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East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs Paperback – October 17, 2017
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Coincidentally, our Guild's annual meeting featured a class (Doodle Piecing) with Patricia last weekend so I now know, first hand, what a gifted teacher she is. The class was thoroughly enjoyable! New tips and tricks were learned (yes, they ARE in the book!). Patricia Belyea is such an attentive teacher and her instruction is clear and un-fussy and those are the qualities that come across in this beautiful book; clear instruction, paired with bountiful photographs and illustrations. Patricia gives thoughtful consideration of how to best present the "how to" information and a "Haichi Quilt Manifesto" (page 17) features five easy "rules" to follow. My personal favorite is #5.
The featured quilts are simply pieced, but are surprisingly elegant and the directions allow the beautiful yukata fabrics to really shine. Of course, having yukata or Japanese fabric, is certainly not a requirement because any fabrics that you fancy will work. Personally, I am especially enamoured with the combination of beautiful yukata fabrics paired with the soothing quality of solids....but there really is something for everyone's tastes in this lushly photographed, beautiful book.
I always take notice when Abrams (one of my all time favorite publishers) prints an art related book...they know their business and choose only the freshest, most interesting, topics.
I feel that this book will have wide appeal ....and that you too will be delighted with this book.....
Okan Arts, which is owned by the author, is an incredible source for Yukata fabric which she imports directly from Japan. If you are fortunate enough to take a workshop from Patricia, you will find that her teaching embodies the principles in the book.
This book is a feast for the senses. The quilts are original, vibrant, examples of contemporary modern quilting with an Asian flair. The information is presented in a highly visual format with excellent guidelines on how to design and construct improvisational quilts of your own. This book is a must for every contemporary quilter’s library!