I find it hard to do the quilt show in just one day, which is why I made a second visit, even though I saw so much more in the company of my friend Julie. Do head over to My Quilt Diary and read her take on the show.
I have some more pictures for you today.
Julie showed the giant quilts that are displayed high up near the entrance.
An annual event is the Mini Mini quilt challenge. The participants are given three pieces of fabric that must be included, even in the tiniest amount, to make a basket quilt of the size 20 x 20 cm. 784 quilts were submitted this year.
Two quilt categories that feature more in Japan than I think in other countries are Bags and Wear.
Now let's look at some more quilts from the contest.
Wa-quilts, that means quilts made on a Japanese theme or with Japanese fabric.
'Murasaki no yukari', a friendship quilt hand stitched in purple kimono silk by a group led by Masako Masukura.
Fashion of all sorts has always been of great interest and even in Wa-quilts do costumes feature.
'Koiki ni yosou Edo Mood' (or something like that!) by Yoshiko Takagi. The quilting line is also very Japanese, don't you think?
'Wakoyomi (kimono de juni ka getsu)'. Mieko Suzuki and her friends made a block for each month of the year with an appropriate kimono, flower and celebration. Here you can see camellias and a thick kimono for January, plum blossoms for February, cherry petals are falling onto the sake picnic in April and in May, Boys' Day is celebrated in a light purple kimono (with iris pattern) among the blossoming iris flowers...
Cats, dogs, one's home, food and travelling are also very popular themes in Japan, as is text. Here are a few examples:
'My Favourite Things' by Yuka Kimura (Contemporary category). Can you spot the Swedish wooden horses (Dalahäst) and the cat?
My Favourite Things*木村由香
There should be no problem spotting the cats in this quilt: 'Uchi no nyanko' by Junko Inui
What do you think of this life like pictorial quilt? The dog is almost about to jump at those soap bubbles:
'Chasing Bubbles' by Hiroko and Masanobu Miyama
Food, or in this case, sweets:
'Sweet! Delicious! Very Happy!' by Yoshiko Kuroyanagi and of course she has included some text for accent.
'Sweet! Delicious! Very Happy!'*黒柳佳子
'Akogare no Istanbul' by Yukiko Ishiduka
So what about quilts with a modern touch.
In celebration of the fashionable eyelashes? or just a plea to 'open your eyes and look', 'Youku miru to' by Miyuki Moriyasu
Please note that the black and white background is PIECED! By HAND! No wonder you need to 'open your eyes and look'!
Let us end with an entry from Australia, 'Beyond Art Deco Glass' by Patricia Reid
If you read yesterday's post you know all about the white chains that make it so hard to take good photographs. My apologies for not showing whole quilts, but mainly details.