Saturday, November 17, 2012

sweet lull

I am taking a break from purchasing new bolts right now. Since StashFest last Spring I have refreshed one third of my inventory with wonderful vintage yukata patterns.

My next guild presentation is Thu Jan 3 with Block Party Quilters in Sammamish where I’ll take an ample selection of yukata cottons.

Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

graphic glory

Great blues, fun polka dots and wacky blossoms with red anthers play with the concept of a floral pattern.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

first sign of spring

Crocuses push through the snow to bring the promise of new life—shown here with a pale pumpkin background and arcs of patterned open flowers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

bright blackness

Sauterne flowers with rose-colored centers and turquoise leaves pop off a solid black background.

Friday, November 2, 2012

regal butterflies

A symbol of the royal family in Japan, silver butterflies float over stylized, striped butterflies.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

carpet of lavender

Little blotches of pale blue and the lyrical black line work make this yukata pattern come to life.                                                   

Thursday, October 25, 2012

bold sunshine

Wow! What would this look like as a summer kimono on a petite Japanese woman? Crazy wild.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

butterfly bonanza

Loopy and lively butterflies fill a sky of pale peacock blue.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

color contrasts neutral

Periwinkle-tipped blossoms with dotted and striped leaves float on a plaid-like backdrop of smokey gray and tan.                                                  

Friday, October 19, 2012

sunny flowers

A heartwarming bolt of golden sunflowers with violet centers and two kinds of leaf designs.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

gentlemen prefer geometry

This repeating indigo and white graphic pattern is simple and subdued—produced for a man’s yukata.

Monday, October 15, 2012

the butterfly effect

In chaos theory, the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can effect other conditions very far away. As these Japanese butterflies take wing, they effect us all the way over here in North America.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

red, white and indigo

The richness of deep indigo is highlighted with the white leaf graphics and scarlet red flowers.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

tropical treat

Hibiscus blossoms and palm fronds beckon thoughts of balmy breezes and white sandy beaches.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

dancing dervishes

On a backdrop of Copenhagen blue, these segmented swirls are full of fresh colors and energy.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

exquisite elegance

I just love the richness of this composition with the complex flowers and ruby butterflies.

Friday, October 5, 2012

happy days

Red peace doves and wacky white flowers with pink centers fly through a cerulean sky. Plus there are two floating signatures—Tari and Hana—on this bright yukata bolt.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Jumping through brushstroke waves, these red dolphins are a rare motif in yukata cottons.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

golden lilies

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.” Yellow and black lilies stretch across this rich gold cotton yukata bolt.

Monday, October 1, 2012

cats minimus

The Lilliputian purple cats on this dusty teal background are unexpectedly adorable.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

eery swallows

Like Matisse’s torn paper collages, this yukata bolt is unique with its strong swallow images and sea of pink.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

micro sakura

An overall petite pattern of cherry blossoms is a wonderful complement to the yukata cottons with huge motifs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

flower power

Giant red flowers dominate this whimsical composition with small pink blossoms, white fuzz balls and a thick black stem.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

garden at midnight

There is something magical and romantic about these pink-mauve flowers on a steely blue background.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

rubber ducky

Playful as can be, this indigo on white pattern includes big and little ducks with crazy polka dots.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Friday, September 21, 2012

handsome geometry

Clean and controlled, this indigo and white bolt of yukata cotton was designed for a man’s summer kimono.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

showy butterflies

Pure and charming, these white butterflies on a mauve background soar high.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

pointillist flora

Little white dots transform these turquoise, willow green and lavender leaves into pastel shining forms.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


I am just beginning to learn Japanese (I'm only on my second lesson!). This bolt is named Amerikajing because of its bold red, white and blue palette.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

stylized serenity

The cranberry, lemon and violet leaves make a simple and pleasing pattern across this yukata bolt.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

dizzy dancing

Round and round and round you go and where you stop, nobody knows! What a wacky, colorful bolt.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

rockstar flowers

These punk flowers have their hair swept up into spikes and dyed bright colors to catch your attention.

Monday, September 3, 2012

genesis of lollipops?

Black and red hand-drawn spirals dominate this simple yukata bolt that’s the color of a grocery bag.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

sunshine shells

Muted, this seaside motif is delightful with its yellow, tangerine and plum shells on sandy gray.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

bent and twisted

Although this yukata cotton is soft and flowing, its pattern has a tension with convoluted linework and patches of vivid colors.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

modern masterpiece

How remarkable that this arty pattern is actually hand-dyed, yard after yard after yard.

Friday, August 24, 2012

messy madness

Gray and black with little hits of lavender, this bolt is stunning with its wacky brushstroke shapes.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

neon details

The crazy pink antennae of this almost neutral butterfly pattern was what appealed to me most about this yukata bolt.

Monday, August 20, 2012

nancy crow was here

Powerfully bold, this two-color pattern is hand-dyed magnificently with raspberry and black.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

urban abstract

Color and more color in this graphic collage of building-like shapes on a blue-violet background.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

brazen butterflies

A pink sky? That is the color of the sky in my newest quilt—a whopping 7x9 foot quilt with lots of color!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

gridded blossoms

Persimmon, key lime and ivory blossoms are neatly placed in little indigo boxes on this bolt.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

glowing garden

Opposites create a pop with orange yellow flowers on a backdrop of bright blue window panes.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

sunshine at midnight

Sunny sunflowers beam out of the indigo background with the added interest of shibori-styled leaves.

Friday, August 10, 2012

big bouquet

Iris, daisy and hydrangea come together to make an outrageous and colorful display of garden glory.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

charming circles

This is a rare bolt with little Japanese people in half the circles and bamboo fronds in the other. I love the background asparagus color!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

hydrangea sprays

Neutral and rich, this bold features white hydrangea with tan and dark cranberry flowerettes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

happy flowers

Seeing the wacky flowers on this yukata bolt makes me smile. They are oversized, lopsided, polka doted and in fun colors.

Monday, August 6, 2012

circle action

Bold orange temple wheels spin across this classic indigo yukata bolt.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

bursting with energy

Indigo petals radiate out from colored centers in this appealing all-over pattern.