When I entered the first section, most of the quilts were copies of Baltimore Album Quilts. They were just perfect down to the last detail. I was in complete awe! THEN, I entered the hall and ALL the quilts on display had the same degree of perfection. By the time I came to the last quilt on display, I was thinking "this is a case of over obsession"! More recently I have noticed quite a bit more individuality and creativity but the attention to detail can still be seen and admired.
These quilts are from the "Traditional section of the Dome show. It is interesting to me that in addition to pattern choices, tradition still seems to mean "Hand piecing and Hand quilting"
Though the individual blocks are the same design, there is a variety of fabrics used, some even with text and different shades of background.
I have to add that in Japan, "traditional" also seems to mean "made and quilted by hand".
The quilting here must have taken hours and days.
Here is another detail ...
And I might add here, that with the crowds as they were, it was practically impossible to get pictures of whole quilts without heads and arms and elbows thrown in....
Flowers are Blooming, is by Toshii Naoi.
Again there is a variety of blue diamond pieces and color values in the flowers. The quilting is also superb. How could any judge pick a winner from just these two ? ,,, and there is more to come.
"Flowers Blowing in the Wind"
is by Sumie Kiyota.
Just look at the perfection in that quilted background!
a detail of "Fountain" by Junko Fujiwara.
Another item we saw in rather large numbers among these medallion designs was backgrounds that were shaded from center to borders.
We mused that there might be a quilt school that supplied this type of fabric because it was used in so many quilts.
A little different take on the background, but the same attention to detail.
"Looking up into Blue Skies"
is the work of Toyoko Nakajima.
"Work Number 11 for my Daughter"
by Kiyomi Deguichi.
(By and large the lighting was much better than the spotlights used at the Yokohama show but a few has shadows falling across)
Note the variety of fabrics selected and the stitching around the interlocking circles.
is by Mitsuko Shimizu.
This effect of a graded background was all done by piecing little squares of assorted fabrics.
Imagine putting an applique over the top after going to all that trouble!
Another lovely quilt called "Reborn"
made by Yukiko Tanaka.
Each repeat of design, white on red or red on whits is so precisely done.
And that border work ... what a labor of love.
"Courtyard of a Maiden" is another of the medallion designs with shaded background.
This one is by Masako Kumakawa.
All that feathered quilting has to be see close up to be appreciated.
"Wishes for Roses" is another quilt using the shaded background but in a different configuration.
It is made by Yoko Masuda.
Note the feathered quilting on this one!
Here is a detail of a quilt called "PEKE" by Hiroe Omori.
I was attracted by the bright colors and variety of fabrics in this work.
The blocks also seemed to be quilted as individuals, each asking for something a bit different from it's neighbor.
Or how about tradition with a twist?
You get almost dizzy looking at this piece by Miyoko Takada.....
called Moment of Green,
made by Misako Ohnizuka.
Even with all these busy prints, the design is not lost among the black and white alternate sections.
This must have been a fun quilt to make.
...and plenty of work.....
this one called "Ocean Story" is full of mariner's compasses appliques.
If you are a fan of Lucy Boston as I am, you will appreciate this wonderful rendition.
Though this show is given the word "International" in its title, there were very few quilts that I found that were not made by Japanese quilters.
This quilt was made by Suet-Fern Lee from Singapore.
Having made two quilts in this pattern, I can appreciate the work that went into this piecing.
Called "Wind Time" she has used one of my favorite Japanese fabrics, Tosa tsumugi, a product of Shikoku which is becoming more and more rare, as it is woven by hand.
The loom is strung with one color, most frequently black, and the color stripes are woven across. I love the muted tones and can identify a number of fabric patterns I have used over the years.
It is also a stunning piece of work and I love the way she has managed to ues light on dark and dark on light.
Maybe a new twist on a traditional idea.
How on earth could the judges come up with three awards when every one of these quilts was a prize winner in its own right?
Here are those that were selected.
12 years ago in May, my kids brought an orphan puppy home from Tochigi.
When I took her to the vet the next day to get a check-up and shots, the vet said she was about three months old. Counting backwards, that put her birthday on Valentines day.
No longer the skinny little pup, she is pampered and loved by her adopted parents (and over-loved by her Papa who thinks Love =food)!
she has become pretty cozy with the space-heater.
(Actually, when I picked up the camera, her nose was resting on the base of the heater)
Hope you winter climes people are keeping warm too.