Today I visited with my friend Julie. We had a great time looking round and I am amazed at how much more one can see and notice when looking at a quilt with two pairs of eyes.
First let me show you the Grand Prix, the Best of Show.
It was entered in the Contemporary category, is titled 'A Beautiful Woman' and was made by Kyoko Ochiai.
Second prize went to a quilt in the Wa (Japanese) Category made by Yoshiko Morita and titled 'Japanesque - Aka-'.
Most quilts were displayed with a white chain in front. Obviously to keep 'sticky fingers' away from the quilts, but that also makes it very difficult to take good pictures of a whole quilt.
There were many small Suffolk Puffs (Yo-yos) on this quilt called 'Bara no Arch', made by Takako Yokohama.
Not wanting to feature the ugly chains, many of the following quilts are therefore only shown partially.
'Lavender hatake no hinageshi', by Chieko Iwasaki.
An unusual, but striking, choice of fabric for a flower.
One flower was made from a fabric with a lovely sheen. Julie spotted this and pointed it out to me; the advantage of visiting a show with a friend!
Chikako Yamamoto calls her beautiful floral quilt, 'Sweet Memories'.
Here again Julie and I had to use all our eyes to determine whether this was hand or machine quilted. I had to give in, she was right, it WAS hand quilted. Compare the stitches with my index finger, and no I did NOT touch the quilt!!!
This is 'Hana iro no Melody', by Shino Tonoyama.
Here you have a bit of everything; piecework, appliqué, bias tape, quilting and tatting lace.
These are the borders of the quilt. Plenty of embroidery!
This quilt, 'Sai no kuni no saki hokoru hana', is the joint effort of Kazuyo Shono and her 50 friends.
Another quilt made by a group, 35 ladies led by Kazuko Yabe, is called 'Quilt no Hanataba'.
Yoshiko Takagi has made good use of the print on this kimono fabric in her quilt, 'Hana no sasayaki'.
No quilt show in Japan seems complete without at least one cherry blossom quilt, they are that common. Here Noriko Tada has used kimono silk for 'Sakura no ki no shita de', and some of the blossoms were blue!!
Let me end today's post with the quilt that won the Flower Quilt category: 'Watashi no Asagao zu byobu' made by Etsuko Iitaka.
For all of you who are now in a hot climate, wouldn't you want a screen covered in Morning Glory to give shade from the strong sunlight?
I will show other quilts from the exhibition tomorrow.