Before reporting on that, let's return to the events of Day 1.
You can read the details for taking part in this charity quilt project here.
This time NHK had received 10519 blocks, and under the leadership of Kathy Nakajima, 82 bed size quilts of 130 blocks each were pieced, quilted and then displayed at the show by groups of volunteers. Great work! Thank you Kathy Nakajima and all who gave a helping hand. You can see a picture of Kathy in this blogpost.
Julie and I first headed to quilt #17
Just a few blocks away, in the corner we found the block that Pamela of Hokkaido Kudasai had submitted.
My Peace Dove with Olive Branch had flown into quilt #28
where it had joined a number of other creatures, dogs with flower wreaths or bears with flowers sprouting out of their noses! To make it fully clear that this block has Swedish connections, the Dove is carrying a blue and yellow flag and I am dressed in the Swedish national folk costume.
Here are some other blocks in various techniques (sorry for not mentioning the makers' names):
The Japanese Manga boom can be seen in these blocks, too!
Before we go on to the Japanese 'Wa' quilts here are some statistics for you.
1487 quilts were submitted for entry into the contest. 386 passed the second screening and made it to the show. Of 17 quilts from abroad, 2 were let in.
72 Original Design
42 Wa (which means Japanese in either fabric (kimono silk, indigo...) motif (cherry blossoms, festivals...) technique (sashiko, origami...)
90 Framed (the 'quilts' must be inside a picture frame, many feature embroidery and no real quilting)
Now for a feast of Japanese culture.
集う by 出町睦子 is made up of tiny balls of kimono fabric
輝き by 松saki?靖枝
Julie is as impressed with this quilt as people were with Julie's stunning wearable quilt!