Best Audience: Quilters with experience with basic machine and hand quilting techniques
While I love Japanese fabrics, particularly their silks and icats, my own collection of them has been extremely tiny. Why, you might ask, would I have invested in a book all about using those kinds of fabrics in quilts? The answer is all about inspiration.
Kitty Pippen’s work is elegant, sophisticated, and absolutely beautiful. I love her use of sashiko to compliment the piecework of her designs. That was one of the biggest reasons I was drawn to Quilting with Japanese Fabrics by Kitty Pippen. I enjoy sashiko, and I wanted to find ways to incorporate it into my own designs.
I chose to work with Kitty’s patterns mainly as a hand-piecing practice. I was looking to slow down and work in a highly mobile manner. Her designs lend themselves well to handwork. I modified the English paper piecing technique to fit my preferences, as I expect many moderately experienced quilters might. Kitty gives plenty of support through her patterns, templates, and discussion of technique for anyone with moderate quilting experience to modify the techniques to suit as well. I expect that many of her designs could be translated to machine sewing, too. For the most part, the patterns in Quilting with Japanese Fabrics are primarily hand sewn.
I return to Quilting with Japanese Fabrics by Kitty Pippen again and again, most especially when I want a little inspiration. I’ve enjoyed working with her techniques and patterns and love the finished results I’ve gotten, even though they don’t necessarily contain Japanese (or even remotely Asian-inspired) fabrics!
The Bottom Line: Quilting with Japanese Fabrics by Kitty Pippen has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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