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.