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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571200851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571200853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Wat had mastered techniques of origami many years before learning to quilt. She had used origami for home decorating and gift-wrapping but had never seen the connection between quilting and traditional Japanese paper folding. Then one day, she tried folding fabric instead of paper and began an exploration that has culminated in this book. A quilt and wearable-art designer, she now uses folded fabric to add dimension and surface interest to her designs and teaches the technique to quilters eager to expand their skills. This book includes detailed instructions for reproducing in fabric eight basic paper folding designs: folded stars, diamonds, inside-out flowers, folded roses, twirled roses, pinwheels, polygon flowers, and kimonos. Once these fabric-folding techniques are mastered, the reader is free to move on to the 22 projects (vests, quilts, pillows, etc.) featuring the origami designs. This book is a good choice for expanding public library quilting collections. One caution: even though the quilting projects use traditional origami folding techniques, their modern designs are unrelated to traditional Japanese quilting. Libraries wishing to acquire books on Japanese quilting should consider Kumiko Sudo's Circles of the East: Quilt Designs from Ancient Japanese Family Crests (NTC/Contemporary Bks., 1997) or Takako Onoyama and others' Honoring the Seasons: Patterns from Japan's Quilt House Yama (Martingale, 1996. o.p.).
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rebecca Wat, quiltmaker and origami expert, lives in San Carlos, California.

More About the Author

Rebecca Wat is an origami expert and a quilt designer. Her idea to apply origami techniques to quilting has resulted in the birth of a new kind of three-dimensional quilt. She has appeared on HGTV to demonstrate her techniques. Her work has been featured by various domestic and foreign quilting magazines, as well as in international quilt shows and museums. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is committed to sharing her quilting experience and ideas through writing and teaching.

Customer Reviews

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I can't wait to get started!
A. Brant
I love the folding techniques used to make beautiful flowers for quilting and craft projects.
Marly
Book is well illustrated, directions easy to follow.
Shirley G. Hemmings

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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Kaori Kral on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Compared to many quilting books, this one is easy to use and offers fresh ideas. It provides detailed step-by-step instructions with photographs. There are photos on almost every page--this makes the book more stimulating than many quilting books that rely on black and white diagrams and drawings. In addition to the table of contents, the book offers a useful index and bibliography. With this book, even people who have never done origami (or used folding techniques) can add this method to their quilting. However, this may not be the book for those who want to make quilts that look traditionally Japanese. The book's kimono designs are very Japanese looking, but the quilting arrangements are not typically Japanese. For those interested in making authentically Japanese looking quilts, I would recommend "Honoring the Seasons" (1996) by Takako Onoyama. Still, "Fantastic Fabric Folding" is a great book for those who would like to add some Japanese flavor and new designs to their quilts.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By richard bostwick on October 31, 2000
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I loved doing paper origami when I was a child and this book brought back fond memories. It is a fabulous and fun book that is very user friendly. The illustrations are detailed and colorful, the instructions are complete and easy to follow. There are a number of project ideas that are intended to inspire creativity.
Another positive is the organization - there is a complete table of contents and index which is very helpful. This is definitely a must add to your wish list!
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2001
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A very well written instruction, and project book. Clear, concise instructions, graphics great, and the projects are varied, and not difficult.
I would recommend this book to beginners, even children and teen-agers I think, who are craft minded, would love the fabric folding, and the many ways in which to use the flowers.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. GAROFALO on August 22, 2000
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I recieved this book as a gift, as I am always trying something new. While not traditionally Japanese, this book has wonderful techniques, beautiful photography and instructions. The projects included offer a wide range of intrest. It has generated my "creative juices" and I can't wait to get started. All quilt enthusists should add this one to thier collection.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Georgie-Anne Holder on November 13, 2002
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This book is a lot of fun. It's pictures are beautiful and the diagrams and illustation informative. You'll want to try every fold in the book. Some of the quilts made with these folds I would be afraid to wash but they are beautiful and a joy to try.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on August 8, 2006
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I love this book to look at. The flowers are beautiful, and the projects are as well. However, the instructions and illustrations are poor. Some of them are photographs using dark fabric, so you cannot see what the directions are describing. I found it impossible to figure out several of the folded projects. I have done origami and all sorts of other craft, quilting, and sewing projects, so am not a novice to following directions. This book has been a disappointment because I can't figure out how to make all the things I see in it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MG Walton on September 21, 2006
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This book gave me some good ideas for adding something different to my quilts. At first glance the instructions appear simple but some of the photos and diagrams need to be studied quite carefully to achieve the desired result. I found practising with paper first, on some flowers, helpful as the paper holds it's fold. However that is a disadvantage with other flowers. Experimentation is probably the way to go. Some flowers would not be pratical on quilts that require washing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marly on November 5, 2006
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This is a wonderful book, very well illustrated, plus easy to follow techniques which are very helpful. I love the folding techniques used to make beautiful flowers for quilting and craft projects. I recommend it highly.
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