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

See more Stitch Publications books now distributed by Martingale.

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!
  • I am familiar with her amazing work.
  • I’ve been a fan forever!

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  • Just heard about her today…but I love her work!

    —Trudi on October 2, 2017
  • Yoko Saito’s work is instantly recognizable and always superb!

    —Nelle on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her work..Stunning perfection!

    —Debra on October 2, 2017
  • I have been a fan of hers for years! I have two of her books (my brother is stationed over there) but oh to have them in English!

    —Donna on October 2, 2017
  • I sure am familiar with Yoko’s unique projects which I have admired greatly but never made myself.

    —Ondrea on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today! I absolutely love the little sewing case, and the fabrics are quite interesting.

    —Martha Morgan on October 2, 2017
  • Her designs are very refreshiing and new!

    —nancy barnes on October 2, 2017
  • Just learned about her today.

    —Bertha Mallard on October 2, 2017
  • I love this! Thank you for introducing her to me today. I do believe I will be purchasing this book.

    —RoseMarie Christie on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work

    —Sharon on October 2, 2017
  • This is the first time I have heard of her. Thanks for informing me. Her work is stunning!

    —Robyn Gronning on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today! I’ve seen her amazing color palette, but never took the next step to investigate the artist behind the work. Love the photos above.

    —Kevin Britton on October 2, 2017
  • I know her name and am sure I have seen a photo of a quilt or two. But the book looks fascinating – with many more insights into her designs.

    —Colleen on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work. Thanks for the peek. Beautiful.

    —Joy Dickson on October 2, 2017
  • I first saw her work in Quiltmania magazine. I totally love her work. Will be getting her books. Thank you Martingale for obtaining her books. Mw

    —marywallis soetebier on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work. Precise and beautiful in hues that make her designs stand out.

    —Bernice on October 2, 2017
  • This artist is new to me. Very interesting work.

    —Peggy on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work. I have two of her books but not this one!

    —MoeWest on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about Yoko Saito today! I enjoy your biographical snippets that introduce books and quilt artists/authors along with describing their focus and expertise.

    —Camille on October 2, 2017
  • Absolutely beautiful! Just heard about her today and glad I did.

    —Ginny P on October 2, 2017
  • I have been a fan forever. The first book I bought wasn’t in English but I liked the projects and tried to make them on my own.

    —Barbara on October 2, 2017
  • I have 3 of her books, so I guess I’m a "forever" person. And I also look for her patterns in Quilt Mania. Love, love, love her patterns and fabrics.

    —Judy Purcell on October 2, 2017
  • I have long been a fan of her gorgeous books!

    —Sharon on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned of her today. Very inspiring techniques.

    —carol on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today. Her work looks amazing!

    —stitchinmom on October 2, 2017
  • Oh, my goodness ~ I just learned about her today, and I am stunned that I didn’t know of her work previously, especially since I lived a year in Japan and admire fine fiber work. Just from today’s news, I’m already planning projects based on her designs and will promptly be getting any book by her that I can locate. So glad I’m on your notifications list!

    —Marty on October 2, 2017
  • I’ve heard her name before, but didn’t associate her with such subtle colors.

    —Ginny on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work.

    —Sabrina van Ginkel on October 2, 2017
  • This is the first I have heard of Yoko Saito, her bags are wonderful! Love the pin cushion also!

    —Debbie Clayton on October 2, 2017
  • I’ve been a fan forever!

    —Georgina on October 2, 2017
  • I’m familiar with her lovely work!

    —Linda on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her work and have several of her books. Everything is so understated and so elegant. The taupe look is so calming and refreshing. Her fabrics are great to mix with wool applique – gives a very 19th century look.

    —Barbara Nevaril on October 2, 2017
  • I love Yoko Saito’s designs. I have many of her books. Been a fan of hers for a long time.

    —Vicki Krausz on October 2, 2017
  • I have heard her name previously but this is the first time I’ve seen her work. I recently viewed a small art exhibit of older quilts at a Japanese garden in San Diego. I am amazed at the versatility of the color Taupe!

    —Christy on October 2, 2017
  • This is exciting!!! I’ve been a fan forever even though I don’t quilt I find lots of inspiration for the garments I love to see!

    Annette on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today and I love the purse!

    —DanyseF on October 2, 2017
  • This is the first time I have seen her work. I love the way the applique works with the neutral color palate. Maybe applique will be my next challenge!

    —Janet G on October 2, 2017
  • I already have two of Ms. Saito’s books–"House Warming Patchwork" and "New Classic Patchwork." They are beautiful books, full of beautiful blocks and patterns. I would love to get this new book.

    —Marcia Gilbreath on October 2, 2017
  • I have seen her work before and it is just beautiful.

    Sharn Baker on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned of her today

    —Pat K on October 2, 2017
  • Glad to see you will be carrying her books, I am already a fan! I need to quilt up my taupe and wool BOM WIP so I can use the leftovers to try working through her "Japanese Taupe Color Theory Book". Love some of the projects shown here — guess this is another book for the Wish List!

    Vivian on October 2, 2017
  • I have seen photos of her work, and am intrigued. I sure would love to see something in person. I’m so glad you’re going to be publishing her books in English – that is great news.

    —Margaret on October 2, 2017
  • Fan forever. Have some books in French & every English one I can get my hands on. Love the fabric too!

    —ChrisO on October 2, 2017
  • Have had one of her books for years–in Japanese and have always wished I could read the directions. Love looking at the pictures.

    —Shirley Jensen on October 2, 2017
  • Fan forever. LOVE her work!

    —Janet T on October 2, 2017
  • I’ve known about Yoko Saiko for a long time. I’m collecting fabric to make a taupe quilt one day.

    —Terrie on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today!

    —Judy on October 2, 2017
  • This is thrilling! I’ve seen her book before, and it is wonderful – she does amazing work!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on October 2, 2017
  • I just discovered Yoko Saito at a quilt shop in Kerrville, TX this summer and was amazed at her books. Look forward to seeing what you offer.

    —Jamie on October 2, 2017
  • I love the taupes she uses in all her projects. Her work is beautiful!

    —Pam George on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today! What beautiful purse designs! So far she is very inspirational. Hope to see more about her in the future. Thank You.🤗

    —Nancy Clark on October 2, 2017
  • This is the first I have heard of her. Her quilts are beautiful

    —Pat on October 2, 2017
  • Saw her work in a magazine last week. Beautiful and inspiring.

    —Margie Hall on October 2, 2017
  • I have one or two of her books and long to be able to stitch like she does. Love her work, pallet and designs.

    —Donna B on October 2, 2017
  • I’ve admired Saito-san’s work for a long time, but that’s as far as I go. I know I cannot replicate her projects because I am all thumbs when it comes to working with such small pieces of fabric. 🙁

    —Sandy May on October 2, 2017
  • This is the first time I’ve seen her work. Very charming. Unique and creative. Perfect for a long winter project.

    —Colleen Ancel on October 2, 2017
  • I love Yoko Saito’s work and am thrilled that Martingale will now be distributing her books. Such amazing detail and colour sense. Awesome news!

    —Kim on October 2, 2017
  • Just heard about her today, looks like some interesting projects

    —Daphne billings on October 2, 2017
  • first I’ve heard of her but found she has interesting variety and ways of putting different creative types together with great color choices

    —Esther on October 2, 2017
  • Love all her books and ideas. Have been collecting her books and fabric for a few years! Her work is wonderful! Linda S Pewaukee WI

    —Linda S on October 2, 2017
  • I’ve been a fan & love her color ways!

    —TheQuiltedDog on October 2, 2017
  • ella es una famosa artista japonesa del patchwork y el applique. Me encanta su fina labor con las telas.

    Translation: She is a famous Japanese patchwork artist and applique. I love your fine work with fabrics.

    —Cecilia Vasquez on October 2, 2017
  • Always love her creations. Such understated dignified beauty

    —Kerry Grose on October 2, 2017
  • I just heard of her today. I love what I saw in the preview of her book.

    —Joan T on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work. I want to learn more.

    —Joel Sellers on October 2, 2017
  • I am a fan and love her appliquéd girls.

    —Paula Neuer on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today. Very calm colors.

    —stephanie woodward on October 2, 2017
  • I have had Yoko Saito envy for several years now. Her work is amazingly beautiful! I can only dream of being able to applique like that.

    —Wendy on October 2, 2017
  • I’ve been a fan since I first saw her work, many years ago.

    Jody M on October 2, 2017
  • I just learned about her today.

    —Denise Campbell on October 2, 2017
  • I am familiar with her work.

    A. Bouwman on October 2, 2017
  • I have just learnt about Ms Saito today.Her work is absolutely beautiful.I love them

    —Lorna henderson on October 3, 2017
  • Love her work and it is instantly recognized. Colors are exceptional.

    —Marilyn on October 3, 2017
  • I’m working on the Hexie Flower Garden out of her Traditional Block Patterns book – her designs are lovely!

    —Monika on October 3, 2017
  • I am familiar with her work-and have one of her beautiful books!

    —Susan Perry on October 3, 2017
  • Just learned about her today. She’s an inspiration.

    —Lill on October 3, 2017
  • Been a fan forever !!

    —Mary on October 3, 2017
  • I’ve been a fan of her forever!

    —Connie on October 3, 2017
  • Just heard of her today. Excited about her work and material designs.

    —Jennie Cruzan on October 3, 2017
  • i just love the cute projects . I have to make them

    janie on October 3, 2017
  • I LOVE her patterns, books everything about her. I know this will sound silly but when i was 5 we were in Tokyo and my mother let me pick the fabrics for my kimono. (You could get one made overnight!!) my mother went in the next day to pick it up, asked the shop keeper for kimono for Cindy, “no Cindy” I had told her my name was Mitcheko Hoshino. I’ve loved Asian fabrics since!

    —Cindy Smith on October 3, 2017
  • I’ve been a fan forever. Her books are great.

    —Carol C on October 3, 2017
  • I saved my first picture of Yoko Saito’s work to my computer in 2012, so that must be forever. Love her work. I’ve bought three of her books already. She is such an inspiration.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on October 3, 2017
  • Omgosh! What amazing projects! Would love to buy this book!! 😍😍😍

    —Roseanne on October 3, 2017
  • Been a fan! Have another one of her books but it is on her color theory and no patterns for the wonderful bags. Love these and will het the book for sure!

    —LisaC on October 4, 2017
  • Just learned of her today n this post. Thank you. Her creations are unique

    —Diane B on October 4, 2017
  • I have seen her work before in British quilting magazines. She has a very distinctive style.

    —Elizabeth McDonald on October 4, 2017
  • I’ve been working on her pattern Vases of Flowers. Wonderful colors in her pieces.

    —Tammi on October 5, 2017
  • Became aware of Sako’s work in a Quilt Mania magazine with her beautiful appliqué, she’s very talented lady, will have to make sure I get this book.

    —Margaret Lee on October 6, 2017
  • Am aware of her work… absolutely beautiful!

    —Karen on October 6, 2017
  • I have previously admired her work but do not own any of her books…not sure I have the talent!

    —Vickie on October 6, 2017
  • My mother and I have been fans forever! I just can’t usually afford her beautiful pattern books. I might treat my mother to one though. She’s worth it. 🙂

    —Sherryl W on October 6, 2017
  • I just heard of her today. Very inspiring and whimsical!

    —Cheri on October 6, 2017
  • I first saw Sako’s books in a bookstore in Thailand about 10 years ago. They were in Japanese, but I think I bought 3 and drooled over them on the flight home. Even though the schematics were metric, conversion was simple, and I have loved them. I call them Zen-sewing because they become a type of meditation for me.

    —Peggi on October 6, 2017
  • Yoko Saito’s work is absolutely beautiful, I have several of her books and would love to have more…I’m not sure my work would equal hers but I’d like to try.

    —Ruth Spencer on October 6, 2017
  • Don’t know her but have heard the name. Looks like lovely book.

    —shirley marvin on October 6, 2017
  • I am familiar with her amazing work and love her style. Beautiful!

    —YvonneJ on October 6, 2017
  • I am familiar with this amazing artist, such beautiful work…and to have her book available in English, wow!

    —Nancy B on October 6, 2017
  • I have been a fan ever since I discovered her.

    —Renea on October 6, 2017
  • I am familiar with her work. I would love to incorporate some of her work into some special.

    —George on October 6, 2017
  • I love, love, love her work! Such gorgeous work. Have been looking at for some time & planning on a project now.

    —Lynne on October 6, 2017
  • Just learn about her today. Love all the cute bags.

    —Linda Christianson on October 7, 2017
  • I am familiar with her work and am so glad to hear it is now in English through Martingale!

    —Denise Wood on October 10, 2017
  • This is the first I’ve read about her, so thanks so much. These projects are gorgeous and really appeal to me. Thank you again!

    —bookboxer on October 11, 2017
  • I have been a fan forever. My goal is to use two of her books that I own and produce various items that are even half as good as hers. Her use of taupe and subtle pinks, greys, greens and blues is inspiring.

    —Shirley Symns on October 23, 2017
  • Saw her exhibit at the International Quilt Show in Houston last week, amazing talent. I purchase a kit and book at the Martingale booth. can’t wait to get started on the project.

    That’s wonderful, Janette – it was an AMAZING thing to see Yoko’s Saito’s work in person! –Jenny

    —janette on November 7, 2017
  • I have an older book of hers not in English & have always wished I could read directions. Beautiful work.

    Shirley on January 19, 2018

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