Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece: 29 Stitched Projects from Yoko Saito

Stitch your way to where Americana quilt themes and Japanese esthetic combine.

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From master quilt artist Yoko Saito, Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece explores traditional folk themes and interprets them with a vintage, yet modern feel. Inside, you'll learn traditional patchwork techniques, such as log cabin, hexagons, baskets, and stars, sewn in soft sepia and taupe fabrics. Featuring piecework, appliqué, machine stitching, handstitching, and embroidery, these projects are a delight for anyone who loves doing needlework. You'll also discover large wall quilts as well as smaller projects, from fabric baskets and handbags to an apron and fabric cushions--all with enclosed paper patterns.

In her masterful style, Yoko Saito uses beautiful and meticulous stitching while still embracing the wabi sabi concept of imperfection, using odd-shaped pieces and quilting with a free mind. Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece invites all quilt artists to stray from conventional designs and create one-of-a-kind quilts and quilted projects.
Table of Contents


  • Hexagon Bag
  • Orange Peel Bag
  • Bag with Variant Squares
  • Log Cabin Bag
  • Rugby Ball Shaped Bag with Spools
  • Basket with Flower Applique
  • Trapezoidal Bag with New York Beauty
  • Bucket Shaped Bag with Reverse Applique
  • Baltimore Quilt
  • Candlewick Bag
  • String Quilt Pouch
  • Drunkard's Path Pouch
  • Shoulder Bag with Crosses
  • Applique Quilt Tapestry
  • Compass Bag
  • Pouch with Dog & Cat Applique
  • Circle Pen Case
  • Pouch with Reverse Applique
  • Square Cross Bag
  • Bag with Basket Motifs
  • Sewing Case with Lemon Star Applique
  • Small Box with Flower Applique
  • Measure Case with Triangle Patchwork
  • Hawaiian Quilt Tapestry
  • Apron with Applique
  • Baset Wall Pocket
  • Hooked Rug Bag


About the Author
Yoko Saito appears regularly on Japanese television, in magazines, has published multiple books, and holds quilt exhibitions and workshops in France, Italy, and Taiwan. In 2008, she founded the Yoko Saito Quilt Exhibition at Matsuya department store in Ginza, Tokyo. She lives in Tokyo.

SKU: 12QM03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Yoko Saito

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596688582

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Customer Reviews

What a precious book! Review by Denise

I had seen Yoko's work in magazines, but this collection of projects is a gem. Her signature taupe fabrics and wonky blocks adds whimsy and charm to her designs. Yoko's fabric colors appeals to traditional quilters, while her modern bag designs redefine this old staple of every woman's accessory arsenal. I am glad she incorporated Sashiko into some of her offerings, as I have fallen in love with this Japanese technique.

If you like to make quilted bags and other unique gifts, this book by a Japanese seasoned quilter is a must-have for your quilt library!

(Posted on 6/3/14)

Lovely book Review by Sherry

I've had a chance to sit down with this book and a cup of coffee. It wasn't long until I got the pencil out and started making notes for my next bag. The instructions are very detailed. And the photos are crisp and close so you can see the design sense that went in to each bag. There are full size templates for the pieces and the quilting/embroidery in the back of the book. She suggests you photocopy them as they are on both sides of the paper. I'm new to Yoko Saito but love everything she does. Her sense of beautiful neutrals and intentional irregularity make every item a unique piece of art.

(Posted on 4/8/14)