First a word on the titles and the quilters' names. I would like to give full credit to the makers, however, the labels for the following quilts were all in Japanese, and I do not want to venture on translating the titles. Nor will I guess at how the names should be written in Roman letters, so this info will be in Japanese.
This is a very Japanese quilt; taupe, a mix of pieced and appliquéd work, pictorial, featuring animals, and it's cute and charming. It depicts a group of mice making a map and marking out in which houses there is a cat in residence. The mice are talking about all the mischief a cat is up to. The neighbourhood feline boss sits in the tree and looks down at the mouse conference.
'Are you sure we have marked all houses?'
'Ha! They don't know I'm listening in!'
'That bully in No 7 is always teasing the fish in the tank.'
This beautiful octopus quilt is made with kimono silk in a beautiful wavy pattern. The suction cups are Suffolk puffs, or yo-yos. Roughly the titles reads 'Ocean shadows in the morning sunrise', and by chance the spotlight above the quilt cast a shadow right across the quilt.
A spectacular peacock, and I am sure he's calling: 'Look at me, everyone!'
川口康子＊Paraiso de Fantasia
Mola is a popular technique with Japanese quilters and many first learn the basics, make a couple of traditional quilts and then move on to make their own interpretations. This heron surrounded by flowers of Paradise is a good, and beautiful, example.
Japan was successful in the London Olympic Games and here is a quilt celebrating various athletes at work.
Isn't this a clever use of the hexagon shape?
There are more quilts I want to share with you in the next blog post. Now I need to get going with my TAST stitching!