The Japanese National Broadcasting corporation, NHK, has many educational programmes. One of them was called ‘Oshare Kobo’, (now Sutekini Handmade) and featured various crafts. Quilting is one of the most popular, so popular, that NHK together with other organisers founded the TOKYO International Great Quilt Festival in 2002. This festival is held in Tokyo Dome, a gigantic baseball stadium, and draws enormous crowds from all over the world.
The rules changed in 2016, but the ‘Partnership Quilt’ project is ever so popular and a part of the festival where anyone can send in a block, 15x15 cm, made on a set theme. These blocks are then stitched together by volunteers into wall-hangings of 120 blocks each and hand quilted. In 2006 they received a stunning 10.824 blocks which were made into 90 quilts! The quilts are entered into a charity raffle and a lucky winner for each quilt is drawn at the end of the festival.
I have taken part since 2004 and always include a Swedish flag to my blocks to add a bit of true international flair to the event.
Have a look:
|Swedish School House, 2005|
|Swedish lone sailor in the South Pacific, 2006|
|2006 the theme was South Pacific and Hawaiian quilting. My block is in the top row, forth column.|
|Swedish painted basket with cat, 2007|
|Swedish Teatime: Seven kinds of biscuits. The pattern on the plate is Rörstrand's Ostindia, drawn in ink, 2008|
|Swedish Compass Star, 2009|
|Traditional Christmas Tree with Swedish Flags, 2010|
|Floral block, 2011|
|Squares, (rectangles) and triangles, 2012|
|The Swedish flag is outstanding, don't you think? 2012|
|Swedish snowman (circle), 2013|
|Olive Branch (floral message), 2014|
|Swedish mint candy 'polka gris' (sweet), 2015|
|Swedish key harp 'nyckelharpa' (music), 2016|
|Japanese Bonsai (Gardening), 2017|
|Round leaves (Tree of Life), 2018|
|Cat Nap (My Favourite Animal), 2020|
|The Overheated Planet (Love the Earth), 2021|