Playful Patchwork book review

I have been obsessed with patchwork for a long time – I think it reminds me of the clothes my mom sewed for me when I was little.  I had the cutest patchwork vest.  I still love it after all these years, and I’ve always wanted to know how to sew patchwork successfully.  For those of you who don’t know, I have been sewing since I was ten.  Yep, I’m not just a Mod Podger!  It was delightful to review Playful Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki, and before I go on, I want to mention that the author is from Japan and I’m praying big time for her whole country.  Thumbs down to natural disasters.

This book was a delight to review, and more than lived up to its title of “happy, colorful and irresitible.”  Koseki studied with a master quilter starting in the 70s, so if there’s one thing I can say about her it’s that she’s the expert.  You can definitely tell from this book.  Here are my five favorite things about Playful Patchwork.

1.  It’s a modern approach.  I think sometimes patchwork and quilting get a bad rap because they have been around so long – but there are ways of making old crafts new again, even with simple geometrics.  Koseki’s designs are fresh, simple and pleasing to the eye.

2.  The book consists of smaller projects.  I don’t have a lot of time to sew (the Mod Podge is always calling!) so I appreciate quick and easy projects that make a big splash.  I see a lot of great home decor and gift ideas in this book.  I also think it’s a great way to learn to patchwork if you are interested in quilting – this book can be the foundation before you try a bigger quilt.

3.  Each chapter consists of a gallery and then projects.  The galleries are awesome and inspirational, and then after the gallery section you actually get the projects.  The projects are divided into lessons, so you learn one thing at a time.  It’s less overwhelming and by the end you have a completed piece without having been stressed.

4.  The how-to photos are some of the best I’ve seen.  I really know nothing about patchwork and quilting, so the hand shots are HUGE for me.  I read through several sets of instructions and I feel very confident that I could mimic the steps – I also feel that the author showed the most important steps so that I won’t get lost.

5.  A full-sized pattern sheet is included with the book.  Thank you, thank you Ms. Koseki.  I have to admit that a lot of times when I’m sewing I don’t like to think.  Giving me patterns not only helps me not to have to think, but also saves me time.  I appreciate that.

I’m so happy to be giving away a copy of Playful Patchwork.  I guarantee you are going to love this book, even if you are a beginner sewer.  You CAN learn from it.  Here are the rules.

  1. Comment on THIS blog entry. Say anything you’d like to!
  2. Only one entry per person. One winner will be selected.
  3. Contest will close this coming Wednesday, March 16th at midnight (EST).
  4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.

Last week’s winner of the Sublime Stitching giveaway was Carlin.


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  4. Nikki says

    OMG! This looks soo exciting!! I’m getting ready to take a sewing class at a Japanese store that does things similar to this so it’s a great supplement to what I’m going to be learning.

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  8. Annette W. says

    I am definitely a beginner sewer! I’d love to try something in this book!
    net.livelearnlove at gmail dot com

  9. Deb says

    Keeping the author and her family in my prayers. I sew but have never quilted, this looks like a great place to get started. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Lea-Ann says

    What a cool book! I’m so glad that folks can still put out books and that everything isn’t online. I’m such a “craft from print” person. Even when I want to craft something online I have to print it out.
    Hope I win the book!

  11. Melissa P says

    Patchwork sure has come a long way. That it continues to evolve is a source of constant joy for me. This book looks very inspirational–for all levels.

  12. arlette says

    I’m really sad with the quake in Japan, my prayers and thoughts are with them. Hope they find inner peace soon…
    I’d love the chance to win the book, looks extra cute, and I don’t mind to make all the projects!!!, please throw my name in the hat, and pick me :), ty

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  14. Amanda says

    Ooh that book looks like a lot of fun. I did patchwork once in school but have always wanted to try it again!

  15. Ima Weed says

    The colorful designs in this book seem to call out ‘have fun’ and it sounds like the fun would be easy to make.

  16. Becky says

    Oh wow, this looks like a great book. I’m a quilter and have never seen this one! Very fun!

  17. Plush Possum Studio says

    Okay, so for obvious reasons (namely, your generosity earlier this year) we are not here for your giveaway. :)
    We are in LOVE with the teacosy!!!!
    Rose & Studio Friends

  18. Heather says

    Wow what neat projects! I’ve been teaching myself to sew and would love to win this, and it sounds like it’s a great teaching tool!

    Thanks as always for your giveaways!


  19. catnap says

    First, heart-felt prayers to everyone in Japan, and everyone with loved ones in Japan. Second, I like this fresh approach to an old craft. Fun ideas.

  20. Catherine says

    Patchwork is such fun and this book looks like a great blend of vintage and modern feels.

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  22. Speckled Kat says

    Oh how I want…no need that adorable pillow! I have no idea how to sew, but boy do I want to learn, and making patchwork items is so eclectic and wonderful it’s high on my list of “to learn and to do”.
    pick me pick me!

  23. Amanda says

    I’ve had this book in my amazon shopping cart waiting for it to go on sale!! It looks wonderful; I would love to win a copy!!

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  25. Donna Brady says

    From what you have shared that book is amazing. I am a beginner quilter and just attended the Original Sewing and Quilt EXPO at the Gwinnett Center.

    I would love to have this book…as it would really help me in this new crafting journey!

  26. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says

    What crafter couldn’t use the occasional inspiration?!! Fun giveaway!

  27. Sharde says

    love the blog. i just decoupaged a clipboard for school! love it.

    and btw, i really love your blog! today i did a refashion that i think you’d like, a lace-cut out t-shirt that is no-sew! and easy to do with very little time.
    come and visit me at:

    thanks! sharde

  28. Anita says

    Oh my word, love that tea cozy! The book looks fabulous and has so many cute ideas, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!!

  29. Tish says

    Thanks for reviewing this great sounding book for us. The tote bags are adorable and would hold lots of crafty things.

  30. Anonymous says

    This looks like a lovely book with such new and fresh ideas.
    My heart goes out to those in Japan and I pray that this does not happen again. H in UK

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    I’ve looking for something like for my work with Seniors!

  33. VickiT says

    Wow. That does look like a must have book judging by those pictures you’ve shown. I adore the pillow with the purple fabric which is on the white chair near the beginning of your post. Very cool. I’ve been learning quilting over the past year but have not done any applique yet although that’s actually where my focus has been recently. I won an awesome wall hanging quilted applique pattern recently and have been afraid to start working on it so far. I need to just jump into that but never doing the applique process before I am dragging my feet. I would love to win this book as I’m sure it has excellent information.
    Thank you for the review and chance to win.

  34. lilms_sassy says

    i had just gotten out my fabric and some other books on applique, must be kismet.

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  36. Katie says

    Your book reviews and give aways are so awesome! I love sewing and would love this book.

  37. Susana says

    I love your blog, I read it everday, like you Modpodge is always calling so i love easy sewing projects. Yay! I hope I win!

  38. kellyisascrapdiva says

    This looks such a neat book. I have been praying for the people in Japan as well. Thank you!

  39. lavendarrose29 says

    This book looks fantastic. I too loved the patchwork vests my Granny would make for us.

  40. Jane Jeffress Thomas says

    What delightful projects!!! I just made a donation to help the Japanese.

    jane1 at cp-tel dot net

  41. Ann says

    Funny thing: I haven’t the least urge to sew, but my husband has always had an interest in quilting. Perhaps a few small pieces of patchwork would help him expand that interest?

  42. elisekayem says

    This looks great! Would love to try out some of these projects!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

  43. ac.Holy says

    Reminds me of the stuff my grandma used to make but with a moder twist! If I can’t win it I’ll definitely try to find the extra money to buy it, thanks for sharing about it! Also praying and thinking about all the people in Japan.

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