Kimono Fabric Quilting

Craft a keepsake uniquely yours with textiles of unparalleled beauty.

What will I learn in this class?
The kimono is an instantly recognizable symbol of Japanese culture, while quilting is a time-honored tradition found across the globe. Combine them both in this hands-on, instructor-led workshop.

Using kimono swatches evocative of Japan’s Edo (1603–1867) and Taisho (1912–1926) periods drawn from the collections of the Izumo Museum of Quilt Art, participants will learn the fundamentals of quilting with kimono fabrics and purpose-made needles. From pre-cut fabrics of several motifs, students will create a stunning 95-by-40-centimeter piece perfect for use at home as a wall-hanging tapestry or eye-catching table runner.

This class also caters to beginner quilters with pieces meant to be completed during one session. Students will also leave equipped with the materials (including fabric and needles) and skills to finish their pieces at home if necessary.

Interested participants are also encouraged to attend Alice Gordenker’s TAC Talk on March 9.

Who teaches this class?
Mutsuko Yawatagaki is the founder of the Izumo Museum of Quilt Art and one of Japan’s foremost quilters. Her works combining Japanese and Western needlework and fabrics have been exhibited at Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art and Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane Prefecture.

Shiho Yawatagaki is a designer and director of the Izumo Museum of Quilt Art.

Alice Gordenker is an American journalist and cultural and travel consultant.


  • Apr 4
  • 1–3pm
  • Toko Shinoda and Yukiko Maki classrooms
  • ¥2,000
  • Additional materials fee: ¥8,000
  • Cancellation deadline: Mar 25
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members.