Playful Patchwork

Playful Patchwork : Happy, Colorful, and Irresistible Ideas and Instruction for Modern Piecework, Applique, and Quilting

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In Playful Patchwork, author Suzuko Koseki takes readers through a variety of different uses for fun, creative patchwork. The book shows step-by-step instruction and photos for piecework, applique, and quilting to inspire a diverse range of projects. Koseki provides hundreds of interesting combinations of colors, shapes, and patterns and how to use them to make beautiful purses and bags, quilts and pillows, hats and book covers, and much more. With Playful Patchwork the possibilities are endless.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 210 x 254 x 12.7mm | 517.1g
  • Creative Publishing International, US
  • Beverly, United States
  • English
  • 128 colour illustrations
  • 158923605X
  • 9781589236059
  • 87,145

About Suzuko Koseki

Born in Tokyo, Suzuko Koseki graduated from Bunka Fashion College. In 1978, she began studying patchwork with master quilter Chuck Nohara. In 1985, she was one of fifty exhibitors at Quilt Japan. In 1990, she won a special award in the International Quilting Exhibit at the International Gardening and Greenery Exhibition in Osaka and her work has appeared in many other exhibitions. She is also the author of the following title now available in English: Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colorful Life (Trumpeter, 2009).
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Koseki is a well-known Japanese quilter and fabric designer. Her pattern design is superlative too. The patchwork designs in this book are varied, gorgeous, colorful, intricate and oh so creative. Most of the fabrics used in the projects documented are too cute for words. If you are a fan of Japanese fabric and sewing style, you'd probably love the eye candy this book is! The first part of the book tackles basic piecing (straight-line and curved-line), applique and quilting techniques. There are instructions on making quilting blocks (including some really lovely ones on creating different flower designs). The detailed step-by-step tutorials are well written and so well illustrated with photos and diagrams that even a relative newbie patchworker like I am can understand and follow them. I believe the intricacy of the designs would also make this book an attractive one for intermediate or experienced sewers wishing to improve their patchwork skills or exercise their creativity. In a later chapter, the patchwork blocks created from the earlier tutorials are used for a range of projects including some cute bags, quilts, potholders and pillows. Useful patchwork tips are scattered throughout the book and Koseki gives suggestions on matching fabrics and colors. Best of all, full-sized paper patterns are attached. I'm not the most patient sewer so it's unlikely I'll tackle many of the projects but if any book will inspire me to sit down and cut, piece and sew patchwork projects, this is probably it. If you love patchwork, I'd say this is a must have book. If you love sewing, ditto. If you love looking at gorgeous, colorful, fun crafts, you'd probably enjoy this more
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