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Last year I promised we’d explore the works of other Japanese quilters this year. But for January, I’m sticking with Yoko Saito. Her name just seems to be in the air lately. Before we get to all that, however, here’s a quick progress picture of my Hexagon and Fence post quilt. The rosettes outgrew their initial box. Here’s 68 of the little hexagon flowers (I’ll be making 186 total; I still have a long way to go!) and some of the tiny rail fence blocks.
For Christmas, I received two Yoko Saito books. Happy day! Today I’ll share my impressions of Strolling Along Paths of Green. If you have not yet splurged on a Yoko Saito book, I HIGHLY recommend this one as a starter. Unlike Taupe Color Theory, this book includes tons of photographs of the project steps. The book has a multitude of lovely plant-inspired applique motifs, 18 bag designs and two quilt projects. I’m looking forward to making a couple of these to expand my bag-making skills. I’ve never been a huge fan of applique, but this book may just convince me otherwise.
Speaking of lovely floral appliques, have you seen Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks volume 10? It has a block from Yoko Saito!!!! How cool is that?!? You can see it in the top right corner of the cover:
Quiltmaker did an awesome job of explaining the block and including a special tip for making such tiny bias stems. I’m going to try this one soon, and probably just frame the block by itself for a lovely mini-quilt.
Lately I have spent far too much time on the internet, pouring over some of my favorite bloggers’ impressions from the 2015 Great Tokyo Quilt Festival. I’m linking to specific posts below, but be sure to scroll around on their blogs, several of them have multiple posts pertaining to the festival. Someday, I hope to see this show in person, but until then, these blogs are the next best thing! I especially love the exhibit about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie.