Over many years I have developed a friendship with Ueno-san through shows at Yokohama as well as Tokyo Dome. For years she was part of a group of international quilters that made a show on certain themes in small wall quilts. She teaches quilted handbags and enters bags or framed quilts or, this year, this large quilt names "Garden Birds". I was interested to see that the bird print she has used is the same one I am using to applique birds in the tree of my new granddaughter's quilt. I am working by hand but in awe of how beautiful a job she could do by machine.
Here is a close-up.
And another one.
It seems she found this print fabric in a larger size.
The background is perfect to show them off.
This year she also entered the framed category with this colorful giraffe.
I have not translated the names in this category, but included the title cards with the names in Japanese and the description.
The needlework embellishments on this are outstanding. The quilter is "Tanaka"
This quilter put a lot of detail into this Christmas scene.
This colorful bird was made in Mola style by a quilter named Yamamoto.
This piece of work called "Memory" seems to be looking back at school days.
Many of the lovely large quilts with so much detail seem to spend more time folded up waiting for a show. I think these framed quilts make more sense, as they could be hung in someone's house. I am impressed as to how much detail quilters manage to get into such a compact space.
Prize-winners were given credit for their work.
This one made by Kazuko Fujimura won the prize for Original Design.
The second prize overall went to this quilt made by Kyoko Takeda
"Golden Tokyo Tower 2020" by Ritsuko Kuramitsu won third prize in the "traditional" category.
I wonder what makes this a "traditional" quit.
This is the second prize winner fir the "traditional" quilts.
Made by Noriko Kido
And the first prize for traditional goes to Teruko Uchiya
"Life IV" by Noriko Misawa took the prize for "Machine Making"
This quilt made by Mayumi Mochizuki won a second prize. I'm not certain the category or if it is overall.
And the grand winner was this quilt made by Hitomi Mishima.
Honestly, I don't know how the winners were selected. There were so many fine quilts, and compaed with when the Dome show had its beginnings, creative and original designs with fine quilting and embellishments.
In addition to these selected for prizes, each category also displayed the top three picks.
A baseball stadium is not a small place and the center display area is surrounded by assorted rows of shops or stalls selling all kinds of quilt-related items. There is a lot of walking to do and a lot of waiting for people to get out of the way so a picture can be taken. In the early days, pictures were not allowed and there was a large book on sale if you wanted pictures, so the times have changed in more ways than one. One thing that never changes is that the end, one has to walk up a long flight of steps to the very top of the stadium to exit, and after hours of walking, that might just be the biggest challenge of all.
I hope I will get some translation so I can show a few more of my favorites.