Jillian Tamaki


Sep 5th, 2014

Finally finished this weird-ass mini-quilt. Just don’t ask me what it is or what it’s for.

Embroidered Mole

Feb 18th, 2013


An unfinished embroidery.

Embroidered Quilt: The Machines Are Alive

Jan 17th, 2012

I just finished another big quilt. I’ve been working on it for about 6 months… mostly picking at it after work (it’s hand-quilted). The theme for this one is “The Machines Are Alive”.

I really haven’t figured out how to get a nice straightforward shot of these large quilts, so these’ll have to do. Maybe one day I’ll get them professionally shot or something.

P.S. You can search all embroidered/quilt/fiber works by looking under the quilts or fiber tags.

Cult Quilt

Aug 25th, 2011

Here’s a quilt I made a few months ago. I call it The Cult Quilt because it looks like someone in a cult made it. Is it hideous or cool? Maybe a bit of both. Whatever. I learned a lot making it… the thing is handquilted and took forever.

Fabric Doodles

Aug 12th, 2011

I’ve been making these little… things(?) on and off for a month or so. As I mentioned earlier, I have found appliqué to be a bit of a pain. These are an attempt to be a bit more spontaneous with it.

No specific plans for these. Just having some fun and seeing what’s possible.

Hang In There

Jul 26th, 2011

I’ve been trying to appliqué, but have had limited success. It’s too fussy and seems to lack the intuitiveness and spontaneity of embroidery and quilting, to my mind. Anyway, I made this thing as a bit of a test. Not terribly happy with it, but I’ll share some more successful appliqué experiments later this week.

It’s a little piece for the people I know that are sick, going through break-ups and are obscenely pregnant in July.

Everytime I think about giving up on the appliqué technique, I think of the Folk Art Museum’s Bird of Paradise quilt.

Tiny Quilt: Blue + Orange

Jun 28th, 2011

The Hairy Egg

Jun 25th, 2011

Appliqué and Embroidery.

Ergo: Quilt Type Experiment

Jun 18th, 2011

Penguin Threads Deluxe Classics

Mar 28th, 2011

I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be able to share this project with you. It pretty much consumed my life for the first 2 months of this year.

Penguin Classics! What a dream project. When I first did my Monster Quilt, I said I wouldn’t take commissions in embroidery… unless Penguin called me for a Penguin Classics cover. Sometimes you get what you wish for (times three).

The covers wraparound, and include french flaps. You can view larger versions here by clicking:

I’ve included a few photos of the works in progress below. There are more “making-of” pics, but we’re saving them for when the books will be released in the Fall. Thanks to Paul Buckley for the amazing gig. Also thanks to Stella Lee for her help with the tiny lettering.



-“Can I post about these on my blog?” Yes. If you’d like to feature the Penguin Threads project on your blog, that is fine. A linkback is appreciated.

-“When will the books be available?” October, 2011.

-“Will they be limited edition/available in my country?” I believe they will be similar to the other Penguin Deluxe Classics, which are widely available in most major and indie bookstores. They will be available in many International markets, but I can’t speak to your specific country.

-“How will they be printed?” They will NOT be individual embroidered objects. I’m not really sure how that would be possible without making the final product exorbitantly expensive. They will, however, be beautifully produced, printed with a sculptural-embossing technique that will emphasize the stitches. They will be tactile objects.

-“Do you have an Etsy store?” I do not.

Please direct all press inquiries to Sonya at sonya.cheuse@us.penguingroup.com