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Sarah Payne’s Appliqué School

Sarah Payne’s Appliqué School book review

Following on from Sarah Payne’s Quilt School comes her latest book – Sarah Payne’s Appliqué School which focuses on teaching the reader 3 forms of appliqué:

Machine-sewn raw edge appliqué

Machine sewn turn edge appliqué

Hand sewn needle turn appliqué

The book starts off with a detailed guide to the tools, materials and techniques you’ll need for the projects. Covering techniques including freezer paper appliqué, reverse appliqué, pulled thread appliqué, needle turn appliqué, iron on adhesive appliqué, the common stitches used for attaching the appliqué, hand quilting and free motion quilting. There are good step by step photos as well as written instructions to help you follow the steps required.

Robot height chart applique project

The remainder of the book is project based, split into lessons, each project focusing on different skills. In the introduction to each project it tells you which skills you will practice when making the project. The colourful projects are divided into the 3 forms of applique mentioned above. The projects are mainly for the home – cushions, quilts, wall art, wall hangings etc as well as a few bags too. I especially liked the robot friends height chart and the Japanese wall art projects.

The projects are easy to follow, detailed instructions, close up photos and best of all full size templates at the back of the book, so no faffing around with resizing templates. You can also download them from if you don’t want to trace them from the book.

Beginner's applique projects
Some of the projects from Sarah Payne's Appliqué School

If you are new to applique, by the end of this book you will have mastered several different ways to do it and will have ideas of how you can incorporate it into future projects. It is very beginner friendly, easy to follow and with handy tips scattered throughout the book.

Order your copy from the Search Press website.

Note: If making the happy flowers quilt download the template here rather than using the one in the book.