Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Quilts

My favorite style of origami is the modular, geometric style. There are many, many incredible origamists available in this area. My absolute favorite is Tomoko Fuse. She has written a wide variety of books, many in English, but many in other languages as well. One of my favorites of her books (and one of the hardest for me to get a hold of) is Origami Quilts. Everything in the book is stunning. I particularly enjoy this book because my mom is an avid quilter and has been for longer than I’ve been around. Growing up she took me with her to countless quilt shops and fabric stores (“dragged” may be better description for some of those occasions :) Here are some pictures of one of my favorite models from that book; Blooming Flowers 1.

So far I’ve done 4 different color variations, but the model is the same for all of them. I love the different patterns that are available depending on how many colors are used and how they are arranged. The white background is a standard-sized post board; so the models are a pretty decent size.

Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGBP front copyThe front
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGBP front closeup1 copyClose up of the front
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGBP Back copyThe reverse side. Something I love about this model is that no matter what side you look at, its amazing. This side makes the pinwheel pattern stand out. Its visible on the front, but there are two different pinwheels happening at the same time (one is the orange and purple & the other is the blue and green).
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGBP Back closeup copyA closer look at the reverse side.
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGBP back variation copyReverse side of the same model with a slight variation.
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGB front copyAnother model with different colors from the front. The difference between this model and the one above is that here only one color was used for the intermediate, connecting pieces (the green blocks here). As a result, you can see the pinwheel pattern on the front more easily (the pattern formed by the orange and blue pieces in this picture).
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 OGB back copyThe reverse side of the same model. The pinwheel pattern is all the more apparent on the reverse side.
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 GBP front copyAnother color variation. The difference in this model is that only one color is used for the outside “spikes” (the purple), and two colors are used for the intermediate, connecting pieces (the green and blue pieces) giving the pinwheel pattern.
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 GBP front closeup copy copyA close up of the front. There’s no picture of the reverse side because it would just be one solid color; purple.
Tomoko Fuse Origami Quilts Blooming Flowers 1 TBP copyA final color variation. This is one of my wife’s favorites. Again only one color is used for the outside “spikes” (the blue pieces). Something unique here is that, although two colors were used for the intermediate, connecting pieces (the purple and turquoise), I only used the turquoise pieces in two locations instead of four; giving a little different pinwheel pattern variation.

Another point to make about this model (and Tomoko’s work in general) is that there is no glue used to connect the pieces. “Traditional” modular origami uses no glue to connect the pieces; although some I’ve seen and folded are more sturdy if glue is used at the end. These have none, another reason I love her work. Hope you enjoy these.

Note:  This book is extremely hard to find.  You can find it online, but usually only used.  Most of the time when you do find it, the seller seems to know that the book is hard to find and as result is asking quite a bit for the book.  Here is a link to the book on amazon.com for anyone that would like to go look at it; you can use the “click to Look Inside” feature and flip through a few of the pages to get a feel for it.  Origami Quilts

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