Monday, 29 January 2018

17th Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018, Part 3

OK, we have looked at 'literary quilts', Partnership quilts and Mola.

On today's menu we have:
A few remaining bags

The Cradle of Quilting and Queen of Bags
Framed quilts

Slash quilting was once trendy, these days you don't see many such quilts, so it was nice to find a bit of 'terry toweling' on this bag.
岡崎久枝*Hisae Okasaki

A feast of stitches.
市川祐子*Yuko(?) Ichikawa

The perfect bag for shopping at the fish monger's?
 出本正彦*Masahiro(?) Demoto

The Cradle of Quilting
A part of the quilt show was devoted to the birthplace of (Western) quilting in Japan, Kichijoji in the western suburbs of Tokyo. Apparently the first shop devoted to quilting, Quilt House Yama, was opened there in 1976, and then the stone started rolling... Now, with online shopping, many small shops that opened after Quilt House Yama, are closing down. Shopping at the quilt show is a good chance to pick up what you can no longer find in shops.
A few antique quilts from the collection of the founder of Quilt House Yama, Ms Takako Onoyama, were on display.

The Queen of Bags
The bag boom in Japanese quilting might have been kicked off by Ms Naoko Shimoda. She was born in 1953 and has devoted her life to crochet, knitting and especially bag making. I think she has published about 30 books.
At the show her studio had been partially recreated and there were many photos.
Here are examples of some of her bags:


Framed quilts

There was a section of framed quilts, or in many cases, embroideries:
This charming Mola had a lot of details in embroidery.
 坂根羊有子*Ms ? Sakane

 Lyudmila Tsvyleva (Russia) (I wonder if the organizers got the spelling right)

 加藤政子*Masako Kato

 鈴木貞子*Sadako Suzuki
Some make perfect stitches, eh?!

 長谷川紀子*Noriko (?) Hasegawa
 Nice use of knotted stitches.

 大石容子*Masako (?) Ohishi
 Some make perfect stitches, eh?!

 浅野小夜子*Ms ? Asano
 For the love of Old England.

廣江晴子*Haruko Hiroe
Straight on it looks flat, but it isn't.

Let's look at quilts from the contest tomorrow.


  1. Isn't it wonderful to see such a variety of techniques and ideas!

    1. I enjoyed reading this blog post! I am American and lived in Tokyo (Shibuya-ku, Shoto 2-chome) twenty-five years ago and loved going over to Kichijoji and Quilt House Yama. I remember there was another cotton shop a couple of blocks away too. And when a large craft store opened up adjacent to the Kichijoji eki...well, this was THE place to shop for my quilts!!

    2. Quilt456,
      How nice to hear from a former Tokyoite. I personally never went to Quilt House Yama or Yuzawa-ya at Kichijoji station, but have Yuzawa-ya's head shop in Kamata within easy reach. They are not as well stocked in quilting fabric as they used to be. Now with the Tokyo International Great Quilt Show no longer being held and all the traders not having a place to gather, it will be hard to buy fabric and notions, unless you turn to online shopping.
      I hope you can create quilts wherever you are now.

  2. I am sure you spent a wonderful time with Julie and Tanya watching all these wonderful creations :))
    Thank you so much Carin : your photos are absolutely neat is really a pleasure to admire them (_^^_)
    Cheers !!

    1. My photos are not half as good as Tanya's and Julie will post things I did not take a photo of, so do check out their blogposts, too.

  3. Such creativity! And all in one place for the week.

  4. Wonderful photos, there are some very clever quilters in Japan.

    1. Yes, there are, but in other countries you can see different types of quilts, with paint or slogans.

  5. After looking at both yours and Tanya's, I think there are few things I will have to add.

    1. Oh, I am sure you have pictures and impressions to report on that we failed to do.


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