Published by Stitch Publications (in English), 2012
128 Pages, fully color illustrated
27 Projects with illustrated instructions and full sized templates and patterns
"When I arrived in the Swedish region of Dalarna, I was unaccountably moved by the color of the clear blue sky. The deep blue of the lakes was surrounded by blankets of snow. It wash as though I were being welcomed into a dream world. I am not know for using the color blue in my quilts; however, I began to love the transparent blue that I saw in the sky. Blue can be difficult to work with, as just a little bit can go a long way in a quilt, but the Swedes have perfected their use of this color. For example, I saw a little old gray church with a blue chair on the porch. It was the perfect setting for this pop of color. It was also often used as an interior accent color in the houses that I visited. I was so inspired by the charming world of blue I found myself in, I quickly began designing. Over the years I have encountered hundred of American quilts. Certainly no one would argue that the vast number of quilt patterns were born in the United States and many advanced quilt-making techniques have flourished. However, I can't help but feel that there has been a loss of fundamental hand-sewing skills as the use of sewing machines has become the norm. What I found was great kinship in the Nordic culture and the warmth of those lost arts. It made me feel alive." Yoko Saito, a celebrated quilt artist in Japan, is well-known for her detailed work and unique use of “taupe color.” In this book, Ms. Saito explores traditional Swedish designs and crafts, translating them into 27 new projects employing her own unique design style. The projects include quilts, handbags, soft toys, kitchen items and accessories.