The Japanese flock to see the cherry blossoms, known as sakura, in early spring. They adore the clouds of delicate pink overhead and see the season as a new beginning—a time for optimism and hope.
This quilt is just plain boisterous. I had great fun slicing into the solid-colored cottons and adding the maverick white stripes. All three patterned yukata cottons, although vintage, add a modern vibe. The backing fabric is filled with memories. It’s made from a used yukata I bought in Kyoto and took apart and cut up. Hand-stitching, with white perle cotton, I echoed the shapes of the floral patterns.
Sakura Spring 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.