Fall Quilt Market 2009: Kokka Part III: Nani Iro (with Giveaway!)


Naomi Ito’s newest collection within her Nani Iro brand is called Antique Label. This is Vol. 1, Rose & Poppy. For those of us used to the signature Nani Iro watercolor designs, this is quite a style shift! But this is just a detour into reproductions – 1920s-40s florals to be exact. I gather that there is going to be a new original Nani Iro collection and a new Antique Label collection annually from now on.

The Antique Label fabrics are a lovely, delicate, lightweight, semi-sheer 85% cotton, 15% linen blend. Several free downloadable .pdf patterns are available here. The fabrics are available now, and Matatabi Fabrics is offering a fat quarter pack to one lucky True Up reader this week. See the bottom of this post for details.





Matatabi Fabrics is offering a fat quarter pack of the Hana Lace print in four colorways. She also has the Hana Kago print, used for the bags in the first image in this post, available for purchase. Just leave a comment on this post before Friday, October 30, 9am central U.S. time. The winner will be drawn and announced shortly thereafter. This giveaway is open worldwide.



In case you missed them: here are Kokka parts I and II. And don’t forget to enter the other Quilt Market giveaways here and here.

This concludes coverage of the Japanese fabrics at the Fall Quilt Market 2009, but believe it or not, there are still several more Quilt Market posts and giveaway still to come this week!


  1. Carmen says:

    First comment! Thanks so much for covering the Market so extensively:)

  2. Liz says:

    I’m loving everything! Kim, thanks for all the great pics and info. I can’t tell you how much I love this blog.

  3. Dot says:

    Kim—wonderful coverage on the Japanese fabrics. They seem to come up with surprises, unexpected designs and these are no exception. Can see what anyone loving vintage would love these designs. Thanks again for sharing.

  4. Susan says:

    Love the sweet prints. Sounds like the cotton/poly blend will be wonderful to work with.

  5. Debb says:

    Love the patterns

  6. april says:

    Oh, wow. These posts get better and better! I love repro prints and those bags are just lovely.

  7. Becky says:

    Thanks Matatabi! I’m bookmarking your etsy store now.. : )

  8. Sora says:

    so beautiful fabrics. i can’t stop smiling just thinking about what i can make with those. :)

  9. Sarah says:

    What darling prints!

  10. Linda says:

    I just recently discovered Japanese prints and love them to death. I would love to win them!

  11. molly says:

    I am grateful for your blog. Such extensive coverage of QM for those of us who can’t experience it ourselves!

  12. Margaret says:

    This is truly a dangerous blog! lol! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Oh yes please!!!

  14. Phoebe says:

    Those are beautiful. I have quite the stash of Nani Iro fabrics, and I will definitely be adding some of these prints as well.

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  16. Pamela S says:

    I love Nani Iro fabrics – add me to your list for this generous giveaway!

  17. amy says:

    Another gorgeous post — thanks for keeping us up to date!

  18. Joanna says:

    zipped straight over to Matatabi for some of the antique label – it is just lovely and I can’t wait to sew with it:-) Thanks for the photos.

  19. Amber says:

    Beautiful fabrics – I am loving all the Quilt Market coverage – thanks so much!!

  20. Erin says:

    Oh my…I love the antique, vintage-y feel to these fabrics. I see several possible quilts…:)

  21. mommymae says:

    those are so sweet. maybe it’ll make it to phoenix so i can go one of these days.

  22. carmel says:

    you and kokka are to kind!
    great great giveaways!

  23. lahuitrefrite says:

    Thanks so much for all of these incredibly detailed posts. My head is overflowing with lists of fabrics I think I must have.

  24. Ann says:

    I love Nani Iro fabrics so much. Hurray for giveaways!

  25. Rachel H says:

    Those are some beautiful fabrics…I don’t usually like flowered prints, but these are great.

  26. Teresa p says:

    Thank you for your wonderful market coverage posts. And thanks for the great giveaways, too.

  27. yahaira says:

    nani iro swoooon!are these apparel weight? I would love a dress in some of these fabrics

  28. PaulaK says:

    Retro cool fabrics and sweet bags! Thanks for perspective on the Quilt Market!

  29. Lisette says:

    Beautiful fabrics!

  30. Doris says:

    These fabrics are just lovely! Kim, I always enjoy and look forward to your Market posts…

  31. Genevieve says:

    Nani Iro is so dreamy! As in, in my dreams I would be dressed all in her fabrics, skipping around buying flowers and never going to work. I looked forward to your post on her fabrics and these are so different but not at all disappointing. Exciting! Thanks.

  32. I really appreciate your in-depth coverage of the fabric market; it helps me anticipate the newest fabric offerings, and it’s SUCH eye candy. This new vintage flower line is quite sweet!

  33. Amy says:

    This really is the blog I come to for all my fabric info. What lovely fabric for a giveaway, thanks Matabi!

  34. Anita says:

    I used to aspire to becoming a quilt appraisor, but now I am thinking that dating quilts would be almost impossible with all the new reproduction fabrics from not only U.S. manufacturers but Japanese as well.

  35. Allison S. says:

    Oooooh, how pretty! Thanks for the chance!

  36. Mary P says:

    So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Gert says:

    Hmmm, these fabrics are delicious, so please count me in. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  38. roisin says:

    What gorgeous, muted colours, with that hint of poppy – just beautiful!

  39. I love your website. So nice to have a place to come for new fabric updates. I’ve added you to my blog’s fave blog lists.

  40. Angelina S. says:

    Oh gosh, such pretty fabrics! While I appreciate the amazing quilt market coverage, my wallet sure doesn’t! I want one of everything, please. :-)

  41. Claire Yabraian says:


  42. lisa says:

    I drool over this website every day!

  43. Doina says:

    Beautiful fabrics!

  44. Lea says:

    Excellent quilt market coverage! Love the Hana Lace prints ~ they are simply stunning!

  45. Kathleen says:

    I’m dying to know how those fabrics feel!

  46. Julia Gabriel says:

    Love your blog every day!

  47. janet says:

    I wish I could dress myself entirely in Nani Iro prints. They’re so wonderful! Too bad my budget doesn’t cover for it!

  48. Joana Terra says:

    I wish I could bathe is the fabrics you feature in your website. So beautiful!!

  49. Jodi says:

    Beautiful fabrics.

  50. Arabella says:

    That’s a bit different for Nani Iro, but very pretty!