Modern Applique Illusions by Casey York – Book Review + Giveaway

on Nov 13, 2014 in Books | 57 comments

Modern Applique Illusions: 12 Quilts Create Perspective & Depth by Casey York features a unique offering of quilt projects that combine applique with traditional art techniques of vanishing points and perspective to create an illusion of depth in the surface design.

I remember the first time I saw Casey’s work in the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. Onwards is a striking quilt both in it’s minimalist design and in the power of a line of trees that appear to recede into the distance. I was super excited to see her expand on those techniques in her first book for Stash Books.

Each quilt in the book features some illusion of depth. Casey does a good job of introducing the basics of the technique and then delving into more subtle variations on the topic including multiple vanishing points and linear perspective

I like when a quilt project is both beautiful and teaches me a new technique. Shadows in the Grove Quilt above create the illusion of light coming through the trees. The smaller sized trees and placement on the quilt create the effect of depth.

In addition to the 12 quilt projects, the book includes sections on Materials, Applique Basics and Finishing Techniques. I especially enjoyed a discussion of quilting designs that enhance the visual illusion of depth in the quilt.

Modern Applique Illusions is a well written technique book that teaches through 12 gorgeous designs. A great addition to any modern quilter’s library.

You can learn more about Casey and her work by visiting her website and blog. Casey’s PDF quilt patterns available in the shop.


To win a copy of Modern Applique Illusions leave a comment sharing what excites you most about modern applique. US winners will receive a hard copy book, International winners delivered as an e-book.

The tour:

11/13: Pink Chalk Studio – yay, you’re here!
11/15: Pellon
11/20: Violet Craft


  1. I love that raw edge applique is more accepted and that the quilting can play a larger role in the impact the applique has – like her koi fish pattern.

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    Susan the farm quilter

    November 17, 2014

  2. I love that applique is a relatively easy and flexible technique — more inherently suited to words, say, than piecing is. In my mind it’s stuck in the past, when I learned it — I look forward to having that viewpoint expanded by the modern quilting community!

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    November 18, 2014

  3. I love art quilts and I am excited that this applique and let any one make an art quilt. Thanks!

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    November 18, 2014

  4. I love the expanded design options that applique provides! Love Casey’s Illusionary style!

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    kat scott

    November 18, 2014

  5. I love the unlimited potential it provides to create new designs. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    November 19, 2014

  6. Perspective is seldom touched on in the classes I have taken. Although once when it was I found it extremely interesting. I dabble in original machine applique, and after I read this book I will make a point of including it in the art quilts I want to create.

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    Helen Carnahan

    November 19, 2014

  7. I love the fresh perspective of modern applique. I love a new twist on a old technique.

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    November 22, 2014

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