Monday, 25 January 2016

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2016 - Part 2

Every year a good number  (64!) of famous Japanese master quilters and quilt teachers are invited to make a quilt each on a specific theme. For this year's show they had to interpret 'Log Cabin Sensation'.

 'Buddy' by Yoshiko Kurihara*栗原淑子「ふたり」

The Queen of Crazy Quilting,
 Machiko Miyatani made 'Crazy Bow Tie Quilt & Log Cabin'*宮谷真知子『クレイジーBOW&ログキャビン」
 She is obviously playing with words, but I think she has recycled ordinary neck ties rather than bow ties to make this quilt.

 'Jack in the Box' by Keiko Ike*池敬子の「びっくり箱」

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From the Creative Quilt category of the contest, we have this colourful
'Ornamental Kale' by Yoshie Mizutani*「花キャベツ」水谷よし江

Ornamental Kale is a special kind of cabbage, and here is a special kind of stationery
 Look at the close up and you can see they are
 vegetable pencils, evidently packed with vitamins!
'23 pieces (pencils) of vegetable vitamins!!' by Fumiyo Fukushima*「23本のベジタブル・ビタミン!!」福島文代

You don't need to have a lot of colour in a quilt, just put small blobs on a bland background and the colours pop out
 Tiny pieces of gold ribbon draw your attention to the colourful centre
 'Floral Arabesque' by Nobuko Miyake*「花唐草」三宅信子

In the next post I will show you some houses. Tanya has written up a post about her trip to the show and the Partnership Quilts. Click here to read it, you won't regret it!


12 comments:

  1. how good to see these quilts they are all pretty amazing, such imagination these quilters have to have produced these

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    1. It is always interesting to see how quilting is developing. Although most quilts are still made by hand in Japan, using a sewing machine for both piecing and quilting is getting more and more popular.

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  2. Oh, Queenie, your pictures are so good! I haven't even down-loaded mine yet. (and I never got a picture of my partnership quilt at all. I am going to enjoy all your posts just like we were there again.

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    1. I am disappointed that my camera doesn't give full credit to the beautiful colours of some of the quilts. However, we can look forward to Tanya's professional pictures. You are right, looking a pictures takes you back to the show!

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  3. All these quilts are really amazing : thanks so much to you :)
    You must have been spent a wonderful time there !!
    Isa

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    1. Thank you, yes, I spent a great time at the show with my friends. More pictures in the next blog post!

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  4. Thank you for these beautiful pictures. The quilts are wonderful.

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    1. I especially liked the pencil quilt - so funny!

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  5. Just wonderful Queenie. What was the fabric used in the Floral Arabesque? It looks like as silk brocade.

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    1. I don't remember, won't be able to see it again, but judging from the photo I think it is some kind of COTTON brocade, a silk one would have had a 'colder' shine to it...

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  6. To me it is astounding how much detail goes into each beautiful quilt. Even enlarging the photos couldn't give you the hours involved.

    All stunning!

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    1. You DO need a lot of time to make these meticulous Japanese quilts, and I guess most quilters here make ONE quilt at a time and have few UFOs. Then it is popular to make small things, for gifts or fun, like coasters, tissue paper cases etc, but bed size quilts are limited to one at a time...

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