Japanese Quilt Blocks Paperback – 10 Apr 2007
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'I don't think there are many quilters who won't get something from this informative and useful book.' Popular Patchwork (June 2007)
About the Author
Susan Briscoe is a textile designer, author and teacher, specializing in sashiko and Japanese textile design. After graduating in visual art and design, Susan worked as an English teacher in Japan, where she also studied the tea ceremony, traditional textiles, and kimono design and tailoring. Susan has created design kits for Japanese patchwork fabrics, published textile projects in books and magazines, and demonstrates her work at quilt and textile shows.
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The bulk of the book is taken up by a 'block directory' with 132 blocks of varying types and intricacy detailed. The pictures are of very high quality and the construction of each block is explained in both simple diagrams and text. For inspiration, there are also pictures of finished quilts using the blocks in different ways although the emphasis is very much upon building your own design using the blocks as a basis. This is an approach which I think encourages creativity and demonstrates the book's versatility.
There is a brief summary of quilting techniques, fabric types, equipment etc. but if you are new to quilting (like me) I would recommend buying this book alongside "Compendium of Quilting Techniques" by the same author. I would recommend "Japanese Quilt Blocks" to quilters of all levels of experience and ability, even those who have hitherto not had more than a passing interest in Japanese textiles.
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