Applique is blooming with a whirlwind of color in these garden-inspired projects From dapper birds sporting shades to a lazy ant under a cornstalk canopy, the images are meant to spark a smile and pleasant memories. Fanciful pieced backgrounds are enhanced with bold, imaginative applique in quilt patterns for various levels of traditional and art quilters. Through the use of a craft iron-on backing, the author has eliminated traditional steps of turning edges, as well as the need for additional tear-away stabilizers. The images are easy to finish with soft edges and a minimal number of pieces. This same simplicity allows more experienced quilters to further embellish the images. Examples of embellishments with a multitude of techniques are shown throughout the book. Your sense of humor will shine through as this popular pattern designer helps you create a bevy of botanical enchantment. Mickey's masterful fabric and color combinations will inspire you to cultivate creativity, and her detailed instructions and tips will make your fabric garden grow."