this book so I can Learn appliqué from her. She is a very talented person and has lots to offer. Please let it be me that gets to hug one of those books.

  76. I can do applique, but most of the projects I've done were Christmas projects. I love Corey Yoders projects and quilts, though, and would like to try some quilts. cdahlgren(at)(live)(dot)(com)

  77. I've done some fusible applique, but i'm feeling the call to needle-turn applique. This book looks like a great place to start.

  78. I have always loved the way appliqué looked, but was afraid to try it. I took a class at my local quit shop and found it I started slow I would learn to love it. I did and do love it!

  79. I do use applique, although for the first few years I did quilting, I referred to it as the "A" word. All I had to do was try it, and since then I've enjoyed it, especially using the fusible technique.

  80. I have only done one or two pieces of applique. But now I have a Block of the Month quilt that includes applique, so I am going to get some practice.

  81. I have never tried appliqué – but then I am fairly new to sewing having only got my first machine a month ago. I definitely hope to give it a try on future projects 🙂

  82. I have done applique several times on children's quilts, takes time but I enjoy it, the book shows some patterns I would love to try.Thanks for the chance to win it!

  83. I've done a bit of applique before, in fact, just this past weekend I hosted a baby shower and had the guests make appliques for the onesies (now I have to go sew them all down!!)

  84. I've only tried iron-on type applique then used blanket-stitch. I enjoy doing the blanket stitch by hand as well as by machine. I've never tackled the turned method. It's on my bucket list!

  85. Yes I have made a few different applique projects – Christmas and angels seem to be a happy theme for me! These petals projects look so gorgeous too!

  86. I have just begun to experiment with appliqué but too much puckering with my first try. I have started reading up on various appliqué techniques and will then try again. Wish me luck. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  87. Yes I have done applique in several different ways. The pictures of things in this book look interesting and fun. It is amazing all the different looks from using petals.

  88. Yes….and love doing all kinds of applique projects. It's so relaxing to do it by hand, and sometimes I even use the machine.

  89. I used to do lots of applique, both machine and hand but I've gotten out of practice. Corey's book looks fun enough to get me started again. Thanks.

  90. Yes I have done some applique. I have been working on appliqueing some five pointed stars. I decided I would like the results the best with hand applique.

  91. I am in the Iove other people's appliqué camp. I'd love to learn how I did take a class but the subject/pattern was yucky to me the fabric I chose was not right the teacher was very nice patient but I just did not get it. So showed us beautiful things she had done and was working on but our piece was dull.

  92. I love doing applique and have several projects going at once. I also love the quilt on the front cover. So very cute! Thanks for the review of books and the chance to win.

  93. I love the use of appliqué on garments that I sew. I am currently applying appliqué to the collar of a dress I am making for my granddaughter. Petals and leaves are among my very favorite shapes, so I would love to win this book. I am new to quilting and embrace using my love of appliqué in my quilt making.

  94. I have appliquéd several projects, both by hand and by machine. I currently have a Self-directed Round Robin challenge for my guild at the appliqué stage. It is slow-going but the results are so rewarding.

  95. I love, love appliqué! Have completed a Baltimore Album quilt (my 1st appliqué quilt) and am currently working on 3 or 4 other appliqué quilts!

  96. Yes, I've done three small flowers by needleturn about 5 years ago and more recently I did some 'drawing in stitches' style raw edge applique. I need to do more – I love the effect 🙂

  97. I have done appliqué, but only very simple designs and then used the blanket stitch. I love the look of it, just need to take my time with it and practice! Your video on it was very helpful.

  98. I haven't tried applique before. It looks gorgeous! Would love to give it a go with the proper instructions, of course 🙂

  99. I have done some applique, but struggle with the technique. I am currently participating in the Quilt Doodle Designs BOM and with the help of Wonder Under am appliquing on the sewing machine. This book looks like it would give me some inspiration! Thank you for the chance to win.