Ms Kuroha had a large display area that included her earlier quilts, an exhibit of a loom and thread dyed for kasuri weaving,
It was impossible to get close enough to see or hear her.
I have seen her at other quilt shows and she is a very engaging quilter.
Another great exhibit was a "Junior" category. Groups of Junior high quilters participated and there were all degrees of creativity, as you might imagine. There was also a section in that exhibit where teachers were engaging young children in a fabric art project.
There has been a Junior category for many years but this is the first time it became one of the show features. Not a bad way to encourage the next generation of quilters. (I was given the pattern for the kid's project to bring home to my granddaughter).
Of course I took pictures of these exhibits but Queeniepatch has already made much better posts than I might do on these. If you haven't checked out her posts, you need to rush right over there.
There was also a wonderful exhibit of Swedish embroidery where no photos were allowed.
This "Piling up Flowers" is the creation of Akemi Sugiyama.
This one by Kyoko Yamauchi.
This quilt was another of the traditional category.
Just imagine the work that went into this quilt.
It makes me glad I don't have to be one of those people selecting the prize-winners!
was one of the quilts made by well-known quilters.
Noriko Masui is the quilter.
The lighting is a bit dark and my flash was turned off but I found a lot of charm in this quilt by Yukiko Maruhama.
This quilt also won a corporate award.
is called "Maze".
Just a variety of tones in only two colors!
I think Queenie showed this quilt on her selection and it is no wonder when you see the close up...
You don't have to be the Queen-of-Needlework to appreciate this quilt which won an excellence award.
"Blessing of the Sun"
Made by Tanaka-san.
Here is another detail of an award-winning quilt made by Sakaguchi-san in the framed category.
Called "Ruby Colored Happiness".
Made by Motoko Hatekeyama.
This quilt in the original design category is made by
The center tile is striking but look at all those bordering tiles!
Was created by Sudo-san.
"Heartbeat", by Shigeyo Nakayama.
\No "Owl person" could walk right past it without noticing.
it is by Kawasaki-san
(Wouldn't that make a nice addition to my owl collection)!
They were hanging in a prominent place but hard to get pictures of without assorted body parts.
This "Misty Floral" won the Hand Making Award.
It is rather difficult to appreciate with just a photo
so here is a bit closer picture.
How is THAT for handwork?!
This "Mysterious Letter" by Noriko Nozawa
won the Grand Prix Second Place award.
A calligraphy fan must really enjoy this one.
"Cotton Story" was the Grand Prix First Prize winner.
It was made by Mariko Akahori.
This also needs a close-up view to appreciate.
Trapunto and embroidery and those fuzzy flowers and all that tiny stitching... Yeah, I guess she deserves a prize.
And, though I didn't get pictures of all the winners, this one called "Snow angel"
won the "Friendship Award"
It was made by Kazuyo Kudo.
And here is a detail of those little children... and the embroidered embellishments.
I had managed about 27 of the center fans during the week so we could work on the fans around the edges.
At the end of the session, the quilt came back home with me. I have put the spokes on the finished fans and now am working on the remaining ones around the edge.
I should probably be doing that task instead of playing on my computer but....
It had been steadily falling since early morning.
The sewing group meeting was cancelled until next Friday.
The schools were let out early as snow piles up and the above-ground trains are having delays.
Finally it was decided to postpone my Pack's meeting tonight. I have to admit I am glad not to have to slip and slide all the way to the American Club carrying woodworking tools.
The picture shows my street. I think one of my neighbors is a creative shoveler ... or Rodin has moved in ... or this guy is saying, "What am I thinking, sitting out here in this weather"?
Today is Nikko's birthday. 12 years of dog hair! She didn't get a cake but she ate a whole card of the silk I was using to stitch the fan spokes. Now she is sitting at rapt attention watching out the window at the new neighbors moving into the house across the street.
Tomorrow is my first daughter's birthday.
The plum we planted so long ago to celebrate her birth is getting into a celebratory mood.
I guess it doesn't mind the snow as much as the Scouts and quilters.
Well, enough of excuses ... I gotta get back to the business at hand (and I don't mean shoveling snow)!