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Patchwork, Please!: Colorful Zakka Projects to Stitch and Give Paperback – April 9, 2013

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About the Author

Ayumi Takahashi is a regular contributor to Stitch magazine and spends her time between California and Japan. Her blog The Pink Penguin (ayumills.blogspot.com) averages upward of 10,000 unique visits a month. She lives in Japan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596685999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596685994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2013
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Zakka means more or less in Japanese "many things" but I think you could translate it "this and that." These are small projects done in patchwork, and they are the sorts of things you can enjoy making from bits and pieces of fabric, fat quarters and scraps. And if you like to sew, you probably wonder, what to do with all the tempting small pieces of fabric in the stash. There are a LOT of great ideas here.

What kind of machine do you need? "Basic", says the author, who uses a Janome DC4030*. But if your machine can do straight stitch with adjustable stitch length and zig-zag, you're in. And that would be just about any sewing machine, vintage or new. As to specialized presser feet, just a walking foot is the most exotic, as you will be quilting. You will need a rotary cutter and mat, and a few other items but this is basic sewing and quilting.

The projects just jumped off the page at me. I had been wanting to make a bucket bag with a drawstring top, to carry knitting projects, and lo, there was just the perfect bag on page 107. It's actually a shopping or market bag, a lined tote with a thinner, drawstring top. But that's exactly what I want, because the bottom part of the tote will sit up as I knit, and the drawstring will hold everything inside when I carry it.

There are a lot of other small bags, such as pencil cases and makeup bags. Of course there are bibs, aprons, coasters, towels, small fabric covered boxes, and a wall hanging doubling as a mail sorter. And pin cushions. These little projects make great gifts and they are satisfying as useful home items, like place mats and baby hats (there is a cute dragon hat, for example.)

The fabrics the author uses are "Forties", "Fifties" and "Sixties" retro, which I love.
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This book is adorable! I love Ayumi's blog, Pink Penguin, and the book reflects her style so well. It is broken down by category and I found that to be so helpful. I love that there is a project to be made for everyone, from adults to babies. Ayumi uses fabrics in such an inspiring way, that the book is as useful for eye candy as it is for the projects. The instructions are easy to follow and well written. A great addition for those who love zakka craft books or for anyone who likes to make useful little projects.

There is a sew along using this book, it can be found here: [...]
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I really love this book, and I love all the projects because they are so well-suited to gifting. However, Interweave, you really hosed those of us with no all-in-one printer because so many of the templates must be enlarged to make the projects (they are paper-pieced). *sigh. insert frowny face*
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If ou're looking for some good ideas then try this book. I had lots of scraps and now I don't.
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‘Zakka, which translates to “many things”, refers to objects that improve your home, life or appearance.’ This book contains nineteen small patchwork projects, things that can be made from scraps of fabric - those tempting, gorgeous small pieces of fabric that have too much potential to discard - and assorted fat quarters. I was drawn to the book by the cute pincushions on the cover, but there are at least four other projects I’d like to make.

In a very helpful, cheerful chapter on tools and materials, the author advises that only a basic sewing machine is required. All you really need is a machine that can do straight stitch with an adjustable stitch length, and a zigzag stitch. A walking foot for quilting will be handy (although I suspect a number of quilters would like to do some of these projects by hand). The other items – including a rotary cutter and mat – would be part of any patch worker or quilter’s inventory of supplies.

There’s a wonderful chapter on techniques, and paper-piecing is well explained. There are diagrams and templates for the applique and quilt pieces, and the projects detail the order of assembly. A possible drawback for some may be the need to enlarge the templates –especially if you don’t have easy access to a copier.

Many of these projects would appeal to those new to patchwork and quilting, and would be a great way to practice cutting and piecing skills.

I’ve fallen in love with the ‘You’ve Got Mail Wall Pocket’ (a wall hanging measuring 52 by 70 cm) and the ‘Swedish Bloom-Time Lap Quilt’, while the ‘Yum Yum Apple Bib’ and the ‘Prettified Pincushion’ would make great presents. Hmm. Where to start? I’ll let my fabric decide.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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pre-ordered this, and I love all the functional projects that I can make with it. Zakka style sewing, and its great for the beginner quilter.
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I'm a big fan Of Ayumi Takahashi and read her Blog, Pink Penguin. She has the best Tutorials for her free patterns and I love her style. She makes some really cute stuff and got me interested in Zakka style and fabrics from Japan. I feel the directions are concise enough even for a beginning sewer. Make sure you visit her blog and see the adorable log cabin pincushions she has made. I love the teabag pouch and the patchwork zip bag in this book. This book is worth buying if you are a fan of the Zakka style.
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