I would not have thought of attending that big quilt show on the opening day. I knew there would be thousands of people cramming every open space ... BUT ... Quilting has as much to do with friends as it does with quilts.
Long ago I joined a group of quilters .. The Tokyo International Quilters ... it was in the days of many ex-pats temporarily assigned to Tokyo and it was a group of the revolving door. We celebrated new members coming in and were saddened by their departure. I think the average assignment was about three years but there were always members coming and going.
Yesterday, my trip to the show was focused on a visit with a former member, now from Texas. Ah, how the years flew away, and we were back to those good old days. Another long-term member, Kuraishi-sensei, set up the meeting over lunch in the coffee shop ... ah, friendship and coffee ... what could be better?
It was a good thing I left home early because though the line to buy tickets was short, the line to get into the stadium went almost the entire way around the building. It must have taken close to an hour to get in, but a lucky thing is that quilters are friendly and I could get to visit with those in line (even in my miserable Japanese).
Our last visit was to the partnership quilt #8, where I got to see my Ohio cardinal guarding his nest at the top of the quilt.
Even though the blocks were made smaller this year, there were still 60 finished quilts.
A number had blocks that were all the same except for fabric choices.
I think the quilter that joins with NHK on this activity, issues a selection of patterns for those who need an idea.
After looking at many of the quilts, it seems this one containing my block got the most creative donations.
Next to Mr. cardinal is a patterned block
but those surrounding ones are original ideas of the quilters.
Panda with bamboo (it may be a tree of life for the panda, but bamboo is a grass)
This rabbit by the stump gazing at the sprout coming from that stump and the roots below...
Or the squirrel gathering acorns?
A tree with a swing
a Twitter shaped bird ...
a pink squirrel ...
There were lots of apples but this one was made of hexagons.
These cats were so cute framing that sprout.
More creative apples and trees.
That one on the bottom has a tree house at the top of the ladder.
There were a few of these cat blocks that had been arranged in circles on a few quilts.
The giraffe is one of a kind
not sure about the footprint ...
I have to admit, though I hardly ever win anything... I had to buy a raffle ticket for this one. And my friend, Linda bought one too.
My usual camera suddenly stopped working after the snow day and the alternative camera battery was not charged and soon gave up.
Saturday will be another chance. Along with the friendship worth cancelling my english class, I will get another chance at picture taking.
This year the contest quilts all included names in English, but alas, the other exhibits of traditional, Wa, Original design etc. were not translated. All I got for many years of filling out those questionnaires, was a pile of postcards advertising the show.