First of all I will recommend anyone to read Julie's excellent account of the visit. Click here for her first instalment.
This is the official guide, unfortunately all information except the title is in Japanese, but you can read the address to the website. I must admit that the organisers have put in some effort to make this year's show a bit more accessible to overseas visitors. At last there is a hint of 'international', with some staff speaking a bit of English, however, there is still much that could be improved. The guide, and the website, for example. Let's hope for next year...
Anyway, as Julie has already explained a lot of the quilts on display were by famous quilters, both from Japan and overseas, and in those display areas photography was not allowed.
Julie then went on to write about the Mini-Mini Quilt challenge. She explained about the rules and showed a pick of her photographs.
Here are some that I took, I wonder if you can spot the three pieces of challenge fabric (see Julie's blog for details):
This felt just right as more and more Seasonal displays are popping up everywhere in town.
Julie and I then went on to see the Miniature quilts. In this challenge the quilts should measure 50 x 50 cm, and you need to enter your quilt in a category, Traditional, Contemporary etc, but there is no general theme.
Quilters often make their own theme though, for instance travel, food and flowers are popular. Let's begin with some animals:
'Maneki neko', these cats of good fortune are appliquéd against a pieced background.
More and more are interested in Mola.
There were several entries where fluffy fabric had been used.
This elephant evokes the quilter's memories of a trip to Sri Lanka.
安部由香 Yuka Abe
界亜希 Aki Sakai
Flowers were also abundant on these Miniature quilts.
Details of embroidery. I was drawn to this quilt like a magnet as it reminds me of my own Kafferepet!
Exquisite flowers are growing here. See how beautifully the background wall can be seen through the cutwork.
植田慶子 Keiko Ueda
This quilter, whose name I can not pronounce, has made a stunning quilt to commemorate a trip to Venice.
城取佳恵 Yoshie Shirotori (?)
I am sorry to say I did not take a photo of the winning Miniature quilts (grand prix and semi grand prix).
More quilts tomorrow.