The "traditional" quilts were truly amazing. They were also very creative and all but three were hand-quilted.
Perhaps the very word, "traditional" speaks to the Japanese as "old style" and that may mean by hand.
Certainly, quilters living here are as challenged as I am for space and I doubt many have a "sewing room" or any room that could be dedicated to the making of quilts.
I can picture them sitting on tatami, a quilt spread over their lap as they work.
By Matsumura Akiko
by Junko Niwa
"Sweet Fifteen" by Miyuki Hamba. This is all made of tiny hexagons!
by Sumiya? (or could be Sumitani)
This Baltimore Album quilt is all done in Japanese taupes by Suzuki.
The most incredible part of this quilt is in the quilting.
This is a detail. All hand done by Tanaka.
"Rose Bouquet to You" by Tamai.
White on White by Origata.
This was one of only three machine quilted pieces in this category.
This, too was quilted by machine.
Sorry but even looking at the kanji, my husband was unable to figure out how the name might be in Romanji.
Another compas quilt entitled "Blue Jade" by Nagatani.
I only took one picture of these quilts. This one was made by Higashi Fukuzawa Middle School.
This is called "Apples Tree" Each apple was done by a different girl and they are all quite cleaver. The tree trunk is in brown wood-like fabrics and there is a caterpillar along the bottom edge.
I happened to run into the teacher of the girls who made this quilt.
She (on the left) is from Yokohama, and was with her teacher (on the right) who lives in Okinawa.
I still have enough for one more post.
Meanwhile, check out my friend Cynthia's blog. A Quilter by Night . She,also made two trips and got many good pictures that I missed.