Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Yoko Saito books

What a whirlwind of a week it's been!  The winding path we mentioned last week seems to have become a circle where we feel as though we are chasing our tail.  Because of some unexpected family commitments, we are a day behind on processing blocks of the month.  If you don't receive your package this week, it'll arrive next week.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Last week we told you about Yoko Saito's book "Past and Present".  We sold the copies we had in record time.  Unfortunately, the book is no longer available; however, we contacted Yoko and found she has a dozen copies available.  You'll have to order from Japan but wanted to pass along this information in case you just can't live without a copy. 

Since so many of you expressed interest in Yoko's book, we thought we'd feature more of her in print books this week.  All books are written in English and are beautifully photographed.

"Houses, Houses, Houses" includes 34 projects in 113 pages.  You will learn how to design your own house block.  Projects includes handbags, pouches, carry-all, tissue case, pencil case, and more.  Cost is $34.95.
"Yoko Saito's Scandinavian Quilts" contains 27 projects in 129 pages.  The projects include quilts, handbags, soft toys, kitchen items, and accessories.   Cost is $34.95.
"Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece" contains 29 individual projects in 152 pages.  The book contains concise instructions with detailed diagrams.  A large packet of fold out patterns is included.  $26.95
Yoko has a new embroidery book with a mid-April release date.  "138 Original Applique Designs" contains 20 projects in 232 pages.  Our friend Priscilla at Stitch Publications translates Yoko's books into English. The original version of this book is selling on the secondary market for over $124.....but you can have a copy containing everything that was in the original book for only $42.95.

If you'd like to preorder the book, please e-mail ( or call (479-372-7403). 
We are putting together an order for more Yoko books.  If you'd like to order any title(s) shown below, please let us know by next Tuesday.  We'll place the order then.

"Strolling along Paths of Green" - $34.95 - 33 projects in 113 pages
"Floral Bouquet Quilts" - $34.95 - 29 projects in 112 pages
"12 Original Embroidery Designs" - $42.95 - 20 projects in 120 pages
"Japanese Taupe Color Theory" - $37.95 - 37 projects in 147 pages
"Woolwork" - $32.95 - 34 projects in 96 pages
"Bags for Everyday Use" - $34.95 - 21 projects in 112 pages
"House Warming Patchwork" and "New Classic Patchwork" - both are $27.95 each.
We can't close without sharing a new project with you.  One of our friends, Shirley C, referred us to this pattern.  When we saw it we knew we just had to make it.  It's a large pincushion (7 1/2") so will surely hold all your pins.  We think it would also make a sweet accent pillow.  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, wool, and background cotton.

The first photo shows the kit pincushion; the second photo shows the pattern (which you will see includes several other adorably cute pincushions).  The pattern is included in your kit.
Since this is getting rather long, we will close.  Darlene and Kay are at the Dallas quilt show.  The show will be held at the Dallas Market Hall, NW corner of I35E & Market Center Blvd, March 11-13.  Hours on the 11th and 12th are 10-5 and hours on the 13th are 12-5.  For more info you can check out the guild website at

Debby will have the store open regular hours -- it's a little bare with many samples gone......but we are quite sure the quilters in Dallas will be happy to see what we've brought.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

1 comment:

Barbara Yglesias said...

The link you provided for Past & Present does not work.