I was just in California for Thanksgiving to spend the holidays with my family. My mom had just returned from a visit to Taiwan to see my grandma, my aunt, and uncles. My request from her is always Asian sewing books. They are usually focused on tiny details and lots of handwork. I don’t speak or read Chinese or Japanese but usually I can figure out the instructions because the books are typically illustrative and pictorial. I scored three books this year!
The first one has three main subjects: lambs, coffee cups, and cats. I even think the cats are cute and I don’t love cats like most quilt people (I sure wish the T-Rex pattern -he is pictured chewing on the cat- was in this book!).
The second book is all softies. When I make them, there is no way I would do all of that hand sewn patchwork. That is too crazy, even for me! And check out how adorable that chicken butt is!
The third book is full of amazing three dimensional flowers. Of course, my favorite is the cabbage tea pot cozy with the tiny ladybug detail. Those are hand painted and dyed fabrics but I would probably use Marcia Derse’s Collage fabrics (Windham Fabrics, whoop whoop!) to achieve a similar look without the prep and mess of dye. Also, she is an awesome person and I love supporting/promoting awesome people.
I can’t wait to go through these books page by page and make something from them! Thanks Mamasan!