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New Classic Patchwork

by Yoko Saito
Retail: $27.99   40% off

Renowned quilt artist, Yoko offers a variety of original block designs in her signature taupe quilting style. Though the blocks are small in scale, each template is gridded and can be easily increased to any size. Choose from folk-inspired blocks such as stars, crosses, and triangles to make one of the 10 gorgeous projects. Full-sized templates are also included.

Techniques: piecing, general sewing.

78 motifs, 10 projects, 144 color pgs. Item No. 45960

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The New Classic Patchwork is the third book by Yoko Saito we have carried on our Connecting Threads website. I reviewed the first one, Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece, and Laraine reviewed the second, House Warming Patchwork. The author has a distinctive style of making scrappy quilted projects with very small pieces of Japanese fabrics, especially woven Daiwabo fabrics, in neutral colors.  In fact, there are no materials lists because the instructions are for using an assortment of coordinating scraps. A sampler of one of our collections would be perfect for the projects in this book! 

Quilting in Japan is known as patchwork. The author likes to combine little scraps of fabric into new, unexpected, modern interpretations of traditional blocks. She does this by experimenting with angles, proportions, and color. The 78 original motifs referred to in the title are mix & match blocks, each 3-1/2” when finished, divided into sections called Squares & Rectangles, Xs & Os, Diamonds & Triangles, and Stars & Polygons. My favorite project is the Confetti Purse, a briefcase-like bag, which is made with fabrics of similar color value except for tiny squares of a brighter fabric that look like scattered confetti. The instructions seem to be written for machine piecing but I would be inclined to hand-piece the many small pieces in the small blocks. Most of the 10 projects are unusual bags, clutches, and totes; the intriguing assortment of blocks would make a stunning sampler quilt! 

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