There are so many great book review blog hops going on right now! I was very excited to be invited to join in the fun for Sumiko Fujita's 318 Patchwork Patterns. This book is not new. It was originally published in Japanese in 2005. After being out of print and hard to find for years, World Book Media has finally released an English version.
Even though the title is '318 Patchwork Patterns,' the book contains an amazing collection of applique designs too. If you are looking for strict patchwork, check out the other bloggers in the blog hop below. They will knock your socks off.
I am an applique girl at heart, and a collector (hoarder) of Japanese fabrics, so stitching up this little design was a real treat for me.
I'm not a classic needle-turn applique girl either, though. I love modern straight stitch, raw edge applique. So I enlarged and printed the pattern onto some HeatnBond EZ Print sheets, cut out the pieces, and fused them to some of the new Lecien fabrics that I bought at Quilt Market. I only left a seam allowance on the sides of the petals...
so I could piece the flower together before fusing it to my tote pieces. I left the paper backings on for this part too. I think it helped me piece more precisely.
The handles were an experiment. I played around with some kraft-tex from C&T. This stuff is kind of like fabric, they say it's like leather, and although it looks a bit like paper it's totally washable. I soaked the strips in boiling water to soften and distress them a bit before I sewed them on with buttons. I'm having lots of fun with the kraft-tex so I'm sure you'll see it again from me soon.
I'm discovering that the trick to making cute Japanese-looking projects is to use Japanese fabrics. Duh. I think I need to take a trip over there to get a closer look :)
Make sure you visit some of the other bloggers in this hop to see some amazing patchwork. The links are below. And then enter to win your own copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns!
October 20: Kerry from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com
October 22: Penny from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
October 24: Angela from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
October 27: Amy from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
October 29: Amber from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
October 31: Latifah from www.thequiltengineer.com
November 3: Charise from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
November 5: Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
November 7: Amy from http://duringquiettime.com
November 10: Faith from www.freshlemonquilts.com
November 12: Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
November 14: Rashida from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com
The giveaway will run until midnight on November 17th and then a random winner will be chosen. Good luck!