FREE Pattern - New "Centenary 23rd Collection by Yoko Saito"

Gorgeous "Centenary Stars Quilt" designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily's Quilts 

"Centenary Stars Quilt" designed by Lynne Goldsworthy using "Centenary 23rd Collection by Yoko Saito"

"Centenary Stars Quilt" designed by Lynne Goldsworthy using "Centenary 23rd Collection by Yoko Saito"

We are very excited to share this beautiful FREE Exclusive pattern that uses the latest Centenary Collection by Yoko Saito.

Each year the Centenary Collection releases both prints and yarn dyed fabrics, and this year marks the 23rd anniversary - once again in all beautiful Ms. Saito's ingenious taupe colors!

This FREE pattern "Centenary Stars Quilt" (size:62" x 82") is designed by Lynne Goldsworthy and is a precut friendly using 3 different color assortments of Origami Squares (10" squares) with our solid Snow White in background. Thank you so much Lynne for creating a gorgeous pattern!

Centenary Quilt by Lynne Goldsworthy Closeup.JPG

You can download the pattern and print out, give away, or make quilt kits using "Centenary 23rd Collection".

We hope you enjoy making this beautiful quilt with Centenary Collection!

Happy Quilting!

Team Lecien

Big News! Yoko Saito & her Centenary 23rd Collection

Let the Celebration Begin!

We are so excited to share this amazing news with you - but there is so much to tell you, so we hope you can relax and read this blog with a cup of tea!

1. Ms. Yoko Saito is Coming!

A prominent and celebrated quit artist and designer Ms. Yoko Saito is coming to the U.S. to attend the Quilt Market & Quilt Festival in Houston, TX from October 26 to November 5!  We are super excited to welcome Ms. Saito!! She has not been to these events in many years, so we hope you have a chance to meet her in person, to see her special exhibition, and possibly to attend the "Reception Party with Yoko Saito" an exclusive invitation only party to the shop owners (see the details below).

Ms. Yoko Saito posing in front of her "Around the World" quilt, over 20,000 pcs of 1 cm squares all pieced by hand. Photo taken at Quilt Party, Ms. Saito's quilt shop and school in Ichikawa City in Chiba, Japan in 2016.

Ms. Yoko Saito posing in front of her "Around the World" quilt, over 20,000 pcs of 1 cm squares all pieced by hand. Photo taken at Quilt Party, Ms. Saito's quilt shop and school in Ichikawa City in Chiba, Japan in 2016.

2. Special Exhibition

Don't miss this rare opportunity to view a curated collection of more than 30 quilts and hand bags made by Ms. Yoko Saito from 1978 to 2015 in Houston at Quilt Market & Quilt Festival this year,  “Yoko Saito Through the Years – My Quilt Journey" sponsored by Quilt Party Co. Ltd, Lecien Corporation, Clover Japan Corporation, and Stitch Publications / Martingale - More than 30 quilts and other projects here showcase Saito’s delicate sense of intricate handwork, the evolution of her use and choice of color over the years, and designs that have inspired her. This includes the warmth and beauty of her handwork. 10/26-10/30, 11/2-11/5 says Quilts Inc.

Please share this special news with your friends!!

Please share this special news with your friends!!

3. New Release!

Centenary Collection 23rd designed by Yoko Saito for Lecien

Yoko Saito is known for her ingenious use of “taupe color”, the concept of using delicate and gentle taupe colors in many quilting and other sewing projects for the last 20 years. Ms. Saito has written a book titled "Yoko Saito’s Japanese Taupe Color Theory - A Study Guide”.  The book teaches the simplicity and complexity of a Japanese taupe color palette, and how you can use the taupe colors in your own projects. Each year the Centenary Collection releases both prints and yarn dyed fabrics. We are very excited to be releasing our 23rd collection by Yoko Saito this year. 

Centenary 23rd Collection - Prints 26 SKUs, Basic 22 SKUs, and Yarn Dyed 13 SKUs.

Centenary 23rd Collection - Prints 26 SKUs, Basic 22 SKUs, and Yarn Dyed 13 SKUs.

Our precuts line up are: Sushi Rolls, Fat Quarter Bundles, Origami Squares, and Charm Packs

Our precuts line up are: Sushi Rolls, Fat Quarter Bundles, Origami Squares, and Charm Packs

We will have many precuts available as well as "Special Sampler Kit" designed by Yoko Saito, plus our FREE "Centenary Stars Quilt" pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy.  More fabric images, a FREE Pattern, and product information will be on the next blog post, so stay tuned!

Special Sampler Kit designed by Yoko Saito - Inspired by the book, "Yoko Saito's Traditional Block Patterns" by Stitch Publications, we have created a kit containing 9 blocks to make a beautiful throw quilt. This pattern is for beginner to Intermediate levels and put together to enjoy Yoko Saito's taupe colors. Kit includes fabrics for the quilt top, Lecien COSMO new sewing thread "Tsumugi" spool, and Lecien COSMO floss (3 skeins), Centenary Collection information and Pattern/Instructions.

Special Sampler Kit designed by Yoko Saito - Inspired by the book, "Yoko Saito's Traditional Block Patterns" by Stitch Publications, we have created a kit containing 9 blocks to make a beautiful throw quilt. This pattern is for beginner to Intermediate levels and put together to enjoy Yoko Saito's taupe colors. Kit includes fabrics for the quilt top, Lecien COSMO new sewing thread "Tsumugi" spool, and Lecien COSMO floss (3 skeins), Centenary Collection information and Pattern/Instructions.

FREE Pattern "Centenary Stars Quilt" designed by Lynne Goldsworthy for Lecien. Details of pattern information will be coming in the next blog post, so stay tuned.

FREE Pattern "Centenary Stars Quilt" designed by Lynne Goldsworthy for Lecien. Details of pattern information will be coming in the next blog post, so stay tuned.

 

Yoko Saito's Books published by Stitch Publications, distributed by Martingale

So many wonderful Yoko Saito books are available in English! 

So many wonderful Yoko Saito books are available in English! 

We would like everyone to have a chance to take these books in their hand and flip though all the pages to see these amazing projects using her beautiful Japanese taupe color palettes.  Above three Yoko Saito's Books are part of the Special Campaign - please contact our distributors Checker or EE Schenck for more details. Also find many more wonderful Yoko Saito's titles at Martingale.

 

4. Special Pre-Order Campaign for Shops!

Pre-order campaign starting on on Friday, 9/15 at 9:00am (PST) /12:00pm (EST) 

If you buy more than $1,500 value from any of the items on the *menu, you will receive one ticket (admit 2) to attend *“the Special Reception Party with Yoko Saito” to meet Yoko Saito and have a fun time. Reception is scheduled at Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel on Saturday, 10/28.

Both the tickets and the special limited time discounted case packs will be offered with limited quantity - 25 Tickets (2 people can attend per 1 ticket) per distributor will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Even if you don’t go to the Quilt Market, you will still receive the special limited time discount purchasing during the campaign sales period.

*Please contact Checker or EE Schenck right away for details to get these special reception party tickets that will be available only to shop owners. 

 

5. Quilt Market & Quilt Festival Events

In addition to her Special Exhibition, we are planning the following events!

Collaboration at Quilt Market - Lecien (Booth #2234) and Stitch Publications / Martingale (Booth #2226) will have booths across from each other, and Yoko Saito’s quilts, projects, and fabrics and books will be on display. Ms. Yoko Saito will also be demonstrating her handwork at various times at our booths. Please come visit our booths to meet her in person!

Joint Schoolhouse Classes - Lecien and Stitch Publications/Martingale invites Ms. Yoko Saito as a schoolhouse teacher and offers two-30 minutes classes; The first class will focus on Yoko Saito’s books and some of her projects within these books. The second class will focus on the Centenary Collection’s history, fabric design process, and the concept of Japanese Taupes. We would like to thank Ms. Priscilla Knoble of Stitch Publications. She will be translating all the schoolhouse classes in addition to the workshop, book signing, and other events during the market and festival time. Her truly remarkable translation work for all Ms. Saito's titles made so many quilters dreams come true. We are so fortunate to collaborate with her for many events this year. Thank you!

We will have a special giveaway bag for everyone who attends the schoolhouse - including the Centenary fabric, sewing thread, floss, and more to surprise you! The Schoolhouse class schedule hasn't been announced yet, but as soon as we know, we will inform you!

Book Signing - There will be several book signing opportunities. It will kick off on the first day of the market in the Lecien booth, and Checker, and EE Schenck booths to follow, the details will be announced later. We like to thank Martingale for their very generous offer to giveaway Yoko Saito's books for book signing!

*Special Reception Party with Yoko Saito – We will be inviting over only the first 50 shops who are among those who purchase the special case pack by Lecien and books by Stitch/Martingale during the pre-order campaign starting on on Friday September 15 at 9:00am (PST)/12:00pm (EST) to meet Yoko Saito and have a fun time. Reception is scheduled at Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel on 10/28. *Please contact Checker or EE Schenck right away for details to get these first-come, first-serve special reception party tickets that will be available only to shop owners. 

Workshop - Yoko Saito will be teaching a workshop during the Quilt Festival. This class unfortunately already sold out. 

That's all for now and we hope to see you at the market or the festival!

Happy Quilting!

Team Lecien 

 

Two Gorgeous FREE Patterns with "La Conner Collection by Jera Brandvig"

"La Conner Stars Quilt" designed by Jera Brandvig of Quilting in The Rain

La Conner Stars Quilt by Jera Brandvig of Quilting In The Rain - Photo by Jera Brandvig

La Conner Stars Quilt by Jera Brandvig of Quilting In The Rain - Photo by Jera Brandvig

We are very excited to introduce you to Two Gorgeous FREE Quilt Patterns both designed by Jera Brandvig of Quilting in The Rain, using her 2nd fabric collection "La Conner" - visit her blog to find out what inspired for her to create "La Conner".

As you know, Jera is a quilter, a fabric designer for Lecien, author of the book "Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern" (a fabulous book awarded as the best selling title in 2015 from C&T Publishing and Amazon.com under quilt & quilting category), and a mom to two young boys and a sweet corgi named Paige.

Jera shares her creative talents and gives us inspirations. We are so grateful for Jera's generosity. Thank you so much Jera! These very beautiful and sweet patterns are perfect for her La Conner Collection!

The first quilt pattern is "La Conner Stars Quilt"  (size: 69.5" x 81.5").

It's a precut friendly pattern using all 36 prints of "La Conner Collection".  Also, it is created as a PRINTER-FRIENDLY pattern. Jera explained on her website that all you need to do is simply print "La Conner Stars" pattern in full color, fold it up, give away, sell, or make quilt kits using her "La Conner" Collection.

Another wonderful thing Jera is doing is giving you access to lots of beautiful fabrics and quilt photos for you to use on your own website or social media to help promote. Jera mentioned that you don't need to ask for her permission to share the photos for promoting your sales, so please take advantage of this great opportunity! Here is the link to Jera's Website that the quilt and fabric images are on. Again, thank you so much Jera for all you have done, and sharing your beautiful patterns! 

La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Close-up: La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Close-up: La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Close-up: La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Close-up: La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Such a sweet photo of Jera's little boy and La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Such a sweet photo of Jera's little boy and La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

La Conner Stars by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics


"Cozy Cabins" designed by Jera Brandvig of Quilting in The Rain - 2nd Free Pattern

Cozy Cabins Quilt designed by Jera Brandvig / Quilted by Faith Essenburg

Cozy Cabins Quilt designed by Jera Brandvig / Quilted by Faith Essenburg

The second pattern is Cozy Cabins Quilt (size: 42.5" x 49.5").

We have another fabulous free pattern is being released, and we hope you are just as excited as we are!

"Cozy Cabins" is also a precut friendly pattern and has a wonderful option to make a mini version of it (size: 21.5" x 26"). 

This quilt makes a sweet scene of five cute cabins and trees that you can explore and customize. 

In this quilt, you can use the "La Conner Lace Collection" for embellishing the binding with a lace trim border. This makes the quilt very special. The above image is from the Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Missouri last month where we showcased "La Conner" and many other beautiful projects created by talented people in the world!

We'd like to thank Faith Essenburg of Sarana Ave. for creating the Cozy Cabins Quilt for the market in such a short period of time. Faith is a talented quilter and a mom of three young boys. Here is also a great tutorial by Faith to show you how she added lace trim edge to the quilt.

"Cozy Cabins Quilt" created by Faith Essenburg - designed by Jera Brandvig

"Cozy Cabins Quilt" created by Faith Essenburg - designed by Jera Brandvig

Cozy Cabins Quilt and Mini Quilt by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Cozy Cabins Quilt and Mini Quilt by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

"Cozy Cabins" is also created to be a PRINTER-FRIENDLY pattern like the "La Conner Stars Quilt" - so all you need to do is simply print "Cozy Cabins"  in full color, fold it up, give away, sell, or make quilt kits using her "La Conner" Collection.

We hope you enjoy making these wonderful quilts and creating something beautiful with "La Conner Collection"! 

Happy Quilting!

Team Lecien

 

 

New Spring 2017 Collections!!

Featuring ~ La Conner by Jera BrandvigAmerican Country by Masako WakayamaOld New 30's and Dots & Gingham, Rose Life Garden by Kayo Enza1 Yard Magic, and more!!

Lecien Fabrics Spring Market 2017 ISSUU No.8

We are very excited to share all new collections released at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Missouri from May 19-21, 2017! If you are planning to come to the show, please come by our booth #1442 to check out all the beautiful projects with our fabrics!  If you can't come to the show, here is the latest collections you can view - "Spring Market 2017 ISSUU No.8"   Hope you will enjoy the whole catalogue!

Happy Spring!!

Team Lecien

 

 

Introducing New Basics! ~ Memoire a paris 2017 ~

We are so excited to bring this beloved fabric to our basic collection in 2017! It's so dreamy! A beautiful assortment of floral prints in a wide range of pastel and bright colors. These cotton lawn fabrics are so soft and smooth, they are great for making quilts and garments! If you own a shop, please contact our distributor to carry this wonderful basic collection! Memoire a paris basics 2017・25 SKUs・100% Cotton Lawn・Made in Japan・Precuts Available 

memoire a paris collection 2017 by Lecien Fabrics

memoire a paris collection 2017 by Lecien Fabrics

pink and lavender prints from memoire a paris collection 2017 by Lecien Fabrics

pink and lavender prints from memoire a paris collection 2017 by Lecien Fabrics

FREE Pattern - New "Wa! Circle" Precuts & Yarn Dyed Cloth

Stunning "Orb Medallion Quilt" designed by Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts

Orb Medallion by Rebecca Bryan for LECIEN

We are so excited to share this gorgeous FREE Exclusive pattern that uses our new "Wa! Circle" precuts!

For Orb Medallion Quilt, you will need L's Modern Basics "Wa! Circle" precuts of the three sizes: 2.3", 3", and 5" (3 packs of each size), and our yarn dyed cloth fabric.

New "Wa! Circle" precuts come in three sizes  (2.3", 3", and 5") and an each pack contains 30 pieces and there are five different collections: 1000 Colors Solids, L's Modern Basics, Color Basic, Geogram by Samarra Khaja, and Minny Muu by Koko Seki. And "Wa! Circle" precuts are perfect for not only making it easier for your appliqué projects, but also letting you explore the new possibilities to design and create something original using circles in many creative ways. Just like what Rebecca did it here creating "Orb Medallion Quilt"! Thanks so much Rebecca!!

Also, the precuts sizes are designed to go perfectly with "yoyo" and "kanzashi flower" makers by Clover Needlecraft Inc. (they are fantastic tools!).  We hope you will enjoy sewing with our new "Wa! Circle" precuts!!

Happy Quilting!

Team Lecien

Lecien Fabrics "Orb Medallion Quilt" FREE Pattern designed by Rebecca Bryan

Lecien Fabrics
"Orb Medallion Quilt" FREE Pattern designed by Rebecca Bryan