This fantastic bed size quilt, made by Chieko Shiraishi, won the Grand Prix. It was impossible to take close ups of it, but I saw in the programme pictures of the intricate needle work. I hope it will travel to Houston!
Here are some other quilts from the contest that caught my eye.
A shining medallion by Sashiko Nakamoto.
Japanese lanterns made with old kimono fabric, by Shizuko Yoshizawa.
Western log cabins and Japanese cherry blossoms shine on this quilt by Kumiko Koyama.
Sometimes writing is added for the beauty of the Kanji (Chinese characters). This calligraphy in reverse appliqué by Yoko Otani.
'My Sweet Garden' is the title of this elegant quilt by Keiko Kusumoto.
On closer inspection you can see it is all made with typical Japanese fabric.
From a distance this quilt glowed and had some unusual embroidery. Created by Hisako Chiba.
Tomorrow I will show more details of embroidery on quilts at Yokohama Quilt Week.