Sunday, August 14, 2011


I just got one of the Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers -- the small round petal -- and it was incredibly easy to make this flower:

The center is a vintage button that covers the center raw edges of the petals. For the back (not shown) I cut an oval of felt and glued it on (I use either Aleene's Tacky Glue, or their Washable glue). This covers up the raw edges from the back, and stabilizes the flower petals and provides a platform onto which to glue a pin back.
The fabric is a chirimen crepe (synthetic) from a vintage kimono which I got on etsy from vintagemagnet. It has a great hand for these flowers...not too soft, not too stiff. 
The flower itself took about 10 minutes to assemble, then a little more time to glue button and bottom felt on. 
This was so easy, I only have 1 tip to add: follow the instruction's pictures when you are gathering the flower petal...when pulling the thread to make the pleats, keep your fingers on the thread, and don't hold the petal and attempt to help it does better on its own!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Another book joins the library....

I'm a fan of Yoko Saito's quilts, and decided to treat myself to her latest book, Past and Present My Quilting Life, published by Quiltmania.

 I decided to order it from Quiltmania directly, along with a couple of issues of the magazine that are hard to find here in Texas.  One was the Special Summer 2011 Issue -- love the Kate Spain quilt and pillow on the cover.  Isn't it lovely?

Another was an older issue, July/August 2005, because I love the red goldfish quilt on the cover (and also because getting a French edition would help me pratiquer mon français).

Again, lovely. The shipping was a bit dear, but very got from France to Texas in a little over a week! Books and magazines were in perfect shape too.

I already own some of Ms. Saito's books and patterns, and this one does not disappoint.  There are a total of 20 patterns in the book, 10 of which are hers.  All of the 20 are quite nice and if you like her patterns you will enjoy the other quilters's patterns as well. Here's a picture of the table of contents so you can get a glimpse of the neat projects. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)

Other quilters whose patterns are in the book are Satomi Fumamoto, Nobue Ishimori, Ori Orimi, Yuko Hahashi, Noriko Sakamoto, and Ryoko Handa. 

The book is in French and English, and very nicely done:
  • Separate, full size pattern sheets in an attached envelope inside the front cover.
  • Nice quality, glossy pages in the hardcover book, whose binding lies open well.
  • The book is in French and English. In general, the left hand page has the French translation, and the right hand page has the English translation.  (Also a very handy layout for practicing your French (or English).)
About the only issue I have with it is that the measurements are only in the metric system, and I'd have preferred if measurements were in both the metric and US customary systems.  So, for example, you may be asked to cut four 3.2cm squares.  But really, the toughest thing about this book will be deciding which project to do first!