Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yokohama quilt festival #4

There were a number of special featured quilters at this show.

One of the featured quilt artists was Danny Amazonas.

These were all what I would call "Art Quilts".

Some were bits and pieces of fabrics, cut, fused, and top-stitched.

Some were pieced.

Here is a close-up of a chin and neck area. Title, Mother and Child.

Lots of little scraps in this one.

This one named "Star I"

this one pieced ... named "Breeze I"
There was one of a group of dogs and an elephant, and a child.
Maybe you have seen his work before but if not, this should give you an idea.

Another featured quilter was Anna Dolanyi from Hungary "with 50 quilters". 
These were part of that exhibit 

Many items were in blue and white with Hungarian motifs.
This one named "Applique from Buzsak" by Molnar Janosne.

some scenery...

"Blue and White Flowerwreath" Bogdan Erzsebet-Szabo Miklosne.

"Stove in Embroidery" Csillaghegyi Oltogetok.

"Ancentress" Jofoldine Fejes Edit.

"Little Peacock" Gelencserne Lazarovits Klara.

"Hungarian Jugs" Csillaghegyi Oltogetok.

And a few quilts by other well known quilters, 
This one by Yoko Saito

There are still a few more pictures in my camera to share. 
One exhibit was titled in Japanese ... roughly translated "The thing I Like".
I recognised a quilt by Ms. Kuroha but other names were all in Japanese. 

My apologies to anyone to whom I may not respond to comments. With this change by blogger, the comments no longer come to my e-mail and after trying a number of suggestions, I have not been able to answer other than by going back to the comment on the post. As you may know, all the comments one gets do not come at the same time or even on the same day. That means taking lots of time to go back over former posts to check. I tried making a comment and then checking the little box to get comments but that did not work. About time I had a visit from my guru son. 

Meantime I will be out in the woods with the Scouts. No internet connection there. Knives ... leatherwork ... and lots of nature. The silkworms ... all but six of them ... have begun their cocoons.
That figures now that mulberry leaves will be easier to find, and I won't need to gather them any more.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Yokohama Quilt Festival #3

One category of the quilt contest was "Original".

Looking through these, I have a hard time figuring out the difference between these and the "Traditional" quilts. I am also wondering if there was a theme of flowers behind the contest, as certainly there were more flowers than anything else.

A number of those in this category were small and medium wall hangings. This one was made by Akemi Tajima.

Another hanging by Yukiko Ishizuka.

A medium sized hanging by Noriko Endo

A full sized quilt entitled "Dog Garden", by Ritsuko Shino.

Entitled "For You Arigato" (Thank You) by Yoshiko Sakai.

Roughly translated, "Flower Field" by Tomoko Kawahake.

Kazuko Yamada has put a lot of detail and quilting stitches into this one!

a close-up view...

Teruko Ono made this one.

Another small hanging by Fumiko Kitabatake, entitled "Gift".

This hydrangea hanging I photographed with the sign because it was small,
but now the writing is too small for me to read.

And the last one seems to have one some kind of prize...

I think the name is Etsuko Iitaka.

It was hard enough to grab a photo of the whole thing without heads and elbows and shoulders included, as there were many people checking out the details.

Lots of tiny applique in this quilt!

Most of my pictures subjects were hand-work, both stitching and quilting, so I may have missed a few. Hope you found some inspiration here. I know I did.

I think I need a change of plans

Thinking that with all these square blocks, the border needed something curvy like feathers, I looked through my templates. Of course, there was nothing that would work on a four-inch strip ...
... so, I drafted out a pattern and cut a template from plastic.
The plan was, to start in the corners and work to the center of each border.

After quilting  the first corner, I am thinking a whole border of feathers would be a big waste of time.
This batik is better than camouflage for hiding stitches.

I think I may go back to my stencil collection and join the corner feathers with a cable ... maybe putting one of these feather designs at the center of each side ... if the cables don't link up neatly.
I sure don't want to start un-stitching what is already in place.

The next four days are going to be super-busy with a juggling of schedules ... scouting stuff ... school stuff ... choir stuff ... and feeding these silkworms who managed to gobble up a dozen large leaves by the time I had finished my first cup of coffee.
I read all the busy stuff my blogging friends are getting done and wonder how they do it! Am I missing something?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Yokohama Quilt Festival #2

One section of the show exhibited contest quilts. Here are a few of those in the "Traditional" category that attracted my attention.

Titled, "Bara no Kuni" Rose country,  made by Sanae Kobayashi

Made by Shigemi Furuta

"Hana" (Flowers) by Yasuko Goto

"Hana no Sonnet" by Yoshie Mizukoshi

by Fusa Nomura

Another flower theme quilt. This one by Yoshiko Taniguchi

"Flower Star" This is an amazing combination of different blocks, made by Toshiko Nakamura.

"Hana no Kazeguruma" or Flower Pinwheel, by Reiko Hatakeyama.

Another flower sampler, this one by Kayomi Tamai.

Spring symphony ... by Harumi Asada

"Hexagon no Naka de" (Inside the hexagon)  by Yoko Ozaki
Flowers seemed to be a big part of many "traditional" quilts.

Life has been getting busier and busier with only a few rows of quilting getting done from time to time.

On Sunday I will attend a special Court of Honor, to be held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence.

One of the Scouts receiving his Eagle rank is one of my former cub scouts, so I carved him a wooden eagle neckerchief slide to celebrate.

After writing a note to go with it, I looked around for a small box to put it in ...
but the last box I had went a week ago with a slide carved for my younger sister's grandson who had met the"Cubmaster's Challenge" by completing his final Arrow of Light award, doing every requirement in the book.

Then, I recalled some fabric that came to me from my Blogging friend, Cheryl. What better than a fancy pouch with scouting symbols to hold the gift? Thank You, friend!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Quilt Festival Yokohama #1

After  a three year break, the quilt show in Yokohama has returned.

I have attended this show since it's beginning, and was very sad when the event was ended. 
At my small group meeting, Yasuko Kuraishi, who is a quilt teacher, told me the show was returning, and because one of her quilts would be on display, she was given two tickets ... if I would like to go with her.

Well, silly question. Of course I was glad to hear of the show's return and eager to snatch up the opportunity.
We met at the gate at 11:00 am.
The crowds were packed in front of the displays and getting pictures was a challenge, as spaces were narrow ... and with the fine work, everyone was examining from close-up.

We headed to the first section where Sensei's quilt was visible from the entrance. I was able to get a blurry picture of her in front of her paper-pieced flower garden. Kuraishi-sensei considers herself a "minimalist" but there is a certain charm in the variety of those paper-pieced flowers.


In spite of the crowds, we worked our way through the 60 quilts by the 60 well-known quilt teachers.

Some were marked with no photo, but most allowed pictures to be taken.

Thankfully, all were marked with the quilter's name in English.

This one is titled "Little Adventures of Sue and Billy".
all handwork by 
Reiko Kato

This quilt by Hiromi Kawashima represents scenes and icons of the town of Yokohama.

I am not very good at figuring out the quilter's comments, but there is something about the 1853 arrival of Perry to Yokohama and the scenes illustrated in the quilt.

The focus of this quilt, 
made by Setsuko Obi in 2007,

is the gradation of color.

Most of the photos I took were of quilts that were done by hand, and I found hand work to be in the majority 
among these well-known quilters.

The title was - KAGUHASHI

I am not familiar with that word but this quilt
was made by Yoshiko Katagiri.

Interesting black on black applique and lots of motion.

This small collection of doll-house items, reminded me of my own childhood.

The biggest thing in my young life was my doll family and doll houses. My early sewing was all stuff for my dolls, who were my best friends.

This set of rooms is by Hiroko Akita.

The title, Red Hair Ann must refer to the well-known story book of Ann of Green Gables.

This is all I could get of this lovely work.

Yuriko Arioka gave it the name of the beginning of Autumn. (or it is about to become Autumn).

The tiny piecing and applique, as well as the limited colors, give this quilt a peaceful feeling.
I wish I could have gotten a picture of the whole quilt but this is a basic all over design.

This quilt by Keiko Akita represents flowers on an apple tree.

The description is about apple trees and Aomori where many of the best apples come from.

From time to time I see quilts in the shape of kimono.

Judging from the roll at the bottom, it may be a wedding quilt.

It was made by Eiko Okano
and seems to have included kimono fabric blocks.

Something about the red flowers being congratulatory.
(I really miss having in-house translators).

I saw a lot of viewers touching quilts which is usually a big no-no at shows I have been to.

There were people in gloves who could help those who wished to view the reverse sides of the quilts....
(If you could find them among the crowds)

Another flower quilt ...

This one by Michiko Shima.

The "Japanese Taupe" fabrics seem to have become popular with a number of quilters.

These dahlias were quilted by
Chizuko Takashita.

 There are a lot of white flowers with many petals appliqued on these little squares.

Hiroko Ninagawa put a lot of detail into this quilt.

even the quilting in the borders are full of detail.

Titled in English, "Cross Flower"

this is a take on the Lucy Boston pieces that I have done twice,

This one is not fussy cut but uses the colored prints in repeats. 

Atsuko Matsuyama used much larger lozenge-shaped hexagons than I have seen before and limited the variety of color. The border frames it quite nicely.

I had to go back later to get this picture of a large detailed quilt by 

Noriko Masui.

I was glad to get a picture without so many viewers crammed in front looking closely at every detail.

There was a long description about the choice of a title for this quilt.

" Itsu demo koko kara ...

A lot of geese flying over a pond full of waterlilies....
and a lot of echo quilting.

(Also a lot of light on those pale fabrics washes out some of the beauty).

"Tyrollean Tulips"

by Yasuko Yubisui

The rows of little girls between the rows of pieced tulips have been appliqued in place.

A nice colorful addition to the exhibit...

By Yoneko Maruya

Something about water and Lorelei


"Joyful Flowers"

By Masako Wakayama

And, last of all, a quilt I had to return later to photograph...

This is by Akemi Shibata

and seems to include a variety of blocks both in the center and set on point in the borders, and different styles including Hawaiian applique and a Baltimore album block.

It was interestingly set with prints of numbers and Japanese kana.

I guess this is a lot for one post, but I still have more saved for a later number of posts. The show was only three days long ... which may be why it was so packed with people even on the last day. Perhaps it was a trial run for the return of the week-long show.

Each quilt was lit with one spotlight, with a variety of results depending on the quilt, but better than the strange shadows across the quilts that is seen at the Dome show. Of the 60 quilters represented, some were no pictures and I tended to leave out the fused raw-edge machine applique, so these are more to my hand-made taste.