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Here is the Japanese book that started it all for me. I bought this in Kyoto about 12 years ago. I could kick myself now for not buying more! This one is called "Easy Mascot Dolls to Make with Felt Fabrics n°380", it looks like the isbn # for this one is 4939 459603806. I remember making a special trip back to the department store where I saw all these craft books,
and that it was hard just picking one. Here is a little pinguin I made for my daughter from a pattern in this book. It was a little present for her first day of pre-school.
"Mini Quilts with Japanese Fabric" is a book I bought at Brentano's in Paris, where they have a pretty good selection of Japanese books (among other things). I really love this one because it has everything from mini quilts to mini sumos, and there's also a pull out pattern section that a lot of these books don't have. ISBN4-529-02734-1. I also bought this "Wafumomen Patchwork Bags" book at the same place, and it has pull out patterns too. ISBN4-529-02445-8. I like the shapes of these bags, but not all the patchwork piecing involved- I suppose they could be simplified though, to suit your taste. There are some smaller coin purse type bags here too.
This one here with the big "3OO" on the cover is very "Dear Jane" like but I have no idea what it's called in English or in Japanese. It has photos and line drawings of over (you guessed it) 300 miniature quilt blocks, each one 4 x 4 inches big. They run from cute to complicated, and quite honestly a lot of them would give
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