Saturday, December 31, 2011

interwoven flora

White flowers and branches criss-cross this premium indigo yukata bolt from the 1960s or 70s.

Friday, December 30, 2011


This bolt is exceptional with its graphic pattern of interlocking bursts of light. And, there is no fresher color combination than bright white on a rich blue.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

spectacular lilies

This premium yukata bolt has a fun color combination of rainbow lilies and leaves outlined with mid-pink on a rich olive background. Sounds wacky but it’s lively and irresistible.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

floating UFOs

This indigo bolt features interesting objects that I can not identify. They are probably not alien but instead motifs from Japanese culture.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

the symbol of innocence

In ancient Greece, white lilies signified an innocence of danger. In the Orient, the flower respects and glorifies the life of someone gone. Although this bolt is filled with a low-contrast pattern of white lilies on a sauterne background, it is very powerful.

Monday, December 26, 2011

the gift of simplicity

Pale blue on indigo makes this all-over motif a great foil in quilts with more complex patterns.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

rainbow irises

Colorful irises, leaves and dragonflies bring this bright blue yukata bolt to life.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

sublime silhouettes

Two greens work together to produce this grassy composition of leafy blossoms and stripes.

Friday, December 23, 2011

petite patterns

The smallest white butterflies, flowers and diamond line work fills this yukata yardage.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

grassy linework

Bright white lines completely cover this navy indigo bolt in an intriguing pattern reminiscent of grass, or waves, or wings, or ?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

brights with neutrals

Fantasy hydrangea with royal blue, cherry red and bright yellow petals sprawl across a sea of blush, tan and mocha.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

the pink pond

Delicate dragonflies flit over a pool of pink. The undulating mauve stripes are alive with water and flower motifs.

Monday, December 19, 2011

smoked salmon

I love this color. Is it salmon? Peach? Pale Coral? Just gorgeous with the indigo flowers full of mix-and-match patterns.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

magic in blue

This blue-on-blue motif includes lacy butterflies, Japanese fans with colorful blossoms, and a twisting ribbon with a dotted floral pattern.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

a study in contrasts

Dark and light. Big and small. Complex and simple. Striped and plain. This bolt creates energy with its variety of motifs.

Friday, December 16, 2011

chocolate fantasy

Occasionally I get a request for brown yukata cotton but I rarely have any. This bolt is delicious with its rich chocolate and mocha backgrounds.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

classic combos

Crisp indigo and white are always such a delightful combination—especially when the designs are bamboo, sakura blossoms and parasols.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

geo squared

This pattern of squares within squares is stacked like bricks. It’s an understated pattern for a man’s yukata.

Monday, December 12, 2011

arty brushstrokes

This bolt is delicious. It has a handsome color combo—bamboo green and indigo blue.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

tribal beat

This pattern almost looks like it is from Africa. Instead it’s for a man’s summer yukata.

Friday, December 9, 2011

morning glory tendrils

Morning glories, the bane of my yard, yet a glorious pattern on this yukata bolt. Great colors—olive and pumpkin, magenta and turqoise—on a warm neutral background.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

tropical gold

Bright flowers, striped leaves and white butterflies all float on a sea of gold. A song of Hawaii rings out.

Monday, December 5, 2011

fire flowers

This is a remarkable fabric with its great carmine background and fabulous fireworks pattern. What a blast!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

sublime and complex

Essentially there are three patterns on this yukata bolt—tiny stripes, colorful Xs and iris blossoms. It would be fun to cut this apart and sew it back together into an interesting quilt.

Friday, December 2, 2011

iris forever

The turquoise iris pattern flows continually across this indigo yukata bolt. At trunk shows, there are ladies who buy ALL the iris patterns. They just love irises.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

golden delight

Yellow star-flowers and sprays of pink blossoms stretch across this luscious gold yukata cotton.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

bodacious flora

This pink bolt is fearless in its over-sized pattern of dahlias and leaves with black linework.

Friday, November 25, 2011

denim and cream

This bolt for a man’s summer yukata has two different layers of artwork—sketchy cream-colored lines, and navy stripes and triangles on a lighter indigo background.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

crazy carnations

Like polka dots, this bolt of yukata cotton is covered with a fun composition of carnation flowers.

Monday, November 21, 2011

graphic greyscale

Sakura blossoms, dragonflies, and bold chunks of black and grey—this is a dramatic bolt of yukata cotton that’s very different from the standard fare of flowers with vivid colors.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

glamour girls

Butterflies and sakura blossoms flit across this deep pink yukata bolt. It evokes the feeling of a glorious springtime day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

dragonflies on green

An unusual color combination—that works! I like the background green with yellow dragonflies and periwinkle blossoms. But what are the little red things?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

grand scale

What wild flowers made of “gingham” blue and red! I have not idea how this will work in a quilt. Somehow, someone will fall in love with this fabric.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

young and vivid

This bold pink bolt is embellished with wonderful bright flowers. I love the turquoise with green and purple accents.

Monday, October 31, 2011

big blossoms and butterflies on blue

Lush colors and over-sized graphics make this an exciting nature pattern.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

autumn jewels

Dull with brights—the color combination radiates a wonderful lightness and richness at the same time.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

dancing dragonflies

Can you imagine a yukata in this fabric? The teal green with navy blue are so handsome together especially with the gold and red hits of color from the dragonflies.

Friday, October 28, 2011

dramatic carmine

Stylized black butterflies span the width of this yukata bolt with over-layer of striped coral butterflies, all on a bright red background. Gorgeous.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

softly glowing

A white halo around the flowers and leaves in this yukata cotton add a fairy-like magic to the pattern.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

irresistible white on indigo

This bolt of yukata cotton is an easy one for quilters to love because it has an all-over pattern. The design may be parasols or zinnias!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

morning glory elegance

This green-on-green pattern is so pretty. I can just imagine a young Japanese woman wearing a yukata made of this fabric to a summer festival. She would be the belle of the evening.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

delicate roses

With variegated color tones in the leaves and petals, this is an exquisite hand-dyed yukata cotton. The palette is unusual yet highly compelling.

blue on blue

The palette of this quiet yet bold yukata cotton is intriguing. I like the dark blue leaves and the spots of glowing violet with the charming little flowers.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

hip tulips

I love the stenciled look of the modern style hand-dyed yukata cotton. The simplicity of the colors and linework make it look very sophisticated.

Friday, October 21, 2011

a wealth of tulips

Originally a hot commodity in Holland in the early 1600s, tulips today are a wonderful sign of Spring. This pastel pink cotton is touched with painterly red and blue tulips.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

soft as a buttercup

This delightful yellow bolt is decorated with gently colored flowers and abstracted leaves.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

feathers and butterflies

Vivid green on green, this bolt is alive with butterflies flying by floating feathers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Absolutely traditional, this indigo bolt is a classic pattern of hydrangeas with stylized sweeping textures in the background.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

fall composition

This two-toned rust background with beige, gold and grey leaves is a rich seasonal statement.