These were the Wa quilts in the contest that I saw.
龍山千津子＊Chizuko Tatsuyama cleverly used the Baby Block to make this Cherry Moon quilt.
This quilt, made by 満代由美子＊Yumiko Mandai, has elements of folded fabric.
From a distance the fabric looks crumpled, as if it was left too long in the washing machine.
Study the close-up photo and you will see that a very narrow line has been stitched along a folded edge, this folding and stitching has been repeated in a crosswise way across the fabric. Pieces of this 'manipulated' fabric have then been cut and pieced together.
In this quilt you see, no, not dancing jelly beans, but a number of Daruma. It is a lucky charm in the form of a roly-poly doll. Read about Daruma Dolls here.
半よしゑ＊Yoshie Nakaba (?)
須川明子＊Akiko Sugawa played with another toy - the kite. All these kites have pictures of symbolic things. Can you see the Daruma Doll? The gold fish? The Japanese puffer fish? The rabbit?
堀岡雪江＊Yukie Horioka tugged the heartstrings of her fellow Japanese.
横川れい子＊Reiko Yokokawa stitched poetry.
In four panels on a large quilt 松本紀代子＊Kiyoko Matsumoto celebrates the seasons with these flowers.
Now, I will break the rules here, and show two quilts from the Original category, that I think should have been entered in the 'Wa' category of the contest.
南久美子＊Kumiko Minami's red chrysanthemums and butterflies.
大浦京子＊Kyoko Oura's Japanese hamlet in snow.
They are certainly both original, but Oh, so Japanese.
Finally I will add the quilt that won the Grand Prix, obviously a Wa quilt, with vintage fabric.