It’s a Yoko Saito kind of day . . .

When you want to take a little time from your busy day and dream about fabric, color, pattern, design, and whatever else floats your creative boat, there are a lot of quilters we all look to. But Japanese master quilt artist Yoko Saito uniquely inspires us all. Her quilts are magnificent, her bags are astonishing, and everything she creates carries an air of sophistication and elegance.

From Yoko Saito through the Years
Close up of Nantucket Baskets, from
Yoko Saito through the Years

Satomi Funamoto, Yoko Saito, and Priscilla KnobleWe had the privilege of meeting Ms. Saito (center, with friend and business associate Satomi Funamoto, left, and translator/owner of Stitch Publications, Priscilla Knoble, right) when she visited the United States in the fall of 2017. She was gracious and approachable, spending most of her time with her translator so her fans could talk to her, and she to them. Small in stature and wearing a quiet smile, she greeted each quilter, bowing to accept their kind (sometimes gushing) words about her work.

Imagine how excited we were when Ms. Saito allowed us to videotape her as she demonstrated how she pieces and appliqués by hand. We captured four videos, which are now on our Youtube channel. Watch Ms. Saito piecing Log-Cabin blocks by hand, making hand-appliquéd houses, creating slim (and we mean slim) appliquéd vines, and demonstrating her lightning-fast running stitch.

Yoko Saito's Beautiful Bags, Pouches & Quilts

Her latest book, Yoko Saito’s Beautiful Bags, Pouches & Quilts, features 25 enchanting projects, from small, simple pieced and appliquéd pouches . . .

Half-Square-Triangle Mini Pouch and Little Bird Mini Pouch
Half-Square-Triangle Mini Pouch and Little Bird Mini Pouch

. . . to a grand two-color, geometric-style quilt:

Geometric Wall Hanging
Geometric Wall Hanging

The breathtaking bags in the book reveal some of Ms. Saito’s favorite things—nature:

Wheat Harvest Single-Handle Bag
Wheat Harvest Single-Handle Bag

Birds:

Heart & Bird Project Basket
Heart & Bird Project Basket

And animals—which, with Ms. Saito’s interpretations, always inspire a smile:

Card Cases
Card Cases

Yes, it’s a Yoko Saito kind of day.

Yoko Saito's Beautiful Bags, Pouches & QuiltsIf you’re ever in need of time to relax, dream, and recharge your creative batteries—whether you have just a bit of down time on a lunch break or an entire day to yourself—may we invite you to make it a Yoko Saito day? Her work will inspire you, her methods will teach you, and her books will allow you to slow down and reignite your creativity, over and over again.

See more books from Yoko Saito here.

Which Yoko Saito book would you love to own (or which books do you already own)? Tell us in the comments.


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