Earlier in the week, I received a call from Yasuko Kuraishi, one of my long time quilting friends. She is a quilt "sensei" or teacher who is well connected in the quilting world, both in the U.S. and Japan. She told me of a quilt exhibit that was in my own neighborhood and, as we were having a meeting of our little group, suggested that before going home, we stop and take in the exhibit.
The quilt behind us was exhibited at the Tokyo Dome show and it was a real treat to see these works up close and talk with Minato-sensei about the process.
We both share a fondness for kasuri and the way she used it in her quilts is quite unique.
Several of these large quilts on display featured kanji but the lettering was not appliqued on or printed on. The entire quilts were made of small squares, a little over an inch in size. Minato-san had selected small bits of kasuri with varying tones and fussy-cut them to put darks and lights and shading in the proper place to create the design.
each of these designs is made up of squares.
All are made the same way, by cutting out square bits of kasuri.
What an amazing variety of blocks she was able to come up with!
I don't suppose the pieces were as easy as sewing regular squares together either, because in order to get the variety of patterns, the pieces were cut in a way that many were bias edges on all sides.
The gallery was set up in a most attractive way and there were not only quilts but lovely fashion pieces and bags for sale.
The exhibit itself was a treat but it was even more special to talk with such a creative artist ... even in my rather miserable excuse for Japanese... and share her enthusiasm for the process.
The walk from the gallery back to my home was only about 15 minutes.
Thunder was rumbling in the distance, but I had to try and get a picture.
Hiding among the dead grass.
These are volunteers among my geraniums.
They seem to be taking over several pots but I can hardly pull them out, now, can I?
By this time it had begun to spit hail from the rumbling clouds. It is only four days into April and those showers are running true to the saying.
On the other hand, The March lion is still roaring and the May flowers are beginning to show something new every day. And, lucky me, Kuraishi-sensei brought me tickets to another quilt show ... next month at Mitsukoshi Department store. I hope you all had a great day too.