Yoko Saito's Mystery Quilt Block#2

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Many of you are making the Quiltmania Yoko Saito Mystery Quilt and some are just following along with the videos to perhaps pick up some helpful tips and techniques.

I have received lots of emails asking about the fabrics used in the quilt. I suspect that the original quilt was made entirely of Yoko Saito's own Centenary line of fabrics from Lecien, however, any assortment of lovely Taupe fabrics that are pleasing to your eye will do. The Quiltmania videos, of course, are recorded in France, so the fabrics used by the demonstrator are a mix of Taupe prints, yarn dyes, and natural homespuns.

For the block backgrounds I recommend using subtle plaids and prints in med/light to light shades to allow your applique to show well. For the applique fabrics, I suggest using our Fat Eighth Taupe Fabric Packs, which have ample size pieces for using on any of the motifs in this quilt. Having them organized by color group makes it easy to purchase a nice assortment within one color range, so you will have many greens to use for plants and trees, some grays or browns for houses, walls, tree trunks, etc. Reds, blues and yellows for flowers, birds, leaves. 

It is always nice to build a small stash of these colors to draw from for later projects as well.

Here are the two video tutorials produced by Quiltmania Magazine for block#2 Mystery Quilt by Yoko Saito.


Categories: Japanese Taupe, Applique , Great Videos, Yoko Saito


  • Posted by Lynette Peucker on July 19th, 2012 at 10:41 p.m. reply
    Just bought your magazine for the 1st time vol 6, no 89. I just love Togo Saito's mystery quilt. But the blocks are up to 'block 3' so l am missing blocks 1, 2 and 3. Am l able to get them online? I live in Australia. Hope u can help me as.l just adore houses. Cheers Lynette
  • Posted by Steven on July 19th, 2012 at 11:33 p.m. reply
    Hi Lynette, The mystery quilt by Yoko Saito is published in Quiltmania Magazine (not our publication). You can purchase the back issues directly from Quiltmania in France. http://www.quiltmania.com/english/home.html We do sell all the fabrics for the quilt, including Yoko Saito's Centenary line of fabrics from Lecien of Japan. If you love Yoko Saito's House patterns, she has a book that has nothing but house patterns. It is called Houses, Houses, Houses! and is available online. https://www.oneworldfabrics.com/shop/product/houses-houses-houses-yoko-saito/ We can ship this book, along with up to about 3-4 meters of fabric to Australia in a padded flat rate envelope for shipping of US$16.95. Please let me know if I can be of further help. Regards, Steven One World Fabrics

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