Casey York’s Modern Appliqué Illusions! Blog Tour

UPDATE!! The winner of the book drawing is Nancy Evans! Thank you everyone for reading and commenting.

We are so excited to be the final posting on the blog tour for Casey York‘s new book, Modern Appliqué Illusions!  We have enjoyed Casey’s designs and articles in Modern Quilts Unlimited, and have had a great time getting to know her at Quilt Markets and other shows.

Casey’s book is about perspective and illusion using line and space. Using these techniques you can turn a flat design into a 3-D image, make colors pop forward or softly recede and use shadows to emphasize images. Strolling through the pages is simply FUN!

Casey's Book


Using themes of Architecture, Nature and Concepts, Casey makes quilts that defy classification – they are at once modern, art, with traditional appliqué aspects as well.One of my favorite quilts is Casey’s GROVE. A study in light and shadow, it makes me want to wander through her world!



Another example of simplicity yet a powerful message is RIVERBEND. Casey kept the background stitching minimal, which only enhanced the haunting image. I want to know where this river comes from, and where it is going!


Casey’s admitted favorite is RIPPLES. The concentric circles give the illusion of moving water, and the drop shadows further act to make it appear as if you are looking down into a pool.

fish casey york

Casey and C&T Publishing/Stash Books have graciously offered to give away a book to one of our lucky readers.  (The giveaway is open internationally – a US winner will get a hard copy book, an international winner will get an electronic copy.)  If you are not the lucky winner or you just can’t wait, Casey is selling signed copies of her book on her website. Just leave us a comment below and we will b e sure you get the book! 

In addition, Casey is also doing posts on her blog during the blog tour that provide more information about her inspiration and process.

Check out all the other stops on the tour:

11/10: C&T Publishing

11/11: Jenifer Dick/42 Quilts

11/12: Debbie Grifka/Esch House Quilts

11/13: Pink Chalk Studio

11/14: Shannon Brinkley/Bottle Tree

11/15: Pellon

11/16: Kevin Kosbab/Feed Dog Designs

11/17: Generation Q Magazine

11/18: Krista Robbins/Sew What’s Cooking?

11/19: Fat Quarter Shop/Jolly Jabber

11/20: Violet Craft

11/21: Kristy Daum/St. Louis Folk Victorian

11/22: Cindy Lammon/Hyacinth Quilt Designs

16 Responses to Casey York’s Modern Appliqué Illusions! Blog Tour

  1. This was a great blog tour. I love the projects and techniques in Casey’s book. Thanks for the review and chance to win a copy of the book.

  2. I NEED this book! I love using color and pattern to acheive a more dimensional look to a flat quilt! Thanks!

  3. I’ve really enjoyed reading each post and seeing the quilts. They are truly a work of art and reading the behind the scenes work was very inspirational. I think I could even make one of these. Thanks for your participation.

  4. This is the book I have been waiting to have in my library for several years. I think it will help me improve the look of future projects. Thanks for being part of the tour.

  5. I would love to take a walk in Casey’s world with you! Such a creative and inventive mind. winning the book would be the second best thing.

  6. Pine valley qiluts is a great name for a blog. It sounds like a wonderful place. We have lots of pine trees in Western Canada where I live- they are gorgeous to look at and fun to decorate at Christmas. I think that you have made two gorgeous projects for your giveaway.My choice would be the lovely tablerunner.Thanks for participating in the bloghop.Regards from Western Canada,Anna

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