08 February 2011

Inspiration: Yoko Saito

Yoko Saito is a Japanese quilter and teacher. I came across one of her books, Patchwork Lesson, several weeks ago at the bookstore in San Francisco's Japan Town and was immediately taken with the rich textiles and beautiful monochrome compositions in her taupe/brown palette.

The projects in the book are pieced and quilted by hand. Although the text is entirely in Japanese, her process is painstakingly captured in detailed and easy to follow photos.

I love her precise concentric circle quilting over simple geometric patterns.

The book also features a few eye opening improvisational projects.


  1. This looks like a must read for sure.

  2. ooooh I love those last photos! so gorgeous

  3. I have never seen one of her books although I have often longed to (having seen her work featured frequently in Quiltmania magazine.

    Thank you for this glimpse!

  4. I love that bag at the top. And I love that bookstore! My family had to drag me out of there last time I went in (but only after I had spent a small fortune on books!).

  5. @PP: I'll do my best to bring it to the EBMQG meeting!

  6. that bags looks fantastic!! that book must be full of amazing proyects!