One of the first Japanese sewing books I bought was Machine Made Patchworks by Suzuko Koseki because I was enthralled by her creative use of colour and print, and her wonderful way of combining fabrics. When I noticed she had a new book about to be published (and in English) , I ordered Playful Patchwork and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival. It did not disappoint when it arrived yesterday!
Playful Patchwork is divided into chapters on Straight Line Piecework, Curved Line Piecework, Appliqué, Quilting, and Projects. In each chapter she shows how to make a range of blocks using the technique, and then these blocks are used in a variety of projects from coasters, pot holders, bags etc.
There are picture tutorials/lessons showing step by step how each block is constructed, so the book would be very useful for the patchwork beginner, but still has plenty of inspiration and irresistible ideas for more experienced sewists. There are lots of “patchwork pointers” throughout to give you some of the tricks of the trade. Full sized patterns are included.
I bought Playful Patchwork from The Book Depository. (You gotta love the free shipping!)
To find out more about Suzuko Koseki, you can read a lovely account by Ayumi over at Pink Penguin, who recently had the pleasure of meeting her at the Tokyo Quilt Festival.
We would like to warmly welcome our newest sponsor, Jodie from The Haby Goddess. The Haby Goddess is an Australian online store that sells an exciting range of haberdashery and craft supplies, craft mags and books, and much more.