Picture books to enjoy over and over and over and . . .

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So my summer reading (well not reading but you know what I mean) material arrived in the mail. I will take these books everywhere with me and enjoy the inspiration.

June/July 2009 Cotton time and I have no idea what the other books are called because they have no names written in English. The book in the front is ISBN 978-4-391-62719-0. And the other book ISBN number is at the end of this post. I'll show you a few things inside. But just a few!
Most everything is really small inside the books and I've learned to enlarge most of the projects.
Super cute fabric and design. Enlarge and enjoy. That stitching book is so cute.
How fun. A lanyard neck chain made from yo yos. Who would have thought that?
More scrappy cute little projects. I like the 3d flowers. Sweetness.
Busy busy busy quilts. Just the type I like. More is definitely better.
This fabric has my name on it. I'm sure. It says Yuwa Live Life Collection. I googled that and found nothing even close to that print. I'll cross my fingers and hope it is coming somewhere.
Now this is something I thought would make a really cute Christmas ornament - covered button wreath. But I would make it in Christmas colors. So incredibly fun. I guess I would need a metal ring or wire.I've always always wanted to make a real braided rug but the task is way over my head. This is something else I want to make. A braided hot pad or trivet. And that apron next to it is something else, too, with appliqued flower pockets.
I'm going to make this project sometime. It is just so cute. I can handle braiding something small like this. Can't I? Okay well again, I would make it bigger but not too big.
Since when did scrunchies come back in style? Seriously. I haven't seen them in anyone's hair around where I live. Have you? I can tell you I'm not going to be making these. I guess everything old is new again!
Cute bags. The Cotton Time mag had quite a few bags that I really liked but was generally light on other things I would actually make. And I hate when they have clothes patterns in the Cotton Time for obvious reasons.
I thought the little log cabin blocks were absolutely wonderful. Look at the little bag made from a log cabin. Super cute, isn't it. Oh I love it, and look at the lace on the sides.I like the both of the books better than the Cotton Time magazine issue. This book above was really pretty good but it is hard to choose a favorite between the two books.Here is the ISBN number for this one. ISBN978-4-413-10908-6. I am glad I have all 3. Together they will supply plenty of fabric and sewing dreams.

-nanette

Edit - Thanks to Paige's comment I will add her info on the titles. She retained her HS Japanese! Good for Paige. "The first one says "Hana iro Kiruto", which is "Flower Color Quilts" literally. The one under that says "Hagire no Aidia Nooto" which is roughly "Scrap Idea Book". "

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47 comments

em's scrapbag said...

So much fun eye candy. Great 'reading' material! Gives me some great ideas. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a great day! Em

Eileen said...

I would buy those books just for the covers alone.. love all the colors in them, and like you.. the busy-ness especially!
Wonder if you could find that fabric using the word Bambi or Disney..?

Gwendie said...

I see why you like these! The pictures are so bright and cheery and it looks like the diagrams are all anyone would need. And the projects look both fun and useful. Yes, you could braid a hot pad. Definitely.

Did you notice in that one fabric it said 'stroll of bear'? How cute is that!

Living on the Spit said...

I can not wait to see what you make out of these yummy books!! I love them!

Kim said...

What an awesome find!! I loved every single picture you posted. You are going to be busy creating and I look forward to seeing all that you do!

Muddling Through said...

The detail, I think, is what makes these books so attractive. And there's something so nostalgic about the pictures, too, don't you think? Were these birthday presents???

Thimbleanna said...

Super cute stuff Nanette! I've always wanted to make a braided rug too, but oh, the fabric! It just seems like it would take so much and that stuff's ex-pen-sive!!!

Carrie P. said...

Lots of inspiration for you.

Pat said...

Some really cute things...I love the zippered "book" to hold sewing things.

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love the books, too. I have a couple of them and I just sit and look through them, while wishing I could read Japanese.

I posted a butterfly quilt on my blog today that I got from an antique shop. If you have time, can you look at the butterflies themselves (the sashing is dreadful) and maybe be able to tell what year the fabrics are?

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love the books, too. I have a couple of them and I just sit and look through them, while wishing I could read Japanese.

I posted a butterfly quilt on my blog today that I got from an antique shop. If you have time, can you look at the butterflies themselves (the sashing is dreadful) and maybe be able to tell what year the fabrics are?

Busy Little Quilter said...

Oops! I didn't mean to post twice! I don't know how that happened.

Sherri said...

I love those Japanese books...they are the BEST picture books for quilt inspiration!

Catherine said...

I love buying those Japanese quilt books! Their illustrations are so well done that not being able to read the words isn't much of an issue! Those 2 books look like great ones!!

Micki said...

What great ideas! Japanese books like these are very inspirational!
Thanks for the pics!
Micki

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Ok, I think this is what you need to do, start a lending library!!! I promise we would all take good care of you books, we could all sign the inside cover and you could show your children how many states or countries, it has been to!!!

Paige said...

Well the first one says "Hana iro Kiruto", which is "Flower Color Quilts" literally. The one under that says "Hagire no Aidia Nooto" which is roughly "Scrap Idea Book".

Yay for studying Japanese in high school! But those look beautiful, I'm jealous :-D

dotti white said...

I absolutely love those books--such adorable projects! I will have to hunt them down! Thank you so much for sharing!

w&v said...

V. here...Oh!! It is so fun to see these wonderful books that I knew nothing about before reading your blog. I got a Cotton time in May and at a seattle Japanese book store & I love it.
All the fabrics they use are gorgeous. Thanks for the post!! V.

Rae Ann said...

Don't you just love these Japanese Magazines. I've collected various ones over the years. I love looking at them, although I have yet to make anything out of them.

Lurline said...

Lots os inspiration there - and aren't the colours so gorgeous soft, pretty and not at all wishy-washy!
Hugs - Lurline♥

PamKittyMorning said...

Sometimes I get scared when I read your blog. I have the book with the cute apron in it, just got it on a recent trip to the Japanese bookstore. I really wanted that pink one but didn't want to get it before I saw some inside pages, of course I'm heading over to ebay to order it right now..ohmygosh it looks amazing. I'll look at the Cotton Time too, wow, thanks for the peek, I was sure that the pink book would be good. xo

Mel said...

Fun stuff! I can just imagine your brain yelling out possible projects as you pour over the books!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Ohhh my! I love all 3 of those books! You better keep your eye on them because I might need to "swipe" them from you! ;0)

merumo said...

Hi Nanette,

I can give you the title of those books in Japanese.

The one on the top of the 1st picture is "Flower Color Quilt", then the one underneath of that one is "Scrap Idea Note".
I haven't looked at Cotton Time for years, but have to check it out!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nanette, thanks for sharing all the cute projects. I've got to look for those books. Some that I could just look and look at. Love those type, kinda like old movies.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Cheryl said...

So many beautiful projects!

Gesine said...

Thanks for the eye candy! Scrunchies? Didn't know they were called like that, but here in Germany you do see them in girl's hair.

Janet said...

ooo and aah, love the strippy quilt and the one on the cover a lot, more than a lot. Beautiful books.

Jackie said...

Love the magazines! But I especially like the quilt with the vines and the scalloped green border. That is a beauty!

alobsiger said...

SWOONING HERE! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous books!

Nancy said...

Where can we buy these magazines? They are just wonderful.

belinda said...

Looks like a lot of oooo'ing and aahhhhing wrapped up in those pages!!!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Incredibly fun publications! Can you follow just by the photos?

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Kaaren said...

Love those magazines...so full of inspiration. It doesn't matter that I can't read Japanese...the pictures tell the whole story.

Candace said...

Oh Nanette - such cute, cute projects!!! You're going to have some great reading this summer!
Cheers!

Sandi said...

What adorable projects in those books. So, the books came in the mail and I'm wondering, can you tell us your source? or if you did, I missed it. We lived 2 1/2 years in Japan and I never learned to read anything but I could count a bit and speak a few words to get me around in the local market. :-)

hetty said...

Great books! I love anything Japanese! I find it so inspirational! A couple of years ago I had two Japanese girls stay with me for a month while they attended an English language program. They saw some scrunchies and were thrilled when I offered to make them some. Apparently Japanese girls are still wearing then.

jen duncan said...

Just lovely! I ran right over to ebay and got that book on top. Just the inspiration I need!
You and I both had that Yuwa fabric in the red colorway. Wouldn't it be awesome if they'd come out with more?? Let's keep our fingers crossed. ;-)

Christine said...

I would love to get my hands on the magazine in the front, is it available on the internet, love all the little projects.

cheers
Christine

Nan said...

Oh my goodness - lookit all that eye candy! I don't know how you find these wonderful books, but they all look like they've been created just for you! Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous! Wherever did you find those books?? I already checked Superbuzzy and didn't see them!

Des said...

super inspiring!! where DO you shop???

i'll be in utah next week for the utah shop hop!!! but i'm begging for the car to stop at IKEA too!

*karendianne. said...

I love those 3d flowers, too. That quilt is really really neat.

Rhondi said...

Hi Nanette
I'm going to have to see if I canget my hands on that book. It is wonderful. So many new ideas. I need some new ideas.
hugs, Rhondi

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