Sunday, October 28, 2012
Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece: Yoko Saito in English
It is unusual that I am this excited about a book. I have been waiting for this one in my heart for perhaps more than 10 years.
Was it worth the wait? What do you think.
What: "Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece"
By: Yoko Saito (my favorite!)
ISBN: 978-1-59668-858-2 published by Interweave press.
Juicy Details: This book consists of 29 projects. Methods used are mostly hand piecing and hand applique although you could at times find a machine handy for some of the bag construction.
I have not seen this book published in Japanese, rather it seems like a collection of 'greatest hits' from some of her Japanese publications. I like the selection that was chosen.
Many are bags, some are small wall quilts. There is also an apron, and some smaller items like sewing kits and thread holders.
On the back cover there is mention that she has an exhibit called the Yoko Saito Quilt Exhibition at the Matsuya department store in Ginza. AAAhhh!!! How did I not visit this when I was in Tokyo recently!!! This is on my short list for next time.
It would take a long time to start at the beginning of this book and make all the projects in it. I am thinking a couple of the bags would be a good place to start.
Fold out patterns are monster huge. Some of the designs need to be enlarged by 200%.
How to get it: I just ordered it online
Ok, end of my book report. I'll leave you with this: It's Yoko Saito, it's in English, it's beautiful, inspirational, and your collection of quilt books probably won't be complete without it.
In other news:
I picked up some vintage Libbey Frosted Gold Leaf Glasses on Etsy: cheap thrill, makes you feel either like you're in the Mad Men TV show, or that you're a kid again if you're old like me.
I've also had enough of my ear buds getting tangled up. If I can muster the energy, I may knit some eye cord around them as show on Wonderfully Awkward.
Thinking of knitting some supertiny vampire bat toys. Gosh only a couple more days before Halloween.
Blocking a knit dress for my tiny-niece. Photos of it as soon as it's dry! You'll have to let me know if it came out as cute as the one made by Posey Gets Cozy.