Modern Applique Illusions Blog Tour

Today I have the pleasure of being apart of the Modern Applique Illusions Blog Tour! Modern Applique Illusions by Casey York just came out and is breathtaking!


Casey plays with perspective to create really lovely and dynamic quilt designs.  I had the pleasure of meeting Casey at quilt market this year, and she is such a sweetheart with a strong passion and drive for this craft. I love the illusion and depth she creates with the projects in her book: each is lovelier than the last! I especially love how she hand embroiders around a lot of the raw edges.

Modern Applique Illusions


Modern Applique Illusions

Grand Canal

Modern Applique Illusions


When Casey asked me to be apart of her blog tour, she allowed me to choose which project to make. This was a tough choice, but Flight Plan ultimately won my heart.

Flight Plan

I love everything about it, from the curvy, billowing clouds, to the quilting. I loved the color scheme so much that I couldn’t stray too far from the colors she chose. I did add a scrappy sky, just to see the effect.

Shannon's Flight Plan Quilt

It is teeny tiny. It is 25% of the pattern size– so around 7.5″ x 10″. The planes are itty bitty and pretty sweet.

Now it’s giveaway time! Casey is giving away a copy of her wonderful book! Just leave a comment about your thoughts/experience with applique. Is it a scary word? Do you love it? Hate it? Eager to try it out? 

Check out the other stops on the tour (each person made a different project from the book) as well as Casey’s blog for more giveaways every day of the tour!

11/10: C&T Publishing   - Onwards

11/11: 42 Quilts   - Ripples

11/12: Esch House Quilts - Grand Canal

11/13: Pink Chalk Studio  - Still Life (Homage to Juan Sanchez Cotan)

11/14: Shannon Brinkley (ME!)/Bottle Tree  - Flight Plan

11/15: Pellon - Chicken Scratch

11/16: Feed Dog Designs  - Grove

11/17: Generation Q Magazine  - Grove

11/18: Sew What’s Cooking? - River Bend

11/19: Jolly Jabber - Tunnel Vision

11/20: Violet Craft  - Upward


Wandering Bear Quilt

I just finished this guy, and I’m a bit smitten…

Wandering Bear Quilt-2

I deconstructed the traditional bear claw quilt block, and arranged them into this wandering path. I was originally planning on just doing a solid beige Pin Dot background, but serendipitously was short on that fabric. I decided to do beige scrappy claws instead, and I think it looks way cooler as a result!

Wandering Bear Quilt-6

I used all Timeless Treasure basics in this quilt. I really love their basics, and they work quite well in my applique collages.

Wandering Bear Quilt-4

The bear, (I should give him a name…. Phil? Bartolomeu? Reginald? I’ll keep thinking…) is a separate applique piece that I made using my raw-edge applique techniques taught in my book, Scrappy Bits Applique.

Wandering Bear Quilt-3

I used a very narrow stipple pattern to quilt it; I wanted to give an impression of a wandering path. I left the colored claws unquilted so they’d stand out. On the bear, I did a back and forth kind of pattern that is supposed to look like fur: I think it gives him a nice texture. I don’t know why I decided the bear was a he… probably my preset gender bias toward the color blue.. Eh..

Wandering Bear Quilt-1

I am currently working on a pattern for this guy, which will be available in PDF and print soon! I think it would be a great quilt for the husband or dad. The pattern, like all my patterns, will include multiple size options, so it’d make a great baby quilt too!

Now it’s time for me to go sew a tote for Quilt Market this weekend! Way to wait until the last minute, aye? Ah well…

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!



Songbird Quilt

Modern Bird Quilt-1

I’m a little in love with this little fellow.

Modern Bird Quilt-2

I echoed the zig-zag for the quilting. It took a lot longer than straight lines, but I really like how it shows off the herringbone-like pattern.

Modern Bird Quilt-3

Some of my favorite fabrics are used in this little guy. Can you spot them? Architextures, Constellations, Glimma, Sketch, oh my!

Modern Bird Quilt-4

I used Kona Iron and Snow for the background.

Hey There Cupcake!

Hey There Cupcake Quilt-1

A friend of mine owns a bakery, and recently had their first baby! What better gift to give a baker’s baby daughter than a cupcake quilt!?

Hey There Cupcake Quilt-3

I used vintage sheets for all the prints– they were so fun to work with and so soft!

Hey There Cupcake Quilt-4

Every time Davin (my son) came into my studio while I was working on this, he’d say, “That cupcake looks good enough to eat!” Too sweet. I promptly discouraged him from eating fabric. Each time. We have lots of cyclical jokes, he and I.

Hey There Cupcake Quilt-5

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I used Kona Ash for the grey– It really complimented the vintage fabrics, and, I think, gave it a more modern look, as opposed to the classic white.

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Hey There Cupcake Quilt-8

Those flowers from the vines in my backyard leapt onto the backing!

Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour — Last Stop + Giveaway!

This is the last stop of the Scrappy Bits Applique blog tour! It’s been a blast, and thank you to all of you who followed along and entered the giveaways! Thank you also for all your kind words about my book, I’m so excited to hear that so many of you like it and are eager to learn the technique!

Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley

I am really passionate about the techniques I teach in my book. These are the main reasons why:

  1. The technique is easy to grasp. Very beginner friendly!
  2. The applique pieces can be made quite quickly!
  3. You don’t have to worry about precision!
  4. Use up them scraps!
  5. Reuse an old applique pattern in a new way.
  6. The creative possibilities are endless!!!

Here is my book trailer where I chat more about these things…

Today, I want to share with you some more “scrappy bits” quilts I’ve made! Some can be found in the gallery section of my book, others are quilts I’ve made since.

Modern Bird Quilt-1 Hey There Cupcake Quilt-2 Kraken Quilt

Oh Deer Photos

I’m working on something exciting right now! Some of these patterns just may be involved….! More detailed posts to follow.




Today I’m giving away a copy of my book, two lovely Timeless Treasures charm packs from their new basics lines, Pearl and Dream, along with a 4 pack of Aurifil 50 wt thread! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which of the “Scrappy Bits” quilts that you’ve seen is your favorite, and if, hypothetically, I was working on a line of patterns featuring different animals, what animal you’d like to see! ;) You can enter a second time by following me via your preferred social media; be sure to leave a comment stating you’ve done so in order to be counted!

See the previous post for a list of past stops on the Scrappy Bits Applique blog tour.

**Giveaway Closed. Congratulations Carmen! Thank you to everyone who participated!**