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Quilting Line and Color: Techniques and Designs for Abstract Quilts Paperback – February 8, 2011

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"The elegant use of white in Yoshiko's abstract quilts gives them a unique and artful appearance. Her meticulously designed and executed quilts include elements of the Modern quilting style, yet go a few steps further into Modern art territory...Stunning, inspirational and thought provoking." - Machine Quilting Unlimited

Praise for author's previous title, Quilt Artistry:

"Many quilters are inspired by colors or prints. For this collection of minimal, graphic quilts, Jinzenji was inspired by white. This leads to some surprisingly eye-catching works of fabric art. Jinzenji takes traditional patchwork in a bold, graphic direction, incorporates appliqued lines of code on a white background, and uses sheer fabric to add dimension to her quilts. Full instructions and patterns are provided for 30 projects, several of which could be attempted by beginning quilters. It's exciting to see an artist make something commonplace--the quilt--so radically different." - Library Journal

"Inspiration, practical information, and beautiful photography make this book a winner." - Piecework

"The serenity of the chosen textiles presented in such peaceful settings is amplified by her stunning workmanship and enchanting photography." - Yvonne Porcella, founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates

"This book is as beautiful as her quilts, and reveals the mystery behind some of the best of her works." - Joe Cunningham, author of Quilting with Style

"Yoshiko's work is a rarity even in the world of art-to-wear and its non-wearable textile art relatives: utterly unique." - Dana De Zoysa, Curled Up with a Good Book

"...beautiful, inspiring...The subtler works, those with only a few shades and tones of color are the epitome of sophistication." - Lauren Camp, Surface Design Journal

"It is [a] feast for both the eyes and soul." - The Professional Quilter

"Yoshiko Jinzenji can see the universe in a quilt block." - The Paducah Sun

About the Author

Yoshiko Jinzenji has been quilting for more than three decades and teaching for two. During her thirty years of artisanal quiltmaking, she has synthesized a wide range of cultural styles, and her work has been exhibited around the world, with pieces in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design, The Victoria and Albert Museum, New England Quilt Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art at The University of Kansas. Yoshiko has authored multiple books, including Quilt Artistry, and teaches quilting and fabric dyeing in Japan and in Bali.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683334
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The quilts, pillows, and other projects in this book are great abstract designs. There are detailed instructions, but very little information on her process of design. This is a project book, clear and simple. Pages 10-56 are the gallery. The rest of the pages 57 - 192 are instructions. Viewing the gallery was extremely frustrating. I found myself cleaning my glasses and trying different pairs in an effort to see the details. It was as if I had voile over my eyes. The photographer chose to blur most of the images - very artsy, but not helpful to a quilter. Many of the quilts are shown like the one on the cover, some of it in focus, the rest blurring. I hoped that on the instruction pages the quilts would be shown full on and in focus, but the photos are the same ones from the gallery made even smaller. I've always liked the way Kaffe Fassett and Liza Lucy's quilts are shown. First there is a photo with atmosphere - quilts on terrazzo floors, stone walls, over a barn door, etc, but in the instruction section there is a large full view of the quilt. How else can you really understand how the quilt is made? I found this book perplexing. Since this is meant to instruct you, why not show a clear and detailed photo of each piece? No pair of glasses will help you see these out of focus quilts.
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I had this on my wish list as a pre-order, and it was gifted to me. I was very eager to get it, and was extremely disappointed almost immediately. The photography is terrible, with much of the projects pictured out of focus. Although I love this artist's work, I was expecting to be blown away by a varied display of her work and inspired. Unfortunately, many of the projects are very similar to each other, and a little flat. I was especially surprised to see that the majority of the book is dedicated to very technical descriptions for making the projects. The how-to section is almost entirely black and white, with very gray, small black-and-white photographs that make it feel like a dated textbook.

As a serious modern quilter, who tries to be innovative and find ways to do my own unique style, I really look to these books for inspiration. Unfortunately, this book wasn't the "eye candy" I was hoping for.

I did like reading about the artist's career and the development of her quilting style. I just wish the book would have been bursting with beautiful pictures of projects that made me think and want to create my own version.
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I have been eagerly awaiting delivery of this ever since I preordered it in September, based only on the cover photo and the brief description. It's even better than I expected, with brilliant inspiration on every page. The simple, yet dramatic designs are beautiful and contemporary, even though they are mostly based on traditional quilt techniques. I have already thought of several ways to use these ideas to create my own unique designs.

It would be a great book even if it were just photos and descriptions of the quilts, but there are complete instructions for every quilt, and an envelope inside the back cover with patterns and templates for all. Just a terrific resource that can be enjoyed equally by quiltmakers of any skill level. The designs are simple enough for beginners to execute, and experienced quilters will love the new ways of dealing with fabric and design presented here.
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This is the most creative, yet also the most technically complete, quilting book that I have ever seen. Ms. Jinzenji's quilt artwork uses transparent tunnels of yarn and felt, designs mimicking digital information, tiny patchwork codes, transparent seam allowances, and plenty of negative (in her case, white) space to flout traditional quilting construction. Yet every quilt shown is completely diagrammed, and steps within steps are diagrammed as well. I had not thought it possible nor even prudent for her to provide this information in such an exacting way but it frees every quilter to use her methods his or her own way. Yes, the edges of the pictures of the quilts (but, in my opinion, not the quilts themselves) are blurred and photographed with the most spare of supports, also in white; while in my opinion this is attractive, any ambiguity is more than compensated for by the instructions themselves. Using Japanese diagram methods, written in English, the tiny details of construction are more easily followed than if more usual strip measurements alone were provided. For example, it is possible to check your work by the varying distances given from, say, the inside of the top border to the inside of the bottom border, or by the length of a diagonal edge or seam allowance relative to other portions of the quilt. The diagrams use some color but are generally done with a gray scale, which in my view helps transmit the intricacy of construction of these quilts. All are set attractively on an off-white background. The quality of production, paper, and instruction is at least equal, in my opinion, to the Kaffe Fassett/Liza Lucy books, which I have always admired. Added now is an additional layer of creativity, literally and figuratively. Kudos to Ms. Jinzenji.
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