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Japanese Quilt Inspirations: 15 Easy-to-Make Projects That Make the Most of Japanese Fabrics [Paperback]

Susan Briscoe
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14 April 2011

This is a gorgeous and practical guide to combining Japanese fabrics and traditional Oriental quilting style with fast, super-easy techniques. All the quilt designs are accompanied with beautiful photography and clear diagrams to support the text instructions.

Each of the ten quilts is made up in two different colourways for maximum inspiration, and instructions are shown for how to finish them using both as hand and machine quilted designs. Quilt designs include traditional Japanese motifs such as fans and kimonos. The instructions include traditional Japanese quilting techniques such as Sashiko.

As an added bonus, there are also simple-to-make homestyle projects for using up leftover quilt blocks. Japanese patchwork style is incredibly versatile, and the finished projects will be at home in the most modern interiors as well as rustic cottages. These quilted  projects include a Rice Bag, Floor Cushion and Table Runner.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338278
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susan Briscoe was introduced to Japanese quilting techniques in the early 1990s when teaching English in northern Japan. She is the author of The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook and Japanese Sashiko Inspirations. For more information visit: www.susanbriscoe.co.uk

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 28 May 2011
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
I love Japanese fabrics and designs so I was very excited when I came accross this book. Fortunately I was right to be so, this book is amazing! It is full of absolutely gorgeous Japanese fabrics and stunning photography really showcasing the quilts and other projects in the books.

There are 10 different quilt projects based on traditional Japanese sources and inspirations as well as other projects such as bags, cushions and a table runner to the rear of the book. Each of the projects have detailed instructions as well as several colourful diagrams and useful tips scattered throughout.

There is an introduction to Japanese fabrics & motifs at the front of the book as well as a techniques guide at the rear of the book. The quilts are designed to let the fabrics be the focus, using the easiest methods to create the maximum effect. If like me you have a love of all things Japanese hurry and buy this book now!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous! 9 Nov 2011
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I bought this book because a friend is "into" all things Japanese and I wanted some inspiration in order to make her a quilt as a present. I am so very glad that I did, and ended up making two quilts as gifts, using some of the block patterns and ideas to create two quite different "quillow" lap quilts (smaller quilts that fold up into a pocket to make a cushion when not in use - the book doesn't actually give "quillow" instructions, I hasten to say, but they're easy to make and instructions are available from beginners' quilting books). I haven't yet given them to their recipients, as they are awaiting special occasions towards the end of the year, but have shown them to lots of people, all of whom have been very generous with their praise, so I'm pretty sure they'll be well received.

The book not only gives clear instructions for making the quilts (and some smaller items as well), but provides interesting reading matter, giving lots of information about the origins of the block patterns, with their names, and about Japanese life and traditions. The illustrations are sumptuous and inspiring, showing the quilts in lots of alternative fabrics and colourways. None of them seems to be greatly complicated, and most of them could be managed by a competent quilter with only a little experience.

An unexpected bonus for me was that, on my visit to the Chilford Quilt Show, near Cambridge, at the beginning of this month (November 2011), to my surprise and delight, all the quilts shown in the book were exhibited (and many were offered for sale as well)! Even though the photographs in the book are wonderful, I was amazed to find that the originals are even more beautiful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just had to have this. 29 Aug 2011
Saw a pattern from this book in a magazine and decided to order it, not the most advanced projects but some nice ideas for using "Japanese" fabrics. Also included is a little background information on each project which I found interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Quilt Inspirations 2 Aug 2011
By Andy
A truly inspirational book - beautiful quilts with full instructions and helpful hints. Also includes interesting background information about the more traditional designs and a list of suppliers of authentic Japanese fabrics. Brilliant!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by Japan 10 May 2011
Susan Briscoe presents her own inimitable interpretation of Japanese style with patterns featuring fat quarters, strip rolls and more. The book features 10 quilts, floor cushion, tote bag and table runner. I liked some but not all the designs. The instructions are clear, the photography is good and overall this is an excellent book which should lead you on to develop this theme further. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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