A closer look: Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts 💐 (+ a special pic!)

As promised, we’re continuing to share with you details about books from Stitch Publications, now distributed by Martingale. Today we’re sharing a peek into Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts.

We just returned from Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, where Yoko Saito was an honored guest in our booth. We watched her demonstrate several techniques, from hand piecing (she’d give a sewing machine a run for its money in the speed department!) to hand-appliquéing stems that were the skinniest of skinny—only ⅛" wide! We captured her sewing demos on video and we’ll be sharing those videos in the coming weeks. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss them!


Yoko Saito in the Martingale booth!
Back row, from left: Karen Soltys, Amelia Johanson, Wendy Jacobson, Jenny Wilding Cardon, Karen Johnson. Front row, from left: Jennifer Keltner, Satomi Funamoto (Yoko Saito’s assistant), Yoko Saito, Sheila Markewicz, and Priscilla Knoble (translator of Yoko Saito’s books and owner of Stitch Publications).

Here’s a closer look at Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts.

Yoko Saito's Floral Bouquet Quilts
Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts

In this book dedicated to flowers, gorgeous location photos are paired with lavish, detailed shots that reveal every fabric choice, appliqué stitch, and quilted detail that Yoko Saito makes.

Flowers Birds and Butterflies quilt detail
Flowers, Birds, and Butterflies Wall Hanging: location and detail photos

Flowers Birds and Butterflies quilt
Flowers, Birds, and Butterflies

Twenty-nine step-by-step projects range from practical pouches and bags to magnificent wall quilts.

Watering Can Notebook Cover
Watering Can Notebook Cover

And of course, Ms. Saito always shares something special for those who, like her, love the stitching life:

Scissors Case
Scissors Case

Yoko SaitoIn the book, Ms. Saito also shares her three-dimensional technique for making flower petals.

In the introduction to the book, Ms. Saito writes, “I particularly like the Earthenware Wall Quilt. Each of the vessels is unique. I think it would be fun to appliqué the flowers of your choice to fill the vases.”

Earthenware Wall Quilt
Earthenware Wall Quilt

How fun would it be to build your appliqué skills while making this beautiful quilt, filling each vase with flowers of your choice from the book?

Here’s one more peek into the pages of Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts:

Floral Bucket
Floral Bucket

Order your copy of Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts at our website, ShopMartingale.com. See more books from Stitch Publications here.

We look forward to sharing more sneak peeks of Stitch Publications books with you in the coming weeks!

How do you typically add flowers to your quilts?

  •  I machine piece my flowers—it’s quick, easy, and pretty.
  • I machine appliqué my flowers—I like adding curves and little details.
  • I hand appliqué my flowers—for me, appliqué is a thoughtful and meditative process.

Tell us how you grow your fabric flowers in the comments!

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