May 1, 2013

Japanese Quilting

Another precious book came in the mail this week: Japanese Quilting by Yoko Saito . I had seen Yoko's work in magazines, but this collection of projects is a gem. Her signature taupe fabrics and wonky blocks adds whimsy and charm to her designs.  Yoko's fabric colors appeals to traditional quilters, while her modern bag designs redefine this old staple of every woman's accessory arsenal. I am glad she incorporated Sashiko into some of her offerings, as I have fallen in love with this Japanese technique. Translated instructions provide all the guidance you will need, although at times it can make you chuckle (Lemon star instead of Lemoine star...).
As I write this review we are getting snow flurries in Utah (What? This is the FIRST day of May!!!) A perfect day to head to my quilt studio and try some of her projects. Of course, I would love to stop by Yoko Saito's quilt store first to purchase some samples of her fabric lines...
If you like to make quilted bags and other unique gifts, this book by a Japanese seasoned quilter is a must-have for your quilt library!
Happy quilting!

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