East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs

Patricia Belyea

Improv quilting, in which quilt designs emerge organi­cally as fabric is cut and stitched, is simple, popular, and fun. In this book, expert quilter Patricia Belyea offers improv instruction and shares her appealing Quilt Manifesto of five simple rules. While providing quilters with a starting point, the fifth rule of the Manifesto, “Break any rule you like,” opens the door to creative freedom. (However, the solid instructions allow even the rule-breakers to create beautiful quilts on the first try).
Fourteen projects combine authentic Japanese yukata cottons and contemporary fabrics; each is finished with bold hand-stitching. The quilt-making process is presented in detail, and each quilt shows the irresistible wabi-sabi influence of Japanese design. The sense of discovery in each project is inspiring and out of the ordinary.

Creator Bio

Patricia Belyea is the founder of Seattle-based company Okan Arts. She is a former career marketer turned quilting professional, and an influencer with a strong presence in the quilt industry (she is co-chair of the 2016 National Art Quilt Symposium in 2016). Belyea is a sought-after lecturer, teacher, and quilt journalist.

Price £19.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 17 October 2017
Pages 192
Height 239mm
Width 217mm
Illustrations 150 colour illustrations
ISBN-13 9781419726590