Monday, February 11, 2019

Tokyo Dome Quilt Festival ...3

With this post, I run out of names in English, so any more pictures will take time for getting help.

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
Titled, "Hamorebi"

"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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Thursday morning walk

Throughout Tokyo there is a very specific schedule of trash collection. Since items need to be carried to the spot for each particular area, one cannot just carry anything to that spot except on the correct day.

Bags that contain items that do not meet requirements for the day are left behind with a sticker stating why.

Because I live on the edge of our area, I sometimes take the option of crossing the road and leaving items to the park pickup across the street.

Only one day is the same for both areas, and that is glass, metal, and pet-bottles.

I frequently walk Nikko down the dividing street and through the park. In the warmer seasons, I pull weeds in the park along the way, and have gotten to know many living in the area.

I may have mentioned before, that that "Koyama Cho" area is the high class section. Whereas my side of the street is getting many small apartments, the Koyama area is made up of single dwellings with large gardens. The higher class is also reflected in their "trash".  On some occasions they get large tins of snacks or treats. I'm not sure what they contain ... the one I picked up today says "Gateau Rusk"

I have been collecting these large tins, as they are perfect for sorting small fabric scraps.

They are all the same size, so stack nicely.
Oh, there may be a few smaller ones, but those are useful too.

Long ago, I brought home a tin with a lid that didn't quite fit. I was using that tin with the lid set on crooked and wondering why it was a bit off.

Well, in early December, while checking the disposal basket, I found a lid and container that didn't match up.I pulled them out and brought them home, and surprise! That lid fit the old tin perfectly.

Now, I had a spare container with no lid to cover it.
But luckily, I didn't toss it out. This morning, Nikko and I strolled through the park and checked the bin.

I found two lids and one tin. Clearly the pale yellow tin had a lid to match and I cheered to find that the single lid fit perfectly on the uncovered one.

I really like the way these tins stack up and the size is just right for my smaller scraps. Now, what I really need is more space to stack those handy tins. I have larger buckle boxes sorted by color stacked in the upstairs hallway. Soon walking space will be at a premium. Ah, but the benefits of a Thursday morning walk! A tin for goodies, empty of calories.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tokyo Dome Quilt Festival (well known teacher's quilts)

I have hesitated to post many pictures taken at the quilt show because I wish to give credit to those quilters who have not only come up with creative designs, but must have spent very many hours of work on the details. Following here are quilts made by well-known quilters, probably most of them teachers ... or "sensei". Other than a few foreign quilters, the names on the majority of posted information are still written only in Japanese. I have seen a number of posts on blogs or Facebook that just show pictures without any other data. My friends who can read the names have dutifully included them in their posts.

These cute Song Sparrows seem to be having a party. 
Yoshiko Katagiri os the creator of this gathering.

"Kokeshis' Stories" by Megumi Mizuno

"For You" by Toshiko Imai has a lot of beautiful detail in both the quilting and the applique.

"Combinations" by Sachiko Yoshida  Even with a limited pallet, the arrangement was quite striking.

"In the Afterglow" by Misaki Okabe  I have never seen a sunset like this!

"The Summer Town" by Noriko Fujisawa. 

"The Red Mountain" by Fumiko Nakayama.
Known for her "Mola" quilts, this mola is done in a more modern style.

"Fallen Leaves" by Chiyoko Takayama
Not only a creative arrangement, but amazing detail ...

I didn't get the name of this quilt with an interesting arrangement of black and white mixed with color. It was created by Miki Murakami

"A Quilt of Sky-Blue" by Hiroko Nakazawa
This made nice use of the graded blue background and fine details.

Misako Imamura put a lot of fine detail into this lovely bouquet.

"What Autumn Forest Tells Me" by Reiko Naganuma
Trees over autumn colors ... and the multi-colored border is a fine finish.

As usual, Emiko Toda Loeb has created a two-sided 
hanging, and as is usually the case, a two-sided hanging space has been made for it's display.

And shown here is the reverse side.

"Ancestral Resemblance"
is the title.

"A Chocolate Factory" by Osami Gonohe
One can spend a lot  of time enjoying the details in this quilt,
not just the busy figures, but the teacups and cookies tied within that border .

"Dignified - the Tree of Ressurection" by Noriko Inafune

"Flowers Survived over a Thousand Years" by Hiroko Takita

Tokiko Yanazawa made this elegant Peafowl. What a lot of work!

"An Hommage for DOUSHOKUSAIE" by Reiko Nakahara.
I seem to have started and ended this part of the show with birds. 
Along with the name and title, the posted sign gives some explanation of what the quilter was thinking or intending or representing in her quilt. There were many times I wished I could read the explanations that went along with this fine work.

I hope you enjoyed a small glimpse of the inspiration I enjoy year-by-year.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Tokyo Dome Quilt Festival 2019 (partnership quilts)

 The Tokyo Quilt Festival is having its last day today, having begun last Thursday, January 24th. Even attending two days, it was difficult to get many pictures with so many people filling the aisles between.

The theme for partnership quilts this year was "Houses", and as happens each year at the start when the theme is announced, the teacher who is taking on the assembly that year, will be shown on NHK TV talking about the subject and offering a number of suggested patterns.

There may be classes as well. 

Other than the variety of fabrics used ,
there is little variety in the blocks shown on this quilt.

 This composition seems to have picked out red houses. One seems to have used the idea shown in the first picture and there are a number of traditional "Little Red School-house" houses in the center.
The upper and lower row of blocks may have been made in a workshop where the teacher supplied both the pattern and the fabric, as they look almost identical.

 This assembly seems to have been organized by houses at night. There is also a block shown in the first quilt, only with a dark background. In general, this quilt seems to have more variety of houses.

 This quilt has a few more night time blocks and a more wintery look. The blocks in the center area seem to have been made by a group using the same fabrics.

 And many of these houses appear to represent country style thatched-roof houses ... kind of a more Japanese touch to the subject. I am thinking the majority of these participants came up with their own patterns.

I attended the show on Saturday with my friends and here is "Queenie" (Carin) with her contribution containing a Swedish flag. Many of the houses on this quilt were mushrooms.

And, here is Tanya with her block among a pastel village.

For the past few years, after learning that Carin always added her country flag, I decided to add the Ohio State bird, a cardinal,  to my blocks.

He has appeared in earlier years with a songbook, a nest in a tree, and planting a seed in a garden.

Here he is checking out a birdhouse...
though I don't think cardinals are likely to nest in a house.

This quilt did have a large selection of birds and birdhouses.

There were 66 partnership quilts exhibited. From last year, the required block size became smaller but the number of quilts does not seem to have decreased.

The show was quite crowded and taking pictures without elbows, shoulders, and heads in front was rather a challenge. Though the mob tended to thin out around 4:pm, the body was wearing out as well.

This was the 18th year of the show. Each year I fill out a questionaire before leaving, recommending they put the quilter's name in English. Many viewers were taking pictures and I have seen a few on Facebook with no recognition given to the quilters who must have spent the better part of a year producing a one-of-a-kind quilt.
Other than the teachers' category, only foreign entries had names other than in Japanese. One year I even brought home the questionaire to get help writing it in Japanese, thinking maybe they could not read requests in English. I am now thinking those forms are not even read other than to be used to send out advertisements to those who respond.

Please check out Tanya's and Queenie's blogs for good pictures and better information. I hope to show more later.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Back to work

Last year the Women's Conference theme was the seasons of our lives. I put together this tree surrounded by strips of fabric representing fall, winter, spring, and summer, thinking it might be fun to have members add leaves. As can be seen, it was not a popular free-time activity.

Though it was suggested I bring it back this year and make another try, I decided to re-purpose the tree and make an I-Spy quilt for my new granddaughter. Daughter of two naturalists (and one an avid birder) I have selected kid-friendly prints that are nature related. Well, there are lots of animals.

I am now working on the last three rows of blocks. Then I will add birds to the tree and maybe a few animals or flying critters? Maybe a variety of leaves? Then a bit of borders to tie it all together.
The prints are all 4"x4" with 1" sashing and small 1' cornerstones. 

Phoebe's big brother is a good talker and I think he can play I-Spy to teach his baby sister new words.

This was his baby quilt.

And I heard that his first word was "owl".

I still have work to do on the piecing, but the blocks are measured, cut, and arranged in baggies for take-along work so should go fairly quickly.

Appliquéing critters in the center will be a bit of a challenge. I have some good bird prints and am thinking of cutting them more simply and hanging them in the tree like ornaments instead of trying to sew around tiny feathers and beaks.

I have yet to search my stash for a border. I wonder if there is any left of that bamboo print on Ryden's quilt border. Also maybe a narrow sashing of the same dark green that borders the tree block.

Nothing like planning step-by-step!

I hope all my blogging friends are off to a fine new year.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


As I was putting the last stitches in the binding, my grandfather clock began ringing in the new year.
Now, I wonder, do I count this as the last quilt of 2018, or the first finish of 2019?

Today Nikko and I went for a long walk to find a fence tall enough for taking a picture. Even sideways, this still sticks out over the concrete base but I think it will have to do. Soon it will be flying out across the pond to Kaiea's waiting bed.

Kai's choice was black and white and I was rather amazed at the number of fabrics in my collection that were ready for use. The only one I had to buy was for the border, and since Kai's name means "rising wave", I just had to get this when I saw it ... though I wasn't really shopping at the time, but meeting a friend.

Next in the line will be my new granddaughter's baby quilt ... plus some long overdue promises that need to be filled.

Best wishes to my blogging friends for a happy and productive new year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

One month gone!

Where has time gone?
There was lots of practice for music events. Our "Choir Sunday"(where the choir presents music in place of the regular sermon for two services) was followed a week later with a "Charity Concert" where both our choir and some small group pieces were part of the program.

Tossed in between was school, Scouts, and assorted meetings, snatching up bits of travel time and participation.

Finally this week I was able to finish off the last of the big-stitch quilting on all 80 blocks, and quilt one border. Getting those stitches relatively even was a challenge and some of the blocks seemed to be like stitching through canvass. Many were stab-stitched and my fingers have never been so sore.

Now I am chugging along on the border and hoping to get this out of the way and into the mail.

My newest granddaughter, Phoebe Mae, arrived on December first and her baby quilt is still sitting in a long list of work needing to be done. I am hoping to find a bit of time to do prep-work that can be carried along. 
Meanwhile the whole house is the messiest it has ever been. Just about the time I get one part organized, it gets all stirred up while looking for something I had right in front of me the day before.
No Christmas decorations this year .. no place to put them ... but I will have to clear a space to greet the cookie fairy who will come and do her magic on Friday night and Saturday morning. The end of the year will see church events filling plenty of time Sunday choir, Onigiri delivery on Monday morning and choir participation in two Christmas eve services, then another service on Christmas followed by a lunch. At least school for me is out for the rest of the year. Most of the leaves in my garden have been swept from the street and it is too cold to be pulling weeds... so, quilting and cleaning will finish up my year. Will Kai's Big-boy quilt be added to my year's total? Only time will tell...