Thursday, November 20, 2014
Re-runs of the Yokohama Quilt show
Since Queenie's pictures are so much better, I was kind of waiting to see what she would post before subjecting my viewers to my rather wonky takes.
Now my brain has become a bit foggy as to what categories my pictures belong or what Queenie has already posted.
Some of those categories were Contemporary, Traditional, Flower, "Wa" (Japanese quilts), and "Message" quilts.
Years ago I made a quilt of flower blocks on a black background, not as fancy as this quilt made by Kayoko Ozono, but large enough for a queen-sized bed. The bed was way too large for any bedroom in this house so the quilt was passed to one of my daughters but I still have memories that were brought to mind when I saw this garden,
(something about colorful potential)...
What a lot of work went into that one. There are different flowers in the centers of each of those sun flowers.
This quilt is really more striking than my photo shows, so I include a close-up shot.
by Yoko Ozaki,
you can appreciate the amount of work that went into not only the background, but the applique and stitching.
It was done by machine but probably hand working over all those layers would have worn out a lot of fingers.
Now my memory becomes a bit foggy.
I can't remember what category this was but maybe still in the flower area.
3 x 3 (nine)
is the title of this collection of nine-patch blocks setting off lovely floral hexagons.
Since many of my plentiful scraps are in the one-inch box, I am always attracted to new ways of using them, and I think this is a cleaver possibility.
Both Queenie and I thought the border was a bit heavy on this Hawaiian quilt.
The workmanship by Yoko Kanazawa is excellent.
I was rather surprised to see print fabrics used in the boarder applique
because Hawaiian style usually deals in solids.
This quilt would be fun to see on a bed with the borders hanging at the edges.
This Bridal Bouquet quilt by Yasuko Hasegawa
seems to use either feed sack material or reproduction fabrics.
Since I grew up with clothing and quilts made using similar fabrics, it had a certain appeal. This pattern was also popular in that era.
(Note the little patches in the borders and you will know another reason it caught my eye).
As I recall, it was machine work and there was a lot of detail in the quilting.
There were a number of "Japanese Quilts".
This was somewhere between those and the flower quilts.
I guess cherry blossoms say "Japan", even on quilts. Matsuko Morishita put a lot of hand work into this quilt.
The title has something to do with "Wa"
Made by Yuko Koshikawa.
There was plenty of embroidery in each of those circles both in the blocks and in the border.
The title escapes my translation skills but I thought you might enjoy this struggle with a giant carp and the amazing hand work of Sanae Yamaguchi.
Somewhere in the quilt world there is a book of these covers and I have seen them and even photographed them in my travels around the country.
Tokyo's manhole covers have a large cherry blossom but they are not in color ... probably just too many to justify the expense.
They were first brought to my attention by my friend, Marion Fox, living in Maryland and visiting her son who was then working at the US Embassy. I still have a small album of pictures she sent me of manhole quilts taken at a show in her neck of the woods.
entitled "SU*I*KA", which is the name for watermelon.
As, in the past, she found me before I found her. I had just said good-bye to my friend Queenie and was heading over to the Nihon Heritage Quilters Guild exhibition area.
This is always a wonderful example of how quilting brings people together. Their theme for this exhibit was "World Costume". Quilters from France, Korea, and Japan were given the name of a country and then made a small quilted hanging representing the traditional costumes of that country. This was the group's 15th Anniversary exhibit and very cleverly done. This is a picture of me with Ueno-san beside her wonderful interpretation of Korean costumes.
The group members were chatting around the center table and trying to think up a new theme to be used next year. We had an all-too-short visit before I spent my last bit of time hunting through the shops for pencil lead and batiks in purple. (I did find purple and green batik ... the color just right but it was already cut in pieces too short and had goldfish swimming all over ... Maybe not quite what that rainbow wants, but I still have two more places left to look).
This is the fifth Advent calendar I have made and I still need to add the hanging sleeve and get those pieces of wood carved and painted so it can get into the mail before Advent begins.
I don't think Ken looks at my blog but even if he does, he already knows I have drawn his name this year and this is probably what he will get.
I have a Scouting event from early tomorrow and in some of that outdoor time I plan to do some whittling ... rather than add wood chips to the dog hair that is already covering my floors.
So ... off I go to re-fill my coffee cup and hunt up my sharpest knives.
Hope your weekend is productive too.