😍 Awe-inspiring applique: a peek at Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Applique Designs

We are so excited to be 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 sharing a peek into 138 Original Appliqué Designs by Yoko Saito. If you’re familiar with Ms. Saito’s work, you know she’s famous for her magnificent appliqué and her one-of-a-kind neutral color palettes. If you aren’t familiar with Yoko Saito, you are in for a treat today!

138 Original Applique Designs
138 Original Appliqué Designs

At a substantial 230 pages, this vast collection of Yoko Saito’s appliqué patterns ranges from whimsical and charming to simply breathtaking. The book also includes 20 projects that can showcase any appliqué motifs you choose. Lush, detailed photos of both blocks and projects reveal Ms. Saito’s flawless work and her meticulous attention to every detail.

Mushroom Gathering applique motif
Detail of the Mushroom Gathering appliqué motif, used on the Side Pocket Bag

Side Pocket Bag
Side Pocket Bag

The book looks, feels, and reads like an indulgent coffee-table book, drawing you in with each turn of the page as you anticipate what the next motif will be. Chapters are organized by type of motif and include Animals in the Zoo, Designs for Children, My Favorite Things, Botanical Motifs, The Alphabet, and Borders and Repeatable Patterns.

Sewing Pouch
This Sewing Pouch features the Sewing Shears, Pincushion, and Rotary Cutter appliqué motifs

Yoko SaitoIn the introduction to the 138 Original Appliqué Designs, Ms. Saito writes, “If you know my work, you know I love to appliqué. I find the process of cutting small pieces of fabric and precisely layering them into place while blind stitching them down to create pictures incredibly appealing . . . I hope you come to love the process of picking fabrics and the appliqué technique as much as I do and incorporate it into your work.”


Umbrella Bag
For a rainy day: Umbrella Bag

Little Pouch
For a hoppin’ day: Little Pouch

Find favorite childhood characters, robots, and friendly monsters; a primitive-style alphabet with motifs that correspond with each letter; glorious flowers and fronds; and appliquéd animals to charm and delight. 138 Original Appliqué Designs is a must-have book for appliqué enthusiasts, lovers of Japanese style, and of course, Yoko Saito fans!

Acorn Handbag
Acorn Handbag

You can order your copy of Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Appliqué Designs at our website, ShopMartingale.com. See more books from Stitch Publications here. Which Stitch Publications book would you like to see featured next? Let us know in the comments!

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

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