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yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism

yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism

By guest blogger Teresa Duryea Wong, quilter, speaker and author 

Update Jan. 2019: Since this post was written, I have written a second book which includes even more information on Yoshiko Jinzenji. Cotton & Indigo from Japan is available online, at quilt shops, and on my website https://teresaduryeawong.com

In October of 2018, I gave a lecture on Yoshiko Jinzenji’s art and quilt life at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was such a thrill, especially since she was there with me for the lecture, which preceded a workshop she gave the next day.

KYOTO, JP  In September, I had a special visit with Yoshiko Jinzenji in her home up in the mountains outside Kyoto. We toured her gorgeous custom-built house and of course, went through dozens of her stunning quilts.

The kitchen in the home of Yoshiko Jinzenji, outside Kyoto. Needless to say, an afternoon spent digging through these treasures—touching them, running my hands over her impeccable stitching, noticing the million tiny details—was priceless.

Teresa Duryea Wong visits with Yoshiko JinzenjiYoshiko Jinzenji began making quilts around 1970 and in fact, she has recently retired from quilt making and is focusing her creative talent on cooking. Her prolific quilt career over more than four decades, and her incredible vision and innovation, offer contemporary quilt historians a rich legacy.

Yoshiko has finely tuned her minimalist palette and infuses her art with tons of tiny details that give her quilts rich hues and an unforgettable feel.

Yoshiko JinzenjiFor many years Yoshiko maintained studios in Bali, Indonesia and Kyoto, Japan and living in these two countries inspired her to seek out and perfect the art of natural dyes. At one-time, she was practically a one-woman industry who would dye her own yarns, weave her own cloth and make completely original quilts and other items from her own textiles.

Shibori fabric by Yoshiko Jinzenji

Yoshiko’s quilts require patience and personal experience to truly appreciate. Her work is unusual on so many levels and the quiet palette of mostly white, off white and other natural colors is incredibly soothing in a world saturated with color, noise and confusion.

Quilt Detail by Yoshiko Jinzenji

Minimalism is not for everyone. To produce work in this genre requires a great deal of focus and fortitude. The artist has to edit out the extraneous color, edit out too many lines, edit out the clutter. When minimalism is done well, the result draws your eye to the uniqueness that a seemingly limited color set and design can render. You find yourself studying the detail and appreciating the finer points. Yoshiko’s quilts fit this category precisely. She is a master of focus and refinement. And she constructs her quilts in ways that are entirely new and innovative, a process she refers to as “engineering” quilts.

Quilted bags by Yoshiko JinzenjiHer artwork is in private collections around the world and many museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska, the Spencer Museum in Kansas, and others.

Japanese Contemporary Quilts & Quilters by Teresa Duryea WongTeresa’s new book:
Yoshiko Jinzenji is featured in my new book, Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters. Readers will enjoy learning more about her background and how she came to quilting.

My book tells the history of 40 years of quilt making in Japan and how the idea of the quilt was originally imported from America.

My book also introduces dozens of talented quilt artists—former painters, graphic artists, seamstresses and homemakers who have made professional careers in quilting—along with antique American quilts and early Japanese quilts.

The Japanese quilts are stunning and each quilter offers a unique Japanese aesthetic while staying true to their own style of landscape, taupe-ism, applique, abstract, mixed media or fiber art.
Teresa Duryea Wong book, Contemporary Japanese Quilts & Quilters

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124 comments to “yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism”

  1. Janet Wright says:

    I saw that this book was just published and will buy it if I don’t win it. I love all things Japanese and I am a quilter. Janet

    • Hi Janet. I am thrilled to see that you’ve heard of my book and want a copy. If you don’t win, you can find the book on Amazon, at some quilt stores, or I autograph copies on my website. Teresa

  2. Laura Tawney says:

    I’m in awe of the countless hours and sometimes thousands of pieces that form a quilt in Japanese quilting. I would love to learn more about the different artists from Japan and their style of quilting and history. I’ve also taken a class from Norico Endo and she is a gentle spirit and so talented.

  3. Edna Warkentine says:

    I have many Japanese friends and admire the precise manner in which they work at quilting as well as other arts. The time and patience at their work are examples for all of us.

  4. Michelle Reiter says:

    I just spent two weeks in Japan soaking up as much as I could. I can’t wait to go back. I love the Japanese aesthetic in all arts, fashion, architecture and food, but especially quilts!

  5. mandalei76 says:

    Japanese textiles have always been an inspiration and I am really delving into their quilting tradition this year. I’ll have to buy this if I don’t win it!

  6. SOOZ says:

    i have a collection of asian fabrics that i cannot bear to cut into. i can remember
    pretty much where i got each piece…a trip down memory lane each time.

    • Japanese feel that by cutting into fabrics and reusing old fabrics you are giving them new life, paying tribute to their spirit! So I’ve taken courage from that idea to cut my own fabrics and use them to make something new and beautiful.

  7. Peggy Johnson says:

    I am always drawn to the detail and precision found in Japanese quilting.

  8. Mrs. Plum says:

    I have long admired Noriko Endo’s quilts, and would like to know more about other Japanese quilt makers. Thank you for the giveaway..

  9. Patricia Espinosa says:

    I have always had a love of Japanese textiles and love using them in many of my own quilts! The story about Yoshiko is so inspiring and the pictures shown in the article are stunning. Getting a first-hand insight into how some of the beautiful Japanese quilts are created would be amazing…such beautiful works of art!

  10. Linda Hall says:

    Japanese quilting arts are so elegant and breathtaking in their simplicity. I would love to own this book.

  11. Laura says:

    My interest in Japanese textiles are many. I am first drawn by the amazing workmanship of the textile creation, quilt design and quilt technique. I am drawn to such techniques as shibori. Most of all I am drawn to Japanese textiles and quilts because so many their makers are artists who dedicate their lives to the art.

  12. marta says:

    going to a quilt show I always stay longer to look at japanese quilts then the other..thank you….marta

  13. Janice Paine Dawes says:

    I was first drawn to sashiko stitching and now am fascinated with Boro. I practice both in my textiles. Would love the book.

  14. FionaC says:

    Decades ago we often had young Japanese students stay in our home in Australia. One of those students whose, mum was a quilter, gifted me a Japanese quilting magazine and some photos of his mum with her quilts. As a newbie quilter I was in awe and even though I can’t read a word of the magazine it has survived multiple declutterings and always will.

  15. Shelly Burge says:

    I remember the first time I saw a quilt made by a Japanese Quiltmaker at the Houston Quilt Festival, I was blown away by the exceptional artistry and workmanship.

  16. Sue Smith says:

    I am interested in the regional differences that happen in quilting to get such a different look.

  17. Barbara Kampas says:

    I collect Japanese fabrics and have enjoyed designing with them in my quilts. Would love to learn more about contemporary quilt artists discussed in your new book.

  18. Lyn Wolf Jackson says:

    I lived in Fussa Machi, Japan for two years. Love the culture and their art. Quilting in Japan definitely put a different twist on American quilting, incorporating their sashiko stitching and personal asthetic. Part of the quilting world kalidoscope.

  19. Nadine Nakano says:

    I love all things Japanese! Of course, it is part of my heritage as well! I love your blog!

  20. Miep Jager-Schiphorst says:

    My interest stems from Yoshiko’s quilts. My love went from there as I really enjoy the peace and calmness that come from making Japanese inspired quilts.

  21. Veronica Haberthuer says:

    I have admired the care and time the Japanese quilters I have seen take with their quilting. It seems the quilt is more respected there as art. It’s not about quick, it’s about quality and beauty.

  22. Sabrina van Ginkel says:

    I would love to learn more about Japanese quilting.

  23. Heather says:

    The Japanese quilters are so talented. I love looking at their quilts and hope to sometime attend a quilt show in Japan. Your book sounds lovely.

  24. Kae Eagling says:

    Minimulist Japanese quilting might be my favorite of all.

  25. maxine lesline says:

    My road begins with the powerful simplicity of Japanese gardening using frail looking bamboo fencing and sparse plant materials.. then leading to the same ‘shibui’ understanding used in fabric design and on to the art of Japanese.quilting.. growing subtly out of centuries of tradition formula evolving from rigidity to fluidity and the mastering of complexity through simplicity… or is it the other way?

  26. Beverly Shoger says:

    My one and only trip to Japan, opened such creative thoughts for me and respect for the art that fills the culture of Japan.

  27. Robin Shilman says:

    The more photos and articles I see the more I am drawn to it. The beautiful fabrics and the talented quilters are great inspiration.

  28. Linda Andrews says:

    The Japanese aesthetic draws me in. I first fell in love with obis and kimono fabrics, then I saw some Japanese quilts in a show. I am fascinated with the understated, asymmetrical arrangements of gorgeous fabrics, some clashing colors, yet the whole in harmony!

  29. Edlamae Thompson Baird says:

    I am working my way through bins of yukata recycled. It all moves my soul.

  30. Liana says:

    i like books about hawaiin quilting.

  31. Candice says:

    To think that I had my hands on this book & was called away before I had a chance to open it — OMG, it looks lovely! My interest stems from the 3 years I spent near Tokyo when I was seven to ten! My free time was filled with Japanese doll-making (yes, I still have them) and practicing Origami & Ikebana which I was taught in school! A life-shaping experience, I have a visceral, even bone deep, yearning for the minimal, spare, elegant, and understated!

    • Candice: Happy to hear you had the book in your hands! I hope you get back to it soon… and I appreciate your nice comment. The publisher and I worked hard on the design and feel of the book to create something worthy.

  32. Carol says:

    I have been a long-time fan of Japanese quilts and have followed the talented quilters from Japan through their published books. I can hardly wait to peruse this new volume featuring so many talented artists all together in one collection.

  33. Karen M. says:

    I have been doing Sashiko for a few years – I love hand work and especially this method. Japanese quilts are very fascinating to me. They’re very different and so beautiful with such intricate work. I would love to win this book!

  34. Jenny Smith says:

    I love Japanese style quilts, when I was lucky enough to attend a Houston show the Japanese quilts where stunning.

  35. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I love the Japanese way of using line and balance to create such beautiful art forms. Each seems complete in itself. I look forward to reading Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilter.

  36. Jennifer Corkish says:

    To win this book on the artistry of the Japanese Quilters would give me so much inspiration. I believe that I could learn so much about there simplicity but the detail.
    It is on my Christmas wish list

  37. Mieke Duyck says:

    The first japanese quilts I saw in my life were from Yoko Saito, and I am hooked ever since…I love everything about Japan, and more specifically their traditions with fabrics, sashiko, boro, Indigos, I symply adore all this.
    I am a passionate quilter ( and teacher) myself since 1991, and my style of quiltdesigning can be named ‘tarditional patters made into contemporary quilts’.
    Mieke Duyck aka creatieveblogger

  38. Patricia Hines says:

    I became interested in Japanese quilting when I met Noriko Endo at the Quilt Festival in Houston. I was unable to take her class but did get to see her working at the “Meet the Teachers” session.
    Yoshiko Jinzenji’s work is stunning!

  39. Kaye Koler says:

    Taupe Color Theory by Yoko Saito began my interest in Japanese quilting. Now I’m hooked ! There are several Japanese quitters I find intriguing…..thank you for the giveaway!

  40. Patricia Smith says:

    I have books from all 3 of these ladies.what a wonderful addition your book would be.

  41. Kathleen says:

    The minimalist Japanese quilts represent a moment to stand back and take a breath from the busy lives we all lead today. They are the visual break given to us by these skilled artists that we all need and don’t always take. Wonderful works of art.

  42. Laura Belkin says:

    I admire Japanese design and love to make quilts so this books brings together the best of the best!

  43. denise carbonell says:

    i enjoy using the remains of vintage kimono & obi to make my quilted pieces.i find minimalism to be quite rewarding.
    thank you.

  44. cynthia says:

    Her quilts are exquisite, and I admire the meticulous craftsmanship in Japanese quilts, especially the hand work.

  45. Claudette says:

    I love Japanese quilting! I have just completed 3 using Japanese fabrics! My quilts are nothing close to the precision, thought , designs and meticulous piecing and countless hours and art that “real” Japanese quilts embody. I am instantly drawn to Japanese quilts, I love using Japanese fabrics in my quilts. I would greatly love to win this book ! Thank you for the opportunity! Claudette at ev.fonn@ Hotmail.com

    • Claudette: Congrats on your 3 finishes. The Japanese quilts are quite meticulous. I think you’d enjoy seeing all the work being created in Japan today in my new book. If you don’t win, copies are on Amazon, some quilt stores and on my website 🙂

  46. Pat says:

    I love modern Japanese fabrics and quilts. My own work is slowly shifting toward a minimalist look. I would love to win this book.

  47. Margaret Horton says:

    The book looks so interesting and I welcome the opportunity of owning a copy. Thanks for your blogs, I always find them so informative. Margaret

  48. Dwana Zahn says:

    Japanese quilting is so inspiring, the precision and the intricate details are amazing. Would that I could have half their talent and patience.

  49. babs ratner says:

    Beautiful article , beautiful quilts . Amazing artist. thank you, B.

  50. Kris Nardello says:

    I really admire the skill it takes to make a very big impact with a very limited esthetic. Subtly can “speak” volumes.

  51. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    Japanese quilts seem to be either very detailed or very minimal and, either way, are so beautiful to look at.

  52. Susan Zakanycz says:

    This looks wonderful, I am interested as I love Japanese fabric, dyeing -shibori in indigo and the wonderful prints on fabric!

  53. Sue Hunt says:

    I have been interested in Japanese quilting for many years and was fortunate to live in Japan for four years. I saw many Japanese quilt shows both small and large while there. I have continued to make quilts inspired from this time and from my Japanese fabric collection. I know I would really enjoy this book!

  54. Debby says:

    I first saw Japanese quilts at PIQF and was an instant fan. The extreme attention to detail, and their beautiful aesthetic are what draws me to them again and again.

  55. Andrea Bursaw says:

    This is a very timely posting, as I have been waiting months for a January 2016 exhibit of Japanese quilts to be displayed at the New England Quilt Museum. The gallery space is small and when the last Japanese quilts were there I spent a full day drinking them in. The work is exquisite and simple, to startling effect!

  56. Susan Brehm says:

    I have always been fascinated with Japanese art, but I know next to nothing about Japanese quilting. Since minimalism is one of my true loves I really need to learn about this art form! Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Susan: I think you’d learn a lot about Japanese quilting from my book. Its really an art history story of how quilting was imported from America and quickly became its own art form. Lots of stories of amazing artists working in Japan today. Hope you get a copy!

  57. Tobie says:

    I was in Kyoto in October and saw lots of crafts. I am so impressed with the attention to detail. I’d love to see this book.

  58. Jerie Clark says:

    i like Japanese quilting a lot but if I win I will give it to my neighbor who is Japanese and makes beautiful quilts.

    • Jerie: Nice of you to consider you’re neighbor if you win. I hope they get to see the book! It also makes a nice gift and I sell autographed copies on my website, or you can get it from Amazon and quilt stores. Lots of Japanese quilt history in this book.

  59. Marjory Dench says:

    The Japanese approach to quilts is amazing, although the designs may appear simple a great deal of artistic skill is required to achieve such elegance. I am in awe.

  60. Marjory Dench says:

    The apparent simplicity achieved by Japanese quilt masters requires much skill and artistic ability. What a wonderful book , hope I win!

  61. Carola S. De Pasuale says:

    I have always found Japanese quilting to be works of art whether they are traditional, avant-gard, or thoroughly cutesy. I have been fortunate to see the works of most of the artists featured in the book. The book is already on my list to buy.

    • Carola: I’m honored my book is on your list to buy! It was a labor of love and there is a lot of quilt history in the book as well as the back stories of many of the amazing artists working in Japan today.

  62. Corinne Frieden says:

    Japanese quilting is all very new to me although I have always had an addiction to adding fish particulaly the koi in my quilts as the movement and richness of fish makes a quilt come alive. I have basicly let the fish lead me to looking into Japanese quilts.

    • Corinne: There is a stunning original fish quilt by Yoshiko Katagiri in my book – made with antique kimono and needle turn applique. Full page color image – one of my many favorites. I think you’d love reading her story and seeing all her quilts, as well as the others. Hope you get a copy!

  63. Peg Swartzman says:

    How wonderful to celebrate the delicious uniqueness of all artists and people!

  64. Thanks Janet. So glad to hear you’ve seen the book and want a copy!

  65. Jackie says:

    I already have one of Yoshikos patterns which I’m going to make soon. Would love this book.

  66. Theresa Duval says:

    The love of the Japanese culture and quilting inspires my interest in Japanese quilts. I can’t wait to turn the pages of this book. Thank you! Theresa

  67. Oona says:

    I know very little about quilting in Japan, aside from the incredible photos from the exhibitions that are posted annually online, but would love to learn more about some of the makers of those stunning works!

  68. Pam says:

    When I first started quilting many years ago, I bought some Japanese fabrics, not really knowing what I would do with them. Just their beauty made me want to own them!

  69. June says:

    I fell for textiles hard and young–in elementary school to be precise. And when I moved to Kyoto at age 22, in 1980, when it was still possible to buy exquisite kasuri kimono at “shrine sales” for a song, I was in heaven. This interest in Japanese textiles was extended and deepened when I encountered the work of quilter Shizuko Kuroha, which led me to explore some of the other Japanese luminaries of the art. I myself quilt now and take great pleasure in making creations out of Japanese fabric.

  70. melissa sherrow says:

    HI, I grew up going to the Seattle Asian Art Museum with my docent mother. I have a great love of all things Japanese, particularly Japanese fabrics.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  71. Janis oetgen says:

    I love how so many Japanese quilts take traditional patterns, and r
    Then totally change and add more!

  72. Sandra Kipper says:

    I love Japanese textiles and Japanese culture. I have been to the Japanese Quilt show in La Conner for the past 4 years or so. I went to Japan this past May and ever since I returned I’ve been thinking about when I can get back. I loved Kyoto, Nara and the Seto Sea. I hope to visit again and explore more, especially textiles and quilts.

  73. Loretta Romanko says:

    When I first started quilting I fell in love with Japanese fabrics… And I started collecting.
    Then I saw a Japanese quilt show in La Connor Wa. that pushed me over the edge….
    I went back to the show 4 times!!!!
    Thank you for the chance to win the book!

  74. Elizabeth Eisenhood says:

    The texture of brush painting, a color sense that can place navy, blacks and taupes in a piece and make them sing (quietly!), the appealing imperfection of a cracked and mended bowl…my dream is to someday make a quilt that reflects a Japanese aesthetic. I appreciate that your book will preserve the work of artists who’ve arisen from this cultural heritage and enriched it with their modern perspective.

  75. Sherry Roodhouse Black says:

    I visited the La Conner Quilt Museum many years ago, when I was first getting passionate about quilting, and there happened to be a show by Kitty Pippin. It was my first chance to see Japanese-style quilting and sashiko up close. I was blown away and have loved it since. Some years later, I visited the museum again during a showing of quilts by a group of Japanese quilters–who just happened to be there right then as it was the opening day. One Japanese woman stood next to me as I gazed at a quilt that was so exquisite and moved me so much, I started to cry. As I did so, whispering, “It’s just so beautiful,” she looked at me and also began to weep, and we connected on a level that I will probably never fully understand. She spoke very little English, but I gathered after awhile that the quilt was hers; I think she made it for her daughter, although I am not at all sure about that part. In any event, it was heartbreakingly lovely and the tears of two strangers, mingling as we hugged, is something I will never forget. I suspect that the depth of my response is something that Teresa experienced more than once as she researched and wrote her book. I look forward to reading it.

  76. Barbro says:

    I have long admired the intricate and precise work found in Japanese quilting and handwork. Perhaps this book can help me bring new life to my collection of Japanese fabrics.

  77. Pm Weizenbaum says:

    Throughout my life as a quilting aficionado, most of my favorite quilts have been Japanese ones. That proved true in 2014, at the La Conner Quilt Musuem’s biennial show of Japanese quilts, and once again this year at the La Conner Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival. And in a burst of incredible luck, I will be going to the Japanese quilt show in Tokyo this coming January! I can hardly believe my good fortune.

  78. Thanks to the internet, I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to Japanese quilters; adding books to my bookshelf, pinning to various quilt boards, and influencing my own color palette and dye work. I’d love to learn more about the history of Japanese quilting, quilters, and culture. Your book looks like a must-have for any quilter. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  79. Nancy R says:

    My quilting idol is Shizuko Kuroha. Hope you have her represented in your book. I credit her with developing my obsession with vintage/antique Japanese indigo fabrics and developing my interest in quilting. Looking forward to reading your book and discovering other Japanese quilters.

  80. Laura Marston says:

    I have recently become more draw to Japanese quilting and would enjoy learning more about the history and evolution of this art form.

  81. Pam says:

    Quilters from Japan are so inspirational…they help me look at color and design in new ways and never fail to surprise and delight. This book looks lovely!

  82. martha thompson says:

    Japanese quilts are just so much their own selves. Appreciate how the Japanese culture excels at adapting crafts from other cultures in such unique ways.

  83. Naomi Parker says:

    Wow, I’m so inspired! I love quilting and try to always be as minimal as possible. I’d love to learn more from this book. Thank you for a great post! -Naomi

  84. Donna Capis says:

    My introduction to Japanese textiles was in the 1980’s in Seattle’s International District. i used to take the bus to downtown and passed through this part of town. One day I got off of the bus to look in the ships. Rolls of kimono silk and yukata and braids, Indigo fabric and Sashiko thread. I bought my first book of
    sashiko in one of the stores. “Sashiko Quilting” by Kimi Ota, it has been my reference ever since. And it led me to learn about Japanese clothing, textiles and quilting. Your book is one that I will want to add to my collection. Thanks for writing it.

  85. Vivian Roop says:

    Japanese quilts have brought a new perspective to the quilt world. Their use of color, meticulous workmanship and creative ideas have expanded our craft.

  86. Joanne says:

    I was attracted to Japanese quilt making through Japanese art in general, the beauty of indigo fabrics and the every-other-year exhibit of Japanese quilt arts at the museum in LaConner. From there, I discovered Patricia’s wares, and have read books. Now, sashiko intrigues me greatly.

  87. karen bianchini says:

    On my first visit to the Connor Quilt Museum in Washington the museum was closed. The very kind volunteer on the front porch allowed me and my husband to go inside to view the exhibits. On show upstairs were fantastic quilts made by quilters from Japan who come to Connor every few years to exhibit their quilts. They study with one teacher for many years. The quilts were so beautiful in their use of color, tiny piercings and themes of family and story quilts. They all were fantastic. I love the color dye depth in Japanese dyed cloth. The color blending was subtle and lovely

  88. Maureen Johnston says:

    The spirit of animism is alive in these quilts. Thank you for gathering these gifts for all to see.

  89. Pamela says:

    I appreciate all things Japanese: ceramics, tea ceremony and ware, architecture, gardens, food preparation, sashiko and Japanese textiles (of which I’ve been collecting, but have not used yet). Everything seems to be done with care and respect, and the resulting work is always just right. I’m coming to know more about Japanese quilting, and I am most familiar with Yoshiko and also Yoko Saito and have a couple of their books. I would enjoy reading more, and so even if I don’t win this book, I will be purchasing it soon. Thank you.

  90. Connie Akers says:

    I’d love to win your book to learn more about Yoshiko & others.

  91. Elaine Quinn says:

    I first became aware of Japanese quilters when I saw an article about Yoko Saito in Quilt Mania & have been educating myself ever since!!

  92. Bonnie says:

    Yoshiko Jinzenji is my inspiration…but my interest in Japan began in 1991 when our first exchange student came to live with us for a year. I tried some Yoshiko quilting for a challenge group once which only made me more in awe of her work!

  93. Jerry says:

    My first contact with Japanese art was in art school in the early ’60s. I soon found Japanese textiles and was hooked on the design elements. I’m still a fan some 54 years later.

  94. Mary DeRay says:

    I have been drawn to The aestheticss of Japanese textiles since early 2000 when I discovered sashiko. The minimalistic approach is fasinating. The highlight of my qyuilting journey was a textile tour of Japan this past January. Needless to say I came home even more inspired. Japanese quilters are masters of the needle!

  95. BARBARA says:

    These quilt offerings of Yoshiko Jinzenji quietly minister to my very soul.
    As a cancer survivor I am now finding that Yoshiko’s type of quilting is a quiet relief from so many quilts that are gloriously coloured. Since having that dreaded disease I now need/require more quiet & introspect; this has proven to be more easily understood & imbued.
    Thank You Yoshiko for helping me find my heart!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Barbara—Yoshiko’s quilts are so serene. Quiet times, places and objects are so powerful. Best to you, PB

  96. kim says:

    I have a question for the designer Yoshiko Jinzenji.I recently purchased the rose petal in grey fabric and noticed it looks like a map and was wondering if there is any meaning to the design of this fabric. I wasn’t sure if this is name for a town or island Mostly a curiosity as I love this fabric. Thank you

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Kim—I do not have a way to transmit your question to Yoshiko Jinzenji. I guess it will remain a mystery for a while longer. PB