Yoko Saito quilt books in English – we got ’em!

We are so excited to reveal that we are now distributing books produced by Stitch Publications—including books by famed Japanese quilt designer Yoko Saito! Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more details with you about these gorgeous books. Today we’re giving you a sneak peek into Yoko Saito’s Quilts & Projects from My Favorite Fabrics, a book celebrating Ms. Saito’s 20 years of designing fabric lines for Lecien Fabrics.

If you’re familiar with Ms. Saito’s work, you know she’s revered for her magnificent appliqué and her one-of-a-kind neutral color palettes (also known as “taupe color”). If you aren’t familiar with her, you are in for a treat!

Yoko Saito's Quilts & Projects from My Favorite Fabrics

Packed with patterns for 28 quilts, bags, and other useful projects, this gorgeously photographed volume is a how-to book featuring Ms. Saito’s designs and techniques, but it could easily double as a coffee-table book to peruse through again and again. Ms. Saito’s masterful approach of combining fabric, color, and texture culminates in items that feature exquisite blends of taupes, plaids, and yarn-dyed wovens.

Flower Shoulder Bag by Yoko Saito
The soft, pale tones of this Flower Shoulder Bag bring out the subtleties of yarn-dyed woven fabric.

Yoko SaitoIn the introduction to the book, Ms. Saito writes, “Color choice and the patterns on the fabric are at the heart of patchwork and quilting that most speak to me. In fact, it is perhaps the most important part of my process and the driving force in designing over the years.”


Swaying Flowers Quilt by Yoko Saito
Swaying Flowers Quilt

Through creating your own versions of Ms. Saito’s designs, your love and understanding of color will stretch even further than you thought it could—and your finished projects will result in cherished pieces to enjoy for a lifetime.

Dots and Crosses Bag by Yoko Saito
Dots & Crosses Bag

In Quilts and Projects from My Favorite Fabrics, Ms. Saito also includes practical items especially for sewing enthusiasts:

More projects by Yoko Saito
Scissors Holder, Sewing Case, and Hexagon Pincushion—all adorable!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Yoko Saito book without a bit of whimsy!

Soup Cup and Coffee Cup Pouches by Yoko Saito
Soup Cup and Coffee Cup Pouches

The book also includes four pages of fabric-swatch photos from Yoko Saito’s Centenary Collection for Lecien Fabrics, which makes it easy to choose fabrics for your projects.

Swatches from the book

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We hope you enjoyed this first look at Stitch Publications books—we look forward to sharing more sneak peeks with you in the coming weeks!

We’re curious! Tell us, when it comes to Yoko Saito:

  • I just learned about her today!
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  • I’ve been a fan forever!

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