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.
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.
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- Only one entry per person. One winner will be selected.
- Contest will close this coming Wednesday, March 16th at midnight (EST).
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Last week’s winner of the Sublime Stitching giveaway was Carlin.