Thursday, February 19, 2015

Getting creative - Tokyo Dome part 5

I am not sure how quilters decide which category to enter their work in. Many of the "Traditional" quilts were very innovative.

I did notice among the "original design quilts" there was more machine piecing and machine quilting and fused applique. BUT, that being said, there was also a lot of hand-work and the same attention to detail found among the traditional ones.

This quilt, "Throughout One Day" by Miyoko Sekiya  is very rich in detail ... and I might add, charm.

Even the appliqued border is very creative. This was a popular entry and hard to get a picture of with all the surrounding fans.

This quilt, 'late Summer" by Yumiko Saita
has a great deal of hand work in the aplique and quilting.

The light brown areas near the border are many small pieces squares to get the mottled effect.

I can't imagine the time this must have taken.

Tanya had a lovely detail of these fish by Yasuko Kawaguchi.

It is all done in Mola style and has a wonderful variety of color  ,,, actually better than what my camera shows.

This cute quilt with the title of "Orusuban".

Meaning loosely,"Home Alone" Shows
what this quilter's dogs get into. ... and I thought Nikko was naughty!

It was made by Toshiko Maeda.

Enjoy this detail of those naughty dogs.  Plenty of embellishments too.

This bright cheerful quilt is called "My Town".

Sakuko Sumita  may have machine pieced these houses but the quilt is all finished by hand.

I might have expected to find this quilt among the "Wa" quilts.

The title is "Why Don't You Try to Take One Step Forward".

It is the work of Ritsuko Ishizuka.

It is also hand quilted.

This one has been machine quilted and is by Kimie Kawaii.

the title is Perpetuity or maybe Eternity.
Whatever the title, it is a real eye-catcher.

This quilt looks like mosaic tiles and is quite stunning in detail.

It is called "Paris, My Dream" and was made by Ikuko Shigemasa.

This quilt called "Anne Shirley"

is the work of Fumiko Nakanishi.

Just red, black and white but quite an interesting variety of fabrics used ...

and some fussy-cut text added in.

Probably machine pieced but hand quilted with embroidery on the faces.

           "Viva Cotswald" is another lovely pieceof hand work. It was made by Keiko Iwatani.

 "Green Curtain"  is the work of Sumiko Aoki.  It is almost so busy with detail, you hardly know where to look.

 "Halloween Midnight Party" is machine made by Kinuko Ota. This year there were two Halloween quilts.
The other one I only got a small detail of an owl and I think that quilter makes a Halloween quilt every year.

"Silent Night" is by Tamiko Umawatari.
This looks a bit like a Wa quilt to me. I like those fussy-cut hexagons in the tree.

This quilter makes an entry every year of black and white cats. This one is called "Zen Practice Studio of Neko Theatrical Company" and is made by Naoko Suzuki.

This is raw-edge applique and lots of embroidery and hand quilted.

No way I can tell you what the writing says!

Here are the Original design winners. I can't say I agree with the judges choices  but they are interesting and certainly Original.

"Tightrope" by Jim Hay received the third prize. I wished I could read the description to see what was the idea behind this piece of work. There was a lot of machine appliqued raw edges. I don't think one would see this quilt on a bed.

Second prize was "Rose Garden" by Takako? Ishinami.

And the first prize went to Yumi Odajima for "Log Cabin II" . Probably machine pieced but quilted by hand. I cn
t say I am a big fan of "Wonky" but the colors are bright and attractive and probably it wouldn't be as interesting if all the blocks were orderly

 These are the over-all winners. I wonder which categories they were entered in to begin with.
This quilt by Reiko Hatakeyama received the "Friendship award.

 I think this second prize winner by Akiko Watanabe would have been my first choice among the winners. The detail has been done to perfection.

 The Grand Prize went to Etsuko Misaka for this quilt. .. Maybe a "Wa" entry.

And this ... "My sweet house with KIRARA" won the "Hand Making Award". It was made by Ayako Kawakami and certainly does have plenty of hand made detail.

So, this is about it for this year's Tokyo Dome show. In early May there will be another show of 80 pieces at Mitsukoshi, The Oedo Nihonbashi  Show... something about May Weather is the topic.  My friend Yasuko Kuraishi will have a quilt in that show again this year so I hope to go. I can't remember if  photos are allowed at that show or not.

I wish I had some work of my own to post. I have been slowly working on a Christmas tree skirt for my elder daughter, though her birthday has past at the beginning of the week. Scout stuff comes in big hunks and I was busy with a Pack meeting Friday, teaching knife skills on Saturday and a den meeting Sunday afternoon. We are getting ready for a pinewood derby and everyone is curious about what my car will be this year. I have to admit I am having trouble coming up with a new idea every year.  Luckily, an owl whispered in my ear and gave me an idea so Tuesday I got out my knife and the block of wood and today I added some paint. I will introduce my entry when he is finished. For now ... it is time for some shut-eye, This took a lot longer than I thought it would!


  1. Wow! Seeing your post is like being back at the show. I looked at this quilt for some time and did not notice the border! THANK YOU for letting me see what I have missed.

  2. That is a beautiful quilt and love the kitties, though the border tends to make it a bit too busy for me.


  3. I want to go in my sewing room and start making something now, lol.
    I just love seeing all of the quilts and the creative designs, really inspirational.


  4. The Grand Prize winner, love those muted colours, Bright houses took my eye, and the log cabin, so many pieces there, I can see so many thousands and more hours of stitching, The cats, with characters above, what a quilt to treasure. Thanks again for sharing, hope the sleep surpassed expectations of well earned rest for you.

  5. Thanks again. The last quilt and second prize one are amazing. How big is those tiny triangles. I can't imagine how it was put together. And the christmas tree! Mosaic one! I wish I can make something like them!!

  6. OH, WOW ! Thanks for showing, dear Julie. They're all stunning, and I particularly LOVE that last one "My sweet House with KIRARA". Really amazing and such a clever & lovely choice of colors !


  7. Thank you so much for posting these pictures. Japanese quilts are very distinctive, impressive and inspirational though my heart quails at the awesome technique and time taken. Although I have visited Tokyo in the past I doubt I shall ever get the chance to see this show so again, thank you for sharing.

  8. What a fantastic collection of quilts. The kitty cat quilts are adorable; the border with white silhouettes is really lovely on #1. The Mola fish quilt is so much fun - with all those bright colors it truly looks like it came from a tropical climate. "Silent Night" is lovely - the black and white gives a very peaceful look that goes with the theme. Also it is mind-boggling to contemplate the work that went into Akiko Watanabe's quilt. There must be thousands of pieces... how long that must have taken! Thanks for sharing your great photos!

  9. I LOVE "Throughout One Day"! Such a pretty quilt!! Sounds like you're plenty busy. I can't wait to see your derby car!

  10. I thought of you last night when I followed a Barn Owl home. Thank you for your detailed posts from the show, what an overwhelming range of work, no wonder it is difficult to decide on or agree on the right category at times. I love the Etsuko Misaka quilt, so subtle.