They featured on the bags as well as you will see in this post!
Almost every quilt magazine or book published in Japan include instructions for a bag, and you can always spot a number of patchwork bags carried around at the show. This is therefore a popular category of the quilt contest.
Taupe bags by 赤平昭子 Kazuko Akahira
Colourful bag by 飯田奈緒美 Naomi Iida
Dogs also made their appearance on the bags, these three won the quilter a ribbon.
横山幸美 Yukimi Yokoyama
This was not found on a bag but on another popular category,
Made by Kim Su Jin (Korea)
A pink Mt Fuji can be seen peeping through a mass of clouds. My guess is that the clouds are made up of cotton fabric for summer kimonos, aka yukata.
吉田寿恵 Kotoe Yoshida
The winning quilt among the Traditional quilts was this red jewel in machine quilting. Who wouldn't want to have such a quilt as a bedcover in December?
池敬子 Keiko Ike
A prize was also awarded to this Korean quilter
The beautiful machine quilting/embroidery made this quilt look almost like a gigantic photograph.
This quilt was made by 16 high school students - and maybe their teacher?
As you can see Mt Fuji is popular with everyone, and cherry blossoms, and cats, and green tea ...
These towers are not as high as Mt Fuji but cleverly made out of string and fusable web!
This quilt was also in the Contemporary category, and made out of unusual material, too - woven rags of indigo.
If there had been a Visitors' Choice, this stunning quilt would have got a high score. There were always crowds of people enjoying the beautiful sky and marvelling at the use of material.
Like this man, I needed some time to see the 'point' of this quilt, called New York.
In my next blog post I will show you some of the Traditional quilts, as well as the ones with a Japanese theme.