Nakayama-sensei is known for her Mola-style quilting.
Though from, I believe, Kyoto, her classes are taught around Japan and I met some of her deshi from both Kobe and Tokyo.
Several "Sensei" had special booths to show off their work and meet up with quilters curious about learning more.
Title, "Flower the Macrocosm"
This is not a small wall quilt but quite large and full of colorful detail.
It has already been mentioned that the wallpaper in this section and the lighting with shadows did not set off the quilts to their best.
This quilt missed the shadow problem but the wallpaper hardly does much to set it off. Still, a lovely colorful piece of work!
In her booth, Sensei had several copies of books she had written on Mola and some demonstration pieces.
There was also a shop selling her things in the area where all the shops were located...
Among them fabrics and kits with instructions...
As Tanya has mentioned, the three of us decided on a challenge of trying Mola and making something using that technique.
We had gone by the shop and looked over the kits, then decided to go it alone.
I thought I might have a magazine or two with Mola designs for inspiration but I am yet to find them on my shelf and anything I could locate was all in Japanese.
Guess I really am on my own.
Well, I drew up a plan and traced it onto a piece of navy scrap fabric.
Then I made a sandwich like the one I had seen and basted it together.
On Tuesday afternoon, a day before the closing, I went back to the Tokyo Dome to see if I could get a few pictures without waiting for the crowds to move.
I stopped off at Nakayama-sansei's booth to ask her how to turn that yellow into borders, showing the red underneath.
Kindly, she did nor say, "you stupid fool, you are doing this all wrong!"
but she pulled out fabric and scissors and thread, giving me a one-on-one demonstration of putting the under fabric on first and turning that, then putting the top fabric in place and turning the top fabric, leaving a nice neat frame in each space.
I have to admit I am quite impressed with the lesson I got and the patient friendly way it was delivered.
But, now I have a piece of yellow sun and I do not want to take it out and start over so....
I curled up on the sofa and attacked the problem head-on the "wrong" way.
With the navy stitches already in place, there isn't much room to turn the yellow under ... but there really isn't a very wide strip of yellow to begin with. The yellow rays are only about 3/8 of an inch in width.
I think I will have a bit of fun along with the frustration.
Meanwhile, the table runner for the conference speaker is now in the hands of it's new owner.
(being motivated to remove the Christmas/New Years one still in that spot).
As I was thinking of my Mola and the Christmas present for Norie yet to begin and a whittling project I wanted to start this month ...
along comes the news that a member of our church choir is expecting a baby in MARCH!
Not a lot of time ... and I need to make a baby quilt for all the choir to sign.
Last night ... among other things ... I dug into my kid-friendly prints and pulled out a pile of pre-cut blocks.
Today I laid them out on the dog hair covered carpet and played around with possible arrangements for an I-Spy quilt ... (no time to gather alphabet prints .. though mola letters might give me more experience.
Tonight I will present my plan to the choir president.
Here's to all my friends who use those things called "Patterns"!
My quilting seems to be just like my life... a bit backward, and definitely "Plan as you go".