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When Patricia Belyea came to me for some fabric to be used in quilts for her upcoming book, "East Meets West Quilts", I had no idea that her book would exceed all my expectations for artistic expression, finely written instructions, gorgeous photos, and historical tidbits and cultural insights. Her improv quilts based on the Hachi Quilt rules, or Manifesto as she calls it, are bright, exciting, and totally new! Using Japanese yukata cottons and contemporary prints, alongside solids and sashiko inspired quilting, the Hachi quilt patterns will inspire anyone who has a stash of Japanese fabrics to get them out and being a new creative endeavor. Myself included! I highly recommend this book for any quilter as it will take them on a wonderful artistic journey into improv and the world of Japanese inspired quilting!
Thank you, Patricia, for this fantastic book!
Improv quilting, in which quilt designs emerge organically as fabric is cut and stitched, is simple, popular, and fun. In this book, expert quilter Patricia Belyea offers improv instruction and shares her appealing Quilt Manifesto of five simple rules. While providing quilters with a starting point, the fifth rule of the Manifesto, “Break any rule you like,” opens the door to creative freedom. (However, the solid instructions allow even the rule-breakers to create beautiful quilts on the first try).
Fourteen projects combine authentic Japanese yukata cottons and contemporary fabrics; each is finished with bold hand-stitching. The quilt-making process is presented in detail, and each quilt shows the irresistible wabi-sabi influence of Japanese design. The sense of discovery in each project is inspiring and out of the ordinary.