Teenage pop singer Nori-P (Noriko Sakai) exploded onto the Japanese music scene in 1986. At that time, many novelty yukata cotton designs featured her autograph—a cartoonish little man with three hairs on his head.
For this quilt, I added the red-and-white tomato pattern to a collection of Nori-P yukata cottons as they all shared the same level of exuberance. When the quilt blocks were on the design wall, the whole composition looked like a mush of red. To delineate the design, I decided on skinny yellow sashing. Of course, I did not have a long enough length of yellow cotton on hand so I sewed strips together with wee red connectors. The stitch-pattern is a blown-up version of Nori-P’s signature—made with three rows of hand-stitching.
Nori-P was featured in Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts, as a project with instructions. Made with vintage yukata cottons, sourced in Japan by Patricia, plus contemporary solids.
The quilt, signed with Patricia’s applique´signature, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a custom linen bag. Shipping and insurance are free to a domestic US address.
Photos of quilt and Patricia by Kate Baldwin.
Patricia founded Okan Arts—a family business that imports vintage Japanese textiles. Inspired by these found fabrics, Patricia incorporates hand-dyed yukata cottons into her quilt designs. An award-winning quilter, Patricia’s quilts have been exhibited at quilt museums across the country.