Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Framed quilts at TIGQF

Today let me show you a few pieces from the Framed Quilt category at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.

This is an unusual category, I have never been to another show where there are quilts in wooden frames. Maybe Framed Fibre Art would be a more appropriate name as the 'quilts' are small and often not actually quilted, but pieced, appliquéd or maybe even just bonded together. Many also feature embroidery so I thought this might be of interest to the TAST members who read this blog.


辻淑子*もう一度いきた〜い
This, however, is a real quilt with beautiful quilting making up many of the details. Black netting is used for the shadows. The scene is from Vendôme, France, a place the quilter, Ms Yoshiko Tsuji, wants to return to, as the title translates: 'I want to visit one more time'.

佐藤智子*MY DREAM
Here the inspiration is once again from France, the lavender fields of Provence, as Ms Tomoko Sato once saw on TV. This quilt has both pieced and appliquéd work as well as all those embroidered French knots. Can you smell the fragrance of lavender?


椙田晴美*真夏の富良野 (High summer in Furano)
Furano is located on the northern island of Hokkaido, and is famous for, yes, you guessed it, flowers, and especially the lavender fields. Look at all those beautiful stitches! This could indeed be a TAST sampler!!!


木村恵子*白樹林
See what beauty you can create with the simple Feather stitch! These frostbitten trees earned the maker, Ms Keiko Kimura 2nd prize in the Framed Quilt Award.
It was very noisy near this quilt with clicking camera shutters and all the Wow! Splendid! Fantastic! and other exclamations of delight.



If you can bear with me, there will be one more quilt report, tomorrow.

22 comments:

  1. Queenie you must have had a wonderful time with all these beautiful quilts, they really are wonderful, favourite this time is the High summer in Furano, such beautiful stitching.

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    1. I agree, that quilt is stunning and I love the way the flowers spill out of the frame.

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  2. Your picture's are so clear the framed quilts look superb, you have worked really hard to bring us such stunning quilts from Tokyo.
    Thank you.

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    1. Had you been here yourself this year you would have been able to see much more, but I hope anyway that I have been able to give you a taster of what was on display.

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  3. Thank you so much! It is such a pleasure to see these great framed pieces of art! I also enjoyed your comments! Again Thank you!

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    1. It is a delight to share these quilts with others by posting them on my blog. I am so happy to read your comments and reactions.

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  4. Dear Mrs. Queenie
    I love the Wintertree´s
    Very nice fotos
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    Birgit

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    1. Yes, I wish I could have made something like that!

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    1. My reaction exactly! And they have probably not learned their skill from TAST, either!

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  6. Fabulous Thank you so much for sharing. Such beautiful stitching.

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    1. I wish I had closed in more on the details, but the guards would have told me off.

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  7. thank you very much to share these so beautiful pictures. these quilts are gorgeous !

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    1. The problem with seeing all these fantastic quilts is that you want to have the time to make them all!

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  8. Thank you, thank you! So many beautiful pieces you're sharing with us. Japanese quilters and embroiderers have an instantly recognizable 'style' somehow.....perfectly balanced. Japanese art never looks fussy even with so much layered detail. *happy sigh*

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    1. Spot on! Pictorial quilts, 'sweet', romantic, feminine, cute motifs are very 'Japanese'. However, I have take photos only of the quilt that I personally liked; there were many modern and 'odd' quilts, too.

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  9. The Winter Trees would have to be my favourite. Very similar to an embroidery I have seen of rabbits in a field with the same kind of colours. Now that sounds stupid because it is completely different, just similar to me. High Summer in Furano would be a wonderful sampler for TAST. No one is going to be bored with these posts. We are all waiting in anticipation.

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  10. Thank you, Carolyn.
    Were the rabbits you talk about stitched with Feather stitch?

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  11. Amazing art. This quilt show would be an experience to see. Would like to know if there is a tutorial on the feathered stitch? It looks like a fun stitch to learn. Is there a tutorial on how she made the frostbiten trees? Thanks a bunch

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    1. Hi!
      Yes, the show is worth a visit - if you can stand the crowds.
      Here is a tutorial for the Feather Stitch: http://inaminuteago.com/stitchdict/stitch/buttonhole-feather.html
      It should be easy to look at the frostbitten trees in the embroidery and just copy that, I think. The trees are Japanese cedar and have that particular outline.
      Have a go, have fun!

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