Yoko Saito’s Quilts & Projects from My Favorite Fabrics
Published by Stitch Publications in English, 2016
112 Pages, fully color illustrated
28 Projects with illustrated instructions and full sized templates and patterns
"The selection of fabric for any quilt or patchwork project is essential to the success of the finished items. Twenty years ago it was difficult to fins quilting cotton with the specific colors that I was looking for in Japan. It was then that a fabric manufacturer contact me to see if I would be interested in designing an original line of quilting fabric for them. Immediately my mind went to the concept of replicating the look of fabrics that I had seen in antique quilts. Over the years I had collected books on antique quilts and had taken quite a few pictures during my travels. I used a magnifying glass to examine and study the general colors and types of patterns that were often used. I began to draw my own unique designs and chose colors that reflected my favorite antique quilts. The fabric line became known as the Centenary Collection. It is hard to believe that twenty years have passed, and I have finished my twentieth collection with Lecien. As is true with everyone, I believe, my own color choices have changes and grown over the years. The early years reflected colors that are often identified with the warmth of Americana or American country, while in the last few years I have found a love for the cool, smokey shades of the Scandinavian region. Even now, however, I feel that I continue to evolve in my love and understanding of color. 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 in all my work. The finished fabric is the culmination of combining the color and the pattern. unfortunately for all of us, fabrics that we love or see are not available forever and are sometimes hard to find. Most of the fabrics used in the quilts and patchwork projects in this book are from my Centenary Collection released in the fall of 2014 to specifically celebrate the many years I've been designing. If you desire to replicate these designs to my finished works and can't find the fabric from this collection, I encourage you to do what I did for many years. Study the designs and colors of the fabric you are trying to recreate and look for one that matches as closely as possible. This will make your finished project even more of a reflections of you."