318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop ~ And Giveaway!

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was in Ohio for a few days to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It was so much fun, and now I’m back catching up on grocery shopping, laundry, and my super-full Inbox. But before all of that, I’m here to share an awesome book with you this morning! Some of you may have heard of or seen people swooning over the book 318 Patchwork Patterns: Original Patchwork & Applique Designs by Kumiko Fujita. Until now, it’s one of those books that has been nearly impossible to get your hands on. And if you were one of the lucky few to have it, all the text inside was in Japanese. Which is perfect if you can read Japanese! 🙂 But I can’t.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This book has now been translated to English and republished! Yay! I was asked by the publisher to participate in a blog tour to celebrate. 318 Patchwork Patterns is a collection of crazy cute quilt blocks that can be made through freezer paper piecing, applique or foundation paper piecing. There are not directions per block. There are general patchwork template directions and applique directions. If you have never made blocks like this before, I’d highly recommend checking out the Very Kerry Berry blog for a little tutorial on how it is done.

The book is divided into block design categories by page. Just an example of the cute stuff inside…

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Everyone in the tour has selected a different set of patterns in the book, and made a project using them. I chose to make a project from the Vehicles page.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This isn’t really my normal sewing subject matter, but my son hardly every gets anything made just for him…so I thought it was a great fit. I decided to focus my design on the rocket ship. I made a mini quilt that uses 3 rockets to make them appear that they are blasting off into space.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I used a panel of fabric that I’ve had since I started quilting from Aunty Cookie in Australia for the heads of the astronauts. The background is an awesome (but sadly out of print) constellation fabric by Lizzy House. I placed wonky stars around the rockets.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This was a really fun quilt to make. I foundation paper pieced the rockets. This was actually my test block (I ended up not cutting the rocket into so many piecings, and shrinking the block a couple inches for the final quilt). But you get the picture.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The layout was entirely improvised. I made the 3 rockets, placing 2 of them at angles and stitching some background fabric around them to form a square. I made the stars all different sizes, added them to the design wall. Then I just started sewing all my blocks together, adding background fabric rectangles where needed.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The whole thing is only 24″ x 15″. It would be perfect for a wall hanging. My son is pretending it’s a full sized quilt though, and trying to lay on and under it. 🙂 I quilted it with a free motion meandering design in just the background fabric. I am quite happy with how it turned out!

And now for the giveaway! The publisher for 318 Patchwork Patterns, World Book Media, has generously offered to send a copy to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment here and I will pick a winner tomorrow (November 11th).

And if you’d like to see more really fun projects from these blocks, check out the stops on this blog tour.

October 20: Kerry from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com
October 22: Penny from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
October 24: Angela from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
October 27: Amy from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
October 29: Amber from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
October 31: Latifah from http://www.thequiltengineer.com
November 3: Charise from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
November 5: Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
November 7: Amy from http://duringquiettime.com
November 10: Faith – Me!
November 12: Caroline from http://www.sewcanshe.com
November 14: Rashida from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The winner is #159 – Sabra! Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address to get you your new book. 🙂 Thank you for the kind words everyone!

Japanese Sewing Books

Japanese sewing books

I mentioned before that I had been bitten by the clothing-sewing bug. Do not worry, I’m still working on my quilts (and getting close to finishing my Map of the States quilt), but there is something so fun about actually wearing something I made. And nothing compares to the patterns in the many Japanese sewing books available. I recently received a few that I ordered a couple weeks ago on Etsy.

I did a bit of research before ordering these books. The Purl Bee has an excellent review of sewing patterns from these books. They are almost entirely in Japanese, but the diagrams look great. I wouldn’t make your first article of clothing ever from a book like this, but if you have experience sewing garments, I think you’d be ok.

The most important tips I’ve come across is that the sizing is smaller than we are used to in the US and the pattern pieces do not include the seam allowances – you must add those yourself.

On with the fun! I’m always curious what patterns are actually in these books, so I’m thinking I might feature a blog post on each book as I go along. In the meantime, here are the books I purchased and a sample pattern from each one.

Check & Stripe Floral
ISBN 978-4-418-09403-5
CHECK and STRIPE FLORAL - Japanese Dress Pattern Book


Adult Couture Stylish Dress Book
ISBN 978-4-579-11185-5


Gauze Linen Cotton Natural Clothes
ISBN 978-4-8347-2849-1


Simple Tunic and One-Piece Dress
ISBN 978-4-8163-4709-2