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Apr 11, 2013

Patchwork 318 by Kumiko Fujita

Apr 11, 2013
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Last time my hubby went to Japan, I asked my friend Mari to hunt a down a copy of Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork 318 for me.  It costs a pretty penny because it is out of print.  But I consider myself a collector of quilting/sewing books, so I bought it for myself as a xmas present.

patchwork 318

I just drool over the paper piecing I see Charise, Amy and Kerry do.  It always looks so cute and feminine.  I thought I'd give it a try to see how I could do.

I sketched the block in EQ7 so I could scale it to an 8" block.  And then I started thinking about fabric choices.  Oh my!  I don't think I've agonized over fabrics this much ever.  I think it must take a bit of practice to be able to visualize how the little bits of fabric will look when used in novelty blocks like this.  I guess like everything else in quilting - practice, practice, practice!

cake block 318

So now she is done.  I'm not quite sure where to go with her from here, so I think I'll just hang it in my sewing room until the inspiration strikes.
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6 comments:

  1. Incredible! also, I'm having serious book jealousy!! I hope someone decides to publish a digital edition of this because there is no way I could afford that giant price tag at the moment ;)

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  2. Beautiful block and the fabrics are perfect!
    Thanks for linking to Charise's blog - I hadn't seen it before and you are right, her work is amazing!

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  3. Thanks for mentioning me in some really nice company too. I love your block. I think you have hit upon something...fabric choices are so important in paper piecing. I spend at least as long mulling over my fabrics as I do sewing each block. Lucky you-I don't have that book but it looks inspirational.

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  4. I also have such a hard time choosing fabrics in a project like that. Kerry does a beautiful job and Amitie Textiles also does an awesome job. I'm going to have to check out the blogs for the other two you mention.

    You've done a great job. Your block looks awesome.

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  5. I think you did a great job. I love paper piecing.

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