at the quilt show in Tokyo Dome.
This is a unique category I think. Do YOU know of any other quilt show where framed quilts are part of the contest?
Before we start, I would like to mention that I might have read some of the names incorrectly.
We non-native, and in my case, not-so-good-at-reading-Japanese, suffer. The organizers WILL not add the phonetic script (red) or Roman letters (green) like in my example here, for the names on the labels. My friend Julie has pointed this out on the questionnaire many times. It is such a pity as we really would like to give full credit to the makers of these quilted items.
Ikuko Onishi (大西幾子)
I have seen Kazuko Tanaka's (田中和子) framed quilts at previous quilt shows and her work never fails to charm me. Look at all the Mountmellick embroidery stitches.
This is the second time I have seen the beautiful work of American artist Kathy Knapp. I hope she made it to the show this time, to experience the crowds gathering around to see her fine details.
Ever so charming Mola, by Ayako Yamamoto (山本有紀子)
Look at this charming giraffe! The artist is Chikako Ueno (上野知佳子) and a good friend of my friend Julie's. Although I have met Ms Ueno many times, I was amazed that she managed to find me in the crowds.
She also had a larger quilt at the show that I will let you see in another blog post.
Sumiko Mori (森澄子)
I guess many UK residents or visitors to Bath can recognize The Royal Crescent.
Miyuki Humphreys (ハンフリーズ深雪)
I like this fluffy style by Takako Makino (牧野孝子)
Some tourists in front of La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, maybe the artist, Eiko Maeda (前田栄子)
3rd prize of the framed quilts went to Mitsuyo Akita (秋田光代), I guess because she made good use of the printed fabric.
I am sure you noticed how much embroidery there is in these framed quilts.
Now let's move on to
Why are quilted bags so popular in Japan? Julie, Tanya and I had a discussion once and came to the conclusion that bags are smaller than bed size quilts, so easier to make in tinyJapanese houses or flats. They can also be carried around and shown off officially.
Here are some of the bags from the contest.
Ms?Sakane (坂根羊有子) made a mola bag
Woven bag of kimono silk by Yuiko Kawakami (川上結子）
Here is another woven bag.
For lovers of smocking.
Hiroko Narita (成田弘子)
Kiyoe Kataoka (片岡貴代枝)
The next bag does come from Korea!YoonKyung Kim.
Naoko Odera (小寺直子) used leather for her bag.